Changes at depot should address bus concerns, say First

Concerns expressed by safety campaigners about some bus movements at Todmorden depot are being addressed.

Members of Todmorden Accident Prevention Council are hopeful the situation will improve at the Halifax Road garage. They had written to operators First outlining concerns over buses reversing out of the garage onto the main Halifax Road.

Three representatives from First, headed by operations manager for First Bus Halifax, Hudersfield and Todmorden, Mr Khadim Hussain, met with members at the council’s annual meeting in the community room at Todmorden Fire Station, Stansfield Road. They told members that several of the concerns were already being addressed and improvements at the depot would ease access for drivers.

The work includes the filling in of two maintenance pits at the Eastwood end of the depot with concrete, increasing ease of access when drivers enter the depot with their vehicles and also leaving what was the old pit area.

There was also the likelihood that the arrangement for parking vehicles in the depot would be changed soon, a move also being made to improve access to the garage from Halifax Road.

A copy of written instruction was provided to council members who were told this had been given to all drivers.

Members hoped the situation would now improve and asked that any inappropriate vehicle movements should be reported at the earliest opportunity to council secretary Mr Derrick Kershaw, who would carry these forward to First with the aim of resolving matters should they arise. Members heard all First vehicles are fitted with GPS and cameras, and these could be used as evidence if this was required.

Council officers elected were: Chairman, Mr J. James; vice-chairman, Mr K. Lobley; secretary, Mr D. Kershaw. Mr David Hamer has also joined the council as a new member.