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A new Metro freetownbus service for
Dewsbury will be launched on Saturday 12 December.
Easily recognisable in the special
MetroConnect livery, the buses will run every ten minutes from
7.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday and from 8.30am to 5pm on
Saturdays - and journeys on the bus are free!
Each vehicle is fully accessible and
can carry wheelchairs and pushchairs. Operated by Star Travel, the
buses are all low emission vehicles with the latest 'Euro-5'
engines and fitted with CCTV.
The three kilometres route will link
nine key locations around Dewsbury town centre including the Bus
Station, Dewsbury Health Centre, the Rail Station, Dewsbury Market
(Northgate), Market Place, Princess of Wales Precinct, the Retail
Park, Sainsbury's and Dewsbury Minster.
Dewsbury freetownbus timetable and route (pdf,
Dewsbury's freetownbus is the latest
MetroConnect bus service and has been developed and funded jointly
by Metro, Kirklees Council and Sainsbury's following the success of
the hugely popular Huddersfield freetownbus.
Announcing the service, Cllr Ryk
Downes, Metro Chairman, said, "Since the start of the first service
in January 2006, Metro's free buses in Leeds, Huddersfield,
Wakefield and Bradford have carried over 9 million passengers
"Used by thousands of people every
day, they are hugely popular and I have no doubt that they will
become a favourite with the people of Dewsbury.
Cllr David Sheard, Kirklees Council's
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Environment and Transport, said:
"This new bus service will give people easier access to Dewsbury's
wide range of shops and services. It will particularly help those
people who find it difficult to get around town on foot and it will
hopefully reduce the number of cars in the town centre - cutting
congestion and pollution."
Tim Morris, Sainsbury's Store Manager,
said: "We are delighted to be supporting a free transport service
for Dewsbury that will give people easy access to popular areas
within the town centre. We are sure that this will be very popular
with customers, and with our staff."