Success of Boxing Day buses
Mar 6 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
TRANSPORT chiefs have hailed a scheme to bring back buses on Boxing Day as a success.
Almost 54,000 people in West Yorkshire took advantage of Metro-funded Boxing Day in 2009, an increase of 10% over the previous year.
Metro introduced Boxing Day bus services to Leeds, Huddersfield and parts of Bradford and Wakefield in 2007, and they have proved popular.
Boxing Day services were used by 53,701 passengers in 2009, compared with 49,013 passengers in 2008 and 37,332 passengers in 2007.
Metro chairman Clr Ryk Downes said: “Metro subsidises Boxing Day services, because we can see how vital they are to get people to shops and leisure facilities and to make hospital visits.
“It’s good to see so many people using them.
“Planning now begins for services in 2010, and we will talk with town and city centre managers to determine the level of shopping activity expected on Boxing Day, which this year will be a Sunday. “While the cost of Boxing Day services to Metro has decreased over the past three years, they still draw on Tendered Service funding that could be used to provide services elsewhere in West Yorkshire during the rest of the year.
“I don’t think it is unreasonable to expect traders, who are benefiting from extra customers, and the bus companies who are being paid to run the services, to help Metro meet the cost of the services and maybe even expand them this year.”