County Council steps in to give bus services financial support

North Yorkshire County Council has stepped in to give financial support to two bus services in the Selby district after commercial operators did not come forward.

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When Utopia Coaches ceased trading in August, some communities in the Selby area were left with no bus service.

The County Council set about finding alternative operators for those services it had previously supported and replacement services were introduced within a week.

However, this left two services, 493 Sherburn – Pontefract and 42 Selby – Cawood – York, which Utopia had been operating commercially with no financial support from the County Council.

These services were not replaced immediately as the indications were that the services may be picked up commercially by other operators. However, the commercial bus market has not provided an alternative service.

Therefore, the County Council has decided to support replacements for these services. Details of the new timetables and the bus operators that will be doing the routes from Monday, 30 October, are available at www.northyorks.gov.uk/businfo.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Public Transport, said: “On this occasion the Council was able to respond to public concerns about the lack of replacement services. However, it is important that these services are well used so that passenger numbers build to a level where the authority can continue to support the services in the future.”

This story was published 24 October 2017