Arriva Yorkshire - Service Changes

From 29th January

We’re making changes to some of our services from 29th January.

There are two main reasons for the changes we are making:

  • Traffic levels have changed since the pandemic and the running time we have on some routes is not enough to cope with the volume of congestion we’re experiencing. This is worse on some routes where recent infrastructure schemes by Leeds City Council have led to a significant worsening of bus journey times, particularly 229 and 254/255. These services are contending with the issues on Whitehall Road in Leeds, which has seen traffic volumes increase by a staggering 39%. We’ve also had some impactful roadworks on Leeds Road in Huddersfield which have severely impacted 202/203 and 229, and at City Square in Leeds which have affected our services 200/201 and 202/203. These issues have impacted all routes across our Kirklees network as our drivers don’t just drive one route each day. And whilst we have some resilience in our timetables, the level of congestion on some routes is delaying us by up to 30 minutes, which far exceeds the level of contingency we have built in. We’re having to add much more running time to compensate for this, and whilst we recognise that this considerably slows down the advertised bus journey time, it is sadly now more reflective of our recent experiences battling through the traffic.
  • Metro provides a financial subsidy for us to run certain journeys on some local town routes, but unfortunately the cost of operating these trips is now too high, due to the rising cost of fuel, energy and wages. The trips aren’t being heavily used by passengers, and so they no longer meet Metro’s criteria for funding support. This has meant that some evening trips on services 250 and 271 will no longer run, and the 261 will no longer run between Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike (it will still run between Heckmondwike, Mirfield and Huddersfield). The drivers who operate these trips will be reallocated across our Kirklees network to help cover the routes which now need extra running time.

Overall, this change increases the number of drivers we need, which adds to the industry’s current driver shortage issues. As bus journeys across Yorkshire become slower due to traffic congestion and certain infrastructure schemes, it takes more drivers for us to run our services to the same frequency, and it makes our services more expensive to run which impacts their viability. We will continue to make the case for more bus priority measures across Yorkshire.

If you know a friend or relative who would like to drive their career forward with Arriva Yorkshire, do please let them know we’re recruiting. We welcome applicants via arrivabusjobs.co.uk

The detail for each service and a new timetable can be found below:

ServiceDetails
51 - Norton – Askern – Skellow – Carcroft – Adwick – Doncaster

There are changes to the timetable to improve punctuality. The service will still operate up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, up to every hour Sunday daytime, and up to every hour each evening.

Download the new 51 timetable

126 - Wakefield – Horbury – Ossett – Chickenley – Dewsbury

There are changes to the timetable to improve punctuality. The service will still operate up to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, up to every 30 minutes Sunday daytime, and up to every hour each evening.

Download the new 126 timetable

200/201 - Leeds – White Rose Shopping Centre – Morley – Cleckheaton/Batley – Heckmondwike

There are major changes to the timetable with most journeys running 8 minutes later than today. This is following local feedback about the timing of onward connections. This also provides Heckmondwike Grammar students with better timed departures on service 201 after school.

Download the new 200 201 timetable

202/203 - Leeds – White Rose Shopping Centre – Dewsbury – Mirfield – Huddersfield

There are major changes to the timetable to improve punctuality. The service will still operate up to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, up to every 30 minutes Sunday daytime, and up to every hour each evening.

Download the new 202 203 timetable

229 - Leeds – Gildersome – Birstall – Heckmondwike – Huddersfield

Due to the closure and future pedestrianisation of City Square, Leeds City Council have designed Whitehall Road to be the primary access route for motorists accessing Leeds Railway Station. This has increased traffic on this road by a staggering 39% with routine queues and delays for our buses, especially at peak times. No bus priority has been considered for our services along Whitehall Road and so unfortunately we have to queue in the same traffic.

This amount of congestion was unforeseen, and the delays we have recently experienced on the 229 route have not been acceptable. We would like to apologise to our customers for this, and we’d also like to apologise on behalf of Leeds City Council. We’re working with them to try to get an improvement to the congestion issues. In the meantime, most peak time journeys have been given a considerable amount of extra time in the timetable to make them more punctual. We recognise that this considerably slows down the advertised bus journey time, but is sadly now more reflective of our recent experiences battling through the traffic. The timetable is significantly altered to enable this additional run time.

The service will still operate up to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, up to every 30 minutes Sunday daytime, and up to every hour each evening.

Download the new 229 timetable

250 - Heckmondwike – Dewsbury Moor - Dewsbury

Metro provide a financial subsidy for us to run the evening service on this route, but unfortunately the cost of operating these evening trips is now too high, due to the rising cost of fuel, energy and wages. The trips aren’t being heavily used by passengers, and so they no longer meet Metro’s criteria for funding support. This has meant that some evening trips will no longer run.

Download the new 250 timetable

254/255 - Leeds – Drighlington – Gomersal – Cleckheaton – Brighouse/Halifax

Due to the closure and future pedestrianisation of City Square, Leeds City Council have designed Whitehall Road to be the primary access route for motorists accessing Leeds Railway Station. This has increased traffic on this road by a staggering 39% with routine queues and delays for our buses, especially at peak times. No bus priority has been considered for our services along Whitehall Road and so unfortunately we have to queue in the same traffic.

This amount of congestion was unforeseen, and the delays we have recently experienced on the 254/255 route have not been acceptable. We would like to apologise to our customers for this, and we’d also like to apologise on behalf of Leeds City Council. We’re working with them to try to get an improvement to the congestion issues. In the meantime, most peak time journeys have been given a considerable amount of extra time in the timetable to make them more punctual. We recognise that this considerably slows down the advertised bus journey time, but is sadly now more reflective of our recent experiences battling through the traffic. The timetable is significantly altered to enable this additional run time.

The service will still operate up to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, up to every 30 minutes Sunday daytime, and up to every hour each evening.

There will also be a later bus though Scholes from Leeds, following feedback from the local community.

Download the new 254 255 timetable

260 - Cleckheaton – Roberttown – Hartshead – Colne Bridge – Kirkheaton – Dalton – Huddersfield

There are changes to the timetable to improve punctuality.

Download the new 260 timetable

261 - Cleckheaton – Heckmondwike – Roberttown – Mirfield – Kirkheaton – Dalton – Huddersfield

Some peak time journeys have been retimed following feedback from parents of Heckmondwike Grammar students. Due to worsening congestion, some journeys have been given more time to make them more punctual.

Metro provide a financial subsidy for us to extend some trips to/from Cleckheaton, but unfortunately the cost of operating these extensions is now too high, due to the rising cost of fuel, energy and wages. The trips aren’t being heavily used by passengers, and so they no longer meet Metro’s criteria for funding support. This has meant that the service will no longer extend to Cleckheaton. Passengers can change buses at Heckmondwike Hub onto service 200 towards Liversedge and Cleckheaton.

Download the new 261 timetable

268 - Bradford – Low Moor – Cleckheaton – Heckmondwike – Dewsbury – Wakefield

There are changes to the timetable to improve punctuality. The service will still operate up to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, up to every 30 minutes Sunday daytime, and up to every hour each evening.

Download the new 268 timetable

271 - Cleckheaton – Gomersal – Heckmondwike – Carlinghow – Batley

Metro provide a financial subsidy for us to run the evening service on this route, but unfortunately the cost of operating these evening trips is now too high, due to the rising cost of fuel, energy and wages. The trips aren’t being heavily used by passengers, and so they no longer meet Metro’s criteria for funding support. This has meant that some evening trips will no longer run.

Download the new 271 timetable

280 - Dewsbury – Thornhill

There are changes to the timetable to improve punctuality. The service will still operate up to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, up to every 30 minutes Sunday daytime, and up to every hour each evening.

Download the new 280 timetable

281 - Birstall Retail Park – Birstall – Batley – Dewsbury

There are changes to the timetable to improve punctuality. The service will still operate up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and up to every hour Sunday daytime.

Download the new 281 timetable

283/283A - Bradford – Tong Street – Birstall – Batley – Dewsbury

There are changes to the timetable to improve punctuality. The service will still operate up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, up to every hour Sunday daytime, and up to every hour each evening.

Download the new 283 283A timetable

377/378 - Huddersfield – Marsh – Oakes – Quarmby – Mount

There are changes to this timetable to improve punctuality. To improve timekeeping, in the Huddersfield direction, the trips will swap time slots, with both 377 and 378 running on the opposite half-hour compared to today.

Download the new 377 378 timetable

408/409 - Pontefract – Darrington – Womersley / Thorpe Audlin – Wentbridge

Following customer requests, both services 408 and 409 will have a slightly different route through Wentbridge northbound, serving The Great North Road through Wentbridge village, before joining the A1M at the next junction. Due to traffic congestion and poor parking, at school times these routes are no longer able to serve Crest Drive.

Download the new 408 409 timetable

571 - Halifax – Southowram – Brighouse – Lightcliffe – Hipperholme – Shelf

There are changes to the timetable to improve punctuality. Due to poor car parking near to the Duke of York pub in Shelf, the service will no longer use Shelf Hall Lane. Instead, buses will operate northbound along Spring Head, Witchfield Hill and Carr House Lane, before returning via Cooper Lane, Carr House Road, Witchfield Hill and Spring Head.

Download the new 571 timetable

 

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