Commitment from rail bosses to improve Fall Lane Bridge

A firm commitment to residents in East Ardsley from rail bosses who have committed to replacing the Fall Lane Bridge in East Ardsley after pressure following our recent public meeting with local Ardsley and Robin Hood Councillors and local residents.

The meeting was called in response to increasing concerns from local residents about transport links in the area and local frustrations at the delays and inconvenience caused to bus users by the closure of the Fall Lane Bridge.Representatives from Network Rail, First Bus, Arriva and Metro were all present and the meeting was packed public meeting.

At the meeting Network Rail bosses agreed that repairs or a replacement bridge would be made during their next five year financial period. In addition, bus companies agreed to review concerns regularly with local residents, in particular for those routes affected by the bridge closure.

Time and time again, people have raised with me their frustrations about the delays and inconvenience caused by weight limit on Fall Lane bridge. It is a huge issue for residents in East Ardsley which is why it was so important to have this meeting to give local people an opportunity to put their questions and get some answers from transport bosses. It was a constructive meeting but most importantly, Network Rail were clear that resolving the problems with the Fall Lane Bridge was now a high priority for them.

Around 70 residents attended the meeting at the East Ardsley Community Centre. Other concerns raised at the meeting included:

  • Changes to bus routes or the frequency of services and the impact on residents attending appointments locally or in the centre of Leeds or Wakefield.
  • Routes for school children travelling to Rodillian School
  • The need for improved transport links to meet the needs of an expanding local community.
  • The importance of protecting free bus travel for pensioners.
  • A train station for East Ardsley.
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Posted May 19th, 2014 by Ed