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BACK TO SCHOOL AND WORK WITH A SMILE! BUS FIRM’S £2.7 MILLION DEAL BRINGS BUSES BACK TO STRANDED WEST LEEDS COMMUNITIES FROM TODAY
Transdev’s partnership with West Yorkshire Mayor secures Government funding to restore services lost in April – and run more buses, more often on key route into Leeds
There’s good news for commuters and youngsters back at school from today (Monday 4 September 2023) – the bus is back in areas of west Leeds left unserved since April, with a more frequent service on a key route into the city centre.
Working in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) led by West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin, the bus firm has secured Government funding worth £2.7 million over the next three years to deliver improvements across the region aimed at attracting more people to choose the bus while cutting congestion and pollution.
The deal means that from today (4 September 2023), Transdev’s The Keighley Bus Company is now running a brand-new route 60A to increase weekday journeys between Shipley and Leeds from the current two to three buses an hour,
The new 60A route runs every hour, alongside the bus firm’s existing Aireline route 60 to provide three buses an hour between Shipley, Greengates and Leeds – while also restoring bus services to Bagley Lane, Coal Hill Lane and Calverley Lane in Rodley and Stanningley, which were withdrawn by another bus operator in April of this year.
The Keighley Bus Company’s Commercial Director Paul Turner said: “We are delighted to make these significant improvements for our customers, secured in partnership with WYCA and supported by the Government through its Bus Service Improvement Plan.
“Alongside our existing Aireline route 60, the increase to three buses an hour between Shipley and Leeds will help us to cater for demand on this busy route through north Bradford and west Leeds, offering more attractive journeys to and from the city centre.
“The wider package of improvements supported by this funding agreement also includes more frequent local buses on three of our routes in Keighley and a £1 a trip low fare for journeys within the town, including to Airedale Hospital.
“This is about making the bus the natural first choice for journeys into our town and city centres while delivering all the benefits of less traffic and cleaner air, which are good news for everyone.”
West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin said: “I’m delighted we have been able to work with the bus operator to provide this huge boost to services.
“As a commuter, I know how vital regular, reliable and affordable public transport is to the people of West Yorkshire.
“Better bus services will help get people out of their cars and onto public transport – and reflect our West Yorkshire plan priority to create a better-connected region.”
Other timetable improvements are also now in place on The Keighley Bus Company’s route 64 between Ilkley and Skipton and route 72 between Skipton and Grassington to boost the reliability of both services.
Full details of all the improvements are available online at: transdevbus.co.uk/Keighley, in printed timetables from the travel centre at Leeds City Bus Station, and via the free to download ‘Transdev Go’ mobile app.