York Bus Forum News

The Voice of York’s Bus Users

We are now an established, recognised pressure group that is widely listened to and has regular contact with the Executive Member for Transport and the Council’s Sustainable Transport Team as well as the major bus operators. We have raised issues relating to temporary bus stops, bus stop infrastructure, potential re-routeing of services, cuts in evening services, withdrawal of of Sunday services and faulty display screens. We have also sought information on the bus operators’ plans for introducing audible and visible announcements.

We have been helped by a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to establish a sound organisational structure with membership (and hence funding) now building. We have affiliated memberships from York Older Persons Assembly and five Parish/Town Councils.

Cross-party involvement – we have active members from the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Parties. We also have good links with Andy D’Agorne (Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Transport).

We are working with the York Civic Trust and York Environment Forum (Transport Group) on a public engagement strategy to form an input to York’s next Local Transport Plan. A city-wide consultation was held in September 2019 and the results were published on 10th January. See:

A Citizens’ Transport Forum, drawn from those who completed the survey, was established to discuss and review the implications of the responses, and to work with the Council as it develops its Plan. The first round of Forum meetings was held in February 2020 and we very much appreciate the contributions of everyone who took part, or sent comments subsequently. The report of the key findings can be downloaded here.

Please also browse our news posts below and click any post to read more.


Greater Funding to keep Bus Routes Running during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted: 03 April 2020

The Government has announced new funding of up to £167 million over 12 weeks under the new COVID-19 Bus Services Support Grant. As a condition of the funding, bus operators will be required to maintain necessary services at a level which is sufficient …

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Further Reductions to Bus Services from Monday 30th March

Posted: 28 March 2020

Demand for bus services has fallen significantly following the recent restrictions. As a result further reductions in bus services are being introduced from Monday, 30th March. Coronavirus update 27-Mar-20 v2 Further updates (including to rail services …

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No Moorsbus – Not the 2020 Vision we Wanted!

Posted: 20 March 2020

The Moorsbus Team have issued the following message regarding this year’s Moorsbus services. “In the light of the Coronavirus outbreak, you’ll probably not be surprised that we have reluctantly decided to cancel Moorsbus operations for 2020. This hasn’ …

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First York Bus Frequency Changes from Sunday 22nd March

Posted: 19 March 2020

First York have seen a significant fall in passenger numbers following Government advice urging people to avoid non-essential travel, consider working from home and to reduce social contact to slow the spread of Coronavirus. As a result they have revie …

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YBF AGM and Open Meeting on Thursday 19th March 2020

Posted: 09 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) The AGM has been postponed to a later date due to the serious health situation. The position will be reviewed prior to our April meeting.    

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YBF Open Meeting on Tuesday 18th February 2020

Posted: 11 February 2020

The YBF meeting on Tuesday 18th February (5.30 to 7pm at West Offices) will feature the results of the City-Wide Transport Survey ran last autumn by York Bus Forum, York Civic Trust and York Environment Forum. We have already had confirmation of the ne …

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Park and Ride Evening Services – No Need to Drive into York!

Posted: 17 January 2020

We welcome the continuing evening services on Park and Ride Routes 2 (Rawcliffe Bar), 3 (Askham Bar) and 7 (Designer Outlet). All these services run daily (including Sundays) until 2230. For more details and full timetables see:  https://www.itravelyor …

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YBF Open Meeting on Tuesday 21st January 2020

Posted: 16 January 2020

The next YBF meeting will be held at West Offices, York from 5.30 to 7pm on Tuesday 21st January. There will be updates on current bus developments from Julian Ridge, Head of Sustainable Transport, City of York Council. There will also be an opportunit …

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City-Wide Transport Survey confirms need for Improved Bus Frequencies

Posted: 12 January 2020

The results of the City-Wide Transport Survey – run in September 2019 by York Civic Trust in conjunction with York Bus Forum and York Environment Forum – were published on 10th January. See: …

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YBF Open Meeting on Tuesday 17th December 2019

Posted: 11 December 2019

This month’s presentation is by transport expert Martin Higginson, entitled The Real FTR: Three stages to making York’s buses the mode of choice. FTR, of course, alludes to that famous purple thing, driven not by a driver but a ‘pilot’, a bendy bus wit …

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YBF Open Meeting on Tuesday November 19th 2019

Posted: 14 November 2019

The next YBF meeting will be held at West Offices, York from 5.30 to 7pm on Tuesday 19th November. There will be updates on current bus developments from Julian Ridge, City of York Council’s Head of Public Transport and Brandon Jones, External Relation …

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New Wheelchair Securement System for the Bus!

Posted: 13 October 2019

A new securement system for wheelchairs and most mobility scooters on buses

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