New bus routes up and running

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A NEW bus service has started operating between the Ribble Valley and Yorkshire.

Little Red Bus has been awarded the contract to run a new service from Clitheroe to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, via Dunsop Bridge, Slaidburn and Settle.

New low floor fully-accessible buses are now running Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays) from 7 a.m. to 9-30 p.m.

This is part of the revised Bowland Transit service and is operated on behalf of Lancashire County Council, in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council.

Lyn Costelloe, Chief Executive of Little Red Bus, said: “This is a very exciting new venture with Lancashire County Council and we are also working very closely with the Little Green Bus, based in Clitheroe.”

Local county Councillor Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of the county council, said: “We’re very pleased that the revised service will provide significant travel opportunities by connecting some of our villages to Settle, Clitheroe and other parts of the Ribble Valley countryside.”

The revised Bowland Transit services, which came into effect from October 31st, are:

l Services B1/B10/B11 (Clitheroe - Slaidburn - Settle - Horton) have been withdrawn and will be replaced by new Bowland Transit services 10 and 11.

l Service 10: Clitheroe - Dunsop Bridge - Newton - Slaidburn - Settle

This new Bowland Transit service will operate two-hourly on Monday to Saturday daytime from Clitheroe direct through to Settle via Bashall Eaves, Cow Ark, Whitewell, Dunsop Bridge, Newton, Slaidburn, Tosside, Wigglesworth and Rathmell. All morning and afternoon peak journeys will be maintained, the same as service B10/B11, Some services will run through Waddington, renumbered service 10A.

l Service 11: Settle - Horton-in-Ribblesdale. This new Bowland Transit service will operate two-hourly on Monday to Saturday daytime, in conjunction with new service 10, from Settle to Horton-in-Ribblesdale via Langcliffe and Stainforth. Low-floor minibuses will be used throughout both routes, better suited to the rural roads and the level of passenger use.

l A dedicated school bus, numbered 510, will be provided for the 23 students entitled to free home-to-school transport to Bowland High School and Clitheroe Royal Grammar School from Bashall Eaves, Cow Ark, Whitewell and Dunsop Bridge.

The section of the existing route between Newton and Waddington (via Waddington Fell) will no longer be served on most journeys with these revisions. On average there are less than five weekly passenger trips made to and from this section.