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Better bus links for Boroughbridge

Better bus links for Boroughbridge

Published at 6:01am 2nd November 2015. (Updated at 6:42pm 2nd November 2015)

A new bus service linking Boroughbridge with Knaresborough and Harrogate has started.

The 1A, operated by Transdev Harrogate, will stop at Kirby Hill, St James Square, Aldborough, Minskip and the town's Morrisons supermarket.

It will then run non-stop along the A1(M) and A59, before serving St James Retail Park, Knaresborough, Starbeck and Harrogate District Hospital on its way to the town centre.

Councillors and business leaders say they are confident that it will boost the town's economy.

Alex Hornby, Chief Executive of Transdev Harrogate, said: "We have done our research, and the message received loud and clear from the people of Boroughbridge was quicker buses to Harrogate and Knaresborough.

"That's exactly what our new regular bus service will offer, and we're sure it will bring more prosperity to the town.

"As well as being attractive for residents to reach other local town centres, it will bring more visitors and shoppers to Boroughbridge - and what better timing than being established ahead of the busy Christmas period.''

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones, who launched the service, said: "This is a great new service from Transdev that will really help connect Boroughbridge to surrounding areas and on to Knaresborough and Harrogate. 

"Boroughbridge residents regularly tell me that they want to see improved bus services to Harrogate and that Boroughbridge has been the poor relation in terms of public transport.

"Thanks to Transdev, this is clearly no longer the case. Now that we have this fantastic hourly service, I would encourage local people to take full advantage of it."

Councillor Iain Maltby, from Boroughbridge Town Council, added: "We are encouraged by Transdev taking a commercial decision to run a new, regular bus service between Boroughbridge and Harrogate whilst proposals made elsewhere appear to be reducing bus services to the locality.

"The council would encourage local residents to make use of the new service and make it a success. We wish Transdev a long and successful relationship with Boroughbridge."

The new service comes soon after Transdev stepped in to save the 'Cathedral Connection' bus linking Ripon, Boroughbridge and York.

The popular 142/143 service was in danger of being reduced after cuts in public funding.

It will work alongside the new fully commercial route 1A, bringing an increased service to Boroughbridge at a time when other areas are facing cuts.

Alex Hornby added: "We have worked hard to avoid reductions by investing in local commercial services at a time when public funding is being reduced.

"The travelling public can now enjoy a better network, with more buses to more places than there was previously. It is great news for the local economy and local people."