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Reprieve for popular town bus service

Protestors opposing plans to axe a popular bus service at Pickering.

Protestors opposing plans to axe a popular bus service at Pickering.

A popular Ryedale bus service which faced the chop due to a lack of funding has been handed a reprieve.

The 171 Pickering Town and 170 Littledale Circular buses, both in Pickering, will continue to run after operator Hayesway Travel decided to run the services on a commercial basis.

They had both been in line for the axe after North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive decided in January to withdraw or reduce the subsidies it provided to 150 bus services.

It led to a campaign among residents, who started a petition, and Pickering Town Council which took its message to County Hall, Northallerton, to oppose the cuts.

But Doug Hayes, transport manager at Hayesway Travel, revealed the Pickering-based company will continue to run the service, even though there will be a slight alteration to the timetable.

“We are continuing with the service on a commercial basis,” he said. “We have spent the past few weeks working out the costs and said we will try it and see how it goes. We hope we will be able to keep it going – we have certainly got to try.”

One or two less of the well-used services in the afternoons will be cancelled, said Mr Hayes, who added that the new timetable will be published shortly and available from the buses, local libraries and so on.

Pickering Mayor Sue Cowan said: “I wish them well and I hope they succeed.”

 

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