News: … but West Yorkshire non-committal on Bus Quality Contracts

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority report Sept 2014 appears to be sitting on the fence. Its non-committal conclusions are:

• WYITA had approved a Bus Quality Contract Scheme as its preferred means of developing local bus services to meet strategic objectives.
• Bus operators strongly oppose this approach and have developed a partnership alternative
• Progressing a Bus Quality Contract Scheme involves significant risks as well as longer term significant benefits
• Adopting a partnership approach avoids the significant risks of a Quality Contract Scheme and has customer benefits that can be realised in the short term, but would not provide benefits such as fully integrated ticketing, competition for the market and greater accountability.