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Leeds Bradford Airport bus route could be rescued
A threatened bus route from Otley to Leeds-Bradford Airport could be saved under new proposals put forward by transport chiefs.
The 967 service came under threat after the airport said it would no longer financially support the route.
But now the service looks set to be saved after Metro agreed to reconsider withdrawing the route.
The new plans would mean the axing of the 963 evening service between Ilkley and Otley.
Otley and Yeadon councillor Ryk Downes welcomed the news that the scrapping of the airport route was to be reconsidered and that a public consultation would be held.
Earlier this month, the 967 route to the airport faced withdrawal when LBIA told Metro it would no longer financially support it.
Metro is now proposing to revise the timetable to include an hourly service to the airport.
To offset the cost of the service, alternative solutions for funding the gap left by the withdrawal of LBIA subsidies have to be found. Metro is now proposing ending the 963 evening service between Ilkley and Otley.
Coun Downes, who is a member of the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority board, said: “It is important that we support good public transport links to the airport and I therefore welcome the fact that Metro have agreed to look further to find a solution to maintain the 967 service from Otley. A public consultation session will be held in November in Pool and I will be urging all users of the service and those affected to attend and make their views known.”
The 967 service connects the airport with Otley, Menston railway station and Pool-in-Wharfedale.
“After Metro said the bus might have to be withdrawn Coun Downes said: “The service was introduced as part of the airport’s responsibility to increase the number of passengers and employees accessing the airport via public transport. Withdrawal will mean Otley residents will have to use cars or taxis. This is very bad for the environment and will increase traffic congestion.”
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