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First stage of “supercharged” bus services set to start this weekend

1 September 2023

The Mayor of West Yorkshire has joined forces with regional transport bosses to help “supercharge” some of the region’s bus routes with new, more regular services.

The improvements, which link Leeds, Keighley and Shipley, are set to come into force from this weekend, as part of efforts from West Yorkshire Combined Authority to get more people out of their cars and onto public transport.

Changes also include a £1 flat fare for all those travelling on the Keighley town network.

It comes as the Combined Authority launches its mission to create a better-connected West Yorkshire – part of its recently-adopted West Yorkshire Plan.

The improvements will be delivered initially with local bus operator Transdev Blazefield, through the West Yorkshire Bus Enhanced Partnership.

The changes include:

  • All passengers on the Keighley Town network will benefit from a £1 flat fare, while the K3 service will run every ten minutes and the K7 will run every 12 minutes.
  • Passengers on the number 60 Aireline service will benefit from enhanced frequencies and better links into Leeds from Keighley and Shipley.
  • Work is also ongoing to help fund extra services between Huddersfield and Halifax, as well as the districts’ hospitals. Discussions are also taking place on how the scheme can fund extra services in Wakefield. These are likely to be introduced over the coming months.

The improvements come alongside changes from other bus operators in the region, including increased frequency on First’s 2, 3, 3A, 12, 13, 324   services, while more 47 and 47A services will be extended to Morley.

Daytime services on the Harrogate Bus Company’s 36 service will also increase from every 15 to every 10 minutes. Arriva is also introducing the brand new 103 service in Wakefield, between Eastmoor, City Fields and Pinderfields Hospital.

 

Visiting Keighley Bus Station to announce the changes, Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin said: “I am so happy to be able to announce improvements to these services – as a public transport commuter, I know the value of reliable, regular public transport.

“These supercharged services will help get people out of their cars and onto the bus, and reflect our West Yorkshire Plan priority to create a better-connected West Yorkshire.”

 

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council and Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: "We are delighted to launch these service enhancements to boost the bus network across West Yorkshire.

"A £1 Keighley zone flat fare in particular will help encourage more people onto the buses and keep prices down for passengers. It’s another positive step in improving transport links across the district and helping with the cost of living for those wanting to use public transport. 

“Delivering cheaper, more reliable bus travel across the region makes sustainable transport an increasingly convenient option and puts customers at the heart of the service."

 

Transdev Commercial Director Paul Turner said: “These significant improvements are all about making the bus the natural first choice for journeys into our town and city centres, while delivering all the benefits of lower traffic congestion and cleaner air for everyone.

“The increase to three buses an hour between Shipley and Leeds, plus the return of our Harrogate route 36 to a bus every 10 minutes, will help us to cater for rising demand for journeys to and from Leeds city centre.

“In partnership with WYCA and with Government support through its Bus Service Improvement Plan, we'll also introduce more frequent local buses on three of our routes in Keighley, plus a £1 a trip low fare for journeys within the town, including to Airedale Hospital."

 

The funding comes from the Bus Service Improvement Programme (BSIP). The Combined Authority was awarded nearly £70 million last year to support the delivery of its BSIP.

The Combined Authority will fund the enhanced services at a reducing rate for the first three years, with operators agreeing to take commercial risk in years four and five, with the aim of making them financially sustainable in the longer term.

 

The Keighley Town Network £1 fare is available on: Aireline (60/60A), theSHUTTLE (662), Bronte Bus (B1/B2/B3), Dalesway (66), Mainline (M4), Great Northern Line (502), 62, 67, K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, K6, K7, K9, K11, K12, K14, K15 and K16.

This applies to all journeys in and around Keighley in the scheme Ingrow, Bracken Bank, Fell Lane, Laycock, Braithwaite, Uttley, Airedale Hospital, Stockbridge and Thwaites Brow.