“ An independent bus company providing services in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. „
The best things about Halifax Joint Committee buses are the prices, the drivers and the sense of tradition when riding on such an old vehicle.
The prices are cheaper than the First Bus & Arriva services that are available in Calderdale. Whilst they are a little more expensive than the T J Walsh minibuses that run on some of the same routes, the HJC buses have the advamtage of being more spacious, with the majority of their buses being double deckers.
The only drawback from a ticket perspective is some of the day tickets available on the other available services are not valid on HJC services.
Whilst HJC does not service that many routes I am lucky in that they do service places I visit regularly. The number 36 that runs between the Calderdale Royal Hospital and Rye Lane is also very handy for town and is the service I use most often.
There are also service numbers 28 & 34 which service Boothtown & Claremount, from the Town Centre and the 509 which runs to Bradford via Shelf from Halifax Town Centre.
The main drawback with these services, like the TJ Walsh services, is that they are daytime only services, finishing around 6pm and do not run on a Sunday.
The drivers are extremely friendly and will stop and wait for you when you are crossing the road trying to get to the bus-stop, not many services will do this for you from my experience.
I am not perturbed by the smells referred to by other reviewers, sometimes this is caused by the people on the bus so could apply to any bus service, nor for that matter by the general condition of the vehicle. If it gets me from A to B on time that's all that matters, and to be fair the majority of buses do seem to run to time and rarely seem to miss altogether.
If you're not too snobby, want to be reasonable comfortable and want to save a few pennies a week then the HJC bus service is the one for you.
I used these buses whilst at college in Huddersfield and I have spotted them also running between Halifax and Bradford city centres.
To get to college and back cost £1.70 which is generally cheaper than buying the half fair ticket from other bus companies! I think this is good value for money in comparison!
Most of the buses in my opinion are well past their retirement time! They are pretty old buses and are very noisy (squeaks and engine noise). The buses I used to get to college use to be pretty damp and a faint foisty smell, with plenty of graffiti by the college kids! The seats are much worn making the journey pretty uncomfortable!
Although this is pretty negative, the one thing which makes this bus worthy of use, is the amazing drivers! They are very friendly and always welcome you on board with a smile! As I used it for college, they were also understanding when a student forgot their half fair pass or monthly pass and normally let them on as they recognise the students! The drivers are by far the best in comparison to other buses I use like First and Arriva!
Halifax Joint Committee are a family owned business of a small fleet of busses that generally run between Bradford and Halifax and also run some School and College Bus services.
My own experiences are on the college bus service.
The prices with HJC are noticeably cheaper than other transport companies, with day tickets available from £1.70 in comparison to £2.00 from Arriva, and one-way journeys are usually under £1. A bus pass can be bought for £60 that lasts 4 months, in comparison to Arriva, which is £32 a month, also so with HJC you are saving around £84.
In terms of time keeping, HJC are relatively good, and it is a rare occurrence for a bus to be running late, and so it is a reliable service to depend on.
Where most bus companies fail with their ogres that they call bus drivers, HJC have friendly bus drivers whom you recognise on a daily basis, and drivers who are interested in the state of the bus they are driving. It makes travelling more pleasant to recognise the driver, I myself have been caught on the bus with out my pass or without any money before, and the driver insisted that it was ok as he knew that I had a pass (You can only dream of this event ever happening on Arriva).
Well prepare yourselves for this one; it may be on the verge of a rant. As you can see from the picture of this article, you can see the bus is a little bit old. Now this would not necessarily be a problem for me, but when ever I can go on the bus whilst or it has been raining, the bus is always leaking water, the windows of the busses are full of mould, and generally the bus smells.
Also, the seats on the bus are torn and are uncomfortable, most of the seats barely have any of the foam still in, and so are not good for your bum!
Now this is the point that really lets the busses down, the safety. The busses are mainly retired ex London busses, and they should be retired, how those things are road safe I'll never know! In the month of February, in a space of 2 weeks I'd be in a bus crash, and a bus fire, other examples of the busses age showing are in another time the Advertising hoards on the side of the bus (Which are made of sheet metal) both flew off the side of the bus simultaneously and narrowly missed a car's wind screen, might I point out that all these events are on my bus service alone, I have heard many other stories of bus crashes and busses breaking down.
They need new busses!!