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Bank Holiday Bus and Train Services
Bus services will be subject to change over
the Bank Holiday period. Train services will generally operate as usual.
Saturday 27 May:
- Saturday service on all bus routes.
Sunday 28 May:
- Sunday service on all bus routes
- Nidderdale Rambler service 825
will run to Grassington.
Monday 29 May:
- Sunday service on all bus routes, except:
Little White Bus will operate a normal weekday service
between Gayle, Hawes and Garsdale Station
- Northern Dalesman service 830
will operate a Bank Holiday timetable
- Cautley Flyer service S2
will not run
29/34 (Richmond -
Darlington) Monday service
70 only journeys at 0725
from Ripon and 1725 from Northallerton will operate
72 Saturday service
159 Amended service
(please contact Dales &
District for details)
825 will run to Upper
RMT Strike - Tuesday 30 May
The strike action planned by
the RMT trade union for Tuesday 30 May has been suspended. Northern train
services will now run as scheduled on this date.
Settle - Carlisle Railway Line Fully Reopened
line fully re-opened between Armathwaite and Carlisle on 31 March 2017, and a
normal service is now operating between Leeds and Carlisle.
Click here for Leeds - Settle - Carlisle line timetable details.
Settle Carlisle Day Ranger ticket will continue
to be available at the special price of £15 until 20 May 2017. From 21 May the
price will rise to £30.
Anniversary Year News from Dales & Bowland CIC
The Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company celebrates its tenth year of
managing the Sunday DalesBus network this summer and everyone is invited along
for the ride.
The company has responded to cuts in traditional public sector funding for bus
services by exploring new fundraising avenues which have kept the buses on the
road and created new opportunities for 2017. Two Crowdfunding campaigns have
raised over £10,000 whilst a folk music concert in Otley organised by Friends of
DalesBus recently generated £670. Many donations have come from people who dont
use the buses but feel strongly that access to the National Park should not be
restricted to car users.
Acorn Stairlifts are
welcomed aboard as the new sponsors of the
Acorn Wensleydale Flyer from Northallerton to
Northern Powergrid have
helped to save the Northern Dalesman
from Teesside. The Northern
Dalesman from Lancashire via Ribblehead Station (for connections off
the Leeds Settle Carlisle train) is sponsored once again by the
of the Settle Carlisle Line and
starting in Preston this year via Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale.
Generous support from the
National Trust means that
more buses will be offered
between York, Boroughbridge, Ripon and Fountains Abbey whilst a
new minibus service will
link Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks with Pateley Bridge.
Settle Carlisle Railway Development Company
Bentham Line Community Rail Partnership
have tapped the new
Seed-Corn Fund, established as part of the new rail franchise, to support the
Malham Tarn Shuttle and the
new Bowland Explorer,
linking Lancaster, Bentham Station and Clitheroe Interchange with the Forest of
Friends of DalesBus
continue to support services including a streamlined
service 875 from West Yorkshire to Hawes via
Wharfedale and Aysgarth.
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
remains committed to DalesBus and supports key services from West Yorkshire to
the National Park to enable urban residents to maintain their health and
wellbeing in the Dales, as well as publishing the popular DalesBus timetable
booklet. This year Dewsbury and Bradford will have a through
service to Skipton and Malham, connecting at Ilkley with
DalesBus 874 running between Wakefield, Leeds,
Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Buckden.
DalesBus continues to see passenger numbers grow on key routes but sadly has had
to trim back some less popular services in the Eastern Dales.
details of the 2017 network are
available now with printed
timetables available later in April.
Summer Sunday Services
Summer Sunday and Bank Holiday DalesBus services
will be reintroduced from early May 2017, incorporating a number of changes for
the 2017 season. Click here to view
full timetable booklet (approx. 6MB PDF file).
Fountains Flyer service
812 will now operate only between Easingwold, York, Ripon and Fountains
Abbey as Fountains Flyer service 822,
with three return journeys between York and Fountains Abbey, providing new
opportunities for half-day visits to Fountains Abbey, and for shopping and
leisure trips to York. The Fountains Flyer continues to be supported by
the National Trust.
Eastern Dalesman service 820 will no longer operate, but DalesBus links
will be provided from Dewsbury and Bradford on
Cravenlink service 884, and from York on
Fountains Flyer service 822.
service 823 will no longer operate.
Nidderdale Rambler service 825 will be
revised to operate between Ripon, Fountains Abbey, Brimham Rocks and Pateley
Bridge, extending to Upper Nidderdale or Grassington on alternate operating
days. This service is now supported by the National Trust and the Yorkshire
Northern Dalesman service 830 from Lancashire
will be revised to start in Preston and operate via Kirkby Lonsdale. Connections
from Morecambe will be available on
Malham Tarn Shuttle service 881. The bus will no longer serve
Thwaite or Keld, but connections to these places will be available by changing
buses at Muker. This service is continues to be supported by Northern and the
Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line.
Northern Dalesman service 830 from the North East
will operate via Thwaite and Keld on the outward journey. An additional early
afternoon return journey will be provided between Ingleton, Ribblehead and
Hawes. This service is now supported by Northern Powergrid and donors to a
fundraising campaign organised by the Yorkshire Dales Society.
Ingleborough Pony service
831 will no longer operate, but an additional early afternoon return journey
between Ingleton, Ribblehead and Hawes will instead be provided on
Northern Dalesman service 830.
Bowland Explorer service
833 is a new service linking Lancaster, Bentham, Ingleton,
Clapham, Slaidburn and Clitheroe. It is supported by the Forest of Bowland
AONB, the Bentham Line Community Rail Partnership and Northern. ENCTS passes for
the elderly and disabled will not be valid for free travel on this service -
instead maximum fares for passholders of £4 single and £7 return will apply.
Garsdale Station Shuttle 855 and
Upper Dales CONNECT
services continue unchanged.
Wensleydale Flyer service 856 continues
unchanged, with support from Acorn Stairlifts.
Eastern Dalesman service 859 will operate
between Richmond and Leyburn only, connecting with
Wensleydale Flyer service 856.
services 873 and 884 will operate a summer timetable from 1 May
2017. Service 884 will no longer serve York, Harrogate or Otley, but will
instead run from Dewsbury, Bradford and Shipley. Connections with
Yorkshire Dalesman service 874
will be available at Ilkley Bus Station. These services continue to be supported
by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Friends of DalesBus - the
Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group.
Yorkshire Dalesman service 874 continues
unchanged, except that the afternoon journey from Ilkley will run 10 minutes
earlier from 1 May 2017, providing a connection with
Witch Way service X43 at Grassington.
Cravenlink service 884 to/from Malham will be available at Ilkley Bus
Station. This service continues to be supported by the West Yorkshire Combined
Yorkshire Dalesman service 875 is extended
through to Hawes, replacing service 857. ENCTS passes for the elderly and
disabled will be valid for free travel throughout this route. The outward
journey will no longer serve Grassington, and will leave Wakefield at 0925 and
Leeds at 0955. This service is now supported by the Friends of DalesBus - the
Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group and the Upper Wharfedale Community
Malham Tarn Shuttle service 881 has revised
times to connect with the morning train from Leeds at Settle Station, and is
extended to start from Morecambe and Lancaster. This service is now supported by
Northern and the Settle Carlisle Railway Development Company.
Western Dales Bus service S2 will
recommence on 30 April 2017.
Witch Way service X43 continues unchanged,
operated commercially by Transdev Burnley & Pendle, as does
service 24 commercially operated by the
Harrogate Bus Company.
here for the full list of summer services.
Minor changes will be made
to services operated by the Western Dales Community Bus, as follows:
Station & Leeds
Due to building work at
Leeds Bus Station DalesBus services 874
and 875 to Bolton Abbey, Grassington, Buckden, Aysgarth and Hawes now depart from stand 15, instead of stand 17.
Leeds Station Interchange
is closed until the end of June 2017. DalesBus services 874
and 875 to Bolton Abbey, Grassington, Buckden, Aysgarth and Hawes will stop instead at stop T9 on Boar Lane during this period.
Buses on services 74A (Mondays and Wednesdays)
and 74 (Saturdays) between Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Hebden will
continue unchanged throughout summer 2017 with continued support from North
Yorkshire County Council. Timetable details are available here.
Note that services 74 and 74A both now
depart from Stand A at Ilkley Bus Station.
The Saturday evening Wharfedale Packhorse
service resumed from 7th January 2017, running on the first Saturday of each
month between Cray, Grassington, Ilkley and Skipton with new lower fares
(elderly and disabled bus passes are also now valid).
From Saturday 1st April 2017 the timetable
will be revised with buses no longer running through to Ilkley or Skipton, but a
new journey will run every operating day at 2330 from Grassington to Kettlewell,
continuing to Buckden and Cray on request.
On the fifth Saturday of each month (that's
29th April; 29th July; and 30th September 2017), the Wharfedale Packhorse will
provide a Saturday daytime and evening service between Grassington, Kilnsey,
Arncliffe, Litton, Kettlewell and Buckden.
In addition, the Wharfedale Packhorse runs a series of
pre-booked trips from Buckden, Kettlewell and Grassington to nearby
towns on one Saturday evening each month.
For full details visit the
Reduced Off-Peak Rail Fares and Special Offer on Dales
Northern has introduced some new, cheaper
tickets for passengers travelling on the Settle-Carlisle and the Bentham lines
and elsewhere on its network. Off-Peak Day Return fares are now available for
trains timed to depart after 0930 Monday to Friday and any time at weekends and
Bank Holidays. The new fare prices are 15% lower than the current Anytime Day
This means that the day return fare from
Settle to Leeds, for example, is cut by £2.30 to just £12.50 while travellers
between Bentham and Skipton save £1.60 with a new price of £8.80. Holders of
any national railcards will receive a further discount of one-third.
Settle Carlisle Day Ranger ticket is still available for travel between
Leeds-Settle-Carlisle (and Bradford Forster Square). At £15, less any railcard
discounts, it allows a whole day of travel on the line in both directions.
Northern has also announced that the price of
Dales Railcards will be cut by 50% until Saturday 20th May 2017. This means that the card will cost
just £6.50 for a whole year.
and updates to the
Metro DalesBus timetable
booklet, which can be
downloaded here (6MB PDF file),
will be posted here.
North Yorkshire Bus Changes
to view the latest summary of forthcoming bus service changes, produced by North
Yorkshire County Council (PDF file).
The Friends of DalesBus
The Friends of DalesBus are keen to encourage people to join the
group, and help support their work to improve public transport in the Yorkshire
Older news from the Dalesbus Website is available on
the archive page.
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