Councillors in Eccleshill and Idle and Thackley have warmly welcomed the diversion of the Bradford - Harrogate bus service to Apperley Bridge Rail Station planned for the end of August when Transdev take over the route from Yorkshire Tiger.
Councillor Geoff Reid (Liberal Democrat, Eccleshill) suggested this to Metro as an option in autumn 2017 when local councillors stepped up their campaigning for better links with trains to Leeds and Bradford Forster Square.
Councillor Alun Griffiths (Liberal Democrat, Idle and Thackley) said:
“This improvement to bus/rail connections is long overdue. The bus shelter at the station is a grossly underused Metro asset currently served by only a few peak time journeys Monday to Friday. We campaigned for ten years to get Apperley Bridge Rail Station and it has been a great success. It is a pity that it didn’t get a regular bus service from the start, helping to cut down congestion and air pollution on the A658 where new housing estates are appearing year after year.”
Councillor Geoff Reid added:
"This short diversion was one of three options I put to Metro three years ago. Keighley Bus Company (Transdev) already operate a service from Keighley into the Airport and they will understand the practicalities of making a diversion on the Bradford service. I warmly welcome this new link and I hope they will promote it, which is what we shall certainly be doing as local Lib Dem councillors."