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22 September 2009
Metro held two public meetings in
Greetland and Sowerby Bridge to discuss proposed changes to local
bus services from January 2010.
There is still time to share your
views on the bus services review. Below is an outline of the
proposals and maps showing existing and proposed routes.
If you'd like to send your views on
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Outline of the South Calderdale bus service proposals
Maps showing existing and proposed routes for the
Calderdale bus services review (pdf, 1.69mb)
Explaining the proposals, Metro's Calderdale District
Spokesperson Cllr Keith Watson said, "When, earlier in 2009, Metro
stepped in to support the services threatened by First's planned
cuts in rural south Calderdale, in the short term, it added a
further £0.4m to the £1.2 million per annum we were
already spending supporting bus services in the area.
"This cost is unsustainable in the
long-term, particularly in the current economic environment."
"The proposals are based upon a review
we have carried out on the network and their aim is to maintain
hourly bus services to those communities which have bus services at
present, while at the same time ensuring the local network is as
efficient and cost-effective as possible.
"We also want to encourage as many bus
companies as possible to tender to run the services to help manage
The overall impact of the proposals
will be that all significant communities retain an hourly bus
service within a 400m (10 minute) walk and that routes will be
simpler with fewer service numbers.
"Some areas will have a reduction in
frequency and some passengers may find journey times to Halifax are
longer," continued Cllr Watson. "However in looking again at the
network, we have been able to respond to local people's requests to
provide new links to Calderale Royal Infirmary from the Ripponden
area, and to link Greetland and Barkisland with Brighouse.