Annual Report 2021-22
Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company's Annual Report for 2021-22 is available to download here (PDF file).
We urge the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, North Yorkshire County Council and surrounding local authorities to provide much greater support for the DalesBus network to help secure and increase the delivery of these many benefits.
D&BCIC, together with our partner organisations Friends of the Dales and the Friends of DalesBus, is already seeking funding for the 2023-24 financial year. We would be delighted to hear (via firstname.lastname@example.org) from any individuals, organisations or companies who might be interested in providing financial support, sponsorship or assistance with fundraising. Donations can also be made on our Local Giving page.
In the meantime, we’d like to thank everyone who helped support the DalesBus network in 2021-22 and 2022-23.
We have ambitious plans to develop the DalesBus network into and around the Yorkshire Dales. To help us achieve our aims of improving sustainable access into and around the area we are now looking for more volunteers with Marketing, Fundraising or Community Liaison knowledge, skills and expertise.
Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company (D&BCIC) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit social enterprise which manages the “DalesBus” network of weekend public bus services into and around the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale/ Forest of Bowland Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is wholly owned by Friends of the Dales, a registered charity, which aims to keep the Dales special and vibrant for years to come.
DalesBus serves a wide range of catchment communities across the North of England, including the urban areas of West Yorkshire, East Lancashire, and Teesside. The network has expanded over the years and now supports fifteen summer weekend services linking all the surrounding urban areas to the Dales, with services to Malham, Upper Wharfedale, Wensleydale, Swaledale and Nidderdale. These include services scheduled to connect with other bus and train services, in particular on the Leeds - Settle - Carlisle line. In winter months five Sunday services continue, serving Nidderdale, Upper Wharfedale and Wensleydale.
DalesBus also provides a much-valued service for local communities within the Dales who otherwise would have no transport on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays, thereby further isolating those without access to their own transport. Over 30,000 passenger journeys were made on services managed by D&BCIC in 2019-20.
D&BCIC is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors who deal not only with strategy, but also the day-to-day activities of managing of the DalesBus network, including contracting commercial operators to provide the bus services. They are assisted by a wider team of volunteers who help with tasks such as social media posting, the distribution of publicity materials and updating of bus stop displays.
Skills or experience required
D&BCIC uses a range of channels to promote DalesBus, including printed materials, social media and media releases – as well as our website www.dalesbus.org. Volunteers with some marketing knowledge, skills and expertise are sought to help drive the planned passenger growth of the DalesBus network over the next few years and also to address the negative effects of Covid-19 messaging on public perceptions of public transport. We would also welcome people with graphic design skills to help produce publicity materials.
Each year we need to raise over £120,000 to maintain the DalesBus network. Over the last few years there has been a significant drop in funding support from the public sector and D&BCIC has had to devote more time and effort to seek funding from commercial sponsors, charitable trusts, local charities, local businesses and individual donations as well as organising fundraising events. This has enabled most of the network to be maintained but much of the resulting funding is only short-term and on a one-off basis, so does not provide security for the future. A volunteer with some fundraising knowledge, skills and expertise is therefore sought to help raise more funding and secure the future of the DalesBus network.
D&BCIC strives to benefit the whole community. We would really appreciate support from volunteers who can help us to build a positive relationship with any of the diverse range of communities within and surrounding the Dales who could benefit more from DalesBus. We particularly welcome volunteers who may identify as Black, Asian, or from another marginalised group. Knowledge in how to develop and implement community outreach initiatives is desirable but not essential.
Volunteers are encouraged to let us know if they would like to discuss joining the board as directors to assist with the overall management of the company’s activities.
To find out more or register your interest please get in touch with us.
North Yorkshire County Council, along with other Transport Authorities in England are required to produce a Bus Service Improvement Plan following the Government’s publication of its National Bus Strategy. North Yorkshire have gone out to consultation and we have contributed to a joint response with other local organisations.
The response is a joint report produced by Action for Yorkshire Transport and CPRE North Yorkshire with support from Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company, Friends of DalesBus, Friends of Moorsbus, Friends of the Dales, Moorsbus Community Interest Company and North Yorkshire Moors Association.
A copy of the report can be downloaded here (PDF file).
Craven Integrated Transport Study
Action for Yorkshire Transport, Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company, Friends of DalesBus and Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line have recently undertaken a study on the potential for improved integrated transport in the Craven area on behalf of Craven District Council.
A copy of the report can be downloaded here (PDF file).
Annual Report 2020-21
Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company's annual report for 2020-21 is available to download here (PDF file).
We call on the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, North Yorkshire County Council and surrounding local authorities to build on the DalesBus experience to realise this vision for public transport to and within the Yorkshire Dales and adjacent AONBs.
D&BCIC, together with our partner organisations Friends of the Dales and the Friends of DalesBus, is already seeking funding for the 2022-23 financial year. We would be delighted to hear (via email@example.com) from any individuals, organisations or companies who might be interested in providing financial support, sponsorship or assistance with fundraising. Donations can also be made on our Local Giving page.
In the meantime, we’d like to thank everyone who helped support the DalesBus network in 2020-21 and 2021-22.
Wensleydale Flyer Service 856
The future of Wensleydale Flyer bus service 856 has been secured for the next six months, thanks to local donations and contributions from the Locality Fund by six local North Yorkshire county councillors.
The service runs every Sunday between Northallerton, Bedale, Leyburn and Hawes, and has been supported for the last year by TransPennine Express.
Following an appeal by local bus users to North Yorkshire County Council's Richmondshire Area Constituency Committee Northallerton councillor Caroline Dickinson said she and five other members who lived along the bus route had noted how valued the service was and had agreed DalesBus should be given time to find a funding solution.
The councillors (David Blades (Romanby and Broomfield); Caroline Dickinson (Northallerton); Yvonne Peacock (Upper Dales);
Karin Sedgewick (Middle Dales); John Weighell OBE (Bedale) and Annabel Wilkinson (Swale)) will provide £500 from each of their Locality Budgets in the hope that further funding for the service can be found to enable the service to continue beyond Easter.
D&BCIC are seeking a new sponsor for the service from April 2021 onwards, and would like to hear from any businesses who might be interested in helping to support this valuable community service. We can be contacted by email here.
Business Plan 2021-2023
Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company has recently published it's Business Plan for 2021-2023.
The overall aim of the company is to help create the Friends of the Dales’ vision of a “Sustainable Future for the Dales” by working with partner organisations to support and develop sustainable transport into and around the Yorkshire Dales area.
Specifically, in the next three years we aim to:
Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company recently made a submission to the UK Parliament Transport Committee's investigation into Coronavirus: Implications for Transport.
The submission can be viewed here (PDF file).
Annual Report 2019-20
Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company's annual report for 2019-20 is available to download here (PDF file).
The overall cost of providing and marketing the network in 2019-20 was around around £149,000 with fares income of approx. £63,200, leaving a net cost funding requirement of £85,800.
D&BCIC, together with our partner organisations Friends of the Dales and the Friends of DalesBus, is already seeking funding for the 2021-22 financial year. We would be delighted to hear (via firstname.lastname@example.org) from any individuals, organisations or companies who might be interested in providing financial support, sponsorship or assistance with fundraising.
In the meantime, we’d like to thank everyone who helped support the DalesBus network in 2019-20.
DalesBus Summer Services
Many summer seasonal DalesBus services into and around the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty usually start at Easter weekend.
We are sorry to advise however that this year, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have reluctantly decided to delay the introduction of these services until further notice. We will aim to introduce them as soon as possible following the easing of government guidance on social distancing and non-essential travel, whenever that happens.
In the meantime we will endeavour to continue operating our all-year Sunday DalesBus services on the winter timetable for as long as appropriate. We are aware however that reduced bus timetables are likely to be introduced in the West Yorkshire area from next Monday, so the situation may change rapidly."
The latest updates on bus and train services in the Yorkshire Dales area will continue to be available on www.dalesbus.org and on Twitter @dalesbus