Plans for further reductions in bus subsidies will not be introduced until April 2016 at the earliest North Yorkshire County Council has revealed.

It is to "take more time for careful consideration" to ensure access to essential services is maintained across the county.

A task force has been set up to consider how the access needs of communities can be met through a range of transport options.

It will looking at various ways to support bus operators including making use of school services once they have completed their journey and making the best use of the county council's in-house fleet. It will report back in October.

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Integrated Passenger Transport, said: “This is a very wide-ranging piece of work that needs time and commitment. It is now clear that this work cannot be completed before April 2016.”