Arrow Coach Travel fights back after floods

Floods in Brighouse December 2015. Picture by Stuart Black
Floods in Brighouse December 2015. Picture by Stuart Black

Businesses in Brighouse are fighting back following the Boxing Day floods and are preparing for the year ahead.

A mass clean up operation continues in Brighouse as businesses were hit by floods as canal and river hit record levels.

Floods in Brighouse December 2015. Picture by William Kneeshaw

Floods in Brighouse December 2015. Picture by William Kneeshaw

The River Calder and Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal reached their peak on Boxing Day leaving businesses along the banks under water.

Arrow Coach travel, run by husband and wife team Richard and Julie Jessop, has undergone a huge clean up operation to and is now in a position to take bookings.

On their website they said: “Arrow Coach Travel are pleased to announce that we will overcome the small set backs of the Boxing Day Floods and that we have already overcome some of the immediate issues already.

“we are pleased to announce that we have had our phone line diverted to a mobile in order that from today we can take calls, bookings and queries.

“Please bear with us if you are having difficulty getting through. Please email us in with your contact details and we will contact you as soon as possible.

“It is unfortunate that our booking office at our yard in Brighouse was devastated with the flood water and due to the damage caused we are unable to accept walk in bookings and this will remain closed until further notice.

“Pease support this family run firm and help us keep supplying value for money coach hire, day excursions and short breaks to both our valued and new customers.

“We look forward to welcoming you aboard in 2016.

“All our agents with the exception of The Travel Centre in Mytholmroyd which was badly affected by flooding also are open as normal to hand out brochures and accept bookings.

“At this time are hearts go out to The Travel Centre and all the effected areas of The Calder Valley, Shipley and Baildon Areas we are rebuilding slowly but it will take some others months or even years to recover.”

To make a booking and to find out more details call 01484 721538 or visit

Neighbours ROKT Climbing Gym also suffered after the floods.

Two to three feet of flood water covered the climbing wall’s entire ground floor, saturating the safety mats, damaging the electrics and ruining the woodwork.

Euan Noble, commercial director of ROKT, said: While the ground floor under goes refurbishment, most of the centre will be open for business as usual including bouldering, summit room, circuit room, slab room and the kids attic.

ROKT is looking to get back up and running as normal and re-design structures to prevent damage from future floods and a just giving page has been set up to raise £20,000 towards cost.

Visit to donate.