York bus service changes – more details

Number 1 bus at station

From Sunday 29th September, First’s bus network in York will see changes that are based on feedback from customers who took part in a major consultation exercise this summer.

A mini ‘transport hub’ in Acomb, better services to York University and the return of a half hourly service in Haxby are the headlines and many other bus customers in York will see positive changes as a result of their feedback.

The future of the number 24 – a York Council subsidised services – remains unclear.

The changes are available for customers online – click here

They include a change requested by ourselves a couple of months ago :

• Acomb – Services 4 and 5 will run into Acomb forming a mini transport hub and re-establishing links to Acomb Front Street

• The number 4 and 5 are being decoupled and will once again operate as independent services

• The number 4 will now always run to Acomb at a Mon-Fri daytime frequency of 7/8 minutes

• It will no longer serve the stretch of Gale Lane between Foxwood Lane and Cornlands Road (which was only introduced last October)

• The 4 will now run to Acomb Front Street and back via the following loop: Cornlands Road >Gale Lane>Front Street> Green Lane > Tudor Road > Cornlands Road

The 5 will no longer go to Foxwood terminating in Acomb from the north

Haxby – Services 13 and 13A – First has introduced a new Service 13A to create additional journeys between Haxby and York with four arrivals in the centre by 9am.

University of York (Heslington) – Services 4 and 6 will now run to the University and will serve the Heslington East campus, creating direct link from the University to Tang Hall and the hospital.

Extra morning buses to York Railway Station (Station Avenue) – Service 2 will run three extra early morning buses from Clifton Moor, via Rawcliffe Bar, to York Railway Station.

Full list of service changes announced by First:


Despite £300,000 cost to taxpayers, new York traffic camera output still not on web.

County Council weather camera. Click photo to access North Yorkshire cameras

County Council weather camera. Click photo to access North Yorkshire cameras

The York Council was today celebrating opening a new CCTV control centre.

It was immediately criticised for not making the output of traffic/weather cameras – which monitor congestion levels in the City – available on the internet. Anyone currently trying to access the York Live web site will find that all the displayed cameras are marked as “unavailable”

York Live traffic information. Click image to access

York Live traffic information. Click image to access

This contrasts with the policy of the neighbouring North Yorkshire County Council which has, for several years, allowed travellers to check the traffic and weather conditions displayed by 12 “real time” cameras.

The York Council media release says,


How to contact your Liberal Democrat European Parliament members

It is likely to be several weeks before new MEP Rebecca Taylor has set up a new local office.

In the meantime residents are reminded that they can contact our other MEP Edward McMillan-Scott.

He can be Emailed on edward.mcmillan-scott@europarl.europa.eu.

Web Site http://www.emcmillanscott.com/index.html

Office admin telephone number 07730 682677

Nick Clegg and Edward McMillan-Scott

Bus service changes

We reported on changes to bus services affecting the west of
York in July. The changes will be implemented from 28th August. Details are now
appearing on websites like

First http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/york/travel_news/service_updates/

Transdev http://www.yorkbus.co.uk/news

Pullman http://www.yorkpullmanbus.co.uk/local-bus-services

The Yorkshire travel planner should be updated shortly http://www.yorkshiretravel.net

The Council has to invite tenders to operate subsidised bus services.

Some of the tenders received were substantially below those
that were eventually accepted.

Arriva in particular decided to withdraw their tenders after
the final deadline. Not necessarily in the best interests of taxpayers or bus users
(if the Council ends up not being able to buy as many services as they had
hoped to)

Transdev seem to have picked up some additional contracts

Acomb “Explore” Library on Twitter

Explore are increasing their digital footprint by creating a Twitter account for the library that will promote events and services. They feel that this will allow them to acess to a wider and more diverse range of people in the community and give them the ability to reach people who are not traditional library users, letting them know about the evolving service and all the things on offer. For a short trial period this will focus mostly upon events at Acomb, although promotion will certainly be given upon request for any event that is happening throughout the service.The twitter account is @ExploreAcomb (direct link: http://twitter.com/ExploreAcomb) and it would be amazing if any of you who are twitter users would like to follow them.

New Neighbourhood Policing team/Opening hours of Acomb Police office

Residents can contact the local Police team at the following Email addresses:


  • lindsey.robson


  • mark.antonelli
  • paul.maloney


  • chris.upton
  • jan.overhill
  • chris.simpson
  • matthew.cockerill
  • grace.holohan
  • laura.nunnen


They can, of course, also be contacted via 0845 60 60 24 7

The newly re-opened Acomb Police Station on York Road is available as follows:

  • Monday / Saturday 10am to 12 noon
  • Tuesday / Friday 2pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday / Thursday 6pm to 8pm