Bus company gives route cut proposals the red light

The Coastliner service from York to Scarborough
The Coastliner service from York to Scarborough

A bus firm has performed a U-turn over plans to axe stops on its route to Scarborough following a renegotiation over concessionary fare reimbursement.

Yorkshire Coastliner had announced it would terminate its service from York to Scarborough at Rillington, with the bus continuing to the coast as a direct express service.

The service to Whitby faced a similar fate with the bus running with no stops from Thornton-le-Dale onwards.

The move, which left many village residents fearing they would be stranded, was a result of reduced reimbursement levels for concessionary fares from North Yorkshire County Council, which equated to a funding cut of around 40 per cent.

However, today, bosses at Yorkshire Coastliner say they have struck a new deal over reimbursement figures - meaning the services can now continue to run as normal.

Coastliner managing director Nigel Eggleton: “Our negotiations with North Yorkshire County Council have been successful. The original proposals to run express routes from Rillington to Scarborough and Thornton-le-Dale to Whitby will no longer happen. Yorkshire Coastline will continue to run as a local bus service.”