Leeds campaigners drive for bus improvements

Campaigners present a letter to First Buses calling for improved services in Leeds.
Campaigners present a letter to First Buses calling for improved services in Leeds.
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Campaigners are on the right route after putting forward plans to transform the bus network in Leeds.

Students and community organisations have joined forces to ask the city’s transport chiefs to improve bus services.

They presented First Bus with a giant letter outlining proposals for improvements including a Leeds Citizens Bus Covenant and better information at bus stops across the city.

Tom Chigbo from charity Leeds Citizens, who co-ordinated the action, said hundreds of people have shared their stories about using buses to help the group develop a strategy.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The group has spent at least six months taking part in a listening campaign to identify what the main issues in Leeds were.

“Transport was one of the top priorities and we have had hundreds of conversations with people about what they would like to change on the bus networks in Leeds.

“Following this action we will be meeting with First to discuss our letter in more detail.”

Students from Abbey Grange, David Young Academy and Leeds University Union were joined by representatives from Roscoe Methodist Church and Moortown Baptist Church to present the letter to First Bus chiefs at Hunslet Park.

They put forward a number of proposals in their letter including developing Leeds Citizens Bus Covenant which could see a deal between communities and transport officials to promote respect on the bus network.

Campaigners are also calling for route maps and accurate passenger information displays to be installed at all bus stops across Leeds.

The group are also asking for bus services to be reclassified in a bid to link up communities across the city.

Tom added: “We recognise that even though we are all different we are all from Leeds and have an interest in making our city better.”