Council steps in to save bus service

A town bus has been saved – at least temporarily – after North Yorkshire County Council agreed to operate the service using its own vehicle.

The council has decided to step in and use its own fleet vehicle on a trial basis

After the decision by Hayesway Travel to withdraw the Pickering Town Service from Thursday 7 June, the council had been waiting to see if another commercial operator would be interested in taking over the service.

But no one came forward, so the council has decided to step in and use its own fleet vehicle on a trial basis from Monday 11 June. The replacement service will operate from Monday to Friday and run for an initial six months.

Councillor Don Mackenzie, the county council executive member for public transport, said: “The county council has agreed to take on this town service following the commercial operator’s decision to terminate it. The company said that too few passengers were using their service.

“I would encourage the residents of Pickering, including all those who signed the petition asking for the service to be restored, to make sure they use it. Good patronage will ensure that the town’s bus services are protected in the future.”

This story was published 30 May 2018