Councillors-In-Shock Shock

Astonishment at bus cutbacks plan:

Leeds City Council’s deputy leader today added his voice to criticism of proposed bus service cuts by transport giant First.

Coun Andrew Carter says he is “astonished” by First’s plan to axe nearly four per cent of the services it operates in West Yorkshire from the middle of next month.

“I told you this was going to happen over a month ago!” says Tiberius – wondering how much notice our councillors require to prevent them going into shock.

Still, to Carter’s credit, he does offer the following dazzling insights into Leeds’ transport problems:

Coun Carter (Con, Calverley and Farsley) said: “These changes are a major obstacle to any strategic attempt to get more people to use public transport.

“First are rapidly becoming part of the problem and not part of the solution.”

No kidding.

But, not to be outdone on stating the bleeding obvious, Coun Chris Greaves, chairman of Metro, says:

the company “seems fixated on increasing profit levels”, rather than helping the people who rely on its services.

“My God, it’s almost as though these companies have a legal compulsion to put their shareholders’ interests ahead of the general public’s!” screams Tiberius – worrying whether the next shocking revelation from LCC might be that Ronald McDonald isn’t concerned about the health of this city’s children.

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Bus-Stop Stopped

Move to axe Leeds bus services reversed:

Transport chiefs have reversed a decision to axe bus services in south Leeds after an angry outcry from passengers.

Bus firm First and public transport coordinator Metro have agreed to reinstate five services lost early this year.

The axe sparked fury in the affected communities with a petition signed by over 1,000 handed to the bus operators.

In March more that 200 people attended a meeting at Belle Isle Working Men’s Club where representatives from First and Metro heard the protests.

Route numbers 74, 85, 86 and 87 will now be re-instated. The routes had been initially cut despite no prior public consultation.

Geoff Driver and Judith Blake, Labour councillors for the Middleton Park area, described the decision as a victory for “people power”.

Tiberius says: “Good work Southern Leodensians! Now we need to do something about those fare increases.”

See also: You Heard It Here First; First For Excuses; You Heard It Here First (Again!)

And also: Taken For a Ride – Yorkshire Evening Pest