New community bus service

Newspapers: Pontefract & Castleford Express.'Story: New community bus for the elderly is running through the Warwick Estate, Knottingley.'Picture shows driver Philip Lloyd on the bus with local residents and service users.'Photo Date: 20/04/15
Newspapers: Pontefract & Castleford Express.'Story: New community bus for the elderly is running through the Warwick Estate, Knottingley.'Picture shows driver Philip Lloyd on the bus with local residents and service users.'Photo Date: 20/04/15

Community leaders in Knottingley have launched a new bus service to help residents on the town’s Warwick Estate.

The Warwick Wheels project is being run by the Warwick Ahead project – a £1m Big Lottery-funded scheme to improve the estate.

It runs journeys to the town’s Morrison’s store, Pontefract, Castleford and Glass Houghton.

Helen Bullock, project co-ordinator, said: “People living on the estate came up with the idea of the bus. It’s something they wanted to do because bus services have been cut so much around the estate.”

The service started earlier this month and will officially launch with a special ceremony on Saturday, May 9.

It currently runs three days a week and Mrs Bullock said she hopes to extend the use of the bus to community groups in the town.

She said: “The bus isn’t just for the elderly – it’s for anyone on the estate who finds getting around difficult.

“We want people on the estate who don’t get out to do just that.

“We’ve got one lady who is now a member of the scheme who has been housebound for about ten years but she is now able to get out and about.”

Mrs Bullock added: “The scheme is all about giving people independence. It gets people out, meeting others and gets them moving.

“Not only does it allow people to travel from the estate, it allows people to get to the Warwick to visit friends and family.”

For more information on the scheme, visit the Warwick Wheels on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WheelsCommunityTransport

If you run a community group that would like to use the bus, contact Mrs Bullock on 07826 842339 or by email ing wheels@osgf.co.uk