Bus service changes would leave residents ‘stranded’

Shannon Howard at a bus stop on Rastrick Common.
Shannon Howard at a bus stop on Rastrick Common.

Rastrick residents have raised concerns about the withdrawal of the hourly bus 570 service to Bradford.

As part of changes to bus services in West Yorkshire announced in December, the 570 First service from Nunnery Lane, Rastrick to Bradford through Brighouse is being withdrawn from Sunday, January 26 on financial grounds.

The service takes around 20 students to Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School daily. Mum Kate Grundy, whose teenage daughters Shannon Howard and Jamie-Lee Howard use the bus to get to the school, said she was annoyed about the changes.

“I am very concerned that they could think of taking away this service. I am sure a lot of Rastrick residents and especially elderly people could be affected if the 570 is no longer running. I saw no announcements about the withdrawal of this service - I only found out when the bus driver told me. I don’t like to think of my daughters walking up Rastrick Common on dark winter nights.”

Coun Christine Beal (Con, Rastrick) said it was always of concern to lose a local bus service - but equally it was difficult to argue for keeping a service when it was under-used.

A spokesperson for Metro said: “Metro was concerned that students travelling to Hipperholme and Lightcliffe on the 570 service would be affected and, as a result, have arranged for a school service H12 to run.

“The school will be informed of these new arrangements.”

Metro is also concerned that the withdrawal of the service will affect people travelling on the 7am bus from Halifax to work in Brighouse.

Public transport campaigner Peter Judge said bus services in the Rastrick area had already been significantly changed just over a year ago.