West Leeds: Boost for X6, 30 and 72 bus services

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A bus on the A647 bus lane. Photograph by Richard Walker/ImageNorth

Extra bus services are set to go through West Leeds from next week.

From Monday 20 May the number 30 bus from Horsforth through Calverley, Woodhall and Galloway Lane to Pudsey will be taken over by Yorkshire Buses, contracted by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Cllr Peter Carlill (Lab, Calverley & Farsley) welcomed the move and said: “Many residents have been concerned about the unreliability of this service so this new operator and timetable will hopefully make it a more usable service.

“There are still concerns locally about the reliability of the 16 route and the lack of the 508 route, which we will continue to work on.”

First Bus is increasing the frequency of its X6 and 72 services between Bradford and Leeds to provide a combined service up to every seven minutes during the day Monday to Saturday.

The change is part of an overall review of its Bradford network to help customers with connectivity and better punctuality. With these changes, First Bus aims to mitigate some of the challenges caused by important ongoing infrastructure works and the closure of Bradford Interchange.

This builds on revised routes First Bus already introduced last month to improve journey times. The changes come into effect from Sunday 19 May.

Michael Moore, Head of Network for First Bus in West Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted to invest in three additional buses on our 72 and X6 services between Bradford and Leeds. This will further increase frequency to operate every 15 minutes on the X6 express and every 15-16 minutes for the 72.

“This enables us to better co-ordinate both services at Bradford and Leeds and manage combined frequencies during the day, especially at peak times when pressure on the road network is at its greatest.

“We have again worked closely with the Combined Authority and Bradford Council’s highways team to introduce these enhancements, which aim to make it easier to travel around the city while the current works are completed.”

Full details of the changes are available on the First Bus website.

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