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Opinions sought on improving local bus services

North Yorkshire residents are invited to give their views on any county-wide improvements they would like to see improved bus services in North Yorkshire.

We are consulting with the public on our bus service improvement plan proposals ahead of the creation of a strengthened partnership, which will see us and local bus operators working more closely to improve service.

The Bus Service Improvement Plan presents proposals to transform bus services across the county by making buses more frequent, more reliable, easier to understand and use, better coordinated and less expensive. The plan relies on funding from the Ministry of Transport and responds to the government’s National Bus Strategy, which aims to transform bus services with the aim of encouraging more people to choose to travel by bus.

The consultation seeks advice on how to achieve a more efficient bus service, for example by improving infrastructure for the benefit of buses, improving information for customers, offering consistent fares and increasing bus services. buses based on customer demand rather than running on defined routes at defined times.

Cllr Don Mackenzie, Executive Member of Access, said:

Across North Yorkshire, buses play a vital role in supporting rural communities and helping residents stay independent. Efficient bus services also allow and encourage us to leave our cars at home in favor of more sustainable transportation, which reduces congestion, improves air quality and helps us stay in shape.

Through this consultation, we want to know which developments are important to you, so that when the Ministry of Transport announces the funding that the county will receive, we can prioritize the most effective measures.

This consultation is about county-wide changes that can make a real difference. In this case, we are not focusing on specific routes or services.

The consultation began on Monday January 10 and continues until Monday February 7, 2022.

Click here to read the Bus Service Improvement Plan proposals and participate in the online consultation.

For more information or if you need the survey in a different format, email epconsultation@northyorks.gov.uk or call 01609 780780. You can also send your opinion on the proposals to epconsultation @ northyorks.gov.uk or write to Bus Service Improvement Plan Consultation, Central Administration Team, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8AE.

Following the consultation, a report incorporating the comments will be sent to the county council executive in March to examine the strengthened partnership with bus operators, with a view to the entry into force of this partnership from the 1st. April 2022.

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