City braced for reduced bus services

The 132 and 134 bus services are set to disappear.
The 132 and 134 bus services are set to disappear.

Bus services within Ripon are set to drastically reduce with routes disappearing from timetables when subsidies are withdrawn next month.

The services 131, 132 and 134 – which serve the Lark Lane, Gallows Hill and Lead Lane areas of the city – were among nearly 180 services across the county which had funding taken away as councillors wielded the axe in January amid efforts to find savings of £2m to plug a £73m funding shortfall in their budget.

It had been hoped the services might continue after North Yorkshire County Council revealed it was still in negotiations with operator Eddie Brown to see whether the routes could be operated on a purely commercial basis.

But this week the council confirmed the 132 and 134 services were set to disappear in mid-April with an alternative operator running a reduced service.

A council spokesman said: “Dales and District has registered a commercial town service which we understand they are calling 131. It will operate broadly the same route as the current service but with fewer journeys. We are satisfied the new service ensures that people will continue to have access to services.”

The Gazette was unable to speak to Dales and District before going to press but understands the new service will cover Lark Lane, Lead Lane, Moorside Dale and Aismunderby Road with five trips a day Monday-Saturday, from 9.30am-2pm, and additional trips at 4.25pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.