Many people will not be aware that Transdev will soon be making significant changes to bus service 6 which serves Rossett and Pannal Ash.
Changes in the route will cut out Harlow Avenue and the community centre. Access to Cardale Park and Harlow Carr will be reduced to a service running only at peak hours. Buses will also run less frequently.
Deteriorating bus services are blamed on the changes to the way North Yorkshire County Council reimburse operators for concessionary travel. Service 6 is used by a large number of passengers, many of whom use their bus passes, and so this is being targeted for cost savings. Buses are a vital part of the aim of reducing car travel and congestion, yet the policies of the county and the Government seem to be having the opposite effect. Inevitably there will be more cars on the road and elderly people in particular will see their access to community facilities reduced.
Bus operators, as private companies, can supply or take away services at will. They have no obligation to consult the public or inform local representatives. This is no way to deliver a sustainable transport system for a town like Harrogate and local people, it seems, just have to put up with it.
Coun David Siddans
Yew Tree Lane,