A COUNCILLOR has demanded funding to save a bus linking small rural communities.
The Colne Valley taxi bus connects Wilberlee, Pole Moor and Scapegoat Hill to Slaithwaite and Outlane.
It also deviates from its route to collect or drop off passengers. During off-peak times it can also be called by passengers to pick them up at a pre-arranged time.
Metro had planned to scrap the bus completely, but has now offered to provide some of the cash to keep the service going.
Clr Nicola Turner, who represents Colne Valley, has called on Kirklees Council’s Cabinet to approve its share of funding at a meeting on June 12.
She said: “Metro have agreed to provide part of the funding needed to keep the wheels turning up until January 2009 as long as the council is willing to provide the rest.
“The Cabinet must approve this deal. The taxi bus is an essential local service that provides the elderly and those who live further out in the valleys with a link to the village centres.
“Without it people without cars or support from friends or relatives would be isolated, unable to get to the shops, doctors and other services.
“Parents with young children also use the service as a way to get to and from the local schools.”
Clr Turner added that she would try to make sure the service is well used if it is saved.
The Lib Dem said: “If the funding is agreed, I will be making certain that the taxi bus is advertised properly and widely to people living on and around the routes.
“Making certain the taxi bus is well used will be the key to securing its long-term future.”