A BUS FAN is getting behind the wheel to provide a free-of-charge Boxing and New Year's Day bus service.
Big-hearted Rodger Batley, 60, of Scholes, who already works part-time for Stotts Coaches, will be on the road this Monday and the following Monday.
His service will be linking Holme Valley with Huddersfield and the Royal Infirmary.
Mr Batley said: "I believe there should be some sort of service on Boxing Day and New Year's Day to help people who don't have their own transport."
The dad-of-two, a bus driver for 30 years, said he was looking forward to driving after getting funding for the route from the local authority.
The free bus will start at 8.50am from the Crosland Road junction in Oakes. It calls at Westgate, the University and Lockwood before arriving at Berry Brow at 9.08.
From there it goes to Honley Bridge, Honley roundabout, and arrives at the Rock Inn in Brockholes at 9.20am.
It then goes up Oaks Avenue, past Thongsbridge Coop, Lydgate School, Cinderhills before arriving at the Boot and Shoe in Scholes at 9.39am.
Following services start at 10.46am, 1.46pm, 3.46pm and 4.48pm from the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and follow the same route.
Towards town, buses leave at 9.45am, 12.45pm, 2.45pm and 5.49pm from the Boot and Shoe in Scholes.
They too go through the Scholes Moor Estate, Cinderhills, Holmfirth Bus Station and call at Wooldale at two minutes to the hour.
They go by Lydgate School, Thongsbridge Co-op, Oaks Avenue, The Rock Inn in Brockholes, Honley roundabout and bridge before arriving at Berry Brow at 20 past the hour.
They then go back through Lockwood, Kingsgate, Westgate, Marsh and the Oakes Crosland Road junction before terminating at Salendine Nook school at 16 minutes to the hour.
For more information contact 01484 683318.