Bus routes to stay after consultation

Threatened bus services facing the axe will continue to serve villages in Calderdale.

In a review of bus services across the region, the West Yorkshire Combined Transport Authority had to make a 25 per cent cut to subsidised routes. Metro consulted the public over plans to cut routes which currently serve Barkisland, Soyland, Ripponden, Dean Head, Krumlin, Mill Bank and Mountain.

However, after a backlash from residents, the authority has resolved the issues raised.

Councillor Barry Collins (Illingworth/Mixenden, Lab) said: “Local people have fought hard, alongside the council, to protect Calderdale’s bus network over the past 12 months and it’s good to see all that joint work with the Transport Authority finally paying off. Together, we’ve managed to avert the most damaging service cuts, whilst securing £1 million of investment in new and upgraded vehicles. ”

There will be an hourly daytime service between Rochdale, Rochdale Road Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge and Halifax with a limited Sunday service. An hourly daytime service between Ripponden, Soyland, Mill Bank, Sowerby Bridge, Copley and Halifax will run Monday to Sunday. There will be an hourly daytime service between Northowram and Halifax and a two hourly service for Krumlin and Ringstone to Halifax and Ripponden.

A demand responsive ring and ride daytime Monday to Friday service for Dean Head will be introduced and an hourly off peak service between West End, Washer Lane and Halifax as now.