Bus services set to be reduced

Arriva bus
Arriva bus

BUS services could be lost when cost-cutting changes are made by local transport body Metro.

Next week the authority will begin asking passengers for their views on proposed changes to some of the services it funds.

It plans to withdraw services which are under-used by passengers.

Services, 59, 188, 195, 443, 485 and 496, affecting passengers in various places across the city could also be reduced in frequency.

A spokesman for Metro said work was still being done to identify the services which will be under review.

He said: “It is not going to be a huge upheaval but it might be that some services are reduced, for example from half-hourly to hourly.”

Services could also be affected by slight timetable changes.

Coun Denise Jeffery, deputy leader of Wakefield Council responsible for economic growth, said any proposals to reduce bus services in the district would have an impact on local communities.

She said: “We want to encourage people to use public transport as much as possible, both to protect the environment and help people keep active and healthy.

“We will be looking at these proposals carefully and doing all we can to protect services which serve local communities.”

Full details about the affected services will be available on www.wymetro.com next Thursday.

A public consultation drop-in event will run at Wakefield Bus Station on Thursday, September 22 from 10am to 7pm.

People can also make their comments by email to busconsultation@wypte.gov.uk