Bus chiefs calling for Leeds passenger feedback

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A MAJOR review has been launched into bus services in two parts of Leeds.

Transport bosses say the review is being carried out to see if improvements can be made to provision for passengers in Belle Isle and Middleton.

It is being headed up by West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro, operator First and local ward councillors.

And today they issued a call for bus users to get involved in the review process as well.

People can complete an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/BelleIsleandMiddleton or e-mail their views to busconsultation@wypte.gov.uk.

Comments can also be posted to Freepost Bus Consultation Team (Metro).

A drop-in session which will be attended by staff from Metro and First will take place from 3pm to 7pm next Monday, January 27, at the Bitmo’s Gate community centre, Aberfield Gate, Belle Isle.

Another session will be held from 3pm to 7pm on Thursday, February 6, at the St George’s Centre in Middleton.

Metro chairman Coun James Lewis said: “I would urge people to go to the drop-in sessions or find out about the proposals online and make their views known, so that we can create a bus network that meets Belle Isle and Middleton passengers’ requirements.”

Publicly-funded Metro says it is too early to predict whether the review could lead to a reduction in service levels.

Routes under the spotlight include the number 2 (Middleton Thorpe Lane-Dewsbury Road-Leeds-Roundhay Park), 9 (Seacroft-Horsforth via Rothwell. Middleton and Pudsey), 48 (Middleton Park Circus-Hunslet-Leeds-Wigton Moor) and 86 (Middleton-Bramley-Pudsey).

Colin Booth, area service delivery manager for First, said: “We are very keen to meet with our customers and the local communities in general to find out what they think of our bus services and more importantly how we can improve them to encourage more people to travel by bus.

“We have come up with a number of ways for the Belle Isle and Middleton communities to get their views across to both ourselves and our partners at Metro, either face to face, online or in writing. We now need local people to take a small amount of time out of their daily routine to respond to us.”

l In a separate move, First is introducing a number of service alterations in Leeds this Sunday.

They will see the Bramley terminus of its number 49 bus transferring to Bramley Shopping Centre. New evening journeys are also being added to First’s number 1 route in Holt Park and Headingley.

The operator recently announced a series of ticket price reductions as well as figures that showed 100,000 more people were using its services in West Yorkshire compared to the same time the previous year.

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