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Metro has successfully implemented its pioneering 'My bus'
yellow bus scheme. Now 150 brand new yellow buses provide dedicated
home-to-school transport for over 9000 pupils at 132 West Yorkshire
In December 2003, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced
that Metro had been successful in its bid for £18.7m of
funding to extend My bus services to
approximately 300 West Yorkshire schools over a three year period
This allowed Metro to begin ordering a fleet of new vehicles
that are used exclusively for home-to-school transport and
recreational hires for young people.
When it announced its bid to extend My
bus across West Yorkshire, Metro received widespread
support for the scheme from West Yorkshire MPs and head teachers.
The then Transport Secretary Alistair Darling and Education
Secretary Charles Clarke both expressed their enthusiasm for the
The first of the brand-new vehicles began going into service in
My bus drivers, who are specially
trained, have a list of all the pupils registered to travel on
their bus, so they know whom to expect at each stop along the
specially devised route. If a child will not be travelling due to
sickness or holiday, parents are asked to telephone the dedicated
My bus Hotline (0113 348
1122) so that the driver will know not to expect them. On
arrival at school, the children are escorted from the bus to the
school. In the afternoon, a teacher will supervise the loading of
Metro began My bus'pilot schemes, in
Hebden Bridge and Ilkley, in 2002. In both locations My
buses were shown to have reduced school gate
congestion by attracting significant numbers of pupils, many of
whom formerly travelled to and from school by car. Because of this
exclusive use and registered system, Metro's pilot schemes showed
that parents were happy and confident to wave off their children,
aged as young as four, on the bus.
The highly visible My buses are single
deck and fully accessible, and in addition to statutory safety
exits, special hatches in the roof provide additional emergency
exits. Each pupil is allocated their own high-backed padded seat
with seatbelt. Each bus has a radio/CD player and on-board CCTV and
is driven by a dedicated driver.
Highways improvements are also made around schools when needed,
to allow buses to get as close as possible.
As well as being used for transport to and from school,
My buses are available to hire to schools
and young peoples' groups throughout the region.