Bus routes to be axed

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Details of bus service cuts to Sarborough have been announced by EYMS.

The company, which runs a number of routes in the town, said a cut in funding from North Yorkshire County Council was to blame.

Peter Shipp, chairman of Hull-based EYMS Group which runs Scarborough and District, said that he was bitterly disappointed at having to take this action. “As an independent family company with very low profit needs we have managed to keep the great majority of our routes in recent years when many other parts of the UK have seen bus services reduced or withdrawn altogether.”

“But now we are left with no choice, as without the local authority support we would lose money on these routes. The situation is made worse by the Council’s decision to also reduce by a large amount the reimbursement we get for carrying Concessionary passholders free on our buses.

“The Concessionary Scheme is great for giving older and disabled people the ability to get out and about but the Governmentdictated funding formula is deeply flawed and the money we are paid is nowhere near enough and is reducing year by year.”

Details of the service changes are:

Service 4: St Thomas Street-Weaponness-Sea Cliff Road and Service 118: Scarborough-Staxton-Flixton-Filey. These routes will be withdrawn after Saturday Apri 5. The county council will be running more limited replacement journeys using its own vehicles - for details ring Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

Service 9: West Ayton-Seamer-Eastfield. This Thursday-only service will be withdrawn after Thursday April 3.

Service 119: Scarborough-Eastfield-Primriose Valley. There will be changes to this service from Tuesday April 22. More details will be coming shortly.

Services 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 15 & 121 have also had Council funding for certain journeys withdrawn, but for now Scarborough and District will continue to run these routes without support, so there will be no immediate timetable changes for these routes.