Tourist information will be on the buses

Bus drivers getting trained up on Wakefield landmarks so they can help tourists.Drivers at the new Hepworth Gallery
Bus drivers getting trained up on Wakefield landmarks so they can help tourists.Drivers at the new Hepworth Gallery
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Welcome to Yorkshire, Wakefield Council and Arriva have joined forces to give drivers the knowledge to advise visitors and residents who board buses about places like The Hepworth Wakefield and Trinity Walk.

A group of 12 drivers spent the day learning about the gallery and Yorkshire on Tuesday.

Tracey Holt, a driver from Arriva’s Wakefield depot, said: “I’m really looking forward to passing on my new-found knowledge about sculptor Barbara Hepworth to my passengers, friends and colleagues, and it’s great to feel a part of these exciting times in Wakefield too.”

The event was part of Yorkshire Pride customer service training offered to tourism organisations by Welcome to Yorkshire.

The Hepworth Gallery will open to the public on Saturday, May 21 and the Trinity Walk shopping centre will open on Friday, May 6.

Andy Wallhead, corporate director for regeneration and economic growth at Wakefield Council, said: “We are delighted that Arriva Yorkshire is working with us over the next few months to welcome visitors to the area.

“The opening of The Hepworth and Trinity Walk will attract many people to Wakefield and schemes like this will help make sure those visitors have a fantastic experience, so they return to see what else the area has to offer.”