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First Calderdale & Huddersfield
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Various First buses in Huddersfield.
Parent FirstGroup
Founded 2003, formerly First Calderline/First Huddersfield
Headquarters Skircoat Road, Halifax, Old Fieldhouse Lane, Huddersfield and Millwood Garage, Halifax Road, Todmorden
Service area Halifax, Huddersfield, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Ripponden, Holmfirth, Meltham, Brighouse, Bradford, Leeds, Keighley, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale
Service type Bus services
Web site www.firstgroup.com

First Calderdale & Huddersfield is one of the bus companies serving the area of West Yorkshire, England. It forms part of FirstGroup, a company operating transport services across the British Isles and in North America. The company operates within the area covered by Metro, a public body responsible for helping to co-ordinate public transport services in the West Yorkshire area.

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History

First Calderdale & Huddersfield is an amalgamation of First Halifax (formerly First Calderline) and First Huddersfield. The company of today originally formed part of the Yorkshire Rider company in the 1980s and 1990s, which operated most of the services in the West Yorkshire area. The company was formed in 1986 at the time of deregulation with the town suffix at the end of the name, Calderdale was Yorkshire Rider Halifax, Kirklees was Yorkshire Rider Huddersfield.

Yorkshire Rider continued operation of services until 1994 when the company was purchased by Badgerline Group, who would merge with Grampian Regional Transport in 1995 to form the First Group. The services were re-named Rider Halifax and Rider Huddersfield in 1995 then re-named again the same year, with Rider Halifax changed to Calderline and would also incorporate the Todmorden operation of Yorkshire Rider and Rider Huddersfield changed to Kingfisher.

In 1996, the First logo started to appear on services and Calderline and Kingfisher were given their own individual livery, changing from the green and white of Yorkshire Rider. Although Kingfisher would keep green as its main colour, Calderline changed to a white and blue livery.

In 1998, the First prefix was adopted to the names of the companies, with Calderline becoming First Calderline and Kingfisher becoming First Kingfisher Huddersfield before being shortened to First Huddersfield.

At the turn of the century, the livery of the two companies would changed to incorporate First Group's standard livery now seen on the majority of First services in the country.

First Calderline would re-name itself again in the 2000s as First Halifax before the decision to merge the operation of the First services in West Yorkshire to be called First West Yorkshire, which would consist of First Bradford, First Leeds and First Calderdale & Huddersfield.

Service

First Calderdale & Huddersfield operates services mainly in the Calderdale and Kirklees areas but also run services into Bradford, Leeds, Burnley, Rochdale, Oldham and Manchester. The services operate from depots in Halifax, Huddersfield and Todmorden with some of the 184 service operated from First Manchester's Oldham depot.

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List of routes

This is a summary of First Calderdale & Huddersfield services.

No. From To Via Notes
181 Huddersfield Wilberlee Cowlersley, Linthwaite, Slaithwaite
182 Huddersfield Marsden Hard End Cowlersley, Linthwaite, Blackmoorfoot, Slaithwaite
183 Huddersfield Marsden Hard End Cowlersley, Linthwaite, Slaithwaite
184 Huddersfield Manchester Piccadilly Cowlersley, Slaithwaite, Marsden, Diggle, Uppermill, Oldham Jointly run with First Manchester
185 Huddersfield Marsden Dirker Cowlersley, Slaithwaite
186 Marsden Dirker Huddersfield Slaithwaite, Linthwaite, Cowlersley
200 Huddersfield Old Fieldhouse Lane (First Depot) Leeds Road
226 Halifax Norwood Green Hipperholme
301
302
Huddersfield Golcar Milnsbridge Circular routes
303 Huddersfield Scapegoat Hill Milnsbridge, Golcar
306 Huddersfield Taylor Hill Newsome Circular
307 Huddersfield Blagden Farm Newsome Circular
308 Huddersfield Holmfirth Newsome, Honley
312 Huddersfield Parkhead Blagden Farm, Honley, Holmfirth
313 Huddersfield Hepworth Honley Bridge, Holmfirth
314 Huddersfield Holme Honley Bridge, New Mill, Holmfirth
316 Huddersfield Parkhead Honley Bridge, New Mill, Holmfirth
321 Huddersfield Meltham Broadlands Netherton, Marten Nest
323 Huddersfield Marten Nest Netherton
324 Huddersfield Meltham Broadlands Netherton
327 Huddersfield Deighton Birkby, Brackenhall
328 Bradley Balmoral Avenue Fartown Bar, Huddersfield, Thornton Lodge
336 Huddersfield Huddersfield Almondbury, Newsome, Beaumont Park Circular.
337 Huddersfield Huddersfield Beaumont Park, Newsome, Almondbury Circular.
342 Huddersfield Almondbury Fernside Crescent Circular
343 Huddersfield Halifax Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Blackley, Elland, Barkisland
344 Huddersfield Elland Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Blackley
346 Huddersfield Wilberlee Milnsbridge, Slaithwaite
353 Huddersfield Huddersfield Paddock, Longwood, Quarmby
356 Huddersfield Longwood Paddock
358 Huddersfield Huddersfield Ashenhurst, Lowerhouses Circular
363 Huddersfield Bradford Bradley Bar, Brighouse, Odsal
370 Rawthorpe Lindley Moldgreen, Huddersfield, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
371 Dalton Lindley Moldgreen, Huddersfield, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
372 Almondbury Lindley Waterloo, Moldgreen, Huddersfield, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
387 Huddersfield Beaumont Park Victoria Road Circular
398 University of Huddersfield Storthes Hall Waterloo Student shuttle service.
399 University of Huddersfield Storthes Hall Waterloo Student shuttle service.
501 Huddersfield Halifax Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Weatherhill, Ainley Top, Elland, West Vale
502 Keighley Halifax Haworth, Denholme, Causeway Foot
503 Huddersfield Halifax Ainley Top, Elland, West Vale
507 Halifax Claremont Circular
508 Halifax [[Leeds City bus station]] Shelf, Odsal, Stanningley, Armley
510 Halifax Mixenden Hebble Lane
511 Halifax Halifax Mixenden, Nursery Lane Circular
512 Halifax Halifax Mixenden, Mount Tabor, Pellon Circular. Runs in both directions
513 Halifax Halifax Nursey Lane, Mixenden Circular
517 Halifax Burnley Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall
521 Halifax Illingworth Ovenden Way Circular
522 Halifax Illingworth Keighley Road Circular
523 Halifax Bradshaw Nursery Lane
526 Halifax Shelf Bradshaw, Hungerhill
528 Halifax Rochdale Sowerby Bridge, Ripponden, Littleborough, Smallbridge
531 Halifax Sowerby Bridge Calderdale Royal Hospital, Copley
532 Halifax Ripponden Copley, Sowerby Bridge
533 Halifax Ripponden Copley, Sowerby Bridge, Mill Bank
534 Halifax Northowram Stump Cross
535 Halifax Rye Lane Pellon Lane
537
538
Halifax Huddersfield Elland, Stainland, Outlane
539 Halifax Huddersfield West Vale, Stainland, Outlane
541
542
Norton Tower Siddal Halifax
546 Halifax Halifax Newlands, Warley Circular
547 Brighouse Huddersfield Rastrick, Fixby
548 Halifax Nunnery Lane Hipperholme, Brighouse
549 Halifax Huddersfield Hipperholme, Brighouse, Nunnery Lane, Fixby
554 Halifax Wainstalls Mount Tabor
556
559
Halifax Scammonden Greetland, Norland (559), Barkisland
557 Halifax Ripponden Greetland, Norland, Barkisland
560 Halifax Commons Sowerby Bridge, Ripponden, Rishworth
561 Halifax Rishworth Sowerby Bridge, Ripponden
566 Halifax Rishworth Sowerby Bridge, Mill Bank, Ripponden
570 Halifax Bradford Elland, Brighouse, Shelf
571 Halifax Bradford Southowram, Brighouse, Shelf
572 Halifax Southowram
573 Halifax Midgley Booth
574 Halifax Midgley Booth
575 Halifax Midgley Booth
576 Halifax Bradford Queensbury
577
578
Halifax Hubberton Sowerby Bridge, Sowerby, Boulderclough Service 577 runs from Halifax and service 578 runs to Halifax
579 Halifax Sowerby Sowerby Bridge
589 Rochdale Burnley Littleborough, Walsden, Todmorden, Portsmouth
590 Halifax Rochdale Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Walsden, Littleborough
591 Halifax Heptonstall Hebden Bridge
592 Halifax Burnley Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Portsmouth
593 Halifax Old Town Hebden Bridge
594 Halifax Todmorden Hebden Bridge
832 Halifax West End Washer Lane
906 Hardcastle Crags Widdop Reservoir Hebden Bridge
A Hebden Bridge Hebden Bridge Old Town, Dodd Naze Hebden Bridger
B Hebden Bridge Hebden Bridge Dodd Naze, Old Naze Hebden Bridger
C Hebden Bridge Hebden Bridge Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale Hebden Bridger
D Hebden Bridge Hebden Bridge Mytholmroyd, Banksfield Hebden Bridger
E Hebden Bridge Hebden Bridge Heptonstall, Blackshaw Head Hebden Bridger
MC4 Elland Brighouse Lowfields, Elland MetroConnect.
T1 Todmorden Todmorden Cross Lee MetroConnect
T2 Todmorden Todmorden Longfield MetroConnect
T3 Todmorden Todmorden Carr House, Highcroft MetroConnect
T4 Todmorden Todmorden Carr House, Woodohuse Grove MetroConnect
T6 Todmorden Todmorden Walsden, Harvelin Park MetroConnect
T8 Todmorden Todmorden Halifax Road, Harvelin Park MetroConnect
T9 Todmorden Todmorden Highcroft, Carr House, Woodhouse Grove MetroConnect
X11 Parkhead Huddersfield Holmfirth, Honley Bridge
X13 Holmfirth Huddersfield Hepworth, Honley Bridge

Service Changes

Service run by First Calderdale & Huddersfield will mainly change during Metro's pre-designated dates. There are 6 dates during the year in which buses may change. They are in the final weekend of January, the 3rd weekend of April, the final weekend of July, the 1st weekend of September, the final weekend of October and the 1st or 2nd weekend of December. Occasionally, some services may change outside of these dates but the majority of changes will take place in any of the 6 dates mentioned. The changes are listed around 3 weeks in advance on their website [1]

In 2009 it was reported that First along with K-Line Travel and Huddersfield Bus Company will cut services in the Huddersfield area due to the economic downturn. Services to or via: Ashenhurst, Bradford, Clayton West, Dalton, Deighton, Denby Dale, Dewsbury, Halifax, Holmfirth, Kirkheaton, Lepton, Lindley, Lowerhouses, Meltham, Newsome, Quarmby, Slaithwaite and Wakefield will be affected.[2]

Overground

In the last few years, First has introduced Overground services on services with a frequent daytime service. The Overground is now a prominent fixture on all First bus companies in the UK and is based on the London Underground network with each service having its own colour line. First Calderdale & Huddersfield have more than one Overground route with the same colour, although, to avoid confusion, the Overground is split into two sections, one for the Halifax area and one for the Huddersfield area. The 503 service forms the Orange Line in both areas.

The services that form the Overground network in Halifax & Huddersfield are:

Number Branding From To Via Notes
181
182
183
184
185
Purple Huddersfield Wilberlee (181)
Marsden Hard End (182/183)
Manchester
Piccadilly (184)
Marsden
Dirker (185)
Cowlersley, Linthwaite (181/182/183), Blackmoorfoot (182), Slaithwaite, Marsden (182-185), Oldham (184)
301
302
Yellow Huddersfield Golcar Milnsbridge Circulars
306 Pink Huddersfield Taylor Hill Newsome Church Circular
321
323
324
Green Huddersfield Meltham (321, 324)
Marten Nest (323)
Netherton, Marten Nest (321, 323)
327 Blue Huddersfield Deighton Rail Station Fartown
328 Lime Green Bradley Balmoral Avenue Fartown Bar, Huddersfield
363 Brown Huddersfield Bradford Bradley Bar, Brighouse, Odsal Top
370
371
Red Lindley Rawthorpe (370
Dalton (371)
Huddersfield, Moldgreen
372 Sky Blue Lindley Almondbury Huddersfield, Waterloo
503 Orange Halifax Huddersfield West Vale, Elland
508 Red Halifax Leeds Shelf, Osdal, Stanningley, Bramley
510
511
512
513
Purple Halifax Mixenden
521 Sky Blue Halifax Illingworth Ovenden Way Circular
522 Sky Blue Halifax Illingworth Keighley Road Circular
541
542
Yellow Siddal Norton Tower Halifax
548
549
Pink Halifax Nunnery Lane Hipperholme, Brighouse
576 Lime Green Halifax Bradford Boothtown, Queensbury
579 Brown Halifax Boulderclough King Cross, Sowerby Bridge, Sowerby
590
591
592
593
594
Green Halifax Rochdale (590)
Heptonstall (591)
Burnley (592)
Old Town (593)
Todmorden (594)
King Cross, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden (590/2/4), Walsden (590), Littleborough (590), Portsmouth (592)

HolmfirthCONNECTION

From the 29th October 2006, buses running between Huddersfield and Holmfirth were re-branded as part of the HolmfirthCONNECTION. This was a service that was run in partnership with First Calderdale & Huddersfield and Transpennine Express. It was designed to provide a direct bus to train link for passengers travelling from the Holme Valley on the bus to Huddersfield railway station to connect with trains to Leeds, Dewsbury and Manchester on Transpennine Express services.

Buses 309-316 had their timetables changed and their terminus in Huddersfield moved from the bus station (buses still serve the bus station on journeys towards Holmfirth) to the train station. The timetable changed to co-ordinate with the trains and included the introduction of a couple of late night journeys between Huddersfield and Holmfirth running after midnight. These service are currently the 314 and X10.

Passengers are able to buy tickets on the bus as normal when travelling between the Holme Valley and Huddersfield but were also able to buy tickets on the bus for their train journey as well. The tickets can be bought to be used on the day or for a week. The weekly ticket provides unlimited travel for that week on First buses in the Calderdale and Kirklees areas and on the trains from Huddersfield to Leeds, Dewsbury or Manchester.

The offer is an attractive one for people living in the Holme Valley as Holmfirth doesn't have a train station and their connections to the trains at Huddersfield train station is made easier as passengers are able to walk off the bus, into the train station and onto the train without having to queue up for another ticket.

This offer is that train travel is restricted to Transpennine Express services and is not valid on any Northern Rail train running along the same routes. The other is that the offer is only available for passengers travelling from the Holme Valley and is not available for people starting their journey on Transpennine Express services from Dewsbury, Leeds or Manchester.

In December 2007, First made several changes to its HolmfirthCONNECTION services, withdrawing the 309, 310 and 311 services, extending the daytime 312 service and the 314 service to Holme, extending the 316 service to Parkhead and re-routing the 313 service via Thongsbridge to Holmfirth before continuing to Hepworth. Three express services were introduced, the X10 from Holme to Huddersfield, plus 1 journey each on the X13 from Hepworth to Huddersfield and the X16 from Parkhead to Huddersfield.

The changes were originally proposed for October 2007 but was delayed following complaints from local residents who were unhappy with some of the changes, especially the 313 service as Jackson Bridge would be left unserved by First[3]. This led to a protest outside Holmfirth bus station [4]. Following consulation with First and Metro[5], First agreed to provide some buses to run via Jackson Bridge and introduce some peak time express journeys. Also as some compensation, First offered free travel to all passengers of services 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, X10, X13 and X16 on its first weekday service, on the 10th December 2007[6].

HolmfirthCONNECTION services underwent changes again in July 2008, with the Monday-Saturday daytime service on service 312 and all journeys on service 315 withdrawn and replaced by new service 308. More changes took place in April 2009, with the 308 terminating at Holmfirth instead of Parkhead, the 314 re-routed between Holmfirth and Holme, the 316 serving Parkhead instead of Holme and the X10 and X16 services replaced by a new X11 service, while in July 2009, all 313A journeys were re-numbered 313.

The current services that form the HolmfirthCONNECTION are:

No Route
308 Huddersfield - Lockwood Bar - Newsome - Honley Bridge - Honley - Oldfield - Netherthong - Holmfirth
312 Huddersfield - Lockwood Bar - Blagden Farm - Honley Bridge - Honley - Oldfield - Netherthong - Holmfirth - Parkhead Evenings and Sundays only
313 Huddersfield - Honley Bridge - Brockholes - Holmfirth - Scholes - Hepworth
314 Huddersfield - Honley Bridge - Brockholes - New Mill - Holmfirth - Holmbridge - Holme
316 Huddersfield - Honley Bridge - Brockholes - New Mill - Holmfirth - Parkhead
X11 Parkhead - Holmfirth - Honley Bridge - Huddersfield Limited Stop
X13 Hepworth - Scholes - Holmfirth - Honley Bridge - Huddersfield Limited Stop

MelthamCONNECTION

From 27 July 2008, buses running between Huddersfield, Netherton, Marten Nest and Meltham are to be re-branded as part of the MelthamCONNECTION. It is based on the HolmfirthCONNECTION services that was introduced in 2006 to services running between the Holme Valley and Huddersfield. It is designed to provide a direct bus to train link for passengers travelling from Meltham, Marten Nest and Netherton on the bus to Huddersfield train station to connect with trains to Leeds, Dewsbury and Manchester on Transpennine Express services. Buses 321, 323 and 324 will have their timetables changed but unlike the HolmfirthCONNECTION, their terminus in Huddersfield will stay at the bus station and not serve the train station in Huddersfield. Passengers are able to buy tickets on the bus as normal when travelling to Huddersfield but were also able to buy tickets on the bus for their train journey as well. The tickets can be bought to be used on the day or for a week. The weekly ticket provides unlimited travel for that week on First buses in the Calderdale and Kirklees areas and on the trains from Huddersfield to Leeds, Dewsbury or Manchester.

The offer is an attractive one for people living in the Meltham and Netherton areas as they don't have a train station and their connections to the trains at Huddersfield train station is made easier as passengers are able to walk off the bus, into the train station and onto the train without having to queue up for another ticket.

The services that will form the MelthamCONNECTION are:

No Route
321 Huddersfield – Netherton – Marten Nest - Meltham Evenings and Sundays only
323 Huddersfield – Netherton – Marten Nest
324 Huddersfield – Netherton – Meltham

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