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Today Metro's Tendered Services Working Group
confirmed that Centrebus Holdings Ltd trading as Huddersfield Bus
Company has been chosen to run a network of publicly funded bus
services which covers an area including Northowram, Sowerby Bridge,
Ripponden, Greetland and Stainland.
Following First's recent decision
withdraw several commercial bus services in the area at the start
of the year. Metro developed a revised network of services and held
consultations in affected communities to ensure it continued to
meet their needs.
Metro invited tenders from bus
operators to run the new network and the bid by Centrebus offered
modern, accessible vehicles at the best price.
"Earlier this year the people of our
rural areas were facing severe cuts in their bus service. I am
delighted that Metro has been able to save these services and can
provide a higher quality, stable network of bus services for the
future," said Cllr Keith Watson, Metro's District Spokesperson for
"The bid from Centrebus offers
improved quality for passengers and value-for-money for council
tax-payers," he added.
Passengers will continue to be able to
use MetroCards and Concessionary Fare passes on the revised
Details of the new services, which
will start in late January 2010, will be available early next year
from the Bus Travel section of this web site and Metro will also be
producing timetable booklets, available from Halifax Bus Station