A LOCAL bus service is thriving in Huddersfield.
Passenger numbers on MetroLocal service ML5, which connects Salendine Nook, Lindley, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Birchencliffe, have grown by over 70% since a high-level, local campaign to improve patronage began at the end of July.
The service was developed by Metro and Kirklees Council and the route was changed in consultation with Lindley area councillors and local community representatives. Leaflets showing the new routes were distributed to houses within 200 metres of the route.
Clr Tony Brice, Lindley councillor and Metro's spokesman for Kirklees, said: “This is a great performance by the service.
“Everyone involved has put in a lot of time to ensure it has the best chance of succeeding, and a 70% increase in passengers is proof that the service is now meeting the needs of the community.
“MetroLocal has been a huge success throughout Kirklees, and I'm pleased that my own ward of Lindley is contributing to that success”.
MetroLocal ML5 runs every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 9.30am and 2.30pm. A flat fare of £1 is charged.