Success for Tadcaster bus campaign

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Tadcaster’s MP Nigel Adams is delighted that older residents from Popple Well Springs in Tadcaster will once again have a bus service stopping outside their extra care housing development

The new route which will take residents from Tadcaster to Sherburn is thanks to national bus operator Arriva which has extended its existing route. From 27 October the 492/493 route will travel along Leeds Road, Garnet Lane, Woodlands Avenue and Stutton Road before picking up passengers from Popple Well Springs.

Last October, residents were left stranded when the previous operator re-routed its bus service via the Woodlands estate. Opposition to the bus operator’s decision was addressed at a town council meeting last year when 66-year-old Barbara Smith presented a petition signed by 350 people.

Since then residents, supported by landlord Hanover Housing Association, have been involved in various strands of dialogue with the local authority, which has included speaking at community meetings and lobbying support from Nigel Adams MP.

Nigel Adams MP for Selby and Ainsty says :‘When I met with Popplewell Springs residents to discuss the withdrawal of the Coastliner bus service I knew it was something that had to be resolved as many of the residents were being hugely inconvenienced. I wrote to the county council asking them to see if Arriva could put on a service with their help and I’m delighted to see that it has paid off.”

Popple Well Springs resident Barbara Smith says: ‘I am delighted with the result. It’s been a long journey but thanks to everybody’s support we now have a bus service which will help us get essential supplies from the local supermarket as well as fantastic days out in historic Sherburn. Thank you Arriva.’

Colin Newbury, Operations Director for Arriva Yorkshire says; ‘We are delighted that along with the local authority, we have been able to support the residents at Popple Well Springs and help improve their access to local amenities. We always try to assist where possible, and when the request came through we were extremely pleased that we could accommodate this.’