Give us a fair deal on buses

We want cheaper, more reliable public buses and trains - that’s what passengers have told transport bosses.

As part of the Local Transport Plan, more than 1,400 people took part in public consulations about the future of transport in West Yorkshire. They were questioned before the release of the draft of the third plan.

The biggest bug bear for bus passengers is high fares - with 40 per cent listing the price of bus travel as a prority issue along with poor reliability and the impact of service changes. Almost a quarter of rail travellers say low capacity on the rail network as their biggest concern.

Both bus and train travellers say poor reliability and high fares affect their public transport choices and fare prices do not reflect the service they get. They also voice concerns buses do not take them where they want to and do not suit shift workers.

Almost a quarter of drivers say lack of parking at rail stations is a key issue,

When asked what they want to see in their bus and rail services over the next 15 years. Top of the list was lowered fares on buses, and increased capacity on trains.

Pedestrians and cyclists say improvements for facilities available to them was their biggest issue.

At a meeting of the Public Consultative Committee it was revealed refurbished carriages are expected to be introduced to services by the end of the year.

l Do you think fares on buses and trains are too high? Or what your view on the reliability of public transport?

Email your opinions to: You can also send in a letter on the issue. Write to: Yousay, Halifax Courier, PO Box 19, King Cross Street, Halifax, HX1 2SF