Residents fight to save their ‘lifeline’ bus service

Residents angry about plans to reduce rural bus services in Mill Bank.

Residents angry about plans to reduce rural bus services in Mill Bank.

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Mill Bank residents are fighting to save their bus, after proposed changes were released threatening to disrupt the ‘lifeline’ 531 service.

The proposed service changes of the Calderdale Area Service Review are part of a major shake-up to the public transport funding in West Yorkshire and could mean cuts to routes that currently serve Barkisland, Dean Head, Krumlin, Mill Bank, Mountain, Ripponden, Rochdale and Soyland.

Over 80 people in Mill Bank have already documented their worries after signing a petition started by the Mill Bank Group.

Peter Walker, chair of Mill Bank Group, said: “The changes would cause a lot of hardship in the village.”

Pensioner David Bloomfield, 67, relies on the bus service as he epileptic and cannot drive.

“The bus service is a lifeline and if it goes, it could isolate the community.”

Cllr for Ryburn, Robert Holden, said: “We are going to try do whatever we can to try andstop the proposed cuts.”