Better buses boost for Keighley

Article dated Monday Sep 4, 2023 at 04:13 PM

A major boost to bus services in Keighley was launched on Friday (1 September).

A flat fare has been introduced in the town and service frequencies have been increased to make travelling by bus more affordable and convenient.

Bradford Council has been central to the move through the Enhanced Partnership with bus operators, as part of a £4.23 million region-wide investment by West Yorkshire Combined Authority from the Bus Service Improvement Plan.

The new schemes are now operational and passengers on Transdev's Keighley Town network will benefit from a £1 flat fare on all routes. The K2/K3 service between the town centre and the Braithwaite Estate now runs every 10 minutes instead of every 15 minutes.

The K7 between Keighley and Oakworth now runs every 12 minutes, instead of every 20 minutes. These changes now mean passengers can ‘turn up and go’ in the daytime without needing to check a timetable.

The Aireline number 60 service, which runs from Keighley to Leeds, has increased to every 20 minutes between Leeds and Shipley. There are also extra buses between Keighley and Leeds in the peak periods, with 11 buses arriving in Leeds before 10am instead of eight as before, and nine buses leaving Leeds for Keighley between 3.30pm and 6.30pm, instead of 6 as before.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, leader of Bradford Council and the transport portfolio lead for West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: "We are delighted to launch these service enhancements to boost the bus network in Keighley, which will support the local economy and town centre.

"A £1 Keighley zone flat fare will help encourage more people onto the buses and keep prices down for passengers. It’s another positive step in improving transport links across the district. Delivering cheaper, more reliable bus travel across the region makes sustainable transport a convenient option and puts customers at the heart of the service."

West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin said: “I’m thrilled we have been able to work together as regional leaders to improve some of our most important bus routes.  

“These supercharged services will help get people out of their cars and onto the bus - and reflect our West Yorkshire Plan priority to create a better-connected region. 

“But this is just the beginning – we are in talks with bus operators and local authorities about how we can build from this scheme to improve services in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield too.” 

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