first_imgArriva Yorkshire has launched 37 new buses, at a family fun day in Castleford.L-R: Jon Croxford; Councillor Eric Firth of WYCA; Neale Wallace of WYCA; Karen Wilson; Richard Johnson of Arriva; Liam Needham of WYCA; Peter Taylor of Arriva; Andy Crowther of ArrivaOver 600 people attended the fun day on 25 June and saw the new ADL Enviro400 MMCs being launched, representing a £8m investment.The buses are now in service on the 163/166 Castleford-Leeds and 189 Wakefield-Leeds routes.Jon Croxford, Area MD for Arriva Yorkshire, says: “We are extremely proud to have hosted such a successful community event, which has seen some fantastic feedback from our customers.“Thank you to everyone who joined us and helped celebrate our £8m fleet investment into West Yorkshire.“With the help of the local community, and prizes kindly donated from Crossgates Shopping Centre, we have also raised around £1,000 for charity; including donations to the SSAFA (Soldier’s Sailors and Air force charity) as well as Cancer Research UK.”The family fun day included an unveiling by Top UK Female Bus Driver winner Karen Wilson, a free hog roast/BBQ for customers, a performance by a local Blues Brothers tribute act, a face painter, a balloon maker, a magician, an illusionist, a bouncy castle, eight fun fair stalls, four local business stands, two charity raffles and two VIP bus tours around Castleford. Customer comments on Facebook and Twitter have described the Family Fun Day as a ‘fantastic day’ with a ‘great community turn out’.  Terry Fisher, Inspector at Arriva’s Castleford depot, was particularly impressed that Dewsbury Bus Museum bought a Leyland Panther 1967 bus and a Leyland PD2 bus to the event, which he passed his driving test in over 45 years ago.Mr Croxford adds: “This is an incredibly proud moment for everyone at Arriva as we put another multi-million pound investment into the network and increase the journey experience for our customers.With the new buses going live onto these two routes and the 255/254 it enables us to upgrade our buses in Wakefield on the 444/446 and 425/427 routes too. These will go into service towards the end of July/early August, so watch this space!”last_img read more

first_imgFamily will engage Big Ballers while One-n-Move tackles Dream Team in the semi-final round of the 2nd Annual Mocha Village Cup Street-ball Championship today, following quarterfinal wins at the Mocha Arcadia Community Centre. Witnessed by a sizable crowd, Family secured the biggest upset victory of the tournament, squeaking past Strike Team by a 2-1 scoreline. Shamar Jones was the hero for Family compliments of a timely double.Jones handed his side the unexpected lead via a 14th minute conversion. He then made his presence felt once more, etching his name on the scorer’s sheet in the 23rd minute.Jermaine Junior recorded a consolation goal for the loser s in the 29th minute. They will now match skills with Big Ballers, who defeated Hard-Ball 3-2 on penalty kicks, following a scoreless regulation time interval. On the other hand, One-n-Move downed Baller Empire 2-0 in their quarterfinal matchup. Orville Stewart broke the deadlock compliments of a 12th minute effort, before Shaka Blue found the back of the net in the 28th minute.Their opponent Dream Team, battled past 6-Stars 3-2. The experienced Delon John tallied a brace in the sixth and 18th minute for the victor, with Dorville Stewart adding a solitary goal in the 21st minute.For the loser, Mervin Squires recorded a brace in the seventh and 23rd minute. Meanwhile, Big Ballers defeated Church Boys 2-1 on penalty kicks, after regulation time ended scoreless in their playoff encounter.The victors of the respective semi-final matches will advance to the final with the losing semi-finalists battling in the third place playoff.Winner of the competition will pocket $100,000, with the runners-up slated to pocket $50,000.  On the other hand, the third and fourth placed sides will walk away with $25,000 and $10,000 respectively. Sponsors of the event include the National Sports Commission, Mocha Arcadia, NDC, Guyana Lottery Company, GT Beer, and Royalty Investments and Joinery Services.Complete ResultsGame-1-[Playoff]Church Boys-0 vs Big Ballers-0Big Ballers won 2-1 on penalty kicksQuarterfinal Game-1Ballers Empire-0 vs One-n-Move-2Orville Stewart-12thShaka Blue-28thGame-2Hard-Ball-0 vs Big Ballers-0Big Ballers won 3-2 on penalty kicksGame-3Family-2 vs Strike Team-1Family ScorerShamar Jones-14th and 23rdStrike ScorerJermaine Junior-29thGame-4Dream Team-3 vs 6-Stars-2Dream ScorersDelon John-6th and 18thDorville Stewart-21st6-Stars ScorerMervin Squires-7th and 23rdlast_img read more