City of York Council works with neighbouring councils to secure the future of Service 18
City of York Council has brokered a deal between local authorities and several parish councils to secure the short-term future of a popular bus service for villages south east of York.
Last week, the council's Executive Member for Transport and Planning, Councillor Peter Dew, agreed that the council should jointly subsidise the Number 18 bus service from York to the villages of Wheldrake, Thorganby, Skipwith, North Duffield, Bubwith and Holme-on-Spalding Moor for a three-month period, with contributions from City of York Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and North Yorkshire County Council.
The decision followed an announcement by operator East Yorkshire Motor Services that it would be withdrawing the service, which serves villages in York, the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Yorkshire, from Sunday 6 May.
The three-month extension of the service, which begins on Tuesday 8th May, will ensure that peak time services along the route can continue whilst City of York Council's transport officers work to identify a longer-term solution.
However, Wheldrake, Thorganby, Skipwith and North Duffield parish councils, along with City of York Council's Wheldrake ward committee, have since agreed to club together to ensure that the Friday and Saturday evening services to their villages can also continue for three months.
Councillor Peter Dew said: "It's good to hear that a number of parish councils are working together to keep the Friday and Saturday evening service running for the duration of the three-month service extension that City of York Council has already agreed. This short-term measure gives us more time to work together to come up with a longer-term solution regarding the future of Service 18."
A timetable for the new service 18 is available from the EYMS website.