DISABLED bus passengers will benefit from new vehicles.
West Yorkshire Metro has added 19 vehicles to its AccessBus fleet, including three in Kirklees.
The low-floor vehicles are designed for people who have trouble using conventional buses.
AccessBus provides a door-to-door service to shops, community centres and places of worship.
Kirklees Council has won the contract to operate the buses in the district for the next three years.
And the fleet of vehicles has been boosted by three brand-new low-floor Optare Solo buses from Metro.
The council’s Cabinet transport chief Clr Mary Harkin welcomed the news yesterday.
The Batley East Labour councillor said: “I am very pleased that we have been given the opportunity to continue providing this essential service across our authority.
“Without this service many people would lose their independence to carry out essential daily tasks, becoming isolated from friends and family and perhaps leading to them having to rely on residential care or paid-for support in the home.”
The council has been awarded a new contract to operate the buses for the next three years, with a possible extension of a further five years.
Services run seven days a week across the district, using a fleet of five vehicles, including the three new ones.
Clr Tony Brice, Metro’s spokesman for Kirklees, also welcomed the new buses.
The Lindley Conservative said: “I like them, I think they’re impressive. People using wheelchairs will be able to get on them easily enough because of the low floor.”
Clr Brice also praised Kirklees for winning the contract to continue operating the buses.
He said: “It proves that the council is doing a good job.”