CONCESSIONARY bus and train fares for elderly and disabled people are set to rise by 5p.
But the good news is that they will be available all day after 9.30am, with the scrapping of afternoon restrictions.
West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority - Metro - which pays for the scheme, is due to approve the changes at a meeting on Friday.
The concessionary fare for permit holders will rise to 35p.
Afternoon restrictions - when passengers have to pay half fare if they travel between 3pm and 6pm, Monday to Saturday - will be axed.
Metro chairman Stanley King said: "I am confident a 35p fare offers card holders real value for money.
"With the lifting of the afternoon time restrictions that value is increased.
"Metro's concessionary fare is the lowest in the country and it is now available to more people, since the qualification age for men has been lowered from 65 to 60."
Clr King said the ideal would be free travel for elderly and disabled people - but this would never happen unless Government grants rose.
He added: "Providing concessions for elderly people in West Yorkshire costs Metro about £13m per year.
"If free travel were introduced this would rise to about £22m.
"Without additional Government cash this would either be reflected in higher council tax bills across West Yorkshire or Metro would have no choice but to withdraw subsidies for many vital bus services across the county."
If agreed, the price changes would apply from April 1.