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Metro and Wakefield Council will be launching a new,
MetroConnect Wakefield FreeCityBus at the end of April after
funding for a six-month trial was approved at a West Yorkshire
Passenger Transport Authority meeting on Friday 9 February.
Wakefield FreeCityBus service will link the city's Westgate and
Kirkgate train and bus stations, shops and retail parks including
the Ridings Centre. It will also serve the Ings Road and Westgate
Retail and Leisure Parks, parts of which are not currently
accessible by public transport. Buses will run every ten minutes
from 7:30am to 7:00pm, Monday to Friday and 8:30am to 5:00pm on
During the trial period, numbers of people using the service
will be monitored to assess its impact on traffic levels and the
accessibility benefits it provides. A decision will then be taken
on whether the service will be made permanent.
"Wakefield FreeCityBus will link key parts of the city centre
for people arriving by train, bus or coach, and make getting around
the city centre easier for people who have mobility problems and
parents with small children," said Metro Chairman, Councillor
"I can see no reason why Wakefield FreeCityBus shouldn't be
every bit as successful as the hugely popular Leeds FreeCityBus and
Huddersfield FreeTownBus services which between them have already
transported two million passengers," he added.
"There is a real need for a service of this kind in Wakefield
and I am sure it will be welcomed by local businesses and their
employees, said Wakefield Council Leader Councillor Peter Box.
"Knowing that there is a regular, reliable and free city centre
service that they can catch from the bus or rail station will
encourage more people to travel to the city by public transport and
reduce congestion on our roads."
The three, 29-seat buses will be brightly and clearly marked
FreeCityBus, with a logo on the roof so people can also identify
them from their office windows.
Metro will be out and about promoting the Wakefield FreeCityBus
More information and a map of the route.