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Metro / WYCA up to the job?

So our West Yorkshire mayor is not willing to wait a year or two to see if the Manchester franchising experiment provides real passenger benefits in return for the massive cost of re-organisation. The reported £100m could subsidise an awful lot of bus services.

Mayor Tracy Brabin, councillors and bureaucrats at Metro / West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) will have complete control of all aspects of bus operation. We hope they will do this complex, expensive task effectively and efficiently. However, examining their performance on their current responsibilities, I feel a distinct lack of confidence they are capable of doing a good job for passengers and taxpayers. 1: Subsidised services. A service local to me had the most pathetic cut a couple of years ago: the Saturday service to York from my town Wetherby. Yes, this ever-popular city destination is just 12 miles away and maintains a Monday to Friday service (not in the evening of course) but has had no weekend service since May 2022. Where is the sense in that?

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