What is Metro?

The Metro 'M' is the sign that means transport services to the 2.2 million people of West Yorkshire.

What is the West Yorkshire Combined Authority?

 

WYCA logo

West Yorkshire Combined Authority is the driving force behind local partners’ collective efforts to make West Yorkshire and Leeds City Region known globally as a place where everyone can combine economic success with an outstanding quality of life.

Working with local and national partners we are responsible for collective action to achieve our vision, focusing on those issues that it makes most sense to address at the city region level.

Made up of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York councils and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Combined Authority is having a big impact.

Our main goal is ‘inclusive growth’. This means ensuring the widest range of people and places can benefit from economic prosperity as well as contributing to it. By doing this we can make Leeds City Region an even better place to live, work and do business.

Find out more about West Yorkshire Combined Authority's work (opens in new tab).

Under the well-known Metro brand, the Combined Authority:

  • spends almost £20m funding around 10% of West Yorkshire bus journeys that commercial bus operators would not otherwise run because they don't consider them profitable;

  • subsidises the cost of train services in West Yorkshire;

  • manages most of West Yorkshire's bus stations and maintain the county's 14,000 stops, shelters and timetable displays;

  • co-ordinates around ½ million AccessBus journeys per year for 5,000 registered users who are unable to use regular bus services;

  • manages prepaid tickets such as MCard on behalf of the bus operators and spend £50m annually on concessionary fares schemes that provide reduced cost travel for seniors, blind, disabled and young people;

  • develops and secure funding for transport improvements such as the new rail stations built at Apperley Bridge, Kirkstall Forge and Low Moor, Leeds Station Southern entrance, Castleford Bus Station and the MCard scheme, one of the largest travel smartcard schemes outside London;

  • provides up-to-date information on all public transport services through this website, printed timetables, the yournextbus real-time service, @MetroTravelNews Twitter feed and West Yorkshire Metro Facebook page;
  • organises transport to and from school for more than 40,000 West Yorkshire pupils;

  • part-funds FreeCityBus and FreeTownBus services in Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Wakefield.

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