A RURAL bus service saved from the axe has secured funding for at least another six months.
Last month the Examiner reported that battling campaigners had saved the Colne Valley taxi bus service, despite transport authority Metro’s plans to scrap it.
Kirklees Council agreed to give an extra £20,000 on top of the £8,500 agreed by Metro to keep the service running.
Metro has now announced that the funding will keep the 907 bus service running until at least January.
The hourly daytime service caters for people living in rural areas not served by regular bus routes, connecting Wilberlee, Pole Moor, Scapegoat Hill, Slaithwaite and Outlane.
It deviates from its route to pick up or drop off passengers and at off-peak times can also be called by passengers to pick them up at a pre-arranged time.
The service is used by children to get to and from Colne Valley schools and by elderly people who want to reach shopping areas or health services.
Earlier this year Metro announced that it had no plan to renew its funding of the service once it ran out.
However, thanks to a campaign by passengers, including a 865-signature petition, the company agreed to keep the service running until July.
The extra funding from the company and Kirklees means that the service, run by Mount Taxis, has been secured for a further six months.
Clr Martyn Bolt, Metro’s spokesman for Kirklees, said: “When the original taxi bus stopped running in April, Metro agreed to maintain a service for schoolchildren and a shopping facility for other passengers off peak until the end of term in late July.
“Working with Kirklees Council we were able to come up with a solution that retained the best elements of the previous taxi bus service.”
The council is supporting the continued running of the service as part of its commitment to improving rural transport services.
It is part of a series of measures planned over the next three years to improve local transport.
Clr Bolt added: “It is really up to the people in the area to make the most of this service.
“Metro, Kirklees Council and Mount Taxis have all played their part, now it is up to passengers to make it as success.”
Service details can be found at www.wymetro.com