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Continued funding for Metro's Wakefield FreeCityBus service has
been agreed by the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority
(WYPTA) and Wakefield Council.
The PTA has agreed to continue to support the popular service,
jointly with Wakefield Council, until April 2012.
"Wakefield FreeCityBus has been a huge success," said Metro
Chairman, Cllr Ryk Downes, 'it quickly became a popular and
recognisable feature of the Wakefield Cityscape and has carried
over 150,000 passengers since its launch less than six months
"The FreeCityBus provides an ideal, free link to key parts of
the city centre for local people and visitors arriving in or
passing through Wakefield by train, bus or coach, including parts
of the city not previously accessible by public transport and
reduces the need for them to bring their cars into the city
centre'. Continued Cllr Downes.
"The service is particularly helpful for people who have
mobility problems, and parents with small children, who can now
travel into Wakefield by train or bus knowing they can then easily
use FreeCityBus to get around."
"The service was set up with Wakefield Council following the
success of Metro's hugely popular Leeds FreeCityBus and the
Huddersfield FreeTownBus," continued Cllr Downes.
"Metro and Wakefield Council are in the process of seeking
private sector partners to help fund the service, which is
contributing to the city's prosperity and reducing congestion in
Wakefield," added Cllr Downes.
Leader of Wakefield Council, Councillor Peter Box, said, "the
FreeCityBus is a highly visible example of the renaissance of
Wakefield and just one of many improvements linking three major
regeneration schemes in Westgate, Trinity Walk and the