Outrage over plans to axe two bus stops

Coun Celia Loughran with campaigning residents from the West Park estate in Darrington.
Coun Celia Loughran with campaigning residents from the West Park estate in Darrington.
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Plans to get rid of two bus stops near a pensioners’ housing estate have sparked outrage from residents.

Highways Agency plans to remove two bus stops off the A1, near the West Park estate in Darrington – which is home to about 90 elderly residents – will take effect on Monday.

Campaigners say the Arriva 408 service bus stops are the only way for residents who don’t have their own cars to get to Pontefract or Doncaster.

Robert Brook, 71, of West Park, said: “I can’t understand why they are removing bus stops used by elderly people.

“These are people who are 70 and 80 years old who will now have to walk a mile up the road to get a bus.”

More than 100 people have signed a petition against the plans, which are part of a six-month project to remove nine lay-bys on the A1 between Redhouse and Darrington.

A Highways Agency spokesperson said: “The planned closures are linked to work to improve safety and traffic flow along this eight-mile section of the A1.

“We acknowledge that a number of people may suffer inconvenience with the removal of these bus stops but there are alternative stops available on the local road network in Darrington village via the West Park access road.”

Coun Celia Loughran said: “It’s not fair to withdraw the bus stops without proper consultation.

“Many residents are older and some are more vulnerable and don’t have their own transport. Arriva and Metro need to look at what can be done.”

Arriva and Metro said they were working with the Highways Agency to reach a solution.

Metro also said an access bus, which runs once a week, was an alternative for residents until a solution was found.