Bradford Road service revs up

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A new bus service will connect Batley and Dewsbury via Bradford Road from next week.

SGI Buses has announced the X81 service between Thornhill Edge, Dewsbury and Batley, which will hit the road on February 19.

The company wanted to start a service that included Bradford Road as current services travel through Purlwell and Mount Pleasant instead.

The Dewsbury-based firm’s former 269 service between Dewsbury and Birstall’s junction 27 retail parks , which included Bradford Road, was axed after Arriva introduced a rival service along the same route.

Arriva has now cancelled its rival service.

The X81 will operate seven days a week. The service timetable can be found at