A review of bus services in the Belle Isle and Middleton areas is being carried out by Metro, Middleton Park Ward Councillors and bus operator First.
The consultation will see if improvements can be made to the local network and if passengers’ needs are being met. Online and email consultations started today (Monday 20 January 2014), and two local drop-in sessions, attended by staff from Metro and First as well as the Ward Councillors, will be held on:
– Monday 27 January, 3-7pm at Bitmo’s Gate, Aberfield Gate, Belle Isle
– Thursday 6 February, 3-7pm at St. George’s Centre, Middleton
“Metro values feedback from passengers, which has helped shape the successful outcomes of Metro’s recent series of Bus Network Reviews,” said Metro Chairman Cllr James Lewis,
“I would urge people to go to the drop-in sessions or find out about the proposals online and make their views known, so that we can create a bus network that meets Belle Isle and Middleton passengers’ requirements.”
Colin Booth, Area Service Delivery Manager for First in Leeds, said: “We are very keen to meet with our customers and the local communities in general to find out what they think of our bus services and more importantly how we can improve them to encourage more people to travel by bus.
“We have come up with a number of ways for the Belle Isle and Middleton communities to get their views across to both ourselves and our partners at Metro, either face to face, online or in writing. We now need local people to take a small amount of time out of their daily routine to respond to us.”
“I am delighted that Metro and First are engaging with the community of Middleton and Belle Isle,” said Ward Councillor, Kim Groves. “Due to the cost of fuel people need a cost effective and efficient service that gets people to work on time and connects to local amenities and our great city centre. I look forward to meeting residents at the consultation events.”
The consultation runs until Monday 24 February.
The services operating through Belle Isle and Middleton and included in the review are:
- service 2 (Middleton Thorpe Lane – Dewsbury Road – Leeds – Roundhay Park);
- service 9 (Seacroft – Horsforth via Rothwell / Middleton and Pudsey);
- services 12, 13 & 13A (Middleton – Belle Isle – Hunslet – Leeds – Roundhay Park/ Brackenwood / Gledhow);
- service 48 (Middleton Park Circus – Hunslet – Leeds – Wigton Moor);
- services 74 & 74A (Middleton Park Avenue – Beeston – Leeds – Hunslet – Belle Isle);
- services 85, 85A & 87 (Thorpe – Morley – Middleton – Leeds – Bramley);
- service 86 (Middleton – Bramley – Pudsey)
- service 481 (Leeds – Middleton – East Ardsley – Wakefield). This service is operated by Arriva