Petition calls for better bus service between Skipton and Settle and local villages

Passengers queue in Gargrave for the 9.56 bus to Skipton on Monday. There were only three free seats available, meaning six people could not get on

Embsay residents queue patiently to board the new bus service into Skipton at 10.10am on Monday

Last Pennine bus departs from Skipton Bus Station. On the back window were the words, Last Bus Ever 1925 - 2014

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Bus users are to petition North Yorkshire County Council for an improvement to the stop-gap service set up after the shock closure of Pennine Motors.

County Hall has stepped into the breach with a vastly reduced service and using only 16-seater mini-buses.

Plans to offer the routes to other commercial firms floundered when none came forward.

The new set up means that no buses run on Saturdays and the timetable has been drastically reduced.

Potential passengers have also criticised the lack of timetables at bus stops.

Regular bus user, Rachel Flynn, who lives in Hellifield and is helping to spearhead the petition, said: "The service has been devastated.

"We have no buses on Saturdays and the first bus from Hellifield to Skipton in the morning is at 9.16am. Hopeless for getting to work.

"We're asking North Yorkshire to give us larger buses than 16-seaters, we want a service in the afternoon so people can have a day out, get to Settle, go to hospital and such things and we would like a Saturday service."

Andrew Wilson, of Embsay, said there was great deal of anger about the bus situation in the village.

"Although three buses are timetabled from Embsay Village Hall into Skipton Monday to Friday only two of these, the 10am and 11.30am departures, have a return working to Embsay.

"This makes the arranging of appointments with doctors, dentists and other professions even harder than it was and as for trying to shop and get heavy bags back to Embsay, a near impossibility."

North Yorkshire County Councillor, Shelagh Marshall, a member of County Hall's transport task group, stressed that the service was a stop gap-measure and she was optimistic a commercial service could be found.

On Monday she carried out her own survey with passengers and found that an extra bus had been employed to enable everybody to get a seat at Gargrave.

The 10am bus at Embsay had been overloaded and two men agreed to walk into Skipton to allow two women to ride.

"There were too many people waiting for the bus in Skipton at 11am to go back to Embsay, so the driver asked if people were willing to wait for him to make the trip to Embsay and come back to pick them up," she said.

She said anyone who wished to contact her about the situation could email her on marshall@uwclub.net or telephone 01756 794861

A North Yorkshire County Council spokesman said: "At this stage the priority is to ensure some continuity of service and we will closely monitor passenger usage over the next few months.

"We are providing what we can within our resources, so we hope that other local bus operators may re-consider and come forward in the near future to provide some journeys on a commercial basis.”

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1:59pm Thu 22 May 14

stranger in the night says...

In respect to the buses out of all the people who where at the bus stop in gargrave only 4 people got on the extra bus so to me this is no good if people want bigger buses and more routes then they should but bums on seats not just at the bus stops or we will end up loosing the buses we have now
In respect to the buses out of all the people who where at the bus stop in gargrave only 4 people got on the extra bus so to me this is no good if people want bigger buses and more routes then they should but bums on seats not just at the bus stops or we will end up loosing the buses we have now stranger in the night
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6:40pm Thu 22 May 14

calmac says...

If you count the people in the picture ? But after talking to a driver there were many stood waiting but when the extra bus turned up only 4 got on I feel people just want a bus for when they don't have use of a car. As a regular Pennine traveller these buses should have been overflowing everyday and having travelled on them all bar one of the days this week that has barely been the case. I see getting to the shops to either settle or skipton as essential as unlike gargrave I don't have a co-op I use the bus whatever the weather because I need to not because I don't want to use the car I worry because if the sun is out I might not get a seat but as I say I'm not a day tripper and if I can't get on I miss essential means and not just a bus ride.
If you count the people in the picture ? But after talking to a driver there were many stood waiting but when the extra bus turned up only 4 got on I feel people just want a bus for when they don't have use of a car. As a regular Pennine traveller these buses should have been overflowing everyday and having travelled on them all bar one of the days this week that has barely been the case. I see getting to the shops to either settle or skipton as essential as unlike gargrave I don't have a co-op I use the bus whatever the weather because I need to not because I don't want to use the car I worry because if the sun is out I might not get a seat but as I say I'm not a day tripper and if I can't get on I miss essential means and not just a bus ride. calmac
  • Score: 4

12:03am Fri 23 May 14

ExBusUser says...

Shhhh….if everyone hears about the spanking new minibuses they will all want a ride in one. Best keep the new timetable secret and not display it at bus stops on route. Why tell day trippers the last bus leaves Settle for Skipton at 1.30pm or that the last bus leaves Skipton for Settle at 12.45pm? Much more fun to leave them stranded – they are less likely to return to the area in the future.
Shhhh….if everyone hears about the spanking new minibuses they will all want a ride in one. Best keep the new timetable secret and not display it at bus stops on route. Why tell day trippers the last bus leaves Settle for Skipton at 1.30pm or that the last bus leaves Skipton for Settle at 12.45pm? Much more fun to leave them stranded – they are less likely to return to the area in the future. ExBusUser
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7:28pm Thu 29 May 14

calmac says...

Sorry couldn't find the follow up to this story so here we go
I'd just like to ask where 1250 people for the petition came from I know a lot of us use the bus but I do wonder if it was patronised so much Pennine would still have been here regardless of the Transdev/Mainline invasion. I'm glad there has been so much support but it just worries me how many signed it with the intention of using the service as I would hate anything to jeopardise the chances of increasing the number of buses. Divide 1250 in to the amount of buses we've had in the last week and how many have travelled and I think even Pennine would have needed a trailor O I do miss them.
Sorry couldn't find the follow up to this story so here we go I'd just like to ask where 1250 people for the petition came from I know a lot of us use the bus but I do wonder if it was patronised so much Pennine would still have been here regardless of the Transdev/Mainline invasion. I'm glad there has been so much support but it just worries me how many signed it with the intention of using the service as I would hate anything to jeopardise the chances of increasing the number of buses. Divide 1250 in to the amount of buses we've had in the last week and how many have travelled and I think even Pennine would have needed a trailor O I do miss them. calmac
  • Score: 0

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