At the end of October major changes to bus routes and timetables will see many residents losing their direct service to Leeds. Cllr Geoff Reid says that he is “bitterly disappointed” by changes to local bus services.
As part of the changes the Bradford to Leeds via Greengates service 670 is being partly replaced by a new service 35, giving a bus every half hour through the day Mondays to Saturdays between Greengates and Leeds.
Residents on the other section of the old route (Thorpe Edge, Idle, Ecclehill and Undercliffe) will be left with an hourly service 671 which will link Thorpe Edge (York House) with Bradford Interchange via Five Lane Ends before continuing to West Bowling.
Councillor Geoff Reid (Lib Dem, Eccleshill) says: “Residents in Eccleshill, Undercliffe and Idle will find it very strange when they discover that we have lost a direct service to Leeds but gained a service to West Bowling. There will be a “missing link” between Thorpe Edge and the Redcar Road turning circle in Greengates, so passengers will not even have the option of changing buses in Greengates to get to Calverley, Kirkstall and Leeds.
These bus timetable changes make it even more urgent for better bus links to Apperley Bridge Rail Station from Idle and Eccleshill. We must also get on with the much needed improvements to Greengates Junction both of which would help people to travel to Leeds without having to go via Barkerend Road or Bradford Interchange.”