Return of the bus as new group sets wheels in motion

The Moorsbus on Blakey Rigg
The Moorsbus on Blakey Rigg

One of the most cherished bus services in the country is set to be revived this year, bringing the North York Moors back within reach of visitors who don’t have access to a car.

The national park authority had operated the award-winning bus service for over 30 years, prior to is complete withdrawal last year following funding cuts.

With the removal of financial support from the county council and national park authority, virtually no Sunday bus service was available across the national park.

However, a group of volunteers have got together to raise funds to ensure the service gets back on the road.

Helen Gundrey of the ‘Friends of Moorsbus’ said: “Many people were hugely disappointed that this part of their national heritage would no longer be accessible for those without a private car.

“Others were concerned that businesses and the environment would suffer as a result of no Sunday bus services.”

Over £5,000 has already been raised in support of the Moorsbus.

This has allowed the Friends group to safeguard the service, although additional financial aid is being sought.

Parish and town councils and small businesses along the route are being asked to make small donations to improve the service.

Details of the appeal are on the Kirkbymoorside Environment Group website.

When timetables are complete, these will be published through information centres.