Arriva snips at the edges

Huddersfield-Heckmondwike-Leeds route 229 is cut in half on Saturdays, reducing from four to two buses per hour, as is the 202 (Huddersfield-Dewsbury-Leeds) in the background. Both buses are low-height semiintegral Wright Gemini 2s.

Reductions across the Arriva network were due to be implemented in April, as the operator sought to match supply more closely to demand. In a few places, improvements are also planned to take place, but these are in the minority.

Arriva The Shires is restructuring its Aylesbury-Thame-Oxford route 280, to be more frequent between the latter two places – up from every 20 minutes to every 15 – but reduced on the former section to just half-hourly.

Also cut from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes is the Aylesbury-Hemel Hempstead-Watford route 500. A package of restructuring around Watford reduces the peak vehicle requirement, while in Hemel Hempstead, town services 3 and 4 are cut from half-hourly to hourly. Route 300 to St Albans – once half-hourly but running on a Covid-inspired frequency of two hourly off peak and hourly peak -is withdrawn altogether. Alternative link 302 remains at half-hourly.

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