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Statement on future of public transport published

Monday 20 March, 2023, by News Release

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is expected to agree a statement on public transport at its next meeting, which will call for a ‘significant increase’ in bus service coverage and frequency as well as improved coordination between bus and rail operators.

The draft statement, published here (agenda item 8), also calls for increased use of rail travel, more evenly spaced services and increased capacity for cycles on trains.

It is estimated that the Yorkshire Dales National Park has around 5 million visitors per year, with the latest visitor survey reporting that 82% of respondents travelled by private car, with only 4% by public bus or coach and 2% by train.  

The National Park Authority hopes to influence Local Transport Authorities (LTAs) in making the National Park more accessible to people without a car and in encouraging car owners to choose public transport to visit the Dales.

At a meeting in September last year, the Authority adopted the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s ‘Route Map to Carbon Negative’, which included an ambition to reduce private car usage by 48% by 2030 and increase the use of buses and trains.

A scene at Garsdale station
A scene at Garsdale station

The Authority’s Member Champion for the Natural Environment, Mark Corner, said: “Public transport is not an area for which the National Park Authority is responsible. However, it’s increasingly clear that for reasons of climate mitigation and accessibility, we need those bodies who are responsible to bring about a situation where people use cars less and public transport more.”

“We want visitors to be able access the countryside for the benefit of their mental and physical wellbeing, and we want them to be able to do that easily and sustainably. In addition we need to support people who live and work here to help reduce their own carbon footprint by having the access to better public transport.  It is well understood that some local people often have to travel long distances to access services and facilities.

“We are looking to set out our position on public transport in anticipation of working closely in partnership with local bodies that have responsibility for public transport – the new North Yorkshire and Westmorland & Furness councils and Lancaster City Council – to bring about a change in how people travel to the National Park and move around within it.”

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3 Replies to “Statement on future of public transport published”

  1. Rob Charlton says:

    I have recently been made aware that from this April the 72 bus service from Grassington to Skipton is going to reduced from hourly to two hourly. Of greater concern is that the last bus from Skipton will be 17.25 as opposed to 17.55. I don’t know the timings for first thing in the morning. This will potentially have a dramatic effect on 16-18 year olds who cannot drive obtaining employment beyond Skipton i.e. Leeds or Bradford. There appears to be no consultation period.

  2. William Ferguson says:

    How do I go by bus from Lancaster to Richmond. I understand there was a special summer service last year on a Sunday. Will this be operating this year. Small mercies for someone who does not drive. The route is via Manchester York Darlington then a bus. This is 120 miles. I live 50 miles from this Richmond Pride if the Dales.

    • Veronica Boulton says:

      For several years now DalesBus has run a summer Sunday service from Lancaster to Richmond via Ingleton. Clearly WF has yet to use it.
      Dales & Bowland (aka DalesBus) is a CIC – all the management team are volunteers.
      If you keep an eye on you will be able to find out whether the northbound 830 is running this year.

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