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One year ago, on Tuesday 30 January, Metro launched the
MetroConnect Leeds FreeCityBus.
was an instant hit carrying over a quarter of a million people in
its first 12 weeks and notching up its millionth passenger by
Numbers of people using Leeds FreeCityBus now represent about 1%
of all West Yorkshire bus journeys.
"MetroConnect FreeCityBus has been a fantastic and popular
success from day one," said Metro Chairman Cllr Stanley King. "In
just one year the service, which enables people to get around Leeds
city centre, quickly, conveniently and for free, has been used by
well in excess of a million passengers."
"This represents about 1% of all journeys by bus in West
Yorkshire, which is three times as many passengers carried by the
average bus in West Yorkshire," continued Councillor King. "As some
of these passengers would previously have used a car for all or
part of their journey this means Leeds FreeCityBus is also helping
to reduce congestion and the related pollution so that the city and
its surrounding region can continue to thrive."
Mark Walsh, Coordinator of the Leeds City Centre Retail
Association said, "FreeCityBus has opened up a whole new way to get
around the city, not only for commuters but also for visiting
"Leeds has a fantastic and diverse retail environment and the
FreeCityBus allows shoppers to move around quickly, safely and
easily from one side to the other. Our members have noticed a large
proportion of shoppers and retail staff utilising the free
Ian Williams, Policy Director of Leeds Chamber said, "The result
of close cooperation between the city's business community, Metro
and Leeds City Council, FreeCityBus has made it easy and reliable
for people to move quickly around the city and has helped encourage
them to leave their cars at home."
Leeds FreeCityBus runs every few
minutes from 6:30am to 7:30pm Monday to Saturday, calling at 17
clearly-marked stops including Leeds Rail and Bus Stations, Leeds
General Infirmary, the Universities, Park Lane College, and the
shopping, business and cultural districts.
The popularity of Leeds FreeCityBus led to the successful
introduction last November of a FreeTownBus service
in Huddersfield and in spring this year Metro plans to launch a
FreeCityBus for Wakefield.