Leeds passengers told to prepare for a festive shutdown

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Public transport users in Leeds are facing up to a festive shutdown on the buses and the railways.

No trains will be running in the city or the rest of West Yorkshire on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, it has been announced.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) says virtually all of the county’s standard bus services will also be out of action on those two days.

Leeds-based transport campaigner Stuart Long said: “As a great region and looking to help shoppers it seems daft to have such a poor service on public transport over the festive period, especially with the huge profits the operators make. We cannot help grow the high street if people cannot get to it.”

West Yorkshire’s trains will mostly run as normal on Christmas Eve until 8pm, when services are due to start winding down.

They will grind to a complete halt by 10pm and will not be back in action until December 27, when a normal timetable will operate after 7.30am.

Buses, meanwhile, will gradually stop running in West Yorkshire after 6pm on Christmas Eve, with no services on the road after 8pm.

The only local buses operating on Christmas Day will be the 113 and a limited range of free, voluntary services in the Keighley area.

There is some good news, however, for bus users.

Although no standard buses will be running in Leeds on Boxing Day, the WYCA is funding a number of special services.

They will operate on key routes approximately every half-hour between 9am and 6pm.

Routes where the special buses are running include the 4 (Seacroft-Pudsey), 51/52 (Moor Allerton-Morley) and 56 (Whinmoor-Moor Grange).

Normal bus timetables will resume on December 27.

For full information on the Christmas schedules, visit the www.wymetro.com website.

The recently-formed WYCA includes what was Metro, West Yorkshire’s publicly-funded passenger transport authority.

Christmas shoppers have been reminded that the Elland Road park-and-ride site in Leeds will be open on Sunday, December 21.

The site normally only operates Monday to Saturday, except on Saturdays when Leeds United are at home.

Visit the www.wymetro.com/park-and-ride web page for more details.

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