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Monday, 11 April 2016

Lifeline bus services saved

County council transport chiefs have stepped in to provide two market town bus services that would have been lost.

A preview of the Richmond service with locals for county councillor Stuart Parsons, left, and county council public transport officer Dianne Pottage, right.
The 74 Northallerton town service and the 31 Richmond town service have been provided on a commercial basis by Dales and District but were about to be withdrawn.

North Yorkshire county council is using its own fleet of minibuses crewed by council staff to provide replacements.

TOWN HALL
The replacement services will begin today (Monday 11 April) and will run Monday to Saturday. In Northallerton, the service will run from 9.20am until 2.45pm. All buses will start and finish at the town hall and there will be two routes serving different areas of the town. This will now take in the doctors’ surgery in Malpas Road, which is an inclusion local people have requested.

In Richmond, buses will run from 9am to 4.15pm. The town will also be served by two routes and all services will start and finish at the Market Place.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for public transport, said: “It is our policy not to subsidise town services. However, by making better use of our fleet of minibuses, which is also used on other services, we are confident we can cover the cost of operating the services from the fare revenue.”

County councillor Stuart Parsons, local member for Richmond, added: “It’s vital for the town that this service is maintained, as it provides a lifeline for many residents. We have tried to add to the service where possible, for example the routes now take in Coronation Place and Whitcliffe Place. I’m sure people will value these services and, therefore, it is important that they use them regularly.”

Timetables are available online at www.northyorks.gov.uk/buses and have been distributed locally.

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