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Christmas & New Year Bus and Train Services
Bus and train services in the Yorkshire Dales area will, as usual, operate revised timetables over the holiday period.
On Christmas Eve Sunday 24th December 2017 most bus and train services will operate a normal Sunday service, except:
On Christmas Day 25th December no bus or train services will operate.
On Boxing Day 26th December most bus and train services will not operate, but service 36 will run every 30 minutes between Leeds and Harrogate and every hour between Harrogate and Ripon.
On Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th December normal weekday bus and train services will operate, except that many operators (including First Leeds, the Harrogate Bus Company, the Keighley Bus Company, Rotala Preston Bus and the Burnley Bus Company) will operate Saturday timetables.
On Saturday 30th December normal Saturday bus and train services will operate.
On New Year's Eve Sunday 31st December most bus and train services will operate a normal Sunday service, except:
There will be no bus services in the Yorkshire Dales area on New Year's Day 2018, but trains will generally operate a normal service.
Normal services will resume on Tuesday 2nd January.
For further details please contact the operator.
Minor Changes to Sunday Cravenlink Services 873 & 884
Unfortunately, Cravenlink Sunday service 873/884 between Ilkley and Skipton has been struggling to keep to time on some journeys in the middle of the day recently, so some minor changes will be made to the timetable from Sunday 10th December as follows:
· The 1142 journey from Ilkley to Skipton will run slightly earlier, leaving Ilkley at 1137
· The 1312 journey from Ilkley to Skipton will run 5 minutes later, leaving Ilkley at 1317
New Rail Timetables
Revised train timetables will be introduced nationwide from 10th December 2017, but the only significant change in the Dales area is that on Sunday evenings the train from Carlisle at 1700 to Leeds, arriving 1948, will be retimed to leave Carlisle at 1723, arriving in Leeds at 2007. The new timetable for the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line can be downloaded here (PDF file)
As a result of the above change, the Garsdale Station Shuttle service 855 journey at 1740 on Sundays from Gayle to Garsdale will run 20 minutes later at 1800 - click here for the new timetable.
Connections from Bradford to the Dales Gateway stations of Ilkley and Skipton are improved on Sundays, with an hourly service running from Forster Square on both the Airedale Line and the Wharfedale Line.
Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Bentham Line Winter Offers
Special offer Day Ranger tickets are available on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Leeds-Morecambe railway lines over the winter period to holders of Dales Railcards and ENCTS passes issued by Metro - see Settle & Carlisle Line website for full details.
Click here to download the latest edition of DalesBus News (PDF file).
Little White Bus
Some changes will be made to Little White Bus services in the Wensleydale and Swaledale areas from early November 2017:
the usual minor changes to the Swaledale Shuttle for the winter season will be introduced from 6th November 2017 - download the winter timetable here.
a revised timetable will be introduced on Wensleydale Voyager 156 and College Express services from 6th November 2017 - with timing changes to many journeys. Castle Bolton and Preston-under-Scar village centres will only be served on request. The 1555 journey from Leyburn to Hawes will operate via a more direct route, arriving in Hawes at 1640 - in good time for connections onto the 1657 Garsdale Station Shuttle bus which runs on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. Download the new timetable here.
The Richmondshire Rover service will no longer operate on Saturdays after 4th November 2017 - so there will be no buses between Bedale and Leyburn on Saturdays after that date. There will also be changes to the times of the Monday to Friday afternoon journeys, and on Tuesdays from 7th November the Richmondshire Rover will operate to Teesside Park, instead of Ripon. Download the new timetable here.
In addition, due to changes to train times from 10th December 2017, the Garsdale Station Shuttle service 855 journey on Sundays at 1740 from Gayle to Garsdale will run 20 minutes later at 1800 - click here for the new timetable.
Western Dales BusSome minor changes will be made to Western Dales Bus services from the beginning of October 2017:
Kendal Shuttle Bus S1 - from 7th
October 2017 the 1750 journey from Dent to Sedbergh will run 15 minutes
earlier at 1735 and there will be other minor timetable changes. The 1840
journey from Sedbergh to Dent Station will, as usual for the winter,
only operate on request.
Cautley Flyer Service S2 - the last day
of operation on this Sunday service for Summer 2017 is 24 September
Hawes Hopper Service S3 - this Tuesday
service continues unchanged
Kirkby Stephen Connect Service S4 - this Friday service will extend to/from Kirkby Stephen Co-op from 6th October 2017
New Kendal Shopper Service S5 will be introduced from 19th October, running between Sedbergh, Kirkby Stephen, Tebay and Kendal on Thursdays.
Sunday DalesBus Services
The last day of operation for the following Summer Sunday DalesBus services for 2017 was 24 September: 822, 825, 830, 833, 859, 875, 881 and S2
The following services operate a winter timetable from 1 October: 24, 873, 874 and 884.
The following services continue unchanged: X43, 855 and 856
Follow these links for the Winter timetable booklet and network map (PDF files).
Winter Sunday Buses in Nidderdale
A winter Sunday service will continue to be provided on service 24 between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale, following a recent fundraising campaign led by the Dales & Bowland CIC, Nidderdale Chamber of Trade and Nidderdale Plus.
The new Sunday timetable from 1st October 2017 will offer three return trips, with the first leaving Harrogate at 1015 to provide easier morning bus connections from services 36, 70 and 747 from West Yorkshire and the last bus returning from Pateley Bridge at 1625 - hopefully a more popular time, especially in winter.
Winter Sunday buses on service 24 will be operated by The Harrogate Bus Company, under contract to the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company as part of the DalesBus network. Financial support has kindly been provided by Harrogate Water Brands, together with North Yorkshire County Council, Pateley Bridge Town Council, Nidderdale Chamber of Trade, and individual donors.
This means that Pateley Bridge, Summerbridge, Dacre, Darley, Birstwith and Hampsthwaite will continue to have buses to and from Harrogate on service 24 seven days a week all year round.
Click here to download a leaflet (PDF file) with bus times and a summary of
connecting buses from Leeds, Bradford and Wetherby, together with ideas for
walks and places to visit in Nidderdale.
Wharfedale Bus Service Changes
The winter timetable on Sunday Cravenlink service 873/884 between Ilkley and Skipton and on Sunday DalesBus service 874 between Wakefield, Leeds, Ilkley, Grassington and Buckden was introduced from 1st October 2017.
Pride of the Dales service 74 between Ilkley, Grassington and Hebden now runs on Summer Saturdays only - the last day of operation for Summer 2017 was on 28th October.
North Yorkshire County Council service 74A between Ilkley, Grassington and Hebden will additionally operate on Fridays from 10th November 2017.
Service 11 (Horton-in-Ribblesdale - Settle - Tosside)
A revised timetable will be introduced by North Yorkshire County Council on service 11 between Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Settle and Tosside from Monday 4 September 2017, following the closure of Horton-in-Ribblesdale School.
Corrections and updates to the Winter 2017-18 Metro DalesBus timetable booklet, which can be downloaded here (2MB PDF file), will be posted here.
timetable is now in operation on Swaledale Shuttle service 30
(page 14) between Keld, Richmond and Catterick.
Day return fares on service 36
(page 15) between Leeds, Harrogate and Ripon are now £7.70.
The Friday service on route 74A between Ilkley and Hebden (page 21) will now
be introduced on 10th November 2017.
is now in operation on Wensleydale Voyager service 156 (pages 28-29) between
Hawes, Leyburn and Catterick. Onward connections between Leyburn and Bedale
are also changed, with no buses now operating between Leyburn and Bedale on
A revised Sunday
afternoon service operates on
Garsdale Station Shuttle 855 (page 35) from
Sunday 10th December due to changes to train times from the same date.
· The 1312 journey from Ilkley to Skipton will run 5 minutes later, leaving Ilkley at 1317
North Yorkshire Bus Changes
Click here to view the latest summary of forthcoming bus service changes, produced by North Yorkshire County Council (PDF file).
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