Bid to save bus linking Ripon, Thirsk and Northallerton
Nov 9, 2022
Ripon number 70 bus
The Number 70 bus service picking up passengers in Ripon

Ripon councillors are bidding to save the number 70 bus service that links the city with Thirsk and Northallerton.

They have agreed to contact North Yorkshire County Council and call for a re-think following an email to the city council that said funding for the service will come to an end from April.

The news from the passenger transport authority was met with disappointment at Monday’s full city council meeting, at which leader Andrew Williams, said:

“The loss of this service will mean that people from Ripon will not be able to use public transport to travel to Northallerton and go to North Yorkshire’s new seat of local government.

“This seems a ridiculous situation at a time when the COP 27 conference is being held in Egypt and world leaders are talking about the need to reduce carbon emissions by using more environmentally-friendly means of transport.”

Ripon residents can currently travel on the 36 bus to attend Harrogate Borough Council meetings or deal with matters such as planning applications.

Cllr Williams said:

“With devolution, this will all change from April when the new North Yorkshire authority comes into being and Harrogate Borough Council ceases to exist.

“That’s why we need to both protect and promote the valuable number 70 service and encourage more people to use it and make it viable.”

Cllr Julie Martin-Long said:

“The service is also a means of accessing mainline trains for travel to the north of England and onward links to airports in the north east.

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