Bus services axed

Issue 611

BUSES across the area could be axed after public subsidies were withdrawn due to lack of passengers.

All Sunday services on the 128 route from Dewsbury to Wakefield are at risk when the funding ends on January 24.

Part of the 205 service to Pudsey could go, with services on Sundays ending at Dewsbury Bus Station.

And the 255 from Leeds to Halifax which travels through Cleckheaton, Gomersal and Birkenshaw is affected.

The bus which sets off from Leeds at 7.03pm would end at Wyke Monday to Friday rather than go on to Halifax.

Public transport regulator Metro is to end its subsidies for these routes after claiming research showed few people use them.

Metro Chairman Coun James Lewis said: “An extension of funding for these services was agreed in January.

“It was on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis in response to concerns expressed locally about their withdrawal.

“However passenger numbers on the journeys during the extension period has remained too low to justify continued funding.”

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