Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin has called a public meeting with transport bosses over a controversial overhaul of North Kirklees bus routes.

Now Ms Brabin is urging those affected to attend the meeting to demonstrate the strength of opposition to some of the changes.

The new timetable, which came into force on February 23rd, has been heavily criticised for the cutting of services and direct links, extending commutes significantly for many people.

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “It’s abundantly clear from the level of correspondence I’ve received that these changes are going to have a significant impact on people’s lives.

“From the woman who may have to give up her job to the 92-year-old who will now be forced to catch a taxi to the doctors, the changes are affecting people across our community.

“I’d urge anyone affected to attend the meeting and make sure your voice is heard – this is your chance to tell those who run the services exactly what it will mean for our community.”

Since the new timetable was announced, Ms Brabin has been inundated with correspondence from unhappy bus users.

Ms Brabin has already met with Arriva to raise residents’ concerns and urged the bus company to reconsider some of the changes.

The MP also raised the issue during Prime Minister’s Questions last month, pressing Theresa May to ‘put people before profit’ and invest in bus services after years of cuts.

The public meeting with Arriva and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority will be held between 5 – 6.30pm on March 8 at Cleckheaton Methodist Church, Mortimer St, Cleckheaton BD19 5AR.

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