Huge and controversial changes made to Arriva services in Leeds and Wakefield

Bus operator Arriva is making big and controversial changes to services in Leeds and Wakefield.

By David Spereall
Thursday, 27th January 2022, 11:37 am
Updated Thursday, 27th January 2022, 11:38 am

Four local services will be axed while a raft of other alterations will be made to timetables and routes.

It’s the second time Arriva has chopped and changed the local network, following a previous round of cuts before Christmas.

Councillors and campaigners have criticised the changes, which Arriva says are being made as a result of falling passenger numbers in some parts.

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Bus operator Arriva is making big and controversial changes to services in Leeds and Wakefield.

Most of the below changes will take effect from Monday, February 28, although some will come into force two days earlier, on February 26.

Here are all of the alterations the operator is making to services which cover the Wakefield district.

102 – Healey – Ossett – Lupset – Wakefield – Eastmoor

This service is revised to run between Wakefield and Eastmoor only. Between Wakefield and Lupset the route is replaced by new service 122, and between Ossett and Healey the route is replaced by revised service 120.

106 – Wakefield – Belle Isle – Kettlethorpe – Crigglestone – Hall Green

The evening frequency will reduce to hourly, co-ordinating with the 196 to provide a bus every 30 minutes between Wakefield and Sandal.

110 – Leeds – Robin Hood – Lofthouse – Outwood – Wakefield

The only change to this route concerns Leeds city centre, where journeys to Leeds will now be diverted via South Accommodation Road and East Street in Leeds.

Students for the colleges are advised to alight at the first stop on South Accommodation Road, which will now be the closest stop with a 10-minute walk to the colleges.

117 – Leeds – White Rose – West Ardsley – Shaw Cross – Ossett – Wakefield

This service is withdrawn and replaced by new service 122 between Wakefield and Ossett, and revised service 203 between Shaw Cross and Leeds.

118 – Leeds – White Rose – Middleton – East Ardsley – Junction 41 – Outwood – Wakefield

Minor timetable changes are introduced, although Arriva has not given any further details.

119 – Batley – Gawthorpe – Ossett – Wakefield

This service is withdrawn and replaced by revised service 120 between Wakefield and Ossett and new service 122 between Ossett and Batley.

120 – Batley – Gawthorpe – Ossett – Wakefield

This service is revised to run up to every hour from Wakefield to Ossett and then on towards Healey. Gawthorpe and Batley will now be served by new service 122.

122 – Batley – Gawthorpe – Ossett – Lupset – Wakefield

This new service partly replaces services 102 and 117. Buses will run up to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime between Wakefield and Lupset. Up to every 30 minutes a bus will continue to Ossett via Manor Road, and from Ossett some trips will continue to Batley.

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126/127 – Wakefield – Horbury – Ossett – Chickenley – Dewsbury

A new evening timetable is introduced with fewer journeys. A revised Sunday timetable is introduced with some journeys running only between Wakefield and Ossett.

135/136 – Pontefract – Chequerfield circulars

Minor timetable changes are introduced.

140/141 – Leeds – Oulton – Castleford – Junction 32 – Pontefract

Similarly to the 110, inbound journeys will now be diverted via South Accommodation Road and East Street in Leeds.

147 – Wakefield – City Fields – Altofts – Normanton – Featherstone – Pontefract

Timetable changes are introduced Monday to Saturday. The Sunday daytime service will no longer run.

156 – Castleford – Airedale – Ferry Fryston

A whole new timetable will be introduced, with the frequency of services likely to be reduced overall.

158 – Castleford – Airedale – Ferrybridge

This new hourly service connects Castleford, Fryston Village, Stansfield Road, Airedale, Sheepwalk Lane and Ferrybridge, partly replacing service 188.

159 – Airedale – Ferry Fryston

This service will be withdrawn

167/168 – Leeds – Woodlesford – Swillington – Castleford

Similarly to both the 110 and 140/141, buses to Leeds will diverted via South Accommodation Road and East Street in the city centre.

177 – Castleford – Featherstone – Pontefract

Minor timetable changes are introduced.

184 – Castleford – Airedale – Pontefract

This service is withdrawn and replaced by new service 158 between Castleford and Airedale, and new service 186 between Airedale and Pontefract.

186 – Wakefield – Normanton – Altofts – Castleford – Junction 32 – Airedale – Pontefract

This new service partly replaces services 184, 187 and 188.

There will be an hourly service from Wakefield to Pontefract via Kirkthorpe, Normanton, Altofts, Cutsyke, Castleford, Glasshoughton, ASDA, Airedale and Spittal Hardwick Lane.

187 – Wakefield – Normanton – Altofts – Castleford – Airedale – Pontefract

This service is withdrawn and partly replaced by new service 186.

188 – Wakefield – Normanton – Altofts – Castleford – Airedale – Ferrybridge – Knottingley

This service is curtailed to run between Castleford and Ferrybridge only and is renumbered 158.

Customers travelling to Knottingley can change onto service 148 at Ferrybridge for onward connections.

Alternatively, for those travelling between Castleford and Knottingley connections at Pontefract may be more convenient – core network service 140/141 between Castleford and Pontefract, and core network service 148/149 between Pontefract and Knottingley each run every 15 minutes.

189 – Wakefield – Normanton – Castleford

A new timetable is will be introduced. Journeys will no longer extend to St Wilfrid’s or New College Pontefract.

Passengers can continue to use service 189 to Castleford, and change onto service 140A to continue their journey to St Wilfrids or New College Pontefract

195 – Wakefield – Belle Isle – New Crofton – Ryhill – Hemsworth

The evening service will be withdrawn. Customers travelling between Wakefield and Ryhill can use service 196, and customers travelling between Wakefield and Hemsworth can use service 496.

196 – Wakefield – Belle Isle – New Crofton – Ryhill – Newstead

A new vening timetable is introduced. Journeys will be co-ordinated with service 106 to provide a bus every 30 minutes between Wakefield and Sandal.

212 – Dewsbury – Dewsbury District Hospital – Batley – Alverthorpe – Wakefield

The Marion Avenue estate will no longer be served, in a move Arriva’s blamed on “persistent parking issues along St Paul’s Drive.” The bus will instead go down Batley Road.

Evening frequency will be reduced to hourly with “minor” changes made to the timetable during the day.

231/232 – Huddersfield – Waterloo – Lepton – Sitlington – Horbury – Wakefield

The evening 10.43pm journey will be retimed to run 30 minutes earlier throughout the week.

The Sunday 8.47am journey from Emley Cross to Huddersfield is extended back to start from Wakefield at 8.13am.

268 – Bradford – Low Moor – Cleckheaton – Heckmondwike – Dewsbury – Wakefield

This service will be rerouted in Bradford city centre. Buses will no longer serve Bradford’s Ice Rink. Most Sunday journeys will now terminate at Bradford.

408/409 – Pontefract – Darrington – Norton – Askern – Doncaster

A new timetable will be introduced, with services likely to be less frequent.

444/446 – Leeds – Rothwell – Stanley – City Fields – Wakefield

Similarly to both the 110, 140/141 and 167/168, buses to Leeds will diverted via South Accommodation Road and East Street in the city centre.

476 – Abbots Road – Selby College – Selby – Brayton – Eggborough – Kellington – Beal – Knottingley – Pontefract – Glasshoughton (Junction 32 Outlet)

The 1.20pm service from Selby will now terminate at Pontefract on schooldays, in a move Arriva’s blaming on “continuing congestion”.

493 – Sherburn Industrial Estate – Sherburn-in-Elmet – South Milford – Hillam – Brotherton – Byram Park – Knottingley – Pontefract

The routing through Sherburn Industrial Estate is revised.

Inbound buses will run the length of Aviation Road and terminate just before the roundabout with Hurricane Way. Outbound buses will return via Aviation Road with a new stop outside the Eddie Stobart Warehouse.

496 – Wakefield – Fitzwilliam – Hemsworth – South Elmsall – Upton

Minor timetable changes are introduced.

SW2 – Chequerfield – St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School

Minor timetable changes are introduced.

TK1/TK2 – Wakefield – TK Maxx Distribution Centre

Additional journeys are introduced.

X80 – University of Leeds – Leeds – Stanley – City Fields – Normanton

A new timetable is introduced with fewer journeys. There will now be two morning peak journeys and two afternoon peak journeys.