Boxing Day bus a great success for Wetherby

Boxing Day bus a great success for Wetherby

Published: 12th January 2015

wetherby busThe first Boxing Day bus from Leeds to Wetherby proved a hit with passengers heading to the city and the races.

Local campaigner Paul Kirby, with Elmet and Rothwell Alec Shelbrooke and local councillors, fought to get the service up and running to allow people across the region to get to

Wetherby Racecourse’s feature race day.

The X98 service, funded by Metro – the West Yorkshire transport authority – was well used, and Mr Kirby is now hoping Metro will renew the service for Boxing Day 2015.

He said: “I am very pleased with the number of passengers I saw using the service.

“The first journey from Wetherby to Leeds was very popular indeed with all ages taking advantage of going to the sales or meeting friends. It was an almost full bus.

“Hopefully Metro will confirm it was popular enough to run again next year, but it is fantastic news and made all the hard work worthwhile.”

Five thousand leaflets with the bus times were distributed to promote the hourly service, and Mr Kirby also put laminated timetables up at many bus shelters.

Providing the service does go ahead this year, Mr Kirby has suggested Metro use the Ainsty Road/Aire Road estate, and put on a last bus at 5.45pm to gives Leeds United fans a chance to use it when the team is playing at home.

Mr Shelbrooke said: “While we need to work with Metro to ensure this service receives the publicity it deserves, I hope the numbers will speak for themselves and Metro will realise it is popular enough to run next year.”