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Metro Chairman Cllr Chris Greaves was
joined by Arriva Managing Director, Nigel Featham and Kirklees
Cabinet member Cllr Peter McBride to officially sign a 'Performance
Improvement Partnership' agreement for Kirklees.
By signing up to the PIP each of the
three partnership organisations committed themselves to a range of
measures that will improve bus travel for Arriva Yorkshire
passengers in North Kirklees.
"Passengers tell us the key things
they want from bus services are reliability and punctuality," said
Metro Chairman Cllr Chris Greaves. "Metro, Arriva Yorkshire and
Kirklees Council share the goal of trying to encourage more people
to use buses and reduce local congestion, and the measures
contained in this partnership agreement that we are signing will be
a significant step towards achieving it."
The aim of the agreement ensures
Arriva Yorkshire improves the punctuality and reliability of bus
services across the Huddersfield area and reduces bus journey times
by all practicable means.
Nigel Featham, Managing Director for
Arriva in West Yorkshire, said: "We know that punctual buses are
the number one requirement for our customers and the partnership
will assist us to deliver an even better service for our
passengers. We have seen great improvements over the last year in
the Kirklees area and are delighted to be a part of the PIP."
Tough performance targets have been
set for all parties to achieve goals that will benefit Arriva
Yorkshire bus passengers. These include:
Metro and Kirklees Council will work
in partnership with Arriva Yorkshire to meet these targets by:
Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet
Member for Highways and Transportation in Kirklees, said: "Once
again we are working in partnership to help improve the passenger
experience for bus users. Punctuality is key to an effective public
transport network and we will be keen to see this improve even