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Since their introduction in September 2008, the three, low-floor
vehicles have made almost 24,000 complete journeys around the city
centre and on Thursday 12 or Friday 13 November and has now clocked
up passenger number 1,000,000.
"Introduced after the success of our similar services in Leeds,
Huddersfield and Wakefield, Bradford FreeCityBus has exceeded all
expectations," said Metro Chairman Cllr Ryk Downes.
"By making it easier for people with mobility problems, buggies
or small children to get around, Metro's FreeBus services have been
shown in surveys to increase numbers of shopping trips, which
supports the local economy," he continued.
"And users tell us the services give them the confidence to
leave their cars at home and use connecting trains and buses
instead, so one million passengers represents a lot of car journeys
saved and a significant contribution to reducing local carbon
Passengers on board Bradford's FreeCityBus today praised the
service, describing it as "wonderful", "great for the elderly",
"easier than driving to the University" and "ideal for
Councillor Anne Hawkesworth, Bradford Council's Executive Member
for the Environment said: "The Free City Bus has been a huge
success with far more people using it than we had expected. Not
only has it made it easier for people to get around the city centre
it has also reduced the number of car journeys. It is no surprise
that this week will see its millionth passenger."
Sponsored by Bradford College,
Sovereign Healthcare and the University of Bradford, Bradford
FreeCityBus services run every ten minutes from 7.00am to 7.00pm
Monday to Friday and from 8.30am to 5.30pm on Saturdays. The
three-mile route links key locations around the city centre
including Bradford Interchange and Forster Square Rail Station and
Shopping Park, the Oastler Centre, Kirkgate Shopping Centre,
Centenary Square, City Hall, the National Media Museum, Bradford
College and the University of Bradford.
Since the start of the first service in January 2006, Metro's
FreeBuses in Leeds, Huddersfield, Wakefield and Bradford have
carried over 9 million passengers between them.
The latest service is due to start in Dewsbury in December