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Changes to council-supported bus services

Changes to council-supported bus services

Published at 5:12pm 30th March 2016. (Updated at 5:40pm 30th March 2016)

Timetables for some bus services in North Yorkshire are set to change next month.

It follows a consultation with communities and passengers about North Yorkshire County Council's plans to reduce bus subsidies by £500,000 due to Government funding cuts.

Although 85% of bus journeys are made on commercial services, the authority has been providing more than £2 million a year to fund additional services.

That figure has now been reduced to £1.5 million a year.

The council has agreed deals with bus operators to maintain a larger proportion of subsidised services across the county at a lower cost.

It will also make more use of its own minibuses and expanding community car schemes to help people access essential services and to prevent rural isolation.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Highways and Public Transport, said: "Retaining a bus network across a large rural county like ours is crucially important to those of our residents who have little or no access to other means of transport.

"The Government's budget reductions mean we have needed to look at every area of council expenditure. Reducing the amount we spend on local bus services has presented challenges, but we are fortunate that North Yorkshire bus operators have a can-do approach which extends beyond their commercial networks.

"Part of the solution is to attract more fare-paying passengers, so there is an important role for local people in helping to keep their bus service by using it on a regular basis."

Details of changes to services and timetables are available at www.northyorks.gov.uk/buses