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West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
Type Passenger Transport Executive
Founded 1974
(Local Government Act 1972)
Headquarters Wellington House,
40-50 Wellington Street,
Leeds,
England
Area served West Yorkshire
Industry Public transport
Parent West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority (WYITA)
Website www.wymetro.com

The West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (WYPTE) is the Passenger Transport Executive for the county of West Yorkshire, England. It is the executive arm of the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) and was originally formed on 1 April 1974 as the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority, with the formation of the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire. From the outset the trade name was known as Metro, originally with a suffix of its district; that is, Metro Leeds for Leeds, Metro Bradford for Bradford, Metro Wakefield for Wakefield, Metro Kirklees for Huddersfield, and Metro Calderdale for Halifax, but regional variations in branding have since been discontinued. It is responsible for setting transport policy in the area, and by subsidising bus services and by funding local MetroTrain services.

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MetroBus

Buses in West Yorkshire are operated by private companies, with early morning, late evening, Sunday and rural services often supported by Metro. They have a special rural bus section, which promotes a combination of minor local links and major long distance routes in the county.

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Many will notice, especially film buffs that the logo is almost identical to the Metro Bus logo in Canada as seen in the film Gone in Sixty Seconds.

History

Bus fleet 1974-1980

New buses were purchased in large numbers at the outset, with Leyland Atlanteans and Fleetlines being bodied by Charles H. Roe of Leeds to a specific design for the PTE, with most of the Fleetlines going to Halifax, though a small number of Fleetlines were bodied by Northern Counties. A number of MCW-Scania Metropolitans were also purchased. Single decks were met by short Leyland Leopards with Plaxton Derwent bodies usually for Halifax. The PTE also had a coach fleet which traded as MetroCoach, with the more upmarket coaches having being branded MetroCoach Executive: these were usually Leyland Leopards with Plaxton and Duple bodies, but later Leyland Tigers with the same bodies were also purchased including some Royal Tigers with stylish Roe Doyen bodywork bought in 1983. The coach livery was ivory, red and brown.

In 1979 the last Fleetlines arrived for the PTE (making a total of 156 PTE specified Fleetlines), and towards the end of the year the a new batch of Atlanteans arrived with a revised driving position, which was made higher up, pantograph windscreen wipers, and a new interior decor which was akin to London Transport's with yellow/orange upper and green/brown lower panels and a new moquette (seat pattern), again, similar to LT's in a brown and orange pattern. This was the new standard interior specification.

In 1980 a batch of the new Leyland National 2 was purchased, and ten MCW Metrobuses arrived, five arriving in April and five in November.

As of 2008,the only signs of metrobus is the bus stop colours and signs in west yorkshire

Fleet livery

In 1976 modifications were made to the livery. Originally there were three stripes at the sides of the destination box that wrapped round to the sides of the bus and swept down. This took time to apply, and a trial was made with one thin line. In 1977 a further modification was made when the lines were removed entirely and the green area at the skirting area of was raised up: thus there was slightly more green. The other change was the fleet name, which was known as MetroBus, removing the district names.

New integrated bus system

During July 1981 MetroBus (the WYPTE) and the National Bus Company (NBC) formed a new integrated transport system for West Yorkshire, known as the "Metro-National Transport Company Ltd". All PTE and NBC buses in the West Yorkshire area began to appear with a new emblem, which consisted of the MetroBus WY's in one box and the NBC "double N" or "N-blem" appearing in another to the right of the PTE emblem, and slightly lower, both boxes were linked to show the integration. They also appeared with MetroBus fleetnames with "The easy way from here to there in West Yorkshire"

Bus fleet 1980-1986

December 1981 saw the last Atlanteans delivered to the PTE with VWW361X: numbered 6361 it carried the PTE standard Roe bodywork. In 1980/1 the PTE initially ordered 22 of the new Leyland Olympians (although two were cancelled); also ordered was a further 10 MCW Metrobuses but with the 'new' Alexander RH-type bodywork. They also received two of three long National 2's VWU1331/2X (1331/2) with YWX333X (1333) arriving in early 1982. In October 1981 the first Olympian 5001 (reg UWW1X) arrived: this bus is now with Chester City Transport as HTU785X (this vehicle has however been out of service since June 2005), the second 5002 (UWW2X) arrived about the same time. The rest of the batch arrived during March 1982 and around the same time were the ten Alexander Metrobuses. More Olympians arrived from later in 1982-3.

January 1983 saw the arrival of 20 MCW Metrobus MK2's and a batch of Duple Dominant bus bodied Leyland Tiger buses, which were dual-purpose. Also in 1983 two buses in Huddersfield were painted to mark 100 years of public transport in Huddersfield with Atlanteans 6299/300 (PUA299/300W), the former being painted in Huddersfield red and cream and the latter in Huddersfield Tramways livery. Later in the year more Olympians arrived, and during 1984 a total of 40 Metrobuses were purchased plus more Tigers. Charles H. Roe closed down at this time (although was to reopen in 1985 as Optare) and the last batch of Roe-bodied Olympians made a total of 151 Roe-bodied Olympians, with the last complete bus being 5145 (B140RWY); six of the batch were coach-seated for MetroCoach - these vehicles however had only their shells built at Roe - the interiors were finished off at ECW.

In 1985 the PTE ordered 15 Leyland Olympians with Optare bodywork:

  • ten arrived in 1985, of which five were coach-seated (5507-5511), with TL11 engines, for MetroCoach. One of these (5511) was delivered in four-tone blue and white for the X33 White Rose express linking Bradford, Cleckheaton, Wakefield, and Sheffield; the other five were bus-seated with the usual Gardner 6LXB engines; three (5148-5150) had a full roof and two (5146/5147) were convertible open toppers.
  • the remaining five (5512-5516) arrived in Feb 1987.

In 1986 the company bought some minibuses: a batch of Optare-bodied Freight Rover Sherpas. These were 1701-1715. Also in 1986 fifteen Leyland Cubs were built - 1801 to 1815. Whilst all of these featured the same moquette as the coach-seated Olympians (5501-5516) built by Roe/ECW and Optare, only the first four Cubs had full coach seats, the remainder having lower seats with handrails on top.

  • 1705 (Sherpa), 1807 (Cub), 5507 and 5515 (Olympians), 2004 (StarRider) are preserved by the Transport Yorkshire Preservation Group [1], and various other vehicles are in private preservation.

As of November 2008, the only bus with direct West Yorkshire PTE parentage still in service with a successor of WYPTE is Leyland Olympian 5150, C150KBT, which is expected to be withdrawn imminently, bringing a final closure to this chapter.

De-regulation

De-regulation occurred on Sunday 26 October 1986. The WYPTE bus division was re-named Yorkshire Rider and with it a new livery of dark olive green and cream was used and a stylised "YR" emblem, five double-decker buses were operated in each of the municipal council's colours (already included were the two Huddersfield buses), with words on the sides between the decks saying "Building on a Great Tradition". The bus services and fare/bus pass/timtables division was re-named Metro. Throughout 1986/7 a lot of Freight-Rover Sherpa minibuses were purchased which was the craze during the early days of de-regulation, though bigger MCW Metroriders were purchased in 1987/8. Yorkshire Rider privatised in October 1988, the first PTE to be privatised, during this time 50 new double-dckers arrived, 25 MCW Metrobuses and 25 low-height Northern Counties Leyland Olympians, which featured yet again another interior decor change, with two tone grey panels, and a new moquette being two tone grey and pink with YR emblems on. These were the last order before privatisation. From then on the PTE (by now known as Metro) did not run buses anymore.

Current operators

As of 2010 the following companies are the primary service bus operators within West Yorkshire and are subject to Metro conditions and ticketing:

Services

Interurban links

From To via Service Number Operator Frequencies
Leeds Bradford Thornbury 72 First West Yorkshire Every 20 minutes daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and sundays
X6 Every 20 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, no evening or sunday service
Castleford Garforth 163, 166 Arriva Yorkshire Every 15 minutes weekday daytime, every 15 minutes Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays
Swillington 167, 168 Arriva Yorkshire Every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Methley 189 Arriva Yorkshire Every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Dewsbury White Rose Centre 202, 203 Arriva Yorkshire Every 15 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays
Halifax Cleckheaton 255 Arriva Yorkshire Every 60 minutes daytime
Thornbury 508 First West Yorkshire Every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Huddersfield Dewsbury 202, 203 Arriva Yorkshire Every 15 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays
Cleckheaton 220 Every 60 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime
Heckmondwike 229 Every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Bradford X6 First West Yorkshire Every 20 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, no evening or sunday service
Keighley Shipley 760 Keighley & District Every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Pontefract Methley 410 Arriva Yorkshire Every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Wakefield Outwood 110 Arriva Yorkshire Every 10 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 20 minutes Sunday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings
Castleford 189 Every 15 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Dewsbury, Cleckheaton 254 Every 60 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime
Rothwell 444 Every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Middleton 481 Every 60 minutes daily
Bradford Dewsbury Cleckheaton and Mirfield 253 Arriva Yorkshire Every 60 minutes daily
Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike 268 Every 12/15 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Halifax Queensbury 576 First West Yorkshire Every 12 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays
Odsal 681, 682 Every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Huddersfield Brighouse 363 First West Yorkshire Every 20 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays
X6 Every 20 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime)
Keighley Bingley 662 Keighley & District Every 10 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays
Denholme 696, 697 Every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Wakefield Morley 425, 427 Arriva Yorkshire Every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Castleford Pontefract Glasshoughton 134, 137 M Travel Every 15 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime
Junction 32 Outlet 135, 136 Arriva Yorkshire Every 15 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
183 M Travel Every 60 minutes Monday-Friday daytime
Featherstone 144, 146 Arriva Yorkshire Every 20 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime.
177 Every 60 minutes evening and Sundays.
Airedale 184, 185 Arriva Yorkshire Every 20 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Dewsbury Halifax Brighouse 278 Arriva Yorkshire Every 60 minutes daily
Huddersfield Northorpe (202, Mirfield (203), Leeds Road 202, 203 Arriva Yorkshire Every 15 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays
Mirfield, Kirkheaton 262 Huddersfield Bus Company Every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime
Arriva Yorkshire 2 evening journeys, every 120 minutes Sunday daytime
Wakefield Ossett 126, 127 Arriva Yorkshire Every 10 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays
Wakefield Road 253, 254, 278 Every 20 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Halifax Huddersfield Greetland, Elland, Blackley 343 K-Line Every 60 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime
Elland, Lindley 501 First West Yorkshire Every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Elland 503 Every 10 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
West Vale, Stainland 536 Huddersfield Bus Company Every 2 hours evenings and Sundays
Elland, Stainland 537 First West Yorkshire Every 2 hours Monday-Saturday daytime
Huddersfield Bus Company Every 2 hours evenings and Sundays
538 First West Yorkshire Every 2 hours Monday-Saturday daytime
Wakefield Dewsbury 278 Arriva Yorkshire Every 60 minutes daily
Huddersfield Wakefield Lepton, Netherton (231), Emley (232) 231, 232 Huddersfield Bus Company Every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime
Arriva Yorkshire Every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Keighley Halifax Denholme 502 First West Yorkshire Every 120 minutes Sunday daytime
Wakefield Castleford Wakefield Europort 125 Ross Travel Every 60 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime
Normanton 183 M Travel Every 60 minutes Monday-Friday daytime
184, 185, 189 Arriva Yorkshire Every 10 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes Sunday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings
187, 188 Every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Pontefract Featherstone 145, 148, 149, 150 Arriva Yorkshire Every 10 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes Sunday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings
Normanton, Featherstone 147, 157 Every 60 minutes daily

Cross-county links

From To via Service Number Operator Frequencies
Halifax Burnley Todmorden 592 First West Yorkshire Every 60 minutes daily
Rochdale Ripponden 528 First West Yorkshire Every 60 minutes daily
Todmorden 590
Holmfirth Barnsley Penistone 20 Stagecoach Yorkshire Every 60 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime, every 120 mins evenings and Sundays
Sheffield Stocksbridge 57A Stagecoach Yorkshire Every 120 mins Sunday daytime
Huddersfield Barnsley Denby Dale 85 Huddersfield Bus Company 1 Wednesday and Saturday journey
Manchester Oldham 184 First Manchester and First West Yorkshire Every 60 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime, every 120 minutes Sunday daytime
Oldham Uppermill 184 First Manchester and First West Yorkshire Every 60 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime, every 120 minutes Sunday daytime
Keighley Burnley Colne, Nelson Mainline Burnley and Pendle Every 60 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime
Skipton Steeton 66, 66A Keighley and District Every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays
Leeds Barnsley Wakefield 444 Every 60 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime
Harrogate Moortown 36 Harrogate & District Every 20 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 mins evenings, every 30 mins Sunday daytime
Wetherby 770 Every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday Daytime, every 60 mins evenings and Sunday
Selby Garforth 402, 403 Arriva Yorkshire Every 60 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime, every 120 mins evenings and Sundays
Skipton Otley, Ilkley X84 First West Yorkshire Every 60 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime
York Tadcaster 840, 843, 844, 845 Yorkshire Coastliner Every 15 mins Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 mins evenings and Sundays
X64 First York Every 30 mins Monday-Saturday daytime
Pontefract Barnsley Hemsworth 35 Stagecoach Yorkshire Every 30 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime
46, 47
Doncaster Askern 408, 409, 430 Arriva Yorkshire Every 60 Mins daytime plus some evening journeys
430 Every 180 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime
Selby Knottingley 150 Arriva Yorkshire Every 60 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime
Todmorden Bolton Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom 273 Rossendale Transport Every 60 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime
Burnley Portsmouth 1 Burnley and Pendle Every 30 minutes weekday daytime
589, 592 First West Yorkshire Every 30 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 mins evenings and Sundays
Rawtenstall Bacup 273 Rossendale Transport Every 60 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime
Rochdale Walsden 589, 590 First West Yorkshire Every 30 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 mins evenings and Sundays
Wakefield Barnsley Royston 59 Stagecoach Yorkshire Every 60 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime
194 Arriva Yorkshire Every 60 minutes daily
Hall Green 443 Every 120 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime
Kexborough 444 Every 60 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime
Doncaster Hemsworth, South Elmsall 496 Arriva Yorkshire Every 60 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime, every 120 mins evenings and Sundays
Selby Pontefract 150 Arriva Yorkshire Every 60 Mins Monday-Saturday daytime

Please note that some Sunday evening services may run to a reduced frequency compared to the daytime frequency. Evening services on the most frequent routes tend to finish around 2300.

Bank Holidays

Generally speaking:

  • Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day - no service. Some free services are provided by volunteers using buses from the Keighley Bus Museum Trust during Christmas Day daytime. In 2007 Metro have agreed to provide trial services on main routes in Huddersfield and Leeds on Boxing Day 2007.
  • Christmas and New Year's Eves - Saturday service (or Sunday service if these days fall on a Sunday), but with early finish.
  • Weekdays between Xmas and New Year - Saturday service. Any Bank Holidays in lieu of Christmas Day falling on a weekend will have a Sunday service
  • Bank Holiday Mondays - Sunday service (except Saturday service on Harrogate and District, and where otherwise stated).
  • Good Friday - normal service.

Check before travel on the Metro website at http://www.wymetro.com.

MetroTrain

A Class 321 electrical multiple unit at Doncaster carrying the original Metro livery.This is being replaced by a newer northern rail/metro livery copyright to Metro

Local and inter-urban rail services within West Yorkshire and the surrounding areas, which are part funded by Metro are advertised under MetroTrain brand. Some trains, which are sponsored or wholly owned by Metro, also carry MetroTrain livery. As of 2008 the MetroTrain brand is no longer used and West Yorkshire's Rail Network is used instead.

Routes

West Yorkshire network

The MetroTrain services are as shown below; long distance services that also use the routes are included:

The timetables also include the local services between Leeds and Bradford, and between Leeds and Sheffield.

Re-opened stations

WYPTE has had a programme of reopening railway stations throughout its existence and has reopened at least 20 stations in West Yorkshire since it came into being in 1974. The stations it has reopened are:

1982 - Deighton, Fitzwilliam, Crossflatts and Slaithwaite

1983 - Bramley

1984 - Saltaire

1987 - East Garforth, Sandall and Agbrigg and Frizinghall

1988 - Burley Park, Outwood and Cottingley. Cononley also reopened in 1988. This station lies just outside of West Yorkshire is part of the WYPTE area which now expands to Skipton later in 2009.

1989 - Berry Brow

1990 - Walsden and Steeton and Silsden

1992 - Streethouse, Featherstone, Pontefract Tanshelf. These three stations reopened on the same day, 12 May, when the line between Pontefract Monkhill and Wakefield Kirkgate was reopened.

2000 - Brighouse This station was opened when the Halifax to Huddersfield link was re-opened to passengers. Plans for a station in Elland were cancelled.

2005 - Glasshoughton. A new station serving Glasshoughton and the nearby Xscape complex.

There are plans to reopen further stations including at Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge on the Airedale Line, hopefully by late 2010/early 2011, and Low Moor near Bradford on the Caldervale Line. New stations are also planned at Horsforth Woodside and East Leeds Parkway which would be located at Micklefield.

As of 2008/9 the current MetroTrain brand is being phased out by Northern Rail. The branding is still seen on some British Rail Class 321s, British Rail Class 333s & British Rail Class 144s but these are currently being re-painted with Northern's own branding.

Operators

Most local services are run by Northern Rail, and longer-distance routes in West Yorkshire are served by TransPennine Express, National Express East Coast, CrossCountry and East Midlands Trains.

Leeds Supertram

In 2001 Metro (the West Yorkshire PTE), came up with Leeds Supertram, with the idea of operating (and, to some extent bringing back) a tram network for Leeds. After the original scheme exceeded its budget, the Government asked Metro to look at ways of reducing cost of Supertram. In the spring of 2005 Metro went back to the Government with a re-costed plan but the Secretary of State for Transport (then Alistair Darling) rejected the proposal after the 2005 General Election. Mr. Darling, responded by pointing to plans by a private bus operator for a bus system where the vehicles were designed to look like trams.

The failure of the Leeds SuperTram project is considered one of the major victims of the "Darling Axe".

This is not the first time such as scheme has been unsuccessfully pursued. In the mid-1980s the PTE was interesed in bringing back trolleybuses in Bradford, but this came to naught.

See also

External links


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