Reprieve for key bus service

TRANSPORT bosses have confirmed that a crucial bus service will continue, despite the operator withdrawing.

Bus operator First announced that there would be changes to the 570 bus, which runs between Bradford Interchange and Halifax bus station via Brighouse, Rastrick and Elland, because the route was no longer commercially viable.

The decision meant that dozens of elderly passengers living towards the top of Rastrick and Upper Edge, Elland, would have been left without a service.

It was planned from April 29 that the bus service would run from Bradford to Nunnery Lane, Rastrick, and would no longer carry on its journey to Elland and Halifax.

But at a meeting of the Calderdale Passenger Consultative Committee, Neal Wallace of Metro announced that the service would be subsidised until October when they will carry out a full review of bus routes in Calderdale.

A spokesperson for Metro said: “Metro is working with operators to fund a temporary service between Brighouse, Rastrick and Halifax from the end of April until the end of October, to replace the commercial service withdrawn by First.

“This temporary service would then be reviewed later in the year, along with other services in the Calderdale area, as part of Metro’s review of the services it funds, to ensure that council tax-payers’ money is being spent effectively.”

Regular passengers of the service said they had received no formal communication about the possible termination of the service, and only found out about it because drivers told them about it.

Denise Cunningham, of Banks End Road, said passengers were relieved that the service would continue.

“Had the bus service been cancelled then elderly people would have had to walk nearly a mile down a steep hill from the Sun Inn traffic lights.

“They’re so pleased it has been saved because they would have been cut off otherwise,” she said.