Win for Whinney Hill bus users

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Residents on the Whinney Hill estate will see an improved bus service introduced after years of campaigning.

A limited service on a Sunday was serving the Brighouse estate but the first bus would not arrive until the afternoon.

However, after negotiations with the Whinney Hill Tenants Association, councillors and Metro, changes will now come into force that will see additional Sunday daytime journeys on service 571 between Brighouse and Bradford.

Councillor Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse) said: “I have been lobbying Metro to introduce an increased service for the Whinney Hill estate for a number of years.

“Recent timetabling changes have seen the estate lose a number of its services and this has caused a 
great deal of concern as it made it more difficult to access Calderdale Royal Hospital among 
other places.

“I am delighted that these changes will see an increased service on a Sunday 
and I know that this is something which residents will be pleased to see.”

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has a partnership arrangement with bus operators in which services change on set days of the year.

The next service change date is the weekend of April 25 and 26, 2015.

On this weekend bus operators are making changes to a large number of services in West Yorkshire, mainly to improve punctuality and reliability.

In addition WYCA is making some minor changes to supported services.

Les Riach, Chairman of the Whinney Hill Tenants Association, said: “It has taken a long time to get this bus service.

“On behalf of the association we are grateful and would like to thank Councillor Scott Benton and Neale Wallace from Metro for getting this service.

“Neale came to one of our meetings and was very sympathetic with our situation.

“The service is on a 12 month trial basis so it is a case of use or lose it, but the people I have spoken to have said it will be used.”