A BUS company, which has been transporting villagers for 86 years, has retired from the road.
Longstaff, of Mirfield, which has operated buses, school services and hire coaches since 1925, has handed the keys over to another company.
Although Longstaff will still exist in name, the hourly 205 circular service, from Dewsbury to Mirfield, will be taken over by Lyles coaches, of Batley.
Lyles, which was established in 1926, will operate Longstaff’s school bus from Mirfield to St Paulinus and St John Fisher schools, Dewsbury.
The company will also take charge of Longstaff’s coach hire services.
Two of Longstaff’s coaches and three of the former operator’s drivers will serve Lyles as of next month.
Director Howard Lyles said the services will run as before, except for some minor changes on the first and last 205 services of the day.
Mr Lyles said: “We’ve taken over the vehicles and the runs. All their staff have been transferred to us.
“Our garage is in Dewsbury so the first 205 service will start there and the last will finish there but it shouldn’t make a difference to passengers.”
JJ Longstaff and Sons was established by John James Longstaff in 1925.
The company has been run by three family generations.
Susan Kaye, co-director of Longstaff, said: “There won’t be any changes to the services. We’re just taking a break and enjoying our free time.
“We’ve no plans to go back into it any time soon.
“We’re semi-retired and looking to do other things in life after 30 years.
“I suppose we will miss it because we’ve lived it and breathed it all our lives.
“But we want to do other things.”