2018 marks the 140th anniversary of the opening of the 6 mile branch railway between Garsdale (on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line) and Hawes. This was a momentous year in which the 40 mile Wensleydale railway between Northallerton and Garsdale was completed.
A meeting has been arranged to consider the formation of a steering group to consider the feasibility of re-opening the branch line between Garsdale and Hawes. The meeting will be held at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes on Saturday 11th August 2018 at 3.00pm.
If you are interested in attending this meeting – or can offer practical support or suggestions based on experience – please contact Ruth Annison by post to Dyke House, Askrigg, Leyburn DL8 3HG or telephone 01969 650349.
Train services operated by Northern will now NOT be disrupted by strike action on Saturday 21st July - as the strike action has been suspended.
Contracts for North Yorkshire County Council subsidised local bus services in the Hambleton, Harrogate and Richmondshire areas are due for renewal in April 2019.
As part of this renewal process, the Council is seeking comments on these services, so that they can be better informed when preparing tenders for new contracts.
Click here for a list of the bus services that are to be considered for renewal and details of how to provide comments. Comments should be received by no later than Friday 13th July 2018
Little White Bus service RR3, which provides the late afternoon journeys between Leyburn and Bedale on Mondays to Fridays, will be withdrawn after operation on Friday 29th June 2018.
NYCC service 155 (Monday to Friday) and Acorn Wensleydale Flyer service 856 (Sundays and Bank Holidays) will continue unchanged.
Changes are made to Western Dales Bus services from 18th June 2018 as follows:
Saturday Service S1 (Dent - Sedbergh - Kendal) - a revised timetable is introduced, to co-ordinate with revised train times at Dent Station. The number of return journeys between Sedbergh and Kendal increases from four to five, and some journeys take a shorter route into or out of Kendal.
Sunday Service S2 (Dent - Sedbergh - Cautley) - this service will not operate in Summer 2018.
Tuesday Service S3 (Dent - Sedbergh - Hawes) - this service will not operate after 12th June 2018, due to insufficient demand.
Thursday/Friday Service S4 (Dent - Sedbergh - Kirkby Stephen) - a revised timetable is introduced, to co-ordinate with revised train times at Kirkby Stephen Station. The service no longer serves Ravenstondale, but is extended to Brough on Fridays.
Thursday Service S5 (Kirkby Stephen - Kendal) - a revised timetable is introduced, to co-ordinate with revised train times at Kirkby Stephen Station.
The new timetables can be downloaded here (PDF file).
A revised timetable and revised fares will be introduced on Rotala Preston Bus services 280 and X80 between Preston, Clitheroe and Skipton from Sunday 3rd June 2018.
There are minor changes on Mondays to Fridays, on Saturdays the service is improved to run regularly every hour throughout the day, but on Sundays and Bank Holidays the service is reduced with only two return journeys running through to Skipton.
The service will still provide connections from Preston and Clitheroe to the Sunday and Bank Holiday DalesBus network as follows:
- the 1000 departure from Preston arrives in Clitheroe at 1043, in good time to catch the 1115 Bowland Explorer bus to Slaidburn, Stocks Reservoir and Ingleton. The return bus from Ingleton arrives in Clitheroe at 1611, to catch the 1723 service 280 bus back to Preston.
- the 1000 departure from Preston (1047 from Clitheroe) arrives in Skipton at 1120 connecting with the Witch Way bus to Grassington at 1125, with onward connection to Kettlewell and Buckden. The return bus from Grassington arrives in Skipton at 1619, to catch the 1650 service X80 bus back to Clitheroe and Preston.
Western Dales Explorer tickets are valid from Preston through to Clitheroe, Skipton, Slaidburn, Malham and Ingleton on Sundays and Bank Holidays for £9 (adult), £15 (family), and railcard/ bus pass holders and students can buy a Privilege Dales Rover for £7.50. Buy a Dales Freedom Rover (£12) to travel to Grassington or beyond.
The revised timetable can be downloaded here (PDF file).
New train timetables were introduced from Sunday 20th May, with major changes on many routes.
Follow these links for the new timetables:
Leeds - Settle - Carlisle line
Leeds - Lancaster - Morecambe line (the Bentham Line)
Full details are available on the National Rail and Northern websites.
Some connecting bus services also have revised timetables from the same date, including the Little White Bus Garsdale Station Shuttle service, between Hawes and Garsdale station.
Revised timetables will be introduced on Western Dales Bus services from 18th June 2018 to connect with the revised train times - click here for the new timetables (PDF file).
The closure of Greyhound Bridge in Lancaster from 29th January 2018 for at least six months will result in changes to most bus services in the area. Services 80 and 81 between Lancaster and Ingleton/Kirkby Lonsdale will operate revised timetables.
Note that the timetables have been revised again from 23rd April, as the resulting traffic congestion has not been as bad as expected.
The Summer 2018 DalesBus timetable booklet is now available online, including seasonal services in Wharfedale, Wensleydale, Ribblesdale and Malhamdale starting at Easter weekend.
Printed copies are now available from the usual outlets.