A new national rail timetable starts on 10th December 2023. There are only minor changes to times on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Leeds-Lancaster-Morecambe lines. The new timetable is available here (PDF file)
On Sundays the 0859 train from Leeds to Carlisle is retimed to depart at 0909 and run around ten minutes later throughout the journey. Connecting trains to Shipley run from Ilkley at 0853 and Bradford Forster Square at 0913. In order to maintain connections at Skipton, the following Sunday buses are retimed:
Bus and train services in the Yorkshire Dales area will, as usual, be amended over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
Please check with service operators for full details.
Northern train services will be disrupted by strike action by ASLEF members on Friday 8th December 2023. No Northern services are expected to operate on that day.
For further information please see Northern's website.
The Dales Railcard Winter Offer is back, and continues until Sunday 24th March 2024.
It offers holders of Dales Railcards a 50% saving off the usual price of Off-Peak Day Return tickets on the Leeds to Carlisle via Settle, and Leeds – Lancaster/Morecambe via Bentham routes.
Tickets can be purchased on Northern website, on the Northern app, at ticket offices, or from conductors on trains when boarding at unstaffed stations.
The offer is not available on local journeys Skipton – Bradford Forster Square / Leeds inclusive or Carnforth – Morecambe / Heysham Port inclusive, as per conditions of the Dales Railcard.
The usual Dales Railcard terms and conditions apply.
Full details of the offer are available on the Northern website.
Click here for further information on Dales Railcards, which are available to residents in the postcode areas adjacent to the Skipton-Settle-Carlisle and Skipton-Lancaster railway lines and also to members of the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL) or LASRUG.
Saturday DalesBus 59 between Harrogate and Skipton has now resumed its normal route and timetable following the reopening of the A59 at Kex Gill on 13th November.
The Winter Saturday timetable on Craven Connection bus services 75 and 580 starts on 4th November 2023.
This year for the first time, Saturday DalesBus 74 from York to Harrogate, Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Burnsall and Grassington will continue running throughout the winter months.
As part of the national initiative to reduce the cost of bus travel the maximum single fare on these services is just £2, with under 19s travelling for £1. Elderly and disabled bus passes are also valid for free travel.
Single bus fares will be capped at £2 by most bus companies until the end of December 2024 as part of a special offer funded by the Department for Transport.
The offer is currently available on all scheduled bus services in the Yorkshire Dales area, including buses run by:
The Summer 2023 season on the Sunday DalesBus network will come to an end on 22nd October 2023.
DalesBus services 820, 821, 822, 831, 832, 855, 875 & 876 will all finish that day for the winter period.
All other services will continue running during the winter, including for the first time Cravenlink service 864 between Bradford, Shipley, Ilkley, Skipton and Malham, connecting at Ilkley with DalesBus 874 to/from Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Buckden.
Winter Sunday buses (from 29th October 2023) in the Yorkshire Dales will comprise the following routes:
The maximum single fare will continue to be £2 on all buses, and elderly/disabled bus passes are also valid on all buses.
Bus services in Swaledale will be altered over the next few weeks due to a road closure between Muker and Thwaite. The B6270 road will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians and cyclists, near Usha Gap from 28th September 2023 for several weeks while North Yorkshire Council rebuild a section of collapsed retaining wall.
Little White Bus Swaledale Shuttle service 30 will operate between Richmond, Reeth and Muker at the usual times, but will be unable to serve Thwaite or Keld for the duration of the closure.
Some changes will be made to Western Dales Bus services from 2nd October 2023:
Eden Express service S6 will continue unchanged on Tuesdays and Thursdays.