A HUDDERSFIELD bus company has been chosen to run a network of publicly funded bus services in an area of Calderdale.
The area will include Northowram, Sowerby Bridge, Ripponden, Greetland and Stainland.
Metro’s Tendered Services Working Group confirmed Centrebus Holdings Ltd, trading as Huddersfield Bus Company, would operate the services.
It follows First’s recent decision to withdraw several commercial bus services in the area at the start of the year.
Metro developed a revised network of services, held consultations in affected communities and invited tenders from bus operators to run the new network.
Centrebus was judged to offer modern, accessible vehicles at the best price.
Clr Keith Watson, Metro’s district spokesman for Calderdale, said: “Earlier this year the people of our rural areas were facing severe cuts in their bus service.
“I am delighted that Metro has been able to save these services and can provide a higher quality, stable network of bus services for the future.
“The bid from Centrebus offers improved quality for passengers and value-for-money for council tax-payers.”
Passengers will continue to be able to use MetroCards and concessionary fare passes on the revised services, which will start in late January 2010.