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Save our buses

Fair Fares Now

Roads to Nowhere

West and North Yorkshire Campaign for Better Transport

Area: North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
Interests: Bus, Rail, Traffic
Contact: Ray Wilkes
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Tel: 01274 403540

News for October 2017

We welcome people sharing our concerns and interests.

To contact us: Call Ray Wilkes on 01274 403540 or send us an online message.

You can also turn up at one of our free meetings advertised below.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Bus 18 Progress Report
Paul Matthew, First West Yorkshire Managing Director
Methodist Mission, Oxford Place, Leeds LS1 3AX; from 19:30 hours

Tuesday, 14 November 2017
West Yorkshire Combined Authority Plans for the Future
Ben Still, Managing Director, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Methodist Mission, Oxford Place, Leeds LS1 3AX; from 19:30 hours.

Rail Group Meetings:
Start at 19:30 on the following Mondays:
30 October 2017 @ 'Veritas' 43-47 Great George St, Leeds, LS1 3BB.
11 December 2017 @ 'The Grove', Back Row, Leeds, LS11 5PL.

Bus Group Meetings:
'Caffe Nero's', 29a Bond Street Leeds LS1 5HD. Next to Tesco. (New venue).
Start at 17:30 on the following Tuesdays:
21 November 2017
16 January 2018

If you want to join us and don't know what we look like, call Mark on 07941 642349.

Railfuture Meetings:
Railfuture is a different group campaigning to improve our railways. The next Yorkshire Branch meeting is
On 28 October at 13:00 In York Library, YO1 7DS
Call Mark for more details on 07941 642349

Catch the Bus Week – We Helped Save Some Bus Services!

In 'Catch the Bus Week' four of our members rode the threatened tea time services on the number 24 bus from Harrogate. They were accompanied by the Chair of the Nidderdale Chamber of Trade, Keith Tordoff. Our own Chair, Colin Speakman is also involved in the DalesBus network. They agreed to work together to save some of the threatened departures of the 24 route.

Examples were discovered where the cuts would lead to people having to leave their jobs or move their home. Others would revert to using their car. The winter Sunday service was also under threat. The timetables were reviewed against demand to see if a cheaper solution could be achieved.

The winter Sunday service has now been saved thanks to support from Nidderdale Chamber of Trade and Harrogate Water. The service is now an official DalesBus service and is now managed as part of the DalesBus winter network and a full range of DalesBus tickets are available including on the 747 connection from Bradford, Yeadon and Pool. There are just 3 return buses a day but they have been retimed to save costs. There will be good publicity in the Harrogate Advertiser and also on Stray FM Radio.

A special 'social' car journey was put on for the early evening weekday bus, but usage was extremely low (predictably) so it was discontinued after a couple of weeks. Extra morning services however, have become overloaded and will be reviewed. The really good news is that Harrogate Water look like being a long terms partner for DalesBus services along with the Nidderdale Chamber of Trade.

Rail Group Press Release

Our Rail Group issued a press release in response to Chris Grayling's (Secretary of State for Transport) announcement that the Trans-pennine Line will have digitised signalling from Manchester to York. Although welcome, this is considered to be a smoke screen for the delays to the development of this key line in the North. The release called for greater funding at the sort of scale London benefits from. It also suggested more affordable fares to attract people away from cars.

Rail Group Opposition to the Proposed Airport Parkway Station

A proposal to build a new station and park and ride facility has been opposed by our rail group. The station would be sited south of the Bramhope Tunnel, with a bus link to the Airport. An article appeared in the Railfuture 'Yorkshire Rail Campaigner' recently. It was suggested that this proposal has been hurried through to meet the deadline to secure funding of £173 million for Transport Schemes in Leeds. This has yet to go through the Network Rail process and no report on the environmental impact has yet appeared. The Group is concerned about the engineering involved in building the station in a cutting. The station would also be close to the existing station at Horsforth, which could also have a bus link to the Airport. The Group are suggesting a rail spur from Horsforth, following a curvaceous route to avoid too steep a gradient. The Group is also concerned about the impact on local road traffic flows if the Park and Ride is built there.

Bus Group's 'Driver Thanks' Scheme

Our Bus Group introduced a scheme to say thank you to bus drivers who perform well and go out of their way to help passengers. A certificate was sent to Transdev to congratulate one of their drivers. This was reported in the Transdev Staff Newsletter. All major bus operators were notified of this award so they could see how the competition are performing.