CHANGES to bus services are causing misery for Longwood residents.
Bus company First withdrew its daytime 356 service between Huddersfield, Longwood and Quarmby on September 4.
Now First only run the evening 353 service in these areas.
Another bus company, Fair Rider, runs a daytime 356a service.
But these buses run at different times to the former First service.
The withdrawal of the 356 service has caused problems for Longwood people trying to get to work early on a morning.
Stacey Wright, 24, lives at Longwood Gate.
She is an electrician at ambulance manufacturers UV Modular Ltd in Brighouse.
Stacey starts work at 7.30am and used to catch the 6.25am First 356 bus and then a connection to Brighouse.
However, since the service was withdrawn she has been left stranded because the Fair Rider buses do not start until 7.30am.
Stacey now has to walk through deserted woodland to catch a 6am bus in Golcar in order to get to work on time.
She said: "I don't like walking through woodland, especially as winter is getting nearer. I don't feel safe, there are no houses around.
"I am not the only one this affects, as there used to be around 15 people waiting for the 356 at Longwood with me on a morning."
People travelling back to Longwood from Huddersfield after work have also been hit by First's withdrawal of the 356.
Barry Tinker, of Longwood Gate, said his 16-year-old daughter Kimberley is struggling to get home because of the changes.
She works at Greggs bakery in the Kingsgate Centre and finishes at 5.30pm.
However, she has to change out of her uniform before leaving the premises and cannot make it to the bus station for the last Fair Rider service at 5.40pm.
This means she has to wait for First's evening service to begin - at 7.02pm.
Mr Tinker said: "It's a very long wait to be able to get home.
"She only found out one night when there was no bus and had to ring me to get a lift.
"My wife called First and they suggested that my daughter takes an alternative bus to Ley Moor Road at Golcar, but that means walking a mile on a night, which is not very good.
"They are always trying to get people on to buses, but then they can't provide the service."
Nigel Winter, commercial director of First, said the 356 had was withdrawn because it was not being used enough.
He said: "We couldn't afford to continue to run it for the number of people that actually travelled on it.
"The service all day, in terms of overall performance, was poor.
"It is obviously going to affect some people more than others."
He said the 353 evening and Sunday service is only continuing because it is subsidised by Metro.
However, he said Metro did not think the 356 met the criteria and therefore did not offer assistance for that service.
He said: "There has to be a certain number travelling to make it worthwhile and Metro have not seen fit to subsidise this service.
"We have no plans to reinstate the service.
"We carry 600,000 passengers every fortnight so it is always going to be difficult to please everybody."