A VITAL bus service from Pocklington to York has been extended for more than a year.

The service, which was secured by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in September following its withdrawal by the former operator, will now continue until March, 2013.

York Pullman and City of York Council made arrangements to continue the morning and afternoon commercial service of the 195 route with help from local parish councils, which was renumbered the X36.

The temporary service, which also takes in Elvington, and other villages, was due to end next month, but a review by the authorities and consultations with bus users has led to the extension of the contract.

The service will be part-funded by Pocklington Town Council as well as the parish councils of Melbourne, Seaton Ross, Bielby, Newton on Derwent and Sutton on Derwent.

Coun Symon Fraser said: “With the support of local ward members and the commitment of the parish and town councils affected, East Riding of Yorkshire Council is delighted to announce that the X36 service will continue.”