INCREASES in the cost of using public transport have been attacked by the Kirklees Green Party.
Metro put up its travel card prices on January 1.
The most basic card for rail and bus travel went up by 60p to £15.90 a week.
The most comprehensive - which covers all of West Yorkshire - went up by 50p to £21.20 a week.
Lesley Hedges, prospective Colne Valley parliamentary candidate for the Green Party, said increasing prices would deter people from using public transport.
She said: "It will affect people on low incomes more as they are most reliant on public transport and least able to pay.
"There are all these weekly deals and cards, but they are no good for people who work part-time. They would not make enough journeys to justify the cost of the card.
"The companies don't ask people what they want or what would help them use public transport.
"We must have a system that encourages people to use public transport. This is part of the answer to global warming and action needs to be taken quickly."
Mrs Hedges said the Green Party want public transport to return to public ownership, rather than being run by private companies.
She said: "It would avoid the difficulties of different companies trying to work together and would avoid the commercial aspect.
"But nationalisation should not mean centralising everything to London, but a system where local councils have more say about how transport is run in their area."