Mayor to introduce free shuttle bus service as Arriva bus strikes continue in West Yorkshire

Service will connect Pinderfields Hospital with Wakefield Bus Station.

As the strike by drivers working for Arriva Yorkshire ends its first week, Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, has announced plans to introduce a free shuttle service to Pinderfields Hospital from the centre of Wakefield from Monday 13 June, helping people to reach appointments or to visit friends and family.

Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, said:

“This continuing strike is causing real hardship to people across Wakefield, Dewsbury and Batley. As someone who regularly uses the bus network, I know that buses are at the heart of our communities and hear people’s frustrations - not everyone can afford a taxi, has access to a car or to a lift share scheme, and even if they did the cost of petrol now makes it too costly to drive.

“Bus services in England outside London are run by individual operators, not by local government, so our powers to intervene are limited. However, due to the prolonged action and the need for communities to access vital public services, we are introducing a free shuttle bus service from Wakefield Bus Station to Pinderfields Hospital. This will mean people can reach essential hospital appointments or visit family and friends.

“Like many people across our region, I would like to see these issues resolved as soon as possible. I’ve met with both Arriva Yorkshire and Unite to urge them to come to an agreement for the benefit of passengers, bus drivers, the company and those local businesses that rely on people being able to get to work or get to the shops.”

More details will be available on the Metro travel website at www.wymetro.com.

The service will run every 20 minutes.