Further bus cuts possible

Pock Bus station
Pock Bus station

THE BOSS of the region’s main bus company which recently dropped a service in the area is refusing to rule out further cuts.

East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) boss Peter Shipp says there are currently no plans to withdraw any more local services but could not promise changes in the future.

It comes after EYMS recently dropped two journeys from the 195 bus - the 6.45am Pocklington to York and 5.15pm York to Pocklington - which it claims were no longer viable, after losing several school contracts in the area.

EYMS has admitted it intends to cut bus services across East and North Yorkshire in the near future following a triple whammy of fuel cost rises, a freeze on fuel tax rebates and a cut in concessionary travel reimbursements.

It is also considering fare increases.

Mr Shipp said: “We are having to examine all our services in Hull and across the East Riding and North Yorkshire because of the exceptionally difficult financial situation, so I cannot rule out further changes over the next few months.

“We are not looking at anything specifically in the Pocklington area at present and certainly we have no plans for any services changes in or around Pocklington currently in the pipeline.

“I can make no guarantees for the future though, although we are doing our utmost to reduce the effect of any cuts that we do have to make.”

Speaking about the withdrawal of the 195 services, he added: “The cancellation of the 195 am and pm journeys was because we lost a number of school contracts when East Riding Council retendered them again recently and these 195 journeys were run ‘on the back’ of one contract but are no longer commercially viable by themselves.”

East Riding Council managed to find a last minute replacement for the 195 services after agreeing to link up with York Pullman, who has also made arrangements with City of York Council, to run a service until January next year.

The news delighted villagers who use the bus as they feared being left stranded and unable to get to and from York if a replacement was not found.