TRADERS in Huddersfield plan to introduce a permanent train service to ferry shoppers around the town centre.
The Town Centre Association ran a very successful "hop-on, hop-off" shopper train around town centre streets at Christmas.
Shoppers taking the train paid a minimum of 10p to Dalton's Kirkwood Hospice and, in return, got a ride from the Piazza, along Victoria Lane and to Kingsgate.
The popularity of the train prompted the association to offer the service this coming Easter.
The train - which is run by a private operator from Kent - will be in Huddersfield on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday, from late morning to late afternoon.
Although the route has to be finalised, it is expected to be extended to take in all the existing stops, plus Huddersfield bus and railway stations and the open market off Brook Street.
Town centre manager David Wyles said plans for a permanent service were in the early stages.
He added: "The trains at Christmas and Easter are not just done for pleasure rides.
"There was an underlying aim, because the Town Centre Association is very keen to introduce something like this permanently and we wanted to show that such a service could be successful."
Mr Wyles said a survey of passengers at Christmas showed that 82% of them thought the train should become a permanent feature.
The association is in talks with Kirklees Council about the possible funding, design and operational aspects of a permanent town centre train.
Further details of the Easter train's route, cost and timetable will be released in the coming weeks.