A survey of summer visitors by bus and car to the Dales carried out on behalf of the Dales Integrated Transport Alliance (DITA) shows that:
The survey was carried out by QA Research of York on behalf of the Dales Integrated Transport Alliance (DITA) and supervised by the Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company which organises Sunday and Bank Holiday bus services in the Dales.
Helen Flynn, Chair of DITA, said “The visitor survey results show that the bus network plays an important part in Dales life, indeed it is a lifeline for young people who are without independent means of transport and for people who do not own, or have had to give up ownership of a car. Our next steps are to find ways of coaxing visitors out of their cars from time to time, either once they have arrived in the Dales or when planning journeys to the Dales. This will help keep rural bus and rail networks vibrant and sustainable, and provide people with real transport choice.”
Chris Nash, Chair of the D&BCIC, noted “This survey shows that both residents and visitors to the Dales need good bus services 7 days per week. Without these services, many people would be unable to enjoy the splendour of the Dales, and the result would be a substantial loss to local businesses”.