Determine the demand from local communities and visitors for bus services to and within the National Park, and use that information to work with operators and community transport providers to provide services that meet the needs of local communities (with Grassington, Hawes, Reeth, and Sedbergh linked throughout the year to their nearest main service centre and railway station), and link the main visitor destinations to the main visitor catchments.
How the local partners are doing on this objective
Progress: A small case study looking at the demand for bus services to/from Grassington and Malham to Skipton was completed in 2022.
Rationale: Bus services are crucial to households that do not have access toa car. They provide a link between settlements inside the Park and the larger service centres outside that provide employment and key services, such as further education and training, hospitals, recreation and retail. Bus services can also provide sustainable access into, and around, the National Park for visitors.
Supporting partners: Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company; Upper Wharfedale Bus Community Interest Company; Upper Wharfedale Community Interest Company; Western Dales Community Bus Service; Upper Dales Community Partnership;
Further information: n/a
Cost over 5 years: n/a
Funding shortfall: n/a
Ecosystem services: None