York & North Yorkshire

Lifeline for Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay bus routes

Two bus services in North Yorkshire which faced the axe due to funding cuts have been given a lifeline.

Evening services between Whitby, Sleights and Robin Hoods Bay are subsidised by the county council.

But funding for all evening and Sunday bus services in the county is being withdrawn next month to save cash.

The council and Arriva North East have agreed to a 12-month pilot to introduce a service for Robin Hoods Bay and Sleights with a £2 fare increase.

The move comes after a fight by county councillors Joe Plant, Jane Kenyon and Herbert Tindall, who argued the services could be retained on a commercial basis if the costs to passengers was increased.

The cost of the pilot is being underwritten by Arriva North East.

County councillor Clare Wood, executive member for business and environmental service, said: "This pilot scheme is the result of the determination of the three local county councillors not to lose vital services without a fight.

"I am delighted that Arriva have agreed to be part of this project and am sure that they will do everything to make this successful - but the real power is in the hands of the passengers who must confirm their commitment by paying the fare supplement."

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