These blue buses will become a more familiar site on York’s roads from this weekend.
They are part of the fleet of Transdev’s subsidiary York and Country which is about to take over five routes within the city.
It’s after Transdev struck a multi-year partnership with City of York Council to run routes serving Acomb, Fulford, Derwenthorpe and South Bank.
The deal also means York and Country will run Saturday journeys serving Skelton, Rawcliffe and Burton Stone Lane, and evening buses to and from Foxwood and Haxby.
It also sees the company continuing operation of the cross-city 20 route over the coming years.
Details of the Transdev routes
- Service 24: Acomb – Holgate – City Centre
- Service 25: Fulford – Broadway – City Centre – Foss Islands – Derwenthorpe
- Service 26: Fulford – Broadway – City Centre – Bishopthorpe Road – South Bank
York and Country will also be operating all evening journeys on
- Service 14: Foxwood – City Centre – Haxby
- and all Saturday journeys on Service 19: Skelton – Rawcliffe – Burton Stone Lane – City Centre
A full range of money-saving bus tickets will be available to buy and use on the newly added York routes, including day, weekly and monthly tickets covering all Transdev services in the City of York, and further afield including Leeds and the Yorkshire Coast on Coastliner – Britain’s Most Scenic Bus Route.
ull timetable details for the new bus services are available on the York and Country website.
Better buses and new jobs
To operate the new services, Transdev is investing nearly £700,000 in five brand new, low-emission Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 single deck buses for its York and Country fleet.
The new buses are being built in Scarborough, and each will be filled with customer-friendly features.
The bus operator is also expanding its team of drivers at its York depot, as the partnership means a significant increase in its presence in the city.
Customers will travel in comfort says Transdev’s CEO Alex Hornby:
Each new bus has a bright and spacious interior with low-floor easy access, visual and audible next stop announcements and the latest, modern comfortable seating.
They’re also more environmentally friendly, thanks to the latest low emission engine technology.
Council executive member for transport Cllr Andy D’Agorne said: “The new buses which our partnership will bring to our city will feature up-to-the-minute low emissions technology to keep York’s air cleaner, as well as providing a reliable and comfortable alternative to driving.”