Leeds city centre bus tours axed due to lack of cash
Open top bus sightseeing tours of Leeds have been scrapped by tourism officials due to lack of cash just two years after their launch.
The journeys were run by tourist organisation Welcome To Yorkshire and cost adults £7.50 a trip.
Welcome To Yorkshire said it had to re-evaluate its spending after the axing of its major funder Yorkshire Forward.
As a result, cash for the sightseeing bus was "sadly no longer available", a Welcome to Yorkshire spokesman said.'Break even'
The bus tours, which ran six times a day between May and September, included stops at Leeds landmarks such as the Royal Armouries and Millennium Square.
The tours were introduced in May 2010 in a bid to bring Leeds in line with other tourist cities such as London, New York and Barcelona.
A spokesman for Welcome To Yorkshire said: "The cash we invested was seed money to help get the project up and running and it was very successful at doing that.
"However, typically, these sightseeing services take at the very least three years to regularly break even and, following our funding ending, we are not in a position at present to do this again."
Bus operator Transdev, which owned and ran the buses used on the Leeds tours, said it was "perhaps understandable" in the current economic climate that the money could not be found to continue funding them.