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: https://yorkcivictrust.co.uk/transport-survey/
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.
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 …See more
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 …See more
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’ …See more
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 …See more
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.See more
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 …See more
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 …See more
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 …See more
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: http://yorkcivictrust.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Qa-Yor …See more
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 …See more
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 …See more