Bruntcliffe Road residents highlight need for more bus regulation

Last week I met with local residents have been fighting for two years to get Arriva to reinstate a daytime service on the 221 route. The bus now takes a shorter route in the daytime, bypassing elderly residents living on and around Bruntcliffe Road.

I asked bosses from Metro and Arriva to come to a public meeting to answer residents’ concerns that elderly people now have to cross the motorway bridge over the M62 to catch a bus into Leeds and to explain the lack of daytime service to Bruntcliffe Road.

More than a hundred residents in the area have been in touch with me to complain that the bus company Arriva, and Metro, the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority were not listening to their concerns. Metro have agreed to investigate the issue further and provide a report back.

Bus services can be a real lifeline for many people in the area, particularly elderly residents. So it’s vital that bus bosses come to Morley and listen to the residents who are directly affected by the decisions they take.

I know budgets are tight, but I hope Arriva will reconsider the route of the 221, but in the long term, this reinforces the need for a more robust contract for bus routes in our area, which would allow the Council to make sure vulnerable communities are well served.

For more information, please do get in touch with my office on 0113 253 9466.

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Posted April 6th, 2011 by Ed's team