Bus operator John Smith and Son Ltd has told North Yorkshire County Council that it will not be in a position to operate its county council contracts from this afternoon, 17 January.

The council’s Integrated Passenger Transport team has made emergency alternative arrangements

The company operated 14 school and one local bus service under contract to the council.

The council’s integrated passenger transport team has made emergency alternative arrangements with other local providers who will operate the home-to-school transport services with immediate effect to ensure that pupils entitled to free transport will be able to get to and from school.

The local bus service 150 previously operated by John Smith and Son Ltd on Thursdays and Saturdays between Thirsk and Ripon will not operate on 19 January. The council is reviewing its options for this service in future and is hopeful that some level of service can be reinstated. Details will be posted on the council website when the council has concluded its review.

North Yorkshire County Council assistant director Ian Fielding said: “Our team has worked hard to make sure the school bus services continue to operate and we will be working closely with schools as we seek to make permanent alternative arrangements.’’

The following arrangements have been put in place to cover home to school transport services on an emergency basis:

Home to school transport replacement services for Friday 18 January 2019

For any queries relating to the home to school contracts listed below please contact integrated passenger transport on 01609 780780.

Service number

Route description

New operator

Contact details  

865H

Dalton - Topcliffe CE School

Morse Coaches

01347 878969

832H

Thormanby - Dalton - Thirsk School

Morse Coaches

01347 878969

863H

Thormanby - Great Thirkleby - Sessay Primary School

PNP Coaches

01765 635262

857H

Howe - Sandhutton - Carlton Minniot CP School

Atkinson's Coaches

01765 658266

843H

Ripon - Dishforth - Topcliffe - Thirsk School

H Atkinson & Sons

01609 882222

841H

Allenbrooke Barracks - Thirsk Shool

Atkinson's Coaches

01765 658266

840H

Middleton Quernhow - Rainton - Thirsk School

Transdev Harrogate

01423 566061

839H

Low Swainby - Sinderby - Thirsk School

Winn Bros

01609 775497

838H

Kirby Wiske - Thirsk School

Winn Bros

01609 775497

836H

Upsall - Borrowby - Thirsk School

H Atkinson & Sons

01609 882222

834H

Boltby - Thirlby - Thirsk School

Hodgsons Coaches

01833 630730

833H

Thirkleby - Thirsk School

H Atkinson & Sons

01609 882222

826H

North Otterington - Kirby Wiske - Northallerton School

Woodman Inn Taxis

01325 377504

816H

South Otterington - Northallerton School

K A Taxis Thirsk

01845 522685

North Yorkshire County Council supported local bus service

Unfortunately the local bus service below is also affected and will not be operating on Saturday 19 January 2019. We are currently investigating what if any level of service can be operated from Thursday 24 January 2019.

Service number Route description

150

Thirsk - Ripon (Thursday and Saturday only)

Commercial local bus services

John Smith and Son Ltd also operate the following service on a commercial basis. The council has no role in the provision of this service, which will cease operating from Thursday 17 January 2019.

Service number Route description

170

Northallerton - Thirsk - Ripon (school days only)

This story was published 17 January 2019