The prices are going in line with increases to regulated rail fares, which the Department for Transport announced in December 2021 would be 3.8% for 2022-23.
West Yorkshire Combined Authority have announced that the prices for some bus and rail M-Cards will rise from Tuesday 1st March 2022.
MCard tickets which include rail travel change every year in line with increases to regulated rail fares, which the Department for Transport announced in December 2021 would be 3.8% for 2022-23.
Fares for all M-Cards and tickets that can be used on more than one operator are set by the West Yorkshire Ticketing Company Limited (WYTCL), of which the Combined Authority is a member. The WYTCL Board agreed not to increase the cost of its bus only M-Cards or for weekly and monthly tickets for under 25s.
The changes mean that the cost of a full county-wide bus and rail ticket will rise to £47..60 per week and £179.60 for a month.
The cost of the DaySaver tickets are on the rise too – with a full countywide bus and rail day saver ticket now costing £14..70.
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Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin has expressed her disappointment in the increase on the cost of travelling. In a statement she said: “This was an opportunity for the Department for Transport to limit the increase or cancel it altogether, but because they went through with it the rail operators – who now work under Government contracts – have had to increase regulated fares and local operator schemes, of which MCard is one.”
“If the increase in rail fares brought specific funds into West Yorkshire to improve our rail services I’d understand, but the money raised from West Yorkshire’s passengers will also go to fund improvements elsewhere.
“As we’ve seen from the Integrated Rail Plan and the decision to exclude Yorkshire from the high-speed rail network, we need more decisions such as these taken at a more local level, so that our rail fares go to improve our own rail services and infrastructure.”
It isn’t all doom and gloom for everyone though – the 16 – 25 weekly and monthly M-Card prices will remain frozen until further notice, as will the Bus-Only M-Card tickets as they aren’t affected the rail fare increase.
A list of the new M-Card prices from 1st March 2022 can be found at https://www.m-card.co.uk/news/new-ticket-prices-2022/