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Shake up for Leeds bus services

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The biggest bus firm in Leeds has announced sweeping timetable changes designed to put passengers on the right road for the rest of 2014 and beyond.

First’s schedules shake-up – which it says will provide better travel links and improved reliability – comes into force from this Sunday, April 27. Standout changes include:

* A new X33 service running between Leeds, Rawdon and Yeadon/Guiseley every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes;

* Earlier and later journeys between Bramley and Rodley on the 86 route;

* Increased frequencies for the 4, 16 and 16A Pudsey-Seacroft services;

* Revised timetables on the 11/11A Leeds-Cross Gates and 51/52 Moor Allerton-Morley routes.

The firm says that, across the board, service levels will remain approximately the same on weekdays but increase on Sundays. First’s timetables overhaul follows its decision to raise some of its single and return fares at the end of last month.

Bosses at the firm also recently announced that an additional 100,000 people each week in West Yorkshire were using their services compared to 12 months previously.

Bob Dorr, business manager for First in Leeds, said: “These changes are being introduced as we welcome more customers on our buses and our service reliability is improving.

“We’re pleased to introduce improvements in response to feedback from customers and hope this will attract even more people onto our buses.”

For full details of the service changes, visit the www.firstgroup.com/leeds website.

* A number of other local bus operators are also introducing revised timetables from this weekend.

Services being altered include Arriva’s 229 (Huddersfield-Batley-Leeds) and Transdev’s 770/771 (Leeds-Seacroft-Wetherby-Harrogate).

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