We've started to take delivery of our £4 million order of new buses which have all been designed and manufactured in Yorkshire at innovative bus specialists Optare. The 28 single deck Versa and Solo buses, which pride themselves on having the very latest on-board technology, will go into service across Yorkshire and Lancashire from the end of June.
Transport minister, Andrew Jones MP helped us launch the introduction of contactless payments on the 36 which will go live this Saturday. The 36 is one of the first bus services outside of London to offer contactless to its customers.
On the 11 June the annual bed race rolls into Knaresborough once again. Make sure you get a good spot to watch the race by jumping on the 1 from Harrogate every 7-8 minutes or catch our free Park and Ride from GSPK car park on Manse Lane, whcih will take you to Knaresbrough Town Centre.
We have teamed up with First Bus in Leeds to offer a '£1 add on' ticket for destinations in the Leeds city area for customers heading into Leeds from Ripon and Harrogate.
We have joined forces so customers on the 36, can now buy one ticket on board which will let them travel into Leeds and then beyond the city centre to destinations served by frequent First buses.
Such destinations available on the £1 add-on ticket include the main city hospitals and universities, Elland Road for Leeds FC and the popular White Rose shopping centre.
It is one of the first times such an arrangement has been created in West Yorkshire.
Alex Hornby our CEO said, “We're delighted to be working with First Bus on this voluntary partnership initiative. We've already invested £3.3 million in top-spec buses on the 36 this year, but we're committed to go even further for our customers.
"Independent research showed that some of our customers on the route travel further afield beyond Leeds city centre, and this lets them plan their onward journey from the outset very easily, and at an attractive price.
"Offering this ticket is in the name of making bus travel simple and more convenient for our customers which obviously remains one of our top priorities.”
Paul Turner, Head of Commercial for First West Yorkshire said, "The £1 add-on ticket gives customers even better access to Leeds as well as key destinations including St James' Hospital and the White Rose Centre. This is a great example of partnership working between operators to put the customer at the heart of the bus network."
The 'add on' ticket costs £1 and can be bought from the 36 driver alongside any single, return or day ticket.
We were proud to present Jasmine Haynesworth from Ilkley with the Guardian of the Year trophy at the Stray FM Local Hero Awards last week.
The hourly bus direct to Boroughbridge from Harrogate and Knaresborough will stay as it is, but alternate buses will now go to the surrounding villages, connecting more people in the area. The other trips will continue to go fast along the motorway.
The Little Explorers is our new brand from 29 May, bright in yellow (you can't miss them!) with friendly drivers that will take you far and wide across North Yorkshire.
Its Bank Holiday weekend, so there's three days to make the most of. It's time for day trip!
We're taking a diversion on the 1C through Carmires due to resurfacing works.