TRANSPORT chiefs have promised to get more Huddersfield buses running on time.

Bus company First has signed a Partners in Punctuality agreement with Metro and Kirklees Council.

It has promised to start 95% of its services in Huddersfield on time.

Managing director Andrew Scholey said: “It is essential that our customers have confidence in our punctuality. We’re currently starting 93% of our journeys on time, but we need to improve.

“We can’t tackle the bigger environmental issues unless the bus is a real alternative to the car. So we’ll be briefing our drivers on the importance of running on time.”

First also pledged that 90% of its buses will arrive on time at destinations en route.

Kirklees Council’s Cabinet member for transport, Clr Martyn Bolt, welcomed the agreement.

He said: “Our role is to use things like bus lanes to help First meet the target. I hope this type of partnership agreement will be extended across West Yorkshire.”

Metro chairman Clr Ryk Downes also signed up to the agreement at the Huddersfield Media Centre.

He said: “The two issues which always come up when I talk to passengers are reliability and punctuality.

“People want to know that their bus is going to turn up and it’s going to be on time.

“By making this agreement work we can give passengers in Huddersfield confidence in their buses and help cut local congestion,” Clr Downes added.

Meanwhile, the Arriva bus firm has announced timetable changes.

From Monday, July 30, the 448 and 935 services will be combined into an hourly one between Wakefield, West Bretton, Scissett, Skelmanthorpe, Denby Dale and Holmfirth.

On weekdays there will also be three peak-time services running from Denby Dale to Leeds via Wakefield.

New timetables are available at www.arrivabus.co.uk