Bus operator to improve services

One of the EYMS buses
One of the EYMS buses

The operator of Scarborough’s buses has announced it is to make “significant improvements” to its services between Eastfield and the town centre.

East Yorkshire Motor Services is increasing the frequency and convenience of service for residents in the Eastfield area.

However the changes cannot take place until October 22 as bus operators have to give eight weeks’ notice of bus service changes to the Traffic Commissioner.

Peter Shipp, chairman of East Yorkshire Motor Services, said: “We have been looking at the Eastfield services for some time and we believe there is potential passenger growth especially in view of the planned housing development in the area over the next few years.

“Because of the big Government financial cutbacks, which have hit the bus industry hard, we have had to reduce less-profitable services in some areas, but we are still very keen to try and improve our services where we think there is a chance of growth in passenger numbers.

“The existing timetable on routes 7 and 17 will be revised to improve punctuality and there will be extra buses between Manham Hill and Scarborough running via Eastway and Filey Road giving a much improved frequency on that section of route.”

Mr Shipp said the company’s decision will also benefit employment in the town as it will allow Scarborough and District to retain at least some of its seasonal drivers who would otherwise be laid off in the autumn.

He added that the company will also be considering fares promotions on these routes to encourage new passengers to use the improved services, full details of which will be published nearer the introduction date in October.