At a meeting last night (29th) Metro announced that they had listened to the concerns of Kirkheaton residents and that there would continue to be an evening service to and from Kirkheaton and Upper Heaton, albeit slightly reduced. From the end of April there will be three 262 services after 7 pm, and a final one through an extension of the 371 which will give an even later bus than is available now (details below).
The news was given at a public meeting in Kirkheaton Church, where around 50 local residents came to hear and ask questions of Mr Neale Wallace, Bus Services Manager for Metro. Chaired by the Revd Richard Steel, Chair of ‘Yetton Together,’ the meeting heard widespread concerns from residents and was promised that the service would run until July 2013, with further assessment of future services earlier that year, with full consultation with local residents.
“Metro is currently undertaking consultation on a wide range of bus services within South Kirklees for changes in October this year. Whilst the 262 Kirkheaton evening service was not part of this wider consultation, the service was flagged up as being at risk from April 2012 as it did not represent value for money with low passenger use and a high cost per passenger journey,” said Mr Wallace. “Kirkheaton residents were concerned about their potential loss of evening services. Metro has listened to these concerns and has worked hard to provide a new service pattern that meets the majority of residents’ needs but also provides greater value for money for the taxpayer. Some aspects of the new service are an improvement with, for instance, a later departure from Huddersfield to Kirkheaton at 11pm giving greater leisure opportunities.”
“This is a great result for the community,” said Mr Steel, “and shows just what can be achieved when people work together. In less than a fortnight we have gone from some very bad news to a great result. Yetton Together’s Transport and Traffic Working Group are very happy to accept the offer to work with Metro on the longer term future of this service.”
“I was delighted to hear this,” adds Jonathan Evans, one of those who led the campaigning. “We are really pleased with the new timetable. I’d like to thank everyone for writing, spreading the news, going to Metro’s consultations, sending e-mails and attending the meeting tonight.”
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