First on board new village bus service

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THESE residents were some of the first people to take advantage of a new bus service for Clifton.

A small group was queuing for the 258, being funded by Calderdale Council and Community Transport Calderdale, which will run from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 3pm.

The service will link communities with health centres and supermarkets as well as bringing people into Brighouse town centre.

The bus will start at Clifton and go to Brighouse bus station, Tesco, Sainsburys, Thornes Park, Crowtrees, Lower Edge and Rosemount Estate in Elland.

The first bus through Clifton on Tuesday which set off at 9.40am had just over a dozen people on board as it started to make its way down Clifton Common.

Passengers said they were delighted with the new service, which had been a long-time coming. Many saw this as positive news.

Some of the residents also took advantage of the ‘Hail and ride’ scheme which will be possible on many parts of the route to assist elderly or infirm passengers.

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said they had been campaigning for a service since 1965. “Some of these residents had to either walk up and down Clifton Common or pay to get a taxi back. I was pleased to see so many people on Tuesday travelling down to Brighouse on it.”

Timetables are available from the bus station, libraries, supermarkets and health centres along the route and www.wymetro.com