Controversy over bus routes in Leeds town

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Pudsey bus users have slammed new changes to routes serving the town.

Residents are unhappy at the introduction of a revised timetable affecting the Fulneck, Valley Road and Kent Road areas and invited a representative of local operator First to a meeting of the Pudsey and Swinnow Community Forum.

Passengers have complained that the X14 service to the city centre has been replaced by a bus which travels via Bramley, increasing journey times by around 15 minutes.

Ward councillor Josie Jarosz (Labour) has been working to resolve the issue.

“I cannot remember such an outcry from the public in Pudsey about bus changes. Whilst I welcome First’s proposals for the X11 and the number 4 services, it is the western fringe of Pudsey – where bus choices are already limited - that will suffer the most,” said Coun Jarosz.

“A representative from First did attend the residents’ meeting and has promised to return after the summer to listen to feedback - and I expect just as big a turnout again!” she added.

A spokesman for First said:-

“We explained that the X14/X15 will be largely replaced by the new 14 service which now runs from Pudsey via Fartown, Kent Road, Bramley Centre and Armley to Leeds every 30 minutes. Although this has increased the overall journey time, the new service has provided much-needed improved links from the Stanningley Road/Bramley area to Pudsey and also a link to Bramley Railway Station.

“A number of the quicker and more direct X14 journeys have been retained including the busiest trip departing Kent Road at 0707.

“We always keep services under review and we’ll monitor these changes closely and look to introduce improvements where necessary.”

First staff will attend a follow-up meeting on September 7 at 7.30pm in Cafe Lux, Pudsey.