CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating the return of a vital bus service.
Newsome residents have welcomed back the 339 service, which was relaunched on Monday.
It replaces the Newsome section of the 393 Milnsbridge Circular service, which was axed by bus company First Huddersfield last April as part of a review of services in Kirklees.
First director Graham Riley said the 393 route had been looked at and the section at Newsome, Almondbury and Lowerhouses was under- used.
But the withdrawal of the service prompted anger in the Newsome and Almondbury areas.
Members of the Newsome Streetwatch residents' group, Newsome Forum, Newsome Green Party Clr Julie Stewart Turner and Deighton Labour Clr Susan May, a Kirklees representative on West Yorkshire Metro, campaigned for the return of a bus service.
The new 339 service will not cover all the route the 393 used to cover. It runs between 9.20am and 2.11pm, Monday to Saturday.
Clr May said the priority was that it linked Lowerhouses, Newsome and Almondbury.
She added: "It is a case of use it or lose it now."
Clr Stewart Turner said: "We are very, very pleased. Residents have campaigned very hard."
However, some residents still have concerns.
Jean Goodison, chairwoman of Streetwatch, said the 339's operating hours meant it would be underused.
She added: "There will still be no bus service for children to get from Ashenhurst to Newsome School, no bus for workers before 9am and in the late afternoon. It might not be used enough because of this and maybe it will get taken off again."
Barbara Moorhouse, of Hall Bower Lane, said two 339 buses were late on Monday.
Her neighbours went to get the 9.47am from Almondbury to Huddersfield, but it was 15 minutes late.
Mrs Moorhouse tried to catch the 12.35pm from Huddersfield to Almondbury, but it was 20 minutes late. When it turned up at Huddersfield bus station, it failed to stop in the pick-up bay.
Mrs Moorhouse and her friend were taken home in a bus specially laid on by First.
She said: "I'm very annoyed. I could have got other buses home, but I thought I'd use this as they are telling us to.
"People will not wait 20 minutes for a bus to turn up."
Mr Riley, commercial director of First Huddersfield, said: "We are operating this on a purely commercial basis, meaning the firm are footing the bill.
"People have argued that there is a need for the bus and we hope people use it.
"We will gladly keep it if it is commercially viable."
Mr Riley added that service reliability should improve following a major recruitment of drivers.