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MetroRover - bus and train pass for job seekers

What do I get?

Half-fare travel on almost all bus and train services in West Yorkshire (half of standard adult single ticket, including school and factory services available to the public. Not valid on special services such as football and concerts).

  • Use for any journey, any time, any day of the week, whether for interviews or for pleasure.
  • The 28-day ticket costs only £5
  • Simple application procedure

If you travel outside West Yorkshire, you must pay an additional fee at the start of the journey. This fare is calculated from the last stage or station at which your bus or train stops within West Yorkshire.

You are eligible for MetroRover if...

  • you are unemployed and actively seeking employment, and 
  • you are claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) (including national insurance credits only cases), or Employment Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group or Universal Credit Full Service

How to get your MetroRover

  1. Pick up a MetroRover leaflet /application form from Jobcentre Plus offices and Bus Station Travel Centres.  Or you can download and complete an application form (pdf, 752k - opens in new window)
  2. Next time you attend your local JobCentre Plus office, complete the application form attached to the leaflet, sign it and have it stamped and dated.
  3. Take your completed form to your nearest Bus Station Travel Centre, together with a fee of £5 and two passport sized full-face photographs.
  4. You will be issued with a plastic wallet containing a MetroRover PhotoCard to sign and keep, and a MetroRover Permit valid for 28 days.

How to renew your MetroRover

When your MetroRover expires you can apply for another one by repeating the procedure, using another application form.  Download and complete an application form (pdf, 752k - opens in new window)
However you can use the same PhotoCard, so no photograph is required.
To renew by post send your application form with a cheque or postal order and a stamped addressed envelope to:

        West Yorkshire Combined Authority
        Concessions & Integrated Ticketing
        Wellington House, 40-50 Wellington Street
        Leeds LS1 2DE.

Cheques should be made payable to 'WYCA'. Please allow 7 days for processing and delivery. Be sure to include your PhotoCard number and the required starting date on the form.

MetroRover conditions of use

  1. You can buy your first MetroRover up to two working days before the date you want it to start, however you must not use it before the starting date. Your application form must be dated no more than 14 days prior to the date of issue.
  2. Permits are non-transferable. They can be used only by the authorised holder for 28 days - up to and including the expiry date.
  3. Permits must be shown for each journey taken, and to any authorised official on request, or the full fare paid. The bearer must provide proof of identity if asked.
  4. Passengers using MetroRover Permits are carried subject to PCV regulations, local bye-laws and the conditions of carriage of the operator.
  5. West Yorkshire Combined Authority reserves the right to withdraw or cancel permits at its discretion and to alter conditions of use, ticket type and discount level at any time.
  6. MetroRover Permits must be returned to West Yorkshire Combined Authority if the holder ceases to be unemployed.
  7. No refunds are given for a lost or unused MetroRover.

The cheaper travel made possible by MetroRover tickets is funded on a commercial basis by the bus operators.