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Former Skipton to Grassington bus timetable to be reinstated

Friday, 1 March 2024 14:36

By Thomas Barrett, Local Democracy Reporter

North Yorkshire Council has confirmed that the more frequent timetable for the 72 Skipton to Grassington bus route will be reinstated from April.

Bus operator Transdev introduced a new two-hourly service for the route last May due to commercial pressures.

The changes saw the service reduced from nine round trips per day to six.

It led Grassington resident Tony Sergeant to launch a petition, eventually signed by 164 people, that called for its return citing the negative impact the “skeletal” service was having on rural residents.

But in good news for campaigners, the council has now agreed to a new contract for the 72 route, according to a report that will be discussed by Skipton and Ripon councillors next week.

It says the procurement process ran from October to January with contracts awarded for 30 routes including the Skipton to Grassington 72 service.

The new timetable will come into force from Monday April 8.

North Yorkshire Council has benefitted from £3.5m in government funding for buses following the cancellation of the northern legs of HS2.

Conservative executive member for transport Cllr Keane Duncan hailed the investment during a council debate last week that discussed cuts to the 72 service.

He said: “We are investing £3.5m extra in total thanks to government and it represents the most significant funding boost in North Yorkshire in over a decade.”

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