Leader: On the buses? Not for much longer!
Oct 22 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
TIMES are tough and money is short for everyone, including companies who offer a public service.
But it’s about to get a bit tougher for bus users as First bus have now confirmed that changes have been made to 24 services in Huddersfield.
Some services are being withdrawn, frequencies changed and routes altered. And the people who will be affected most are those on low incomes who rely on the bus instead of a car to get them to work or to do their weekly shop.
One concerned councillor said it was now a bus business not a service, while a Kirkheaton resident said the changes meant she wouldn’t be able to get home from work some days.
First bus say they’re cutting back the timetable to reflect customer demand and cited “a challenging economic time”.
But surely if they want more people to leave their cars at home and use the buses, they have to offer services which people require in the first place. Cutting back isn’t going to have any positive benefit in boosting bus numbers in the long-run.