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with no buses serving them are what you are going to get when you
have a bus industry structure that allows private sector operators
to stop and start services at will," said Metro Chairman Cllr Ryk
Cllr Downes was responding to a local
case where shortly after a replacement shelter was ordered, the
local operating company changed its route, which meant buses no
longer served the stop. The shelter, which is still used by pupils
catching a school service, is now being removed and re-sited to
another stop in the Wakefield District.
"The so-called bus industry market is
also the reason for farcical situations like that we experienced in
Bradford a few years ago, where after investing £300,000 to
upgrade the city's Interchange for operators' articulated buses,
the company deployed the vehicles elsewhere," said Cllr Downes.
"It is precisely to avoid these kind
of events that we plan to use the powers recently made available to
us by the Government to work towards regulated local bus services,"
"Only by specifying local routes,
frequencies and fares can we start providing a stable integrated
local network that people can rely on and where passengers can
enjoy the savings of through-ticketing."
"People in London, where bus passenger
numbers have risen, have enjoyed the benefits of this franchised
structure for years," added Cllr Downes. "Metro thinks it's about
time that people in West Yorkshire should enjoy the same