A lifeline bus service, which runs from Horsforth and along the Ring Road to the White Rose Centre, could have a new operator by the end of the year.
Yorkshire Buses took over the number nine route – which covers Rodley, Farsley, Pudsey, Farnley and Wortley – in April after First Bus withdrew the service. And in July the bus was rerouted to take on Calverley Lane and parts of Leeds and Bradford Road to help passengers left with little or no bus service following the axing of the 508 in March.
A new tender for a replacement number 10 service, costing one million pounds over 30 months, has been put out by West Yorkshire Combined Authority and can be found here. The contract would run until April 2026.
Calverley & Farsley Councillor Peter Carlill (Lab) said he was ‘very hopeful an operator will take it on with no gap in service’. He added: “I was made aware that Yorkshire Buses have registered cancellation of the number nine bus, as of 24 December.
“Following the service previously being dropped by First Bus I worked with the Mayor and West Yorkshire Combined Authority to ensure a tender was put out.
“The West Yorkshire Combined Authority have again agreed to put out a tender and provide funding for this route, and I will be encouraging other operators to come forward to take on this valuable service.”
WLD has contacted Yorkshire Buses for comment.