Resilient bus timetable to support key worker travel

Bus operators in West Yorkshire will introduce new timetables from Monday (30 March 2020) to bring additional stability to the network and certainty for key workers who need to travel during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Bus operators in West Yorkshire will introduce new timetables from Monday to bring additional stability to the network and certainty for key workers who need to travel during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Through the West Yorkshire Bus Alliance, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority has worked with operators to agree changes to ensure reliable services are there for those that need them while reflecting changing patterns of demand as people follow the instruction to stay at home.

People are urged to check the details for the routes they use but across the network the changes will typically mean weekday services start and finish at their usual time but operate to Sunday frequencies. Additional services will operate on routes and at times where demand has been higher to help passengers follow social distancing guidelines.

It has also been agreed that from Monday, Temple Green Park and Ride will be closed. People wishing to use park-and-ride into Leeds can continue to use the Elland Road site.

The latest travel information is available at WYMetro.com and @metrotravelnews on Twitter.

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said:

“We are pleased that so many people are staying at home to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Across the network, this has significantly reduced the number of people travelling by bus in West Yorkshire.

“The new timetables will deliver a sustainable network which ensures services are there for key workers who need them while responding to the changing patterns of  demand we have seen in recent days. They will also reduce the risk of service changes happening at short notice.

“We continue to urge people to stay at home unless their journey is essential and to follow social-distancing guidelines if they do have to travel.

“We will continue to work with the bus operators to ensure the network remains as resilient as possible in these unprecedented circumstances.”