Residents around Leeds Dock and the nearby area were saddened when First Bus abruptly axed their number 29 bus last month.
Now the service is being restarted, after a concerted effort by Councillor Ed Carlisle (Green, Hunslet & Riverside) and new independent operator Yorkshire Buses.
The popular service – up through the city centre, to the LGI hospital and universities – was cancelled at short notice at the start of October, with First Bus blaming low passenger numbers. But there was outcry amongst local residents, especially university students arriving in Leeds for the start of their academic year.
After considerable negotiations between a number of agencies over the past weeks, Yorkshire Buses have stepped in to take the route over.
They will be running a service, alternating between hourly and half-hourly, between 6.30am and 22.20pm, starting on Monday 7 November. They will also be at Leeds Dock on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 November, promoting the service.
Steve Carr, one of the directors for Yorkshire Buses, commented:
“We’re really looking forward to reintroducing the 29, and working with various partners to deliver a reliable service for the people of Leeds Dock. Come jump aboard, and help make this a success – our buses will be bright yellow, so you can’t miss us!”
Cllr Ed Carlisle added:
“This is good news for our community, and our planet. Massive thanks and credit to Yorkshire Buses, for pulling out all the stops to make it happen. Please spread the word, so as many people use the service as possible, and safeguard it for the future”.
This post is based on a press release issued by Cllr Ed Carlisle
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