Includes further refinement of number 12 service
Changes affect following services. Click for detailed timetable
Clifton Moor – York Uni service 6
First has reversed its plan to charge £2 for the trip from Front Street to Chapelfields. The price hike from £1 was widely criticised. Although a short distance, the service is well used by those with heavy shopping to carry. The gradient can be a problem for some.
The new fare will be £1-20p
A similar situation exists in other parts of the CVity including Foxwood, although there, the short hop fare to Acomb has yet to be revised.
We have generally been supportive of the improvements that First have made to their services over recent years.
However, changes to short journey fares seem to be have been driven more by administrative convenience than passenger needs.
NB. Over 50% of bus journeys are made by pensioners using their free passes.
The York Council has finally caught up with social media and confirmed which bus operators will provide which subsidised services from next week.
The Council says, “following a decision made by City of York Council’s Executive last month, arrangements have now been made for the continued operation of tendered bus services when the current contracts expire next Saturday 31 August”.
“Commercial interest from bus operators First York and Reliance means that some of the routes that previously required financial support from the council now need a reduced level of support or, in some cases, none at all”.
Timetables will be available at www.itravelyork.info from early next week, and the new service arrangements are as follows:
Service 10: First York will operate the evening service commercially (with no financial support from the council) from Monday 2 September. Journey times will be very similar to those currently provided by Transdev.
Service 11: First York will continue to operate the evening service, with financial support from the council.
Service 12: First York will operate the daytime service commercially from Monday 2 September. First York will also operate a commercial evening service between Acomb Park, Moor Lane and the city centre until approximately 9.30pm from Monday to Saturday.
Service 14: Transdev will operate an evening service, with financial support from the council, from Monday 2 September. This will include hourly journeys between Haxby (West Nooks) and the city centre all evening, extending to Woodthorpe and Foxwood after First York’s commercial service finishes at around 9.30pm. This means that the bus service along Alness Drive, Acomb Wood Drive and Bellhouse Way will not operate until late evening.
Service 19: Reliance will operate the weekday service commercially from Monday 2 September, with the exception of one morning peak-time journey, which will require support from the council. Transdev will operate the Saturday service, with financial support from the council. Journey times will be similar to those provided currently.
Service 20: Transdev will continue to operate the service, with financial support from the council.
Service 21: York Pullman will operate this service with financial support from the council, starting from Saturday 31 August. Journey times will be very similar to those provided currently by the Connexionsbuses service but, to improve reliability, all trips will terminate and start in the city centre, rather than at the Morrisons store off Foss Island Road.
Services 24, 25 and 26 will all be operated by Transdev, with financial support from the council, from Saturday 31 August. Journey times will be very similar to those currently offered by Arriva. Transdev will also operate the Friday and Saturday late evening service 26.
Tenders to continue services were sought earlier in the year.
The affected series are
There is a question mark against the evening link (new service 15) between Stonebow and Monks Cross but officials hope to sustain the service in some way.
If approved the cost of subsidising bus services in the City will rise to £3/4 million.
The full report can be read by clicking here
A decision is expected on 18th July.
The most recent independent survey conducted by “Transport Focus” found that 89% were satisfied with their overall journey experience.
85% thought that the journey time was reasonable while 77% said the buses were punctual.
62% of fare paying passengers said he service was good value for money (down from 79% the previous year)
Most of the respondents used First services. First compared favourably with many other operators across the country.
Bus drivers behaviour was widely praised.
The survey results bear out similar findings from a door to door survey undertaken by local councillors last year.
The detailed results are:
Disruption to all traffic, including bus services, is expected during various works in January-March 2018.
Temporary lights will be in place at the Piccadilly/Pavement junction for 4 weeks from Mon 8th Jan during utility works.Monks Cross Park & Ride will move from its temporary stop at Pavement to another temporary stop on Stonebow (beyond the mini-roundbout) during this time.
Work to upgrade all traffic signals and pedestrian crossings at Lendal Arch Gyratory is likely to cause delays to all services from Mon 22nd January for up to 9 weeks. During this time, the following bus diversions will be in place:
Piccadilly will be closed to all southbound traffic from Monday 29 Jan for 2 weeks during utility works. During this time, the following bus diversions will be in place:
Highway improvement works on the A19 at Germany Beck and Crockey Hill will also take place between January and March. The exit of Wheldrake Lane onto the A19 will be closed until Sunday 28th January. Services 18 and 36 heading towards York will divert via Escrick. School buses will not need to divert.
Please allow extra time for your journeys during this period.
Stonebow stops SA, SB and SC are closed until early 2018 due to major refurbishment works at Stonebow House.
For more information on bus route diversions and cancellations, please see:
|East Yorkshire Motor Services||Service Information||@EYBuses|
|First||News and service updates||@FirstYork|
|Stephenson’s of Easingwold||Latest News||@stephensonbus|
Figures compiled by the Department for Transport (DfT) show that improvements made to York’s buses helped take 460,000 car trips off the city’s roads last year, the equivalent of a traffic jam from York to Moscow.
The DfT’s annual statistics on public transport use show that the number of people using York’s buses has increased for the fourth year in a row. Last year there were 16.8 million passengers on York’s buses, compared to15 million in 2012/13. This is a growth in passengers of 12 percent, which is in contrast with the rest of the Yorkshire and Humber region which has fallen by 4 percent.
Passenger satisfaction information, collected by Transport Focus on behalf of the York Quality Bus Partnership, also suggests that 90 percent of York’s bus passengers are satisfied with the service they receive – a rate above the national average of 87 percent, and above the rates for West and South Yorkshire.
The figures are similar to those found by a Liberal Democrat residents survey undertaken in west York last year
The council and bus operators have worked together to improve York’s bus network over the last few years through the York Quality Bus Partnership. Innovations in York have included:
In the next six months there will be further improvements to the network, particularly opening improved bus interchanges at Stonebow and Rougier Street. New buses will also be introduced on Coastliner and EYMS services. FirstYork will be introducing new ticket machines across their network which will allow contactless payment. Over the next 12 months First will be introducing new buses on the Askham Bar, Rawcliffe Bar, Grimston Bar and Designer Outlet park and ride services as the new park and ride operating contract is introduced.
It seems that the council has finally received a bid to run its park and ride service. When the contract was first advertised no bids were forthcoming.
In the main the service will continue at it is today.
Key changes include
However users face a fare hike from £2-90 to £3-10 with a 10 minute frequency.
A number of enhancements including a late night service are on offer but are unlikely to be accepted for cost reasons.
The new contract will reduce the council’s income to an estimated £80,000 a year.
The Council have refused to disclose the name of the proposed operator.
The new contract will start next year.
24 – Ascot Way to York – click here for a timetable
Some minor changes will be made to the Monday to Saturday timetable from Monday 9th January:
Other changes to York vbus services
|Service No.||Operator||Brief summary of changes|
|4/12/16||44||Transdev||Service will run from Acomb to city centre only.|
|4/1/17||627||Arriva||Morning journey to run 5 mins earlier.|
|8/1/17||8||First||Minor timetable change.|
|Stephenson’s||Minor timetable change.|
|8/1/17||66||First||Inbound service will set down passengers at Clifford St instead of Piccadilly.|
|8/1/17||66A||First||New route: Merchantgate – Hull Road – University of York|
|8/1/17||66X||First||New route: Merchantgate – Hull Road – Grimston Bar|
|9/1/17||24||Arriva||Minor timetable change.|
|9/1/17||25||Arriva||Minor timetable change.|
|9/1/17||26||Arriva||Earlier (0658) start time from Fulford.|
|19/2/17||13||Connexions||The 0635 trip from Rail Station to Copmanthorpe will be removed.|
First are running a Bank Holiday bus service today.
The “free” 500 service is also running (although a little quiet at present)