Red Arrows swoop in

Halifax MP Linda Riordan and First Halifax business manager, Oliver Howarth, pictured with a Red Arrow bus.
Halifax MP Linda Riordan and First Halifax business manager, Oliver Howarth, pictured with a Red Arrow bus.

A fleet of new, upgraded buses have hit the streets of Halifax.

Nine “Red Arrow” buses flew into the town last Friday before being launched by Halifax MP Linda Riordan.

Kitted out with a luxury leather interior, free WI-FI and low emission engines, the striking red buses will serve the 521, 522 and 523 routes between Halifax, Ovenden and Illingworth 12 times an hour.

With low floor access, the buses also provide increased accessibility for the elderly and passengers with pushchairs and wheelchairs.

It is hoped that the “Red Arrow” package will encourage more people to hop on a bus.

Linda Riordan said: “Buses play a crucial role in our communities and I welcome this investment by First in providing greener and more comfortable journeys and encouraging travel by bus.

The new buses will also be kinder to customer’s pockets.

Those using the buses can travel across Halifax for just £10 per week and can expect to pay a maximum of £2.30 for a return ticket.

Some single fares have also been reduced - the cost to travel between Illingworth Estate and Morrisons has been reduced from £1.50 to £1

Oliver Howarth, First’s business manager in Halifax, added: “The new “Red Arrow” routes help promote the high frequency, improved buses and low cost fares that I’m sure will

attract more new customers onto First buses in Halifax.”