Hopes of new Asda Leeds bus service

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Users of a free bus which helped pensioners do their weekly shop hope a new operator can be found to take over the service after it was axed by Asda.

The Monday-Friday bus service to the company’s Killingbeck superstore in east Leeds ceased running last week.

People who used the service included pensioners who would otherwise by unable to get to the supermarket.

Asda said it took the decision to cease the bus service, which was operated by transport firm York Pullman, because not enough people had been using it.

Now another bus firm could be found to run a similar service after Leeds City Council intervened.

A council spokesman said meeting were being held over the future of the bus service.

He said: “Leeds City Council recognises the value that the Asda service provided to many residents in the east of Leeds.

“After a regular user of the service approached the council asking for our support, we met and agreed to help facilitate meetings between residents and alternative companies who may be able to provide a similar service.

“These discussions are currently ongoing.”

Lil Woodhead, of Osmondthorpe, who was among users of the bus service, said: “It helped people who couldn’t carry their shopping themselves.

“It wasn’t just pensioners who used it. There were some young people as well.

“It also helped people get together for a little social outing.”