Campaigners fighting for a workable bus service in and around Hebden Bridge have formed an action group to push for improvements.
Plans unveiled last week which would see passengers from Heptonstall and Old Town lose their direct service to Halifax stung them into action.
Now the Hebden Bridger Action Group wants bosses from transport operator Metro to ride the buses around Old Town and Pecket Well to see for themselves the problems that people with disabilities, or parents travelling with young children and buggies, would face if the existing 591 and 593 services were replaced by a minibus network.
More than 40 people attended a meeting in Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Tuesday evening, organised by Colden resident Duncan Watson, whose wife Sarah and young children Art, two, and Eira, three, went out distributing leaflets last week to advertise the meeting and raise awareness of the consultation.
Mr Watson told the meeting he felt “a huge swathe of people could be totally disenfranchised” if the proposals by bus operator First and Metro - which would see minibus passengers dropped off in Hebden Bridge to connect with a Todmorden to Halifax service - were introduced in January.
The consultation ends on Monday, September 9 - but following the meeting the group sent an email to Dave Pearson of Metro asking for the consultation period to be extended.
In the email, Mr Watson stated: “Broad consensus from our meeting was that HBAG would like direct input on a number of areas under consideration including the timetabling and proposed routes of the services, and the substance of the tender process (including the way in which the tender and ultimate procurement process will put strictures on the type, accessibilty, space, size and number of buses used by those who are to run the services).
“Our group could provide valuable insight into these issues and also have important considerations that we feel a transparent consultation process ought to engage with and have an open dialogue around.
“I hope that we can have this level of engagement with Metro when we meet in early September and that an extended consultation period will enable the HBAG representatives with whom you meet to feedback the outcome of that dialogue to the rest of our group and give us further opportunity to respond before the end of the consultation period.”
Anyone who would like to help Mr Watson or who has ideas for the campaign can email email@example.com