(NB: This information relates largely to 2016/2017.)
Transdev ceased running their No 44 service to the University of York in December 2016. The service was initially cut back to run only between York Station and Acomb. It was subsequently re-tendered and extended into the City Centre following protests by users. It is now run by Connections as service 16.
Connections acquired some newer vehicles in January 2017 for service 13 (Haxby to Copmanthorpe). The service is now attracting more users from Copmanthorpe and loadings have increased significantly since they took over the service from First York in August 2015.
Transdev runs the York to Ripon via Boroughbridge service using vehicles in bright orange livery branded as ‘Explorer’. This provides a useful service for walkers and leisure travellers to get out into the countryside, as do the Reliance services to Easingwold, Helmsley, Castle Howard and Sheriff Hutton. Also useful for walkers and day trippers are seasonal services run by Moorsbus (Summer Saturdays and Mondays including Bank Holidays) to Malton, Hutton-le-Hole and Danby www.moorsbus.org and Dalesbus (Summer Sundays and Bank Holidays) to Boroughbridge, Ripon and Fountains Abbey www.dalesbus.org
A trial Sunday service 500 from Bishopthorpe, Woodthorpe and Foxwood to Askham Bar Park & Ride terminus was introduced by First York in November 2016, following local lobbying. The route was extended to the city centre in April 2017, but no longer serves Foxwood. Normal fares apply on service 500, but transfer tickets between the 500 and service 3 are also issued, providing faster journeys to/from the city centre. We are pleased that, to reduce emissions, they are using one of their electric buses.
This is an important initiative as there are no other Sunday services to the areas served. Please support this service to help ensure it continues!
Following the sudden cessation of Utopia Travel, villages served by its services were left without a bus. This included Naburn, which had enjoyed a regular service to York and Selby for many years. An initial 2 journeys each way per day service was put in as an emergency by North Yorkshire County Council. Subsequently, a new route 42 (York to Selby via Naburn and Cawood) was instituted and is run by Transdev, although it is much reduced from the Utopia service and does not run in the evenings. The new service is subsidised, as it was before Utopia took over and ran it as a commercial operation – a lesson for the future perhaps?
Stephensons of Easingwold ceased operations wef Monday 22nd January. North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) moved quickly and found other operators to take over most of their services. Good marks to NYCC for quick action, although some rural services have not yet been replaced.
The Forum issued a press release on 24th Jan calling for greater financial viability checks when contracts are let. Stephensons press release
Westbound bus stops in Rougier Street were replaced by temporary stops (fortunately still under cover) with limited space last year, with an initial promise of replacement by November. This was subsequently extended to June 2017. To date there is no indication of when the work will be completed.
The York Explore Park and Ride bus stop (Route 2) has seen the construction of a much-needed shelter.
Eastbound bus stops at the Stonebow were moved on 30th March to make way for building work. Details at: www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15190054.Stonebow_House_bus_stops_on_the_move/?ref=ar#comments-anchor
It is estimated that the work will be completed by the end of the year when the stops will revert back to their original positions. There is only one stop for all services heading east except the No 9 (which stops outside M&S) and no shelter. Whilst this might be OK for a couple of weeks, the work is going on for many more months! YBF has taken this issue up with the developer and the Council, but it seems there are no easy solutions. Some benches have now been provided to help those waiting with heavy shopping.
NB: This information relates largely to 2016/2017.