Keighley Bus Co doubles popular town services

The Keighley Bus Company now runs twice as many journeys on its most popular town services.

The additional journeys were added to timetables yesterday (15 May 2022).

The bus firm says it is encouraged by progress made so far in attracting people back to its buses since lockdown restrictions lifted, with busiest routes on its Keighley network reporting customer numbers reaching almost 80% of pre-COVID levels.

Working in partnership with Metro, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s travel network, The Keighley Bus Company’s parent firm Transdev has reviewed changing travel patterns to create a new bus network for Keighley. More frequent buses will run on many routes, with up to double the current number of journeys on selected services. It is hoped this will attract around 10,000 more customer journeys a week.

Transdev believes a successful relaunch of Keighley’s buses could provide a template for future partnership working in West Yorkshire to deliver wider improvements from the £830 million awarded to the region as part of the Government’s Bus Service Improvement Programme (BSIP).

“This is our first positive network review in West Yorkshire since pandemic travel restrictions were lifted” – The Keighley Bus Company’s General Manager, Alan Isherwood

The Keighley Bus Company’s General Manager, Alan Isherwood, said: “This is our first positive network review in West Yorkshire since pandemic travel restrictions were lifted. We’ve analysed current travel patterns in and around the town as well as emerging trends post-lockdown – now we’re set to bounce back with a better service for Keighley.

“We want to build on the multi-million-pound investment by Transdev in new, Euro VI ultra-low emission buses for our town. We’ve put in considerable effort alongside our partners at Metro to build a network that’s fit for the future.

“These improvements show our commitment to Keighley’s recovery and for us, this is just the beginning. We want to work hand in hand with the town’s business community and do everything we can to support businesses and the local economy.

“Several areas will see increased timetables and, in some cases, double the number of buses on selected routes.”

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