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Encyclopedia > West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
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 Passenger Transport Authority
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 Passenger Transport Authority (PTA) and was formed on the 1 April 1974, 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 Huddersfield for Huddersfield and Metro Calderdale for Halifax, however 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. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In the United Kingdom, Passenger Transport Executives (PTEs) are local government bodies which are responsible for public transport within large urban areas. ... The Local Government Act 1972 (1972 c. ... , Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, England. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... Coat of Arms of South Yorkshire West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county within the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England, that has a population of 2. ... Skytrain Bangkok. ... A holding company is a company that owns part, all, or a majority of other companies outstanding stock. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... In the United Kingdom, Passenger Transport Executives (PTEs) are local government bodies which are responsible for public transport within large urban areas. ... Coat of Arms of South Yorkshire West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county within the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England, that has a population of 2. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II...

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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.


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. The Leyland Atlantean was a double-decker bus built by Leyland in the United Kingdom from 1958 to 1986. ... Daimler Fleetline The Daimler Fleetline (known as the Leyland Fleetline from c. ... Charles H. Roe Ltd. ... Northern Counties Motor and Engineering Company was a manufacturer of bus bodywork located in Wigan Lane, Wigan, Lancashire, United Kingdom. ... Scania Metropolitan was the first double decker bus model built jointly by MCW and Scania, it was built between 1973 and 1978. ... The Leyland Leopard was a mid-engined bus and coach chassis built by Leyland between 1959 and 1982. ... The Leyland Leopard was a mid-engined bus and coach chassis built by Leyland between 1959 and 1982. ... Plaxton is a builder of bus and coach vehicle bodies based in Scarborough, England. ... Duple Dominant II Duple was best known as a manufacturer of coach and bus bodywork from 1919 until 1989. ... The Leylend Tiger was a mid-engined bus and coach chassis which was built between 1981 and 1991 to replace the Leyland Leopard. ...


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, simliar 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. Leyland National operation of London Buses route 110 in 1976 The Leyland National was a British single-deck bus built in large quantities between 1972 and 1985. ... MCW Metrobus is a double decker bus model manufactured by MCW from 1977 until 1989. ...


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. A SBS Transit 3-axle Leyland Olympian (air-conditioned) in Singapore. ...


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. A Duple Dominant body on Leyland Leopard chassis The Duple Dominant was a design of coach bodywork built by Duple between 1972 and 1982. ... An Optare Solo used on the Exeter Park and Ride Optare is a bus manufacturer and importer based in Leeds, England. ...


In 1985 the PTE ordered 15 Olympians with Optare bodywork, for the Bradford district (later to become First Bradford, after deregulation): First Bradford is one of the bus companies serving the area of West Yorkshire, England. ...

  • ten arrived, 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. The LDV Pilot is a panel van that was produced by LDV Limited from 1997 until 2006, and closely based on preceding models dating back to 1974 (which were in turn related to older models). ...

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

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. Bus deregulation in Great Britain came into force on 26 October 1986, and is formally known as the 1985 Transport Act. ... The MCW Metrorider was a bus designed and built by Metro Cammell Weymann. ... Northern Counties Motor and Engineering Company was a manufacturer of bus bodywork located in Wigan Lane, Wigan, Lancashire, United Kingdom. ...


Current operators

As of 2007 the following companies are the primary service bus operators within West Yorkshire and are subject to Metro conditions and ticketing: Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

Arriva Yorkshire is a division of Arriva. ... Dewsbury is a town in the county of West Yorkshire, England, to the west of Wakefield, in the borough of Kirklees. ... Wakefield The Town Hall, Wood St. ... Arms of the former Castleford Borough Council Castleford is one of the five towns in the Wakefield borough, in the county of West Yorkshire, England, near to Pontefract, with a population of 37,525 according to the 2001 Census. ... Pontefract Castle in the early 17th Century Pontefract is a town in the county of West Yorkshire, England, near the A1 (or Great North Road), the M62 motorway, and Castleford. ... First Group PLC (LSE: FGP) is a British transport company operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America, with headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. ... , Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, England. ... The larger City of Bradford Metropolitan District includes other settlements in the surrounding area. ... Halifax is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England, with a population of about 82,000. ... Huddersfield is a large town in England near the confluence of the River Colne and the River Holme. ... Keighley & District is a local bus company based in Keighley in West Yorkshire, England. ... Keighley (pronounced Keith-ly or ) is a town and civil parish in the county of West Yorkshire, England, northwest of Bradford, on the meeting point of the River Aire and the River Worth. ... The larger City of Bradford Metropolitan District includes other settlements in the surrounding area. ... Harrogate & District is a local bus company based in Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England. ... , Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, England. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... , Harrogate is a large town in North Yorkshire, England. ... Ripon is a small cathedral city in North Yorkshire, England. ... Stagecoach Yorkshire is an operating division of Stagecoach UK Bus, comprising of two companies, Yorkshire Traction and Yorkshire Terrier. ... Huddersfield is a large town in England near the confluence of the River Colne and the River Holme. ... Wakefield The Town Hall, Wood St. ... South Yorkshire is a metropolitan and ceremonial county in the Yorkshire and the Humber Government Office Region of England, in the United Kingdom. ... Halifax is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England, with a population of about 82,000. ... Halifax is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England, with a population of about 82,000. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... , Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, England. ... York is a city in North Yorkshire, England, at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss. ... Huddersfield is a large town in England near the confluence of the River Colne and the River Holme. ...

Interurban links

  • Leeds to Bradford - First service X6 and 72 (every 20 mins weekday, 30 mins Sunday)
  • Leeds to Dewsbury - Stagecoach Yorkshire service X62 (every 30 mins weekday), or Arriva routes 202, 203 (every 15 mins weekday, half-hourly Sunday)
  • Leeds to Halifax - First service 508 Red Line (every 20 mins weekday, half-hourly Sundays)
  • Leeds to Huddersfield - Stagecoach Yorkshire service X62 (every 30 mins weekday), or Arriva routes 202, 203, 209, 219, 220, 229 (regular weekday, at least every 20 mins Sundays)
  • Leeds to Keighley - Keighley & District service 760 (every 30 mins weekday, hourly Sundays)
  • Leeds to Wakefield - Arriva service 110 (every 10 mins weekday, 20 mins Sundays). Other local links provided by 443, 444, 481.
  • Bradford to Dewsbury - Arriva service 268 (every 15 mins weekday, hourly Sundays); Arriva service 253 (hourly all week)
  • Bradford to Halifax - First service 576 (every 10 mins weekday, 30 mins Sundays), Halifax Joint Committee service 509 (every 30 mins weekday and Bank Holidays)
  • Bradford to Huddersfield - First service X6 and 363 (every 20 mins weekday [X6], 30 mins Sundays [363])
  • Bradford to Keighley - Keighley & District service 662 (every 10 mins weekday, 30 mins Sunday)
  • Bradford to Wakefield - Arriva 425, 427 (every 30 mins Mon-Sat, hourly Sundays)
  • Dewsbury to Halifax - Arriva service 278 (hourly all week)
  • Dewsbury to Huddersfield - Stagecoach Yorkshire service X62 (every 30 mins weekday), or Arriva routes 202, 203, 209, 220,229 (regular weekday, at least every 20 mins Sundays)
  • Dewsbury to Wakefield - Arriva service 126/7 (every 10 mins weekday, 30 mins Sunday)
  • Halifax to Huddersfield - First service 503 Orange Line (every 10 mins weekday, 30 mins Sunday)
  • Halifax to Wakefield - Arriva service 278 (hourly everyday)
  • Huddersfield to Wakefield - Stagecoach Yorkshire service 231/2 {every 30 mins weekday, hourly Sunday)

Please note that evening services are normally at the same frequency as those on Sundays, but this can vary. Evening services on the most frequent routes tend to finish around 2300. , Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, England. ... The larger City of Bradford Metropolitan District includes other settlements in the surrounding area. ... First Group PLC (LSE: FGP) is a British transport company operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America, with headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. ... , Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, England. ... Dewsbury is a town in the county of West Yorkshire, England, to the west of Wakefield, in the borough of Kirklees. ... , Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, England. ... Halifax is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England, with a population of about 82,000. ... First Group PLC (LSE: FGP) is a British transport company operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America, with headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. ... , Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, England. ... Huddersfield is a large town in England near the confluence of the River Colne and the River Holme. ... , Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, England. ... Keighley (pronounced Keith-ly or ) is a town and civil parish in the county of West Yorkshire, England, northwest of Bradford, on the meeting point of the River Aire and the River Worth. ... , Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, England. ... Wakefield The Town Hall, Wood St. ... An Arriva train in Denmark Arriva plc is a UK-based international public transport operator and vehicle rental company, headquartered in Sunderland. ... The larger City of Bradford Metropolitan District includes other settlements in the surrounding area. ... Dewsbury is a town in the county of West Yorkshire, England, to the west of Wakefield, in the borough of Kirklees. ... An Arriva train in Denmark Arriva plc is a UK-based international public transport operator and vehicle rental company, headquartered in Sunderland. ... An Arriva train in Denmark Arriva plc is a UK-based international public transport operator and vehicle rental company, headquartered in Sunderland. ... The larger City of Bradford Metropolitan District includes other settlements in the surrounding area. ... Halifax is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England, with a population of about 82,000. ... First Group PLC (LSE: FGP) is a British transport company operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America, with headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. ... The larger City of Bradford Metropolitan District includes other settlements in the surrounding area. ... Huddersfield is a large town in England near the confluence of the River Colne and the River Holme. ... First Group PLC (LSE: FGP) is a British transport company operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America, with headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. ... The larger City of Bradford Metropolitan District includes other settlements in the surrounding area. ... Keighley (pronounced Keith-ly or ) is a town and civil parish in the county of West Yorkshire, England, northwest of Bradford, on the meeting point of the River Aire and the River Worth. ... The larger City of Bradford Metropolitan District includes other settlements in the surrounding area. ... Wakefield The Town Hall, Wood St. ... An Arriva train in Denmark Arriva plc is a UK-based international public transport operator and vehicle rental company, headquartered in Sunderland. ... Dewsbury is a town in the county of West Yorkshire, England, to the west of Wakefield, in the borough of Kirklees. ... Halifax is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England, with a population of about 82,000. ... An Arriva train in Denmark Arriva plc is a UK-based international public transport operator and vehicle rental company, headquartered in Sunderland. ... Dewsbury is a town in the county of West Yorkshire, England, to the west of Wakefield, in the borough of Kirklees. ... Huddersfield is a large town in England near the confluence of the River Colne and the River Holme. ... Dewsbury is a town in the county of West Yorkshire, England, to the west of Wakefield, in the borough of Kirklees. ... Wakefield The Town Hall, Wood St. ... An Arriva train in Denmark Arriva plc is a UK-based international public transport operator and vehicle rental company, headquartered in Sunderland. ... Halifax is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England, with a population of about 82,000. ... Huddersfield is a large town in England near the confluence of the River Colne and the River Holme. ... First Group PLC (LSE: FGP) is a British transport company operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America, with headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. ... Halifax is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England, with a population of about 82,000. ... Wakefield The Town Hall, Wood St. ... An Arriva train in Denmark Arriva plc is a UK-based international public transport operator and vehicle rental company, headquartered in Sunderland. ... Huddersfield is a large town in England near the confluence of the River Colne and the River Holme. ... Wakefield The Town Hall, Wood St. ...


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 and New Year's Day 2008.
  • 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

Main article: MetroTrain A Class 321/9 electrical multiple unit at Doncaster carrying the original Metro livery. ...


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 Leeds Supertram is the proposed light rail/tram system in Leeds and West Yorkshire. ...


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.

Passenger Transport Executives in the United Kingdom
PTE Brand Name
Greater Manchester GMPTE
Merseyside Merseytravel
South Yorkshire Travel South Yorkshire
Tyne & Wear Nexus
West Midlands Centro / Network West Midlands*
West Yorkshire Metro
*- in process of rebranding
See also:
Transport for London - Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

In the United Kingdom, Passenger Transport Executives (PTEs) are local government bodies which are responsible for public transport within large urban areas. ... Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive Logo. ... The Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive (MPTE, or Merseytravel, as it is branded) is the Passenger Transport Executive responsible for the coordination of public transport in the metropolitan county of Merseyside, England. ... The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive is the Passenger Transport Executive for South Yorkshire in northern England. ... The Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (TWPTE), trading as Nexus, is the organisation responsible for the Tyne and Wear County public transport system. ... The West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (WMPTE), better known as Centro, is the Passenger Transport Executive responsible for promoting and co-ordinating public transport services throughout the West Midlands county in England. ... Transport For London (TfL) is a local government body responsible for most aspects of the transport system throughout Greater London in England. ... A Class 156 train in SPT livery at Glasgow Central station The Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) is a public body which is responsible for planning and co-ordinating regional transport, and especially the public transport system, in the Strathclyde area of western Scotland. ...

External links

  • MetroTrain Timetables/Routes
  • West Yorkshire PTE website
  • West Yorkshire PTA website
  • Bus Fleet Website

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West Yorkshire: Information from Answers.com (888 words)
West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England.
West Yorkshire is divided into five local government districts; they are the City of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, the City of Leeds and the City of Wakefield.
Although the county council was abolished, West Yorkshire continues to form a metropolitan and ceremonial county with a Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire and a High Sheriff.
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