Getting between Leeds and New Pudsey without the train

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The current set of strikes are encouraging people to investigate different options for travelling between places as rail services are reduced to a fraction of what they usually are. Journey planners are challenging, focused on  making a single journey and usually routing you back to the railway station on to a train service that doesn’t exist. Journey planners don’t give you frequency, prices or nudges.

This article is focused on the Leeds to New Pudsey route.

New Pudsey is located at Dawson’s Corner in Stanningley where the A647 from Bradford meets the Leeds outer ring road.

The fastest bus between Leeds and New Pudsey is the X6 bus. It runs every 10 minutes with double deckers during the day. Although the buses are mostly blue and gold, they are operated by First Bus. Leeds and Dawson’s Corner are located within the First Leeds fare zone, so the day fare is £4.10 mobile/£4.30 cash. Other options are available using Metro tickets. The pink MCard can be loaded with a CountyWide bus ticket from £5 per day or £23 per week.

Bus Service Map

Webpage (timetable at the bottom)

The bus stops in Leeds city centre for buses heading towards New Pudsey are

  • Leeds City Bus Station
  • Headrow H8
  • Headrow Y10

If you are at Leeds railway station, walk up Park Row to the Headrow and turn left. Stop Y10 is just to your left.

In Bradford, there are two stops to consider. The bus terminates at Bradford Interchange bus station and it also stops at H9 on Hall Ings opposite Broadway shopping centre and near the courts.

Other options

Usually if a bus doesn’t turn up, it is worth waiting for the next one. However, in parallel with this bus route is the slower 72. In addition the 508 bus that runs via Farsley and Kirkstall serves the area. Finally, there is the 14 bus during the middle of the day that serves Owlcotes. However, this takes up to an hour to get into Leeds. All of these buses are operated by First.

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