Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways is calling on Arriva buses to reinstate its regular timetable as soon as possible once it has recruited new drivers.
Cllr Matthew Morley is highlighting the impact for residents of a national shortage of drivers, which is affecting bus companies up and down the country. Arriva which runs services across the Wakefield district has announced that it is to run a reduced timetable, while it seeks recruit and train new staff.
Cllr Morley said: “Having access to a regular and reliable bus service is extremely important to many residents. Around 1 in 4 households in our district do not own a car and that means around 40,000 households, on the lowest incomes, are dependent in some way on public transport for work, leisure, visiting the shops, enjoying a day out and visit their families and friends.
“It is very disappointing that we have a situation some routes are being changed so that residents will find it more challenging to get around our district.
“Whilst we understand the challenges Arriva are facing, we are very concerned about the impact this will have on the district and will be urging Arriva to reinstate the frequency of service as soon as is possible.
“We are also asking them to keep the changes under regular review to make sure that connectivity really is being maintained and residents’ voices are heard.”
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