‘Last bus’ loss angers night-time passengers

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BUS passengers who like a night out are facing early bedtimes after their “last bus” timetable was trimmed.

Under the temporary bus timetable issued by Metro, the Flexibus - which leaves Hebden Bridge railway station at 11.35pm - will no longer wind its way up to Colden and Blackshaw Head.

As a result of two Monday-to-Saturday Flexibus late services being combined, the last bus will only run to Heptonstall, Dodd Naze, Old Town and Pecket Well.

It means that people who live in and around Blackshaw Head, Kebs and Colden will have to catch the 10.34pm - which they say is no use if they want to watch live acts at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge or travel back on the train from events in Manchester, Leeds or Bradford.

Metro said the two services have been merged due to “low customer useage”, which residents contest.

Bus users have also been annoyed by Metro’s claims that the Community Transport bus is under-used and will be withdrawn later this month.

Blackshaw Parish Council clerk Lars Hansen said older people did not use the bus because it only ran in the mornings and evenings to get people to and from work - with nothing in between. “We have argued there should be something in the middle of the day,” he said.

Metro has admitted there have been additional problems since the Tyrer Buses contract ended last month. A Metro spokesman said: “Metro and First have been working to fully restore minibus services in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, but have been hampered in this by mechanical issues with some of the smaller vehicles.

“Most services in Hebden Bridge are now running normally.”

The temporary bus timetable is due to be replaced with a new version later this month.