Halifax Joint Committee
MCW Metrobus in 2002
|Service area||West Yorkshire|
|Service type||Bus services & private hire|
Halifax Joint Committee was an independent bus company operating in and around Halifax, West Yorkshire, England.
Its buses were painted in the livery of the former County Borough of Halifax whose buses and services were taken over by the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive in April 1974.
The company started off running a heritage bus service from Halifax along the Calder Valley to Hebden Bridge using, AEC Regent III BCP 671.
The company expanded to running commercial bus services using 4 Park Royal AEC Routemasters. Looking for an OPO vehicle they bought an Ex London Transport, MCW Metrobus (BYX 273V)
They continued purchasing Ex LT MCW Metrobuses along with 2 Leyland Titans and Leyland Nationals. The Titans & Nationals didn't last as long as expected so was replaced by more LT Metrobuses and Dennis Darts.
2007 saw the purchase of a Leyland Olympian (F234 YTJ) 2008 saw the purchase of number of Ex Dublin Bus, Leyland Olympians.
Until 2013 vehicles most of the fleet were elderly ex Transport for London buses, Dennis Darts and ex Dublin Bus Leyland Olympians. Buses ran from about 07:00 to 19:00 Monday-Saturday. The company had a number of school bus contracts, which have now been withdrawn. They retain two zero-fare supermarket bus services. The proprietor also operates a growing heritage fleet of ex-municipal vehicles on private charters.
Bus Sales - A number of buses have been sold on for further use,
- B294 WUL - converted open top for SS Suncruisers, Scarborough.
- C387 BUV - W E Jones, Llanerchymedd.
- JHE 161W - sold for preservation in South Yorkshire.
- C424 BUV - Sold for preservation in West Yorkshire to be restored as a Halifax Joint Committee Metrobus
Halifax Joint Committee mainly ran services in the Halifax area with some services running to Bradford (509 - originally to Leeds Eastgate), Brighouse, Dewsbury, Hebden Bridge, Huddersfield and Todmorden. The company also ran school services in the Calderdale and Kirklees area. From July 2009, the company started its first commercial service wholly outside of the Halifax area when they took over the operation of route 357 from First West Yorkshire with a second gained in January 2010, when they took over route 629 from the same operator.
In October 2010, Halifax Joint Committee stopped running four of its Halifax services, the 28A, 31, 34 and 36, with the services passing to Centrebus and K-Line. This meant that the company's only services in Halifax was the 392 schoolday service towards Walsden and the C68 service linking the town's bus station to the nearby Sainsbury's.
In July 2013, Halifax Joint Committee withdrew from all their school & college contracts which led to the withdrawal of their final stage carriage route 392. The company sold all of their Olympians, scrapped two Metrobuses and sold one for preservation (C424 BUV). On the 31/3/14 the last MCW Metrobus (B162 WUL) left the fleet for scrap, two Dennis Darts (L126 YOD & P509 RYM) remain for the C68 and C70 shoppers routes.
May 2014 saw the end of Halifax Joint Committee. Friday 2 May 2014 was the last day of the C68 Sainsbury's and Saturday 3 May 2014 was the last day of the C70 Tesco Free Bus.
- "Firm takes on bus services". Halifax Courier. Retrieved 24 October 2010.