Leeds and West Yorkshire: Festivities put brakes on rail and bus travel

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PUBLIC transport users in West Yorkshire have been told to brace themselves for a Christmas services closedown.

West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro has confirmed that no local trains will be operating in the county on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

Engineering work in the Peterborough area is also expected to cause serious disruption to journeys on the East Coast Main Line between Leeds and London on Friday, December 27. Metro says people planning to travel south of Grantham on the route are “strongly advised” to put off their trip until the following day.

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Bus services in West Yorkshire will begin winding down after 6pm on Christmas Eve before grinding to a complete halt after 8pm.

The only buses on the road in the county on Christmas Day will be a limited number of free, volunteer-run services in the Keighley area. There is some good news up ahead for bus users, however, as Metro will again be organising special services on Boxing Day to shopping centres, retail parks and hospitals. The buses will run on a half-hourly basis between 9am and 6pm on what are described as “main routes” in places including Leeds and Wakefield. Flat-fare day tickets will be available, priced £3.50 for adults. Metro chairman Coun James Lewis told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “[We have] been funding Boxing Day bus services since 2007, and they have grown in popularity since then.

“Around 50,000 people each year use the Boxing Day services to call on family and friends, make hospital visits or to travel to and from shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.”

A Saturday bus service will operate across most of the county on December 27.

For more information on public transport over the festive period, visit: www.wymetro.com website or ring MetroLine on 0113 245 7676.

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