Bus service back thanks to council

East Yorkshire Motor Services will operate the free service around Pocklington on Tuesdays and Fridays.
East Yorkshire Motor Services will operate the free service around Pocklington on Tuesdays and Fridays.

A new bus service will soon be starting in Pocklington.

A concerted effort to replace the withdrawn 198 bus service saw a number of organisations campaign for its return.

Pocklington Town Council has stepped forward and agreed to provide £6,200 to kick-start the bus service.

It will be operated by East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) on Tuesdays and Fridays starting from Tuesday 8 May.

The service is unregistered which means it will operate free of charge to passengers.

The route will run along the old town service circuit plus an extension to and from the Health Centre to turn around at the roundabout by Pocklington Services close to Pocklington Industrial Estate.

The full route map and official timetable will be revealed later this month.

The 198 town bus service was lost in the last reorganisation, and following consultation with residents, the town council has agreed to fund it.

The service will be reviewed after six months to allow for suggestions to be made either on the route or the timings.

Town Mayor, Councillor David Sykes, said: “The town service was valued by many residents as it allowed them to access the centre of the town. I hope as many people as possible will use it.”

Members of West Wolds branch of the Labour Party had been actively campaigning to renew the service.

The party wanted a continuous loop service on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings.