BUS services across the county are set to be ‘back to normal’ within weeks.

Services across the whole country were cut back months ago, when the COVID-19 outbreak took hold, as public transport was curbed as part of the strategy to contain the virus.

The level of bus services has gradually increased as lockdown has eased, however, and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority says we are now only a few weeks away from being back up to having a full timetable again - though social distancing rules means passenger numbers will still be some way below full capacity.

In a message to local councillors the authority (WYCA) said: “Bus services were reduced at the start of this pandemic in line with government guidelines.

“As restrictions have eased we have worked with bus operators to bring service levels back up to normal.

“This process will continue throughout August and we hope to have all services back to normal from August 30 / 31.”

It added: “Due to social distancing in place on buses, capacity on services has reduced by approximately 50 per cent.”

A number of changes to local services will also be introduced at the end of August - including a new service (A1, operated by Transdev and replacing the 757) from Leeds to Kirkstall, Horsforth and Leeds Bradford Airport. For more details visit https://www.wymetro.com/buses/bus-timetables/.