Most of the Sunday and Bank Holiday bus network in the Yorkshire Dales is now managed by the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company, together with some Saturday buses. This volunteer-run company, owned by the Yorkshire Dales Society, is most grateful to those organisations who have already confirmed their continued support for DalesBus, including the Yorkshire Dales Society, the National Trust, the Friends of DalesBus and Arriva Rail North, but is urgently seeking additional funding for the future. Anyone who may be able to assist or is interested in finding out more is asked to get in touch by email as soon as possible.
The Friends of DalesBus also support DalesBus and would welcome any donations online via PayPal to their Bus Operating Fund (for any larger donations of £250 or over where Gift Aid may be available please contact us before donating).
Why does DalesBus need financial support?
The economics of rural bus operation are such that a level of financial support is required to cover operating costs (there are no overhead costs as the company is managed by volunteers) and D&BCIC is now facing a serious funding shortfall.
We recognise the need to improve the sustainability of our services and have increased fares, maintained a high level of marketing, and reduced the number of operating days of some of our summer services. These measures have resulted in improved financial performance with one service now running on a commercial basis and another with a significantly reduced subsidy. We are also exploring new funding options, contacting local businesses for support and making it easier for individuals to make donations.
What are the benefits?
We know how important DalesBus is for not only local people and businesses in the Dales, but also for visitors from surrounding areas and to tourists: