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UPDATED - School bus services covered after operator pulls out

Bus stop towards Eden Camp

3:13pm 21st January 2018
(Updated 9:55am 22nd January 2018)

The county council has managed to find a solution to the news that Stephensons of Easingwold  is not in a position to fulfil its bus service  contracts.

The company ran school and local bus services under contract as well as other routes in North Yorkshire.

We are told that all the 27 school contracts in North Yorkshire have now been covered.

Full details here

Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake, said that finding alternative arrangements to ensure children can get to school must be a top priority this week following the news that one of North Yorkshire’s bus operators, Stephensons of Easingwold, has gone into liquidation.

Stephensons ceased operating last week and can therefore not deliver its schools contracts or services across Hambleton and Ryedale from today, Monday January 22nd.

Mr Hollinrake said:

‘I will do everything I can to help ensure that alternative temporary arrangements are put in place so that all pupils can get to school this week and others, who rely on these bus services to get to work or their hospital appointments, are still able to do so. North Yorkshire County Council has been working over the weekend to ensure that alternative provision is made from Monday for the 900 pupils who are entitled to free home to school transport and I will help make sure that long term arrangements are found. Meanwhile, parents of schoolchildren who are not entitled to use the services free of charge, but who use them on a commercial basis, will have to find alternative arrangements until new provision is found.

I hope that other bus operators will pick up some of the commercial routes previously operated by Stephensons so that disruption for everyone using the bus services is kept to a minimum. I am very sad that Stephensons, which is a long established local company, has gone out of business and I am sorry for all those who may lose their jobs as a result’.


County’s executive member for transport, Councillor Don Mackenzie said:

"As soon as we were informed late Friday by Stephensons that they would cease operations from Monday morning, our staff have pulled out all the stops to get alternative providers to pick up the services as a matter of urgency.

Our priority has been home to school routes so that families could be assured that their children would be able to go to school and continue their education as normal on Monday morning.

In the event we have managed to secure cover for all 27 school contracts.”

Coastliner will take over services from Easingwold and Helmsley to York.

These are the 29 and 31/31x services


15- Stephensons


Unfortunately, other local bus services are affected and will not be in operation for the foreseeable future.

60 Thirsk - Carlton Husthwaite - Dalton - Thirsk Circular (Mon & Fri Only)

60A Thirsk - Dalton - Carlton Husthwaite -Thirsk Circular (Mon & Fri Only)

59 Thirsk - Husthwaite Circular (Mon & Fri Only)

194 Malton - Slingsby - Hovingham

190 Malton - Foxholes


The council will review the services and undertake a tender exercise as soon as possible to attempt to secure replacement services.

We have asked Stephensons for a comment and have not heard back yet.

This was their last tweet

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