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reminding people who use the Leeds FreeCityBus that it is now the
Passengers will be charged 50p per journey and, while the exact
fare will help minimise delays, change will be given.
leaflet (pdf, 392k)
Passengers showing valid Day or Season tickets from First or any
other West Yorkshire bus operators will travel free and MetroCards,
Blind Concessionary Passes and MetroDay tickets will be valid.
Other concessions, such as the English National Concessionary
Scheme for Senior and Disabled, and Metro DayRovers will also be
valid after 9.30am.
As a result of a 50% funding cut, Leeds' FreeCityBus service
would have ended today but in response to widespread concerns from
its current users and many people's comments that they would be
willing to pay to use it, Metro has stepped in to organise a
five-month trial for the 50p LeedsCityBus.
LeedsCityBus follows the same route as the FreeCityBus,
connecting Leeds' rail and bus stations, business and shopping
districts, the General Infirmary, Universities and Park Lane
College. Still in a distinctive red white and blue livery, it
continues to run every few minutes.
The buses, which Metro has loaned to the trial's operator First,
and the bus stops have been updated and there is on-bus information
explaining the fares. In addition Metro staff have been out handing
out flyers to FreeCityBus users explaining the LeedsCityBus
Since its introduction in January 2006, the FreeCityBus was used
by over 7½ million passengers, and was particularly popular
with people who have mobility problems, and parents with young
children. It also helped to limit city centre congestion by
encouraging people to leave their cars at home and use connecting
trains and buses instead.