‘Lifeline’ bus service restored

tis  Grosvenor Court residents protest over their bus service on Duchy Road.  110317M4.
tis Grosvenor Court residents protest over their bus service on Duchy Road. 110317M4.
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RESIDENTS in the Duchy area of Harrogate have had their bus service returned, four months after it was cancelled.

The X59, operated by Transdev Harrogate and District, used to pick up passengers as it travelled between Skipton and Harrogate Bus Station.

But when funding for the route was drastically cut, residents found themselves without a regular bus service from April 16 this year.

Many raised concerns about how the elderly residents of the area would get to the shops and medical appointments without the ‘lifeline’ of the bus service into town.

Now, a new operator has stepped in to offer four services ever weekday between the Duchy estate and Harrogate, and three services every Saturday.

Connexions Buses will operate the new 112 service from the bus station via Cornwall Road, Hereford Road, Duchy Road and Ripon Road, leaving the town centre at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm and leaving Duchy Road eight minutes later.

Harlow Moor ward councillor Don Mackenzie said: “What great news for our residents after the shock of losing our bus service four months ago.

“I have discussed the new service with Connexionsbuses, and can confirm that this is a fully commercial route, with no subsidy from the taxpayer.

“Concessionary bus passes will be acceptable for free travel for bus pass holders. I urge Duchy residents to make regular use of this bus, so that we do not lose our bus service again.”