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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! West Yorkshire's new mayor is pressing ahead with plans to transform bus services, starting with unlocking a share of £3bn in funding from Westminster. Tracy Brabin, who has just finished her first week as mayor, yesterday set out plans to form an enhanced bus partnership, which will unlock a crucial portion of the funding government has put aside to help buses recover from the pandemic. The West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which she chairs, will work more closely with bus operators and will be given greater control over how public money is spent - including on how to make travel cheaper. Earlier this year the government released its national bus strategy and asked metro mayors to spell out their plans for their region's bus network. Read More Related Articles Boris Johnson tells Yorkshire mayors Dan Jarvis and Tracy Brabin to 'stop whinging' Read More Related Articles Tracy Brabin names mental health charity chief for West Yorkshire's deputy mayor for policing The move to an enhanced partnership will allow the mayor to take advantage of the Whitehall funding immediately while long-term plans for a franchise model are developed. During her campaign for West Yorkshire mayor Ms Brabin committed to bringing buses back under public control - a move already taken by Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham. Ms Brabin said: "I told the people of West Yorkshire that improving our buses through greater public control would be a priority and I am really excited that today, in my first week in office, I have started delivering on that commitment. Tracy Brabin was elected as Mayor of West Yorkshire on May 6 "I want us to make sure we are accessing the funding and the powers that are available to make improvements for passengers as quickly as possible.
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"However, I am also clear incremental change is not enough and we will also be urgently progressing the detailed work that needs to be done to make the case for bus franchising." On her second day in the job, Ms Brabin tweeted her frustration about her own bus journey into work. "Second day in job as #WestYorkshireMayor & heading to work on the bus. "Timetable online doesn’t match actual arrival/journey times, no information at bus stops (bus number would help). "15 min drive 1hr+ on the bus. We must be able to do better than this."
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