Labour Metro Mayor candidate Sion Simon has pledged to freeze bus and tram fares if he’s elected to the position.

The candidate, who is currently a Member of the European Parliament, says he will introduce a cap of £4.40 per day on all fares across the West Midlands.

“I have seen bus prices going up and up, year after year. Costs have risen, incomes have been squeezed,” he said.

“So let’s do something about it – now that we’ll finally have a Mayor to lead the charge. It’s about time.”

He claims that power needs to be taken back from London and that the area should be in charge of itself.

“Taking back control of the West Midlands from London means we’ll be in charge,” he added.