MP’s visit just the ticket for new Leeds bus route survey

Ed Balls MP with residents Ray Laing and Lynn Hawhaw.

Ed Balls MP with residents Ray Laing and Lynn Hawhaw.

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Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls and local councillors have been pounding the pavements to get feedback on bus services.

The Shadow Chancellor visited residents in Thorpe and East Ardsley this week as part of a new survey to find out residents’ concerns and suggestions for local bus services.

Residents have previously raised concerns about reliability of some services and the destinations they serve.

The survey, which will involve around 2,000 local residents, will give them an opportunity to feed back on their experiences of local public transport.

Mr Balls said: “Local people, particularly around Thorpe and East Ardsley, have expressed concern about bus services.

“They’re concerned about the reliability of some services and the destinations available.

“In Government, Labour introduced free bus travel for pensioners but for others ticket prices on buses in our area have increased recently.

“We want the local transport authority to hear the views of local people and hope lots of residents take part in our survey.”

Councillor Jack Dunn (Lab, Ardsley and Robin Hood) said: “Out and about in Thorpe and East Ardsley, bus services come up as an issue all the time.

“These surveys will give residents an opportunity to have their say.”

Results of the survey will be sent to West Yorkshire Transport Authority, First and Arriva.

Local resident Margaret Foster said: “People who live in this area have been unhappy with bus services for some time.

“It’s great that local councillors and our MP are taking the time to find out what changes we all want to see.”

She added: “I hope people will take part.”

Mr Balls and local councillors met residents in the Stanhope Road, Daisy Vale Terrace and Meadow Side Road area on Thursday, May 30.

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