National Bus Strategy: England

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:15 pm on 15th March 2021.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Imran Ahmad Khan Imran Ahmad Khan Conservative, Wakefield 5:15 pm, 15th March 2021

I warmly welcome the Government’s ambitious new bus strategy, which will be critical in improving West Yorkshire’s connectivity. A key issue facing Wakefield is the lack of a unified bus franchise; the main bus services to Huddersfield are run by Yorkshire Tiger, a different franchise from Arriva’s Metro franchise, which is the main operator in Wakefield, and this means that tickets are not transferable. I know our fantastic West Yorkshire mayoral candidate Matt Robinson is championing this issue. Will my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State outline what steps will be taken to unify these bus franchises and provide West Yorkshire with an integrated, London-style bus system?