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  • Calderdale bus review

    WYCA reviewed bus services in the Calderdale area during summer 2014. Changes will come into effect on 24 January 2015.

    Update 27 October 2014

     

    West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) supports many early morning, rural, evening and Sunday services in Calderdale. However, like most public bodies its funding has reduced. This review was designed to ensure public money is spent in the most effective and efficient way.

    Public consultation on the proposed network changes took place between Wednesday 4 June 2014 and Monday 21 July 2014. There was a large volume of responses with the following major issues raised (in order of volume):

     

    • Withdrawal of links to Rochdale from Sowerby Bridge and Ripponden.
    • Withdrawal of bus services from Rochdale Road, Ripponden to Halifax.
    • Replacement of the hourly service to Halifax from Mill Bank / Soyland with a limited daytime only service every 90 minutes to Ripponden and Sowerby Bridge.
    • Reduction of service 534 Northowram to Halifax to every 90 minutes.
    • Loss of a link to Halifax from Krumlin / Dean Head / Ringstone.
    • Reduction of the Halifax – West End – Washer Lane service to every 90 minutes.

     

    Following consultation WYCA’s proposals were modified to seek to take into account these issues. Revised timetables were then put out to tender for all bus operators to bid against. The tendering process is now complete and bidders notified of the results.

     

    What has changed following consultation?

     

    WYCA has resolved most of the major concerns raised during the consultation, with the following services planned:

     

    • An hourly daytime service between Rochdale, Rochdale Road Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge and Halifax with a limited Sunday service).
    • An hourly daytime service between Ripponden, Soyland, Mill Bank, Sowerby Bridge, Copley and Halifax (Monday to Sunday).
    • An hourly daytime service between Northowram and Halifax.
    • A two hourly service for Krumlin and Ringstone to Halifax and Ripponden.
    • A demand responsive ring and ride daytime Monday to Friday service for Dean Head, linking to Sowerby Bridge.
    • An hourly off peak service between West End, Washer Lane and Halifax as now.

     

    Yorkshire Tiger have also agreed commercially to provide Copley with a half hourly service by diverting the 573 (Halifax – Brighouse – Elland) through the village.

    To make these positive changes, a number of other services have had to be retimed but current frequencies have been maintained.

    It has not been possible to resolve all the issues arising through consultation and the following changes will take place as these services were not value for taxpayers money and did not meet WYCA’s criteria for continued support:

     

    • Loss of evening buses to Rochdale, Rochdale Road Ripponden, Mill Bank, Warley and Quarmby with removal of a number of poorly used journeys on other routes as proposed.
    • Withdrawal of some poorly used early morning and Sunday services as proposed.
    • Withdrawal of 505.

     

    The following changes should also be noted:

     

    • There will be a reduced service to Norland (every 2 hours). Norland will also still be served by service 586 on a “ring and ride” basis.
    • The evening service to Midgley will not be enhanced as originally proposed and will remain every 2 hours, Monday – Saturday only.
    • Due to the problems of maintaining the 577 Boulderclough/Steep Lane/Hubberton circle (very narrow road, difficult corners, parking etc.) Yorkshire Tiger are proposing two separate services 577/578 both on two hourly frequencies to Boulderclough and to Steep Lane/Hubberton combining hourly at Sowerby. As a result a section of Shield Hall Lane will be unserved. This will be covered in future by demand responsive service 586 on a “ring and ride” basis.

     

    What changes are being made to my bus service?

    The following links to a table which summaries contracted bus services changes which will be introduced in January 2015. Please note that there may be some further changes to commercial bus services which we are not yet aware of. 

    Calderdale Bus Service Review Outcome summary (pdf, size 230kb, opens in a new window)

    Who will be operating the bus services?

    Yorkshire Tiger will be running the majority of the contracted bus services from 24 January
    2015. FirstGroup will be operating a limited number of early mornings, evenings and Sunday contracts (where they run daytime services to avoid ticketing issues).

    Yorkshire Tiger will also operate all 507 journeys and will therefore provide all the Claremount services.

    Service 586 (Ring and Ride) will continue to be operated by DK Travel.

    What vehicles will be used?

    Yorkshire Tiger has committed to the introduction of six brand new buses for operation on tendered routes in Calderdale. These buses, to be branded as “Tiger Cubs”, will be mini hybrids fitted with free Wi-Fi. In addition Yorkshire Tiger are refurbishing the remainder of their smaller single decker buses fleet.

    When will bus timetables be available?

    The successful operators are now preparing their detailed timetables for submission to the Traffic Commissioners in late November.

    WYCA will be contacting all those who took part in the consultation during December though printed timetables probably won’t be available until early January 2015.

    If you need to contact the Authority regarding this review, please email busconsultation@westyorks-ca.gov.uk  

    Related Documents

     

       Calderdale Equality Impact Assessment (pdf, size 123kb, opens in a new window)

     

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