Fight to bring back village bus

Residents, parish councillors and MP Jon Trickett handing over a petition to Metro bosses to reinstate an evening bus service to Sharlston.'James Lewis (metro), MP Jon Trickett, June Cliffe, Graham Isserwood

Residents, parish councillors and MP Jon Trickett handing over a petition to Metro bosses to reinstate an evening bus service to Sharlston.'James Lewis (metro), MP Jon Trickett, June Cliffe, Graham Isserwood

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ANGRY commuters want transport bosses to bring back an evening bus service to their village.

More than 400 Sharlston Common residents and supporters have signed a petition pleading for Metro to reinstate the 149 Wakefield to Pontefract service, which ran along Weeland Road.

It was cancelled at the end of last year and at the moment the last bus arrives at around 7.40pm.

After that time residents have to walk at least a mile from Crofton, Warmfield or New Sharlston.

Parish councillor June Cliffe, who has headed the campaign, said: “The number of people who have signed our petition demonstrates the strength of feeling within the village about the removal of the evening bus service.

“We cannot stand by and allow the safety of local residents to be put at risk in this way and I hope that transport bosses will take this petition extremely seriously.”

On Friday a petition, which is being backed by MP Jon Trickett, was presented to West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority chairman councillor James Lewis.

He spoke to residents about their concerns and will pass them on to Metro.

Mr Trickett said: “This is just one example of cuts made at national level impacting at a local level.”

Wakefield councillor Graham Isherwood said: “Having local residents walk along a country road in the late evening is not, in our view acceptable.”

Metro was unavailable to comment.