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Big bus changes in York
PASSENGERS are being warned of a series of changes to services run by York’s biggest bus operator from Sunday.
City of York Council and bus company First say the aim of the revised routes is to improve frequency and punctuality.
But Coun Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, said he remained disappointed with some of the changes, such as where loops in residential areas had been cut out.
“While acknowledging and supporting First’s wish to address significant problems in the reliability of its services, it’s important that that doesn’t leave local residents without a service,” he said.
He claimed that difficulties resulted from the present deregulated bus system, where bus operators were commercially driven and councils had no control over the removal of such commercial bus services unless it wished to pay to keep them.
He said the council intervened where it felt that socially necessary services were under threat and new ones needed providing.
“We are purchasing on a trial basis from Sunday new social bus services connecting Beckfield Lane with York city centre [No. 14 Monday to Saturday early evenings, and Sundays], South Bank (No. 15 Monday to Saturday daytimes, with evenings and Sundays by Nos. 11 & 112).
“It will be important that residents use these new social bus services to demonstrate that they can be justified and are affordable in the longer term.”
The council said the number 14 would run from Acomb Green Lane to York and then on to the new University Sports Village.
“The council is also funding Yorkshire Coastliner to operate the Sunday route 16 service from York – Hamilton Drive – Acomb,” said a spokeswoman.
Simon Pearson, Revenue & Customer Services Director – First in York, said customers would see further improvement in service delivery and customer service standards.
“We will continue to listen to the views of all of our customers and work alongside our partners at City of York Council to find potential solutions to any concerns raised.”
Route changes will affect First’s services on routes 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13/13A:, 14 and 16. For full details, go to www.itravelyork.info/buses/ or www.firstgroup.com/york or call BusInfo on 01904 551400.