Published On: Tue, Mar 3rd, 2015 on 4:02 pm

Books to be found lying around West Yorkshire, here’s why

Residents in West Yorkshire may come across books lying around whilst using public transport.

West Yorkshire Books

Image: WYMetro.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority Book Club will be launched on 5 March to help passengers share books with fellow travellers across the region.

Commuters will be able to find and read a book while waiting for, or travelling on, a bus or train in West Yorkshire, then leave it for another passenger to use.

Books will have a label that will make it clear it’s part of the scheme.

“We’ll be leaving some books around to get things started”

WYCA Transport Committee Chair Cllr James Lewis said: “Passengers frequently tell us that travelling by bus or train gives them the perfect opportunity to enjoy a book. We’ll be leaving some books around to get things started, but anyone can leave a book for others to read, enjoy and return.”

The scheme has also been backed by best-selling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford and award-winning playwright, actor and author Alan Bennett.

Barbara said: “I often read on my travels, whether on planes, trains or in cars and find the journey goes a lot quicker as a result. I hope people embrace the initiative and are able to share with others the wonderful joy a great read can bring.”

Alan added: “It’s a very good idea, I hope it goes very well, I wish there’d been books lying around on buses when I was a boy – pick up a book it might change your life.”

Find out more about the Book Club at www.wymetro.com/bookclub.

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