Buses can provide ideal & affordable outings for this Sunday’s car free day, says Alliance
Direct access to attractions throughout West Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales by bus.
With 2019’s Car Free Day falling on Sunday (22 September), the West Yorkshire Bus Alliance is reminding people that they can use the bus to travel to visitor attractions across the county and beyond.
There are some fantastic attractions across West Yorkshire that are accessible by bus. These include Bradford’s National Science and Media Museum, Hebden Bridge and Halifax’s Eureka! National Children's Museum in Calderdale and Last Tango in Halifax locations Marsden & Slaithwaite in Kirklees. In Leeds there is also the Art Gallery and Museum and, further out, Tropical World. Wakefield’s award-winning Hepworth Gallery and Newmillerdam are also accessible by bus.
And there is a range of money saving tickets providing great savings on days out for individuals, families, groups of friends, and young people.
With a Family DaySaver up to two adults with three children or one adult with up to four children can enjoy all day Sunday bus and train travel anywhere in West Yorkshire for just £13. And groups of up to five can make the most of unlimited Sunday bus and train travel throughout the county with a Group DaySaver costing only £23.
Young people can go anywhere all day on any bus with MyDay tickets which can be loaded onto a blue Mcard smartcard and cost £2.75 each, reducing to just £2.50 when bought in multiples of 10.
Cllr Kim Groves Chair of the West Yorkshire Bus Alliance and the Combined Authority’s Transport Committee said: “Buses are hugely important for getting people to and from work and make a massive contribution to reducing commuter congestion and pollution across West Yorkshire. But, we should also remember they can also be used for days out, visits to the wide range of attractions West Yorkshire has to offer and trips further afield to The Dales.
“The weather’s looking promising this weekend so I would encourage people to celebrate Sunday’s Car Free Day by going out on public transport and enjoying themselves, car-free.”
Yorkshire Dales by bus
People in West Yorkshire wanting to travel to top Yorkshire Dales destinations such as Bolton Abbey, Buckden, Burnsall, Hebden, Grassington, Kettlewell and Kilnsey can catch direct bus services from Adel, Ben Rhydding, Burley, Headingley, Ilkley, Leeds, Otley, Rothwell and Wakefield.
Additionally people can use bus and train services to towns such as Skipton on the edge of the Dales, from where a busy bus network connects the Dales National Park’s main towns, villages and tourist attractions.
On Sundays, including this Sunday’s Car Free Day, people with a West Yorkshire MCard loaded with weekly, monthly or annual tickets can use them on services in the Dales. These include DalesBus services 821, 825, 874, 875 and 884.
People with Senior or Disabled passes from the English National Concessionary Scheme will be able to use them for free on most DalesBus services this Sunday.
Dales Rover Tickets providing unlimited travel on Sundays and Bank Holidays cost just £10. They are valid on a wide range of services including all DalesBus services, First Leeds services 33, 34 & X84, Flying Tiger service 747 and all buses run by the Keighley and the Harrogate Bus Company.
Dales Freedom Rover Family tickets for any group of up to two adults and up to three under-19s travelling together, cost just £18. Dales Privilege Rover for students ENCTS elderly or disabled pass holders and Railcard holders cost £8.
The West Yorkshire Bus Alliance aims is to put customers at the heart of improving services, keeping buses moving and developing a sustainable bus network.
The Alliance brings together the Combined Authority, bus operators Arriva, First and Transdev. It also includes smaller bus companies brought together through the through Association of Bus Operators in West Yorkshire.
Quicker and more reliable journeys, further progress towards carbon-free services, easy-to-understand and affordable fares for people of all ages and better travel advice and journey planning information are all Alliance commitments. Improved customer service and facilities, such as more, free Wi-Fi and USB charging points, are also promised.
With almost three million people using them to travel to and from work in West Yorkshire every week, buses are vital to the local economy.
Key themes being worked on through the West Yorkshire Bus Alliance are Ticketing and Affordability, Customer Service, Clean Bus Technology and Travel Information, The Network, Highway Infrastructure as well as Travel Information, Communication and Engagement.