BIG-HEARTED volunteers are stepping in to plug the gap when normal buses are off the road at Christmas and New Year.

People without their own transport will be able to get about on five different services in Huddersfield.

All the buses will be free to use.

Huddersfield Green Party will operate a service between Berry Brow and Mount, linking with the town centre and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

The bus will run on Christmas Eve night, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Bus fan Rodger Batley, of Scholes, will get behind the wheel for his own service on Boxing Day.

His bus will be linking the Holmfirth area with central Huddersfield, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Oakes.

Volunteers from Meltham, with help from local Liberal Democrats, will run buses on three routes on Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Their services will be between Huddersfield and Golcar, via Milnsbridge, Huddersfield-Fartown-Bradley and Huddersfield-Netherton.

Voluntary services are being staged after Kirklees Council promised £2,000 to help with running costs.

Normal buses go off the road between 6pm and 8pm on Christmas Eve and will not return until next Wednesday.

They also cease at about 6pm on New Year's Eve, returning on January 2.

Detailed route information and timetables are available from the Huddersfield Bus Station travel centre, on Metro's helpline number 0113 245 7676 and on the Metro website at