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  • "Apparently on the run back to York on Sunday afternoon the driver was practically having to shoehorn passengers onto the bus because it was so full – just shows how popular it was. Hopefully funding can be found to keep this network going next year, but if not, I'm sure that providing a skeleton service on the main routes with buses running in from York, Hull and Teesside could be commercially viable ... the main reason the network needs a subsidy is because during the middle of the day, and on some of the minor routes, buses run nearly empty. If those were cut, sure the service wouldn't be as good as it has been for the last 30 years, but something is better than nothing!"
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Moorsbus will be very much missed

The last day of the Moors Bus, stopping off at  Helmsley. Picture supplied by letter writer

The last day of the Moors Bus, stopping off at Helmsley. Picture supplied by letter writer

First published in Letters

LAST Sunday was the last day of the excellent Moorsbus service, possibly forever. What a crying shame it would be if this popular and reliable network were to disappear.

Whenever I have used the service, it has always been well used, especially with groups of walkers, who often create a friendly atmosphere for the journeys.

Buses come from Hull, Middlesborough and York, which then spend the rest of the day crossing the moors. Local businesses in the towns and villages will suffer, as well as the environment when people will have to use their cars, if they have one.

Whichever way you look at it, this drastic cut makes no sense. I hope everyone affected will tell their local councillor, MP, the leader of North Yorkshire County Council and Andy Wilson, chief executive of the Moors National Park Authority at Helmsley, how they feel about this issue.

I am sure Friends of Moorsbus would like to be copied in to any emails too (

DalesBus is set up very differently to Moorsbus, and is even able to run two services from York during the winter months. One goes to Upper Nidderdale and the other to Malham via Otley, where you can change for another DalesBus to Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Buckden.

Despite a year-on-year increase in passengers, even the future of DalesBus is not secure in these austere times.

So, if you haven’t tried it yet, have a great day out at a reasonable price and enjoy the beauty of a crisp sunny day in the Dales without the hassle of driving.

Before it goes the same way as Moorsbus and only the lucky few will have access to our glorious Yorkshire countryside.

Paul Kirby, Wetherby.

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