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Metro's My bus yellow school bus scheme has entered a new phase
with the introduction of services to and from Ilkley Grammar
Working with local bus operator Transdev
Keighley & District, ten single deck buses have been
refurbished to the same high standard as the vehicles bought as
part of the original £18.5m My bus project.
"During the three-year project, 150 new vehicles were introduced
to West Yorkshire schools," said Metro Chairman Cllr Chris Greaves.
"Now, around 10,000 primary and secondary school pupils are taken
to and from school on low-floor, accessible buses fitted with CCTV,
CD/Radio and seatbelts, making them popular with children and
"And, My bus services take car journeys out of the morning and
evening peak periods, reducing CO2 emissions and congestion on
local roads and at the school gate, making them better for the
environment and the wallet."
"We are delighted to be involved in this extension of the My bus
scheme," said Assistant Headteacher Richard Jennings. "We have a
large number of pupils travelling to and from the school on buses
and we are pleased they will benefit from the key features the
scheme offers such as seatbelts and CCTV. I am sure the
enhancements will encourage even more pupils to use the
"We are delighted to be partnering Metro in this important
project" said Geoff Lomax, Transdev Keighley & District
commercial director. "The new services will bring real improvements
for students travelling to school in Ilkley. The new services will
be the first My bus routes to be included in Metro's highly
successful 'yournextbus' real time information system."
"The challenge for Metro was to take the scheme forward now that
the funding has ended," concluded Cllr Greaves, "and our
partnership with Transdev Keighley and District is the first
example of what can be achieved."
Through a partnership arrangement with Transdev Keighley &
District, six regular double-decked buses have been replaced with
ten single-decked buses, featuring:
The operator is meeting the additional revenue costs of the
scheme and Metro has met the capital cost of converting the
vehicles to comply with My bus standards.
Together with services for pupils at Sacred Heart School, around
550 children are utilising these services.
25 November 2008