LARGE parts of a village will be without buses for six weeks.
A gas company due to dig up streets in Stainland today got the blame for refusing to pay for a shuttle bus.
Angry Calderdale councillor Geoff Wainwright accused gas bosses of neglecting their duty by failing to pay.
He said: "It is the practice in West Yorkshire - and only right - that utility companies pay for feeder services or replacement buses, to minimise inconvenience."
Work on replacing gas mains begins in the village next Monday.
All bus services will be diverted - leaving sections of Stainland Road unserved.
Clr Wainwright said: "Metro has provided plans and costs for a feeder service, but we have got no support."
The £126,000 pipeline work is to be carried out by United Utilities for Northern Gas Networks, which recently bought the region's gas distribution network from Transco.
United Utilities spokesman Richard Felton said it was essential work and disruption was unavoidable.
He added: "We will continue to talk with the bus company about practical ways to deal with transport issues."