An improved service was introduced from 28th November 2016, providing new links to Barnard Castle, Bedale and Ripon - click here for timetable details.
FEATURES OF THE REVISED RICHMONDSHIRE ROVER SERVICE
n Residents of Catterick Village / Tunstall / Scotton / Richmond
Will be able to visit (and return from) the shops and
services on offer in 5 different Market Towns, without having to change the
bus they are travelling on. These towns are Northallerton, Barnard Castle,
Bedale, Ripon and Richmond, the exact towns depending on the day of the
week. The Richmondshire Rover timetable allows one hour 30 minutes at a
minimum, and often more time, to spend in these Market Towns before
returning home on the Little White Bus.
These new travel opportunities are in addition to a twice a
day, 5 days a week, core Richmondshire Rover return service between
Catterick Village / Scotton / Tunstall / Princes Gate / Richmond.
By changing in Bedale on Tuesdays and Thursdays will be able
to catch a 73 Dales and District bus to Northallerton, spend up to 1 hour 30
minutes there, and returning to Bedale to catch the Richmondshire Rover
This is in addition to the Market Day service direct to
Northallerton on Wednesdays which allows 2 hours 25 minutes there before
returning back on the Little White Bus. This extended time would facilitate
say a visit to an Outpatients clinic or relative in hospital (subject to
special visiting permission) at the Friarage, or an appointment with the
many specialist professional services in Northallerton, or a visit to County
The core Richmondshire Rover service on Monday - Friday
leaving Catterick Village at 09:30 goes via Tunstall and Scotton, and now
allows extra time for a swift morning shopping visit to Princes Gate (1
hour) or Richmond (50 minutes), before returning on the same route to
Catterick Village. Thursdays are slightly different - please check the
timetable for exact details.
similarly the core Richmondshire Rover service on Monday -
Friday leaving Catterick Village at 14:30 now allows extra time for a sharp
afternoon shopping visit to Princes Gate (40 minutes) or Richmond (30
minutes), before returning to Catterick Village. Thursdays are slightly
different - please check the timetable for exact details.
The Little White Bus contracted service twice on a Saturday between Richmond – Princes Gate – Scotton – Tunstall and return is operated by the Swaledale Shuttle service. Please see the timetable for details.
n Residents of Scorton, Moulton, Middleton Tyas
n Residents of villages in North Richmondshire including Eppleby, Forcett, and Caldwell
n Residents in Bedale
The revised Richmondshire Rover service maintains the Monday - Friday late afternoon service between Leyburn and Bedale, with a departure from Leyburn at 16.45 and departures from Bedale at 16:05 and 17:20.
These services augment the morning and early afternoon services provided by NYCC Fleet, and have proved invaluable to visitors to Hawes and Upper Wensleydale to return to Northallerton and onward destinations after a day in the Dales, and residents and college students returning to Leyburn after work or studying in Bedale and Northallerton. Certain services call at Newton-le-Willows, Finghall, Spennithorne and Hunton.
The revised Richmondshire Rover service introduces improvements to the Saturday Little White Bus service between Leyburn and Bedale, with additional journeys in the middle of the day, to meet the many requests from passengers keen to return home earlier from a visit to Northallerton via the Dales and District 73 service connection in Bedale than has been possible on the pilot Richmondshire Rover service. There are also longer layover times in Leyburn to allow passengers on the Richmondshire Rover service the opportunity to browse its shops and services before returning home or continuing their onward travel.
u Interlining with other Little White Bus services
By changing from the Richmondshire Rover service at Princes Gate or Richmond you can take the Swaledale Shuttle service for a daily return journey to Reeth, and a one-way journey to Muker and Keld, or a one way journey on the Wensleydale Voyager to Upper Wensleydale including Hawes, Askrigg and Aysgarth.
There are a range of connections onto the Little White Bus Wensleydale Voyager service at Leyburn from / to Hawes and the villages in Upper Wensleydale from the Monday - Friday afternoon / Saturday all day Richmondshire Rover Leyburn - Bedale - Leyburn service.
u Concessionary Fares / One Way One Pound
Concessionary Fare passes may be used on all the journeys shown on the new Richmondshire Rover service timetable. The under 18 young person's One Way One Pound special fare of £1 per journey may be used on the Richmondshire Rover service from 5.00 pm on weekdays, any time on a Saturday, and any time and any day of the week during school holidays.
u Market Days in towns served by the Richmondshire Rover
Tuesday - Bedale / Hawes
Wednesday - Northallerton / Barnard Castle
Thursday - Ripon
Friday - Leyburn / Reeth
Saturday - Richmond (in addition Richmond has an Indoor Market every day)
u The Little White Bus Message - Long-term financial viability / sustainabilty of the Richmondshire Rover
The long term future of the Richmondshire Rover depends on both volunteer drivers and passengers coming forward in all the communities it serves, not only from the North, Central and Garrison RDC Area Partnerships but also from the Lower Wensleydale RDC Area Partnership serving the communities on the Richmondshire Rover route between Leyburn and Bedale, up to Patrick Brompton where it runs into Hambleton District Council territory. Whilst the 578 passengers in October 2016 travelling on the pilot Richmondshire Rover include very many regular passengers, without the NYCC Stronger Communities grant it would leave the Richmondshire Rover service well below the financial break-even point in the long term unless most of the driving turns are undertaken by volunteers.
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