Holme on Spalding Moor bus service saved after councils deal

Residents during a meeting to discuss the loss of the 18 bus service.
Residents during a meeting to discuss the loss of the 18 bus service.

A replacement bus service has been announced which will continue the transport link between Holme on Spalding Moor and York.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been working closely with City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council to organise a replacement service after East Yorkshire Motor Services took the commercial decision last month to cancel its Service 18 bus service from Saturday 5 May.

EYMS also handed back the contract it held with City of York Council to provide additional journeys at peak times. East Riding of Yorkshire Council makes a financial contribution towards this contract and has no intention of removing this contribution.

The three councils have worked together to secure an alternative interim service for an initial three-month period, starting on Tuesday 8 May.

The new Service 18 timetable will be jointly operated by EYMS, which successfully tendered to run the service, and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

EYMS will provide a core peak service operating from Holme on Spalding Moor to York at 7.05am Monday to Friday, and returning from York to Holme on Spalding Moor at 5.45pm.

A Saturday peak service will also be provided.

On Mondays to Fridays three off-peak connections to York will be jointly operated. ERYC will provide a connecting service to meet the EYMS bus at North Duffield or Wheldrake.

Councillor John Barrett said: “Our council and our colleagues at York and North Yorkshire had no part in the cancellation of the original bus service, but we have stepped in to try to make sure residents on this route are not left without transport.

“The new Service 18 will maintain the important link between Holme on Spalding Moor, Bubwith and York for three months from 8 May, and we hope passengers will use it.

“We realise how difficult the cancellation of this service was for residents and our officers have been working hard to find a solution as soon as they possibly could, and the all three councils will continue to work closely towards putting a long-term bus service in place.”

Anyone wanting more information about the service can email at public.transport@eastriding.gov.uk