See update below in respect of the bus service changes:
“I’d like to provide you with an update in line with changes we’ve announced this week to a number of services.
The changes are based on increases to many services following confirmation of Government support in providing more capacity to help manage social distancing. This will help the needs of key workers and others making essential journeys. The revised timetables are launched in line with a number of industry-leading measures to help ensure that government guidelines are observed across our fleet and that we offer clean, safe, socially-distanced space for passengers and our employees. These range from innovative capacity tracking technology to seat signage that encourages customers to adopt appropriate distancing on board.
The changes include the reintroduction of the X85 (via Pool) and alongside the X84, form a 20 minute service departing Leeds towards Ilkley. There is now one X84 to Ilkley, one X84 to Otley and one X85 to Otley. These also provide a 20 minute combined service from Otley to Leeds. In addition both services return to Leeds Bus Station and both services will operate non-stop from Leeds to Weetwood Police Station in both directions. We believe that this should assist with capacity as customers still have the option of services 1, 6, 27 & 28 28 providing a coordinated 14 buses per hour through Headingley. We will review the X84/X85 limited stop arrangements over the longer term and would welcome feedback.
Of course Government guidance is still to avoid public transport so we continue to urge customers to consider if they need to use the bus to travel, and if so, to avoid where possible typically busier times of the day. As travel advice develops, we will look at further service changes.
If you require any further information please do let me know.
Head of External Relations (First Bus – North of England)