Two events will be held in Bradford as part of a major consultation on the future of buses in West Yorkshire.

This will give the public the chance to learn more about the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s proposals for bus reform, explain how they can have their say on how buses should be run and ask questions to the project team.

Two 90-minute sessions will be held in Bradford City Hall on November 23.

They come as the consultation hits the halfway point.

The 12-week consultation, which closes on January 7, asks people to have their say on how buses should be run in West Yorkshire.

Currently, buses are mainly run by private operators. A Combined Authority assessment, which has been reviewed by an independent auditor, has looked at the options for bus reform and concluded that Franchising would offer “clear strategic benefits”.

Bus Franchising would give the Combined Authority control over the routes, frequency, fares and overall standards of the region’s buses, and it would then contract bus operators to run these on its behalf.

The assessment also looked at the benefits of new partnerships with local bus operators, known as ‘enhanced partnership plus’.

This is the route local bus operators have championed.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation and a final decision by Mayor Tracy Brabin, the plans could result in bus services in West Yorkshire coming back under public control.

A final decision is expected to be made on the future of West Yorkshire’s buses in Spring.

The sessions will take place from 2pm – 3.30pm and 5.30pm – 7pm in City Hall.

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