OCTOBER BUS SERVICE CHANGES – FIRST BUS

I have received the information below which may be useful to you.

“In advance of the normal service change update from WYCA, I wanted to provide some background on a number of changes which will be introduced on the bus network from Sunday 4 October.

The changes follow the progress made in the works to transform the city centre and the return of two-way bus operation on the Headrow. They also take into account the impact of the Covid pandemic on both passenger demand and bus resource.

As you know, the work being completed is part of the plans under the long-term transport strategy, Connecting Leeds, to improve bus reliability, reduce congestion, enhance the quality of the centre and reduce air pollution. This is a partnership with Leeds City Council, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and bus operators investing in public transport including new, low emission buses serving many communities.

As part of the changes we will provide increased frequency on Otley Road on the X84 with the service operating between Otley and Leeds every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime to focus and support passenger capacity on this main corridor. The X85 will be changed to reflect the level of passengers using this connection. The X85 will be renumbered 85 and operate between Pool in Wharfedale and Leeds every 90 minutes and will be available to use at all stops on route. Alternative services are available connecting Otley & Pool in Wharfedale.

I am pleased to confirm the service 6 connection with Leeds Bus Station will be restored from the same date at the same frequency as now. Service 1 will reconnect the cross-city operation with Beeston and will run to Lawnswood School. This will allow us to provide a more reliable, resilient bus network in the area. Holt Park will be served by the new, direct 8 service with Leeds Bus Station every 15 minutes (daytime).

The 27 & 28 will return to the bus station and therefore form part of the Headingley corridor frequency. Customers wishing to access Leeds train station can interchange with the frequent 1 or 5 at Albion Street. New service 29 will provide connections between Leeds Dock and Leeds University. This will help with reliability on both the 28 & 29 services.

Full timetable details will be available shortly.

As I’m sure you’ll appreciate we continue to react to the impact of the pandemic and, in discussion with our transport partners, will monitor and review the network where necessary.”