In Wharfedale slightly revised timetables will be introduced on Monday to Saturday on service 72 between Skipton and
Grassington from 29th October 2018 to improve reliability, with small changes to Upper Wharfedale Venturer service 72B between Grassington and Buckden to maintain connections and also provide new afternoon links to/from Hebden. The new service 72/72A/72B timetable can be downloaded here.
Witch Way X43 from Manchester and Burnley to Skipton will no longer extend to Grassington on Sundays, but the 72 will instead
operate between Skipton and Grassington at similar times.
Also on Sundays, DalesBus service 875 to Hawes has now finished for the summer season but service 874 to Buckden continues all year, with slightly revised times from 28th October.
The last day of the Summer Saturday service on service 874 between Wakefield, Leeds, Ilkley and Grassington is on 27th October 2018.
Minor changes will be made to the Craven Connection bus service between Skipton, Settle, Ingleton, Kirkby Lonsdale and Lancaster from 3rd September 2018:
- an additional journey will run from Lancaster to Kirkby Lonsdale at 1700
- on schooldays the 0820 arrival into Lancaster and the 1545 departure from Lancaster will extend to/from Ripley St Thomas School
- on schooldays the 0745 journey from Lancaster will operate via Kirkby Lonsdale QES
- the last journey towards Skipton will depart Kirkby Lonsdale at 1700 and Settle at 1745, arriving in Skipton at 1825, with buses running at the same time from Monday to Saturday.
The new timetable is available here.
Planning for the weekend DalesBus network is now underway for the Summer 2019 season, with a new Fundraising Working Group having recently been set up by the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company.
The Working Group will look at the suggestions made in the DalesBus passenger survey which was conducted on the buses during July and August. D&BCIC would like to thank everyone who completed a survey form for their feedback.
If you weren't offered the opportunity to fill in a survey form, or now have other suggestions to offer, please get in touch now at email@example.com. We are particularly keen for feedback on how DalesBus services could be improved to make them more popular, and also for ideas of new sources of funding and help with fundraising.
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.
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).