Keighley's Christmas Day bus service is just the ticket for passengers

Keighley News: Volunteer Paul Hollingsbee during the Christmas Day bus service Volunteer Paul Hollingsbee during the Christmas Day bus service

Keighley’s free Christmas Day bus service proved just the ticket with the public.

Nearly 600 passengers took advantage of the initiative.

“It wasn’t a record number but it was up on last year and everything went very well,” said Graham Mitchell, of Keighley Bus Museum Trust, whose volunteers run the service.

“There was a bit of a slow start but it got very busy late morning and in the afternoon.

“People have come to rely on the service and the feedback we receive is excellent. It certainly fulfils a need.”

Two buses, a red London Routemaster double-decker and a Halifax corporation single-deck vehicle, were in operation.

Eight volunteers – working in two shifts – manned the buses, providing drivers and conductors.

Financial support came from JD Wetherspoon and Keighley Town Council.

Since the initiative was launched in 1995, about 10,000 passengers have used the services.

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