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A bus connecting Dales and Nidderdale could return in 2020

A bus connecting Dales and Nidderdale could return in 2020

Published by May Norman at 11:00am 11th December 2019.

Fundraising for Nidderdale Sunday Buses gets underway

  • A popular bus connecting people across the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale could soon be returning.
  • Known as the DalesBus, 8 per cent more people used the service last year.
  • It's run by volunteers on Sunday's throughtout the summer and on Bank Holidays.
  • A fundraising campaign to bring it back in 2020 is now underway.

Fundraising for a bus connecting Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale is once again underway.

The DalesBus runs on Sunday's throughout the summer and on Bank Holidays.

The popular scheme - which is run by volunteers - saw an 8 per cent rise in the number of passengers using the service this year.

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DalesBus 825 in Masham

Access to the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can be difficult without the use of private transport, which can be environmentally damaging and isn’t available to around a quarter of households nationally.

Transport was raised as the number one concern in a survey of local residents conducted by Harrogate Borough Council and Nidderdale Plus in 2018.

In recent years DalesBus has provided a network of three bus services into and around Nidderdale AONB on Summer Sundays and Bank Holidays, connecting with the 24 bus between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge.

In 2019 the number of journeys made on the buses increased by 8 per cent so plans are being made for the services to run again in 2020, with the first buses running at Easter weekend.

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Yorkshire Dales

The DalesBus network is managed by the Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company, a not for profit social enterprise.

It is run entirely by volunteers, is part of the Yorkshire Dales Society (the Friends of the Dales), a registered charity.  

The bus services are contracted from commercial operators.

Volunteer director Paul Chattwood explained:

“The operating cost of the network is estimated at around £24,000, with £9,500 income from fares/concessionary reimbursement, leaving a funding requirement of £14,500.

"So far, funding of around £10,000 has already kindly been offered, including major contributions by the National Trust and the Jaytee Foundation, leaving a fundraising target of around £4,500. We’d like to thank all the businesses, organisations and individuals who supported the buses in 2019, and invite them and others to support the DalesBus services in 2020.”

Further details of the fundraising campaign are online at www.dalesbus.org/nidderdale and donations can also be sent directly to Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company, Canal Wharf,

 

 

 

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