County Council steps in as villages’ bus service cut

The County Council has stepped in to support a cluster of villages that have been left without a bus because of a service reduction.

Bus driving over a bridge in North Yorkshire

Starting tomorrow (Tuesday 24 March), North Yorkshire County Council will use a vehicle from its own fleet to provide a service.

A bus will run between Newton on Ouse and Easingwold, taking in Linton on Ouse, Aldwark and Tholthorpe, and between Sproxton and Easingwold, taking in Oswaldkirk, Ampleforth and Wass.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “First, I would reiterate the Government’s advice to avoid all but essential travel, to keep a safe distance from other people and to maintain good hygiene. The service we are putting in place is designed to help people to buy vital supplies.

“We anticipate that there will be an ongoing reduction in bus services that will leave some communities without a bus. Where communities would otherwise be isolated, we will do our best to provide a skeleton service, as we have in this instance. This will be a temporary arrangement making use of spare capacity in our fleet, while we have it, and any other capacity available to us.

“We are intervening in response to these specific, urgent circumstances, which give communities insufficient notice to develop their own solutions.”

The 29 service between Newton on Ouse and Easingwold will run on Tuesday and Thursday, leaving Newton on Ouse at 10am and visiting Linton on Ouse, Aldwark and Tholthorpe, arriving in Easingwold at 10.32am. The return service will leave Easingwold at 1pm.

The 31X service from Sproxton to Easingwold will run on Wednesday and Friday, leaving Sproxton at 10am, visiting Oswaldkirk, Ampleforth Abbey, Ampleforth Fairfax Close and Wass, arriving in Easingwold at 10.58am. The return service will leave Easingwold at 1pm.

People are reminded that these services are intended to enable essential journeys. The Government is asking people to stay at home if at all possible. If using a bus service for an emergency situation, people should keep two metres – that’s about seven feet – between themselves and other people and should remember to wash their hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.

This story was published 23 March 2020