VILLAGERS have won the fight to save their bus service.
Metro had planned to stop evening and weekend running along two routes in the Colne Valley.
Transport bosses announced the proposal earlier this year to cut the 303 service – which links Scapegoat Hill and Bolster Moor with Huddersfield – and the 346, which runs between Wilberlee and Wellhouse and the town centre.
But Metro this week revealed it had scrapped the plan after more than 500 residents signed a petition against it.
Clr Nicola Turner, who collected the signatures, welcomed the news yesterday.
“We are very pleased that the campaigns run by ourselves and Bolster Moor Community Association have been listened to by Metro,” the Colne Valley Lib Dem said.
Clr Turner added that the evening and weekend bus services were vital to the hill villages of the Colne Valley.
“Cutting these services would have left people facing real difficulties if they didn’t own a car which is totally unacceptable,” she said.
“The terrain in these areas is challenging to the majority of people while the pavements – if there are pavements – are narrow and poorly lit which would have increased the risk of a tragic accident.”
Fellow Lib Dem councillor David Ridgway also welcomed the U-turn yesterday.
He said: “We are aware that Metro has to look to save money, but they have to choose wisely.
“In this case they have done so, following a massive effort from local people to get their points of view across.
“Thank you to everyone who has got involved in bringing about this change in their thinking.”
The two councillors are also campaigning for an expansion of bus services in the Colne Valley.
They have collected 50 signatures to a petition calling for Metro to change routes in the area so as they include the Two Gates/Blakestones area of Slaithwaite.
The transport organisation will decide on the issue in August or September.