People power buys one-year reprieve for Colne Valley bus
Jun 21 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A BUS service which connects the hillside hamlets of the Colne Valley has received a one-year reprieve.
The future of the Metro-run 383 bus service, which links Meltham and Milnsbridge, via Heights estate, Linthwaite, was in doubt.
The service, which has run for a trial six months, replaced the ML17 run by West Yorkshire’s Passenger Transport Executive, Metro.
The ML17 replaced the scrapped First 305 Service which connected Meltham, Milnsbridge and Huddersfield.
The future of the 383 lay in doubt but villagers and Colne Valley councillors voiced their support for the service and organised a series of meetings with Metro last year.
Now Metro have confirmed with councillors that the 383 service is well used and will stay for a further 12 months.
Colne Valley councillor Nicola Turner said: “We are very happy to hear that the 383 service will continue for another 12 months. The number of passengers using the service shows that First were wrong to cut a service which linked Linthwaite and Milnsbridge in the first place.
“That decision left people without easy access to doctors and other essential services. This was wrong.
“We will be getting updates on passenger numbers throughout the year and encourage local people to make use of local transport wherever possible.
But Clr Turner complained about the repeated need to protect threatened bus services.
She said: “It’s crazy to have to fight every 12 months to keep the service. Bus companies seem to forget that people are their customers.
“The accountants don’t see the hills that poor old people have to walk up with their shopping from looking at a map.”
In July, 2009, the H8 Holmfirth ‘hopper’ service was set to be axed, but residents objected securing another month for the bus which serves the side streets of Thongsbridge, New Mill, Scholes, Hepworth, Jackson Bridge and Holmfirth, including Holme Valley Memorial Hospital.
A month before over a dozen Huddersfield bus services were earmarked for the scrapheap.