Leeds & West Yorkshire

Free Christmas Day buses in Keighley to stop drink-driving

A free vintage bus service will run in a West Yorkshire town on Christmas Day to deter people drinking and driving.

Volunteers from the Keighley Bus Museum Trust will offer the free seasonal service in the town, which is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.

The trust's Routemaster buses will connect residents in Fell Lane, Braithwaite, Oakworth, Haworth and Oxenhope with the town centre.

Last year the trust said about 500 people used the buses.

The trust is home to more than 50 preserved buses, some owned by the trust and others privately owned.

The Christmas Day service will coincide with work by police to monitor the roads for drink-drivers over the festive season.

Insp Wayne Horner, of Keighley neighbourhood policing team, said: "We welcome the return of Keighley's unique volunteer led bus service which is a real benefit to the area over the Christmas season, both for revellers and those who have to make essential journeys such as trips to hospitals."

David Jones, secretary of the museum trust, said: "This heritage service is absolutely unique.

"Nowhere else in the UK does a museum operate the local town bus service on Christmas Day with backing from the town council."

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