Friarage and James Cook hospitals shuttle bus service extended

A shuttle bus service connecting a hospital in North Yorkshire with one on Teesside is to run for another year following a rise in passenger demand.

The pilot was set up in October after maternity services at Northallerton's Friarage Hospital were downgraded.

Pregnant woman and children with complicated medical conditions now go to Middlesbrough's James Cook Hospital.

The commissioning group said passenger usage had tripled since it began so the pilot scheme would be extended.

It was due to end this month but will now run until March 2016.

Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group said more than 200 people used the bus in a single week in March, almost three times the number in November.

A spokesman said: "Given the bus's growing popularity it makes perfect sense to keep the service going."

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