North Yorkshire County Council has finalised permanent transport contracts for bus services formerly operated by Stephensons of Easingwold.
Temporary emergency arrangements were put in place when Stephensons suddenly ceased trading in January. The company operated both school and local bus services under contract to the county council as well as providing a commercial bus network that was not subsidised by the council.
The integrated passenger transport team has now arranged permanent alternative services for school transport and county council-supported local bus services from 19 February.
The Malton and Norton town service has not been in operation since 19 January as no commercial operator has come forward to take over the service. Following customer feedback, the council has agreed to run a service with an amended timetable on a self-funding basis, which will now be run with an amended timetable on a commercial basis using a county council fleet vehicle in an effort to provide some service for passengers.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Integrated Passenger Transport, said: “We know how vital these bus services are to people’s daily lives and our staff have pulled out all the stops to get alternative providers to operate the services.
“We are now delighted that all of our bus services are permanently replaced and that we have been able to take over the Malton and Norton town bus service which passengers value highly.”
Full service details can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/bus-timetables