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The future of Six Bus Routes in York Decided Today.


9:10am 15th January 2013

The future of six bus routes in York will be decided today.

Route 14 which goes from Beckfield Lane into York will go - as it costs the city council too much to pay operators to run.

Routes 21 and 35 could see new companies running them - the 24 - 26 and 15 are also being examined.

City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability will be asked to consider several changes to local bus services at a decision session today.

City of York Council say that subject to consulting with residents, Cllr Dave Merrett will be asked to approve the following recommendations:

·       To approve the re-tendering of routes 21 (Colton–Acaster Malbis–Askham Bar–York) and 35 (Holme on Spalding Moor–Wheldrake–York –subject to budget constraints.

  • Due to poor usage, consider the withdrawal of council subsidy for evening and Sunday services on route 14 (Beckfield Lane–Boroughbridge Road–York)
  • Support the re-tendering for replacement services on revised routes 24/ 26/ 627/ 637
  • Procure a Monday to Saturday, hourly daytime service to the South Bank area of York, replacing the existing half hourly service and subject to the resulting tenders being within budgetary constraint.
  • To consider what action the council should take in response to four petitions lodged concerning First Group’s commercially operated bus network, including route 5, 12 and 13.


Following feedback from residents, say York City Council, Cllr Dave Merrett will also be asked to consider issuing new contracts for routes 35 and 21, subject to a consultation.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “The council seeks to ensure that quality bus services are delivered for the residents of York. These aims are mainly met though joint working through the Quality Bus Partnership, with over 80 per cent of York’s bus network commercially operated without subsidy form the council.

“The council also provides some subsidised bus services where there is both a transport need that is currently not being met through commercially operated services and adequate take up without unreasonable subsidy levels.

“Following publication of this report and my decision session, the intention is to present these proposals to the general public for consultation in advance of finalising them and of any significant changes to or withdrawal of services.”

To view the report visit http://democracy.york.gov.uk/

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