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Tuesday 21 April
The new Metro Zones have been
introduced through the joint efforts of Metro and the Leeds City
Region Partnership-which brings together authorities from across
the travel to work area for Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven,
Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield, York along with North
Yorkshire County Council.
Find out further details
about Metro Zones 6 & 7.
At today's Harrogate launch Councillor
Mike Gardner, Leader of Harrogate Borough Council said the Leeds
City Region Leaders' Board has long campaigned for the extension of
the Metro Zones.
"Interconnecting our communities has
been the top priority for the Leeds City Region over a number of
years and this is an excellent outcome. The Metro Zone 6 card
offers better value and seamless travel for those who travel
regularly from Harrogate to Leeds and elsewhere within West
Yorkshire by train. We are now looking to extend it to other modes
of public transport across the city region."
At the Skipton launch, Councillor Knowles-Fitton, Leader of Craven
District Council said, "I'm very pleased to see that the Metro
Zones has been extended to Skipton. This is something Craven has
been pushing for some time and will make a big difference to
residents in Craven who are regular travellers into West Yorkshire.
The next obvious step is to look at extending the zones yet further
to stations such as Gargrave.
County Councillor Clare Wood, North
Yorkshire's executive member for passenger transport said:
"MetroCard is a strong brand and for many years people in Harrogate
and Skipton have asked for this facility to be introduced.
"Addressing cross-boundary travel
issues is a high priority for North Yorkshire which is why we have
invested £400,000 improving stations on the Harrogate - Leeds
line. This latest initiative is more evidence that close
partnership working between authorities produces positive results
which benefit all communities."
"Introducing these new Metro Zones 6
& 7 is an important step in recognising the importance of the
Leeds City Region as an interconnected area which surpasses the
traditional administrative borders that have restricted us in the
past," said Leeds City Region Chair, Councillor Andrew Carter.
"It is an example of how we can work
together to recognise how our hitherto separated districts cover a
large area in which people choose to live and work and across which
they need to travel as they contribute to our regional
"These new Zones can provide benefits
to people in Harrogate and Skipton who are regular travellers
across the Leeds City Region," said Metro Deputy Chairman,
Councillor Ryk Downes.
"They will also help to end the
situation we have at the moment where people from these places are
driving across the border into West Yorkshire and fill up already
busy station car parks to be able to take advantage of existing