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People in and around Hebden Bridge and Todmorden will be able to
take advantage of an extra five days' free travel on local bus
services next week, courtesy of Metro and First.
All journeys on Hebden Bridge services A, B, C. D
& E and Todmorden services T1, T2, T3, T4, T5
T6, T8 & T9, FlexiBus services 1 & 2 and
service 906 will be free until Friday 29 June in
recognition of the problems there have been providing replacement
services since Tyrer Buses stopped running them on Saturday..
"Metro, First and Calderdale Community Transport stepped in to
pick up services from Sunday but lack of vehicles and drivers
available at such short notice has made it difficult to run the
full Hebden Bridge and Todmorden networks, said Metro's Assistant
Director Transport Services Dave Pearson. "As a result we have
agreed with First, which takes over the contract for running the
services from this Sunday, to run them free for an extra five
Metro announced the free services last week in recognition of
the frustration and inconvenience passengers had experiencing with
the local services over the past few weeks while it had been
working to sort out the situation.
Latest service update
From Sunday 24 June these local bus
services will be run by First, except summer service 906, which
will be run by Community Transport Calderdale. With the change of
operator Metro has taken the opportunity to make some minor changes
to the services, details of which can be found in the new Temporary Timetable Guide (pdf, 764k -
opens in a new window).
"When Metro began receiving reports of problems from the
services' current operator and local passengers, we stepped in and
began talks to resolve the problem," said Metro's Assistant
Director Transport Services Dave Pearson. "As a result, from Monday
25 June, First will take over running local services, which Tyrer
Buses cease running on Saturday.
"Metro recognises that passengers have been experiencing
frustration and inconvenience with services over the past few weeks
while we have been working to sort out the situation and has
therefore agreed to pay for all journeys for the interim week
"In addition to restoring existing passengers' confidence in
these popular services, this is an ideal opportunity for local
people who haven't used them, to give them a try."
Bus stop timetables and local timetable leaflets with details of
the new services from Monday 25 June are being prepared and will be
distributed next week. There will be no changes and fares will
still be payable next week on Calder Valley services 1, 65, 392,
500, 517, 589, 590, 591, 591T, 592, 593, 594, 900, 901 and CT1.