BRIGHT orange-liveried buses which were until 2014 a familiar sight on Craven’s roads are to run again - for one day only.

Skipton-based and family-run Pennine Motors ceased trading in 2014 after 89 years, but on Saturday, October 13, hourly bus services will run from Skipton Bus Station to Embsay, Carleton and round the Horse Close circular route in Skipton, using the same buses, timetables and routes as Pennine. Also, extra Pennine buses will run from Skipton to Settle and Malham, supplementing the existing service operated by Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire.

All the ‘Pennine’ services will be free and the privately-owned preserved vehicles will represent different eras of the type of vehicles used by the company.

The following day, Sunday, there will be a collection of vintage buses and coaches on display in Skipton town centre at the Coach Street car park. Free bus rides will be on offer around the Skipton area from the bus station.

Event organiser Tim Moody said: “Following the success of the free Saturday buses in the previous two years, and after a request from Eric Jaquin, Craven District and Skipton Town Councillor, Skipton East Ward, we will also now be running a number of free buses on Route 73, the Greenacres Circular.

“Whilst this was a service never operated by Pennine, it is an interesting local route, formerly operated by West Yorkshire Road Car until the 1980s, then by Keighley and District until transferring to Pride of the Dales in mid 1990s and finally North Yorkshire County Council.”

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