More school bus services arranged as Harrogate children return to school
As school and college students prepare to return to full-time education next week, the Harrogate Bus Company is stepping up three of its most popular services.
The bus firm says the changes to routes serving Harrogate, Knaresborough, Wetherby and Pateley Bridge will help to ensure plenty of space is available on board its buses for safe social distancing - while further improvements on Sundays are being introduced in response to valued feedback.
The dedicated S1 student service from Harrogate and Starbeck to King James School will be reinstated, with journeys on this service reserved for students only and extra trips will run on Sunday mornings, in response to customer feedback.
Timetables for the 7 service between Harrogate and Leeds will go back to pre-lockdown service levels, with a bus every 30 minutes throughout the whole route, plus an hourly service on Saturdays and a bus every 90 minutes on Sundays.
And the 24, between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge, will return to pre-lockdown frequencies, with seven journeys each way throughout the route.
School day trips to St Aidan’s and St John Fisher schools will resume, while a coach showing service number S24 will also be provided by North Yorkshire County Council, to create extra capacity especially for students travelling from Nidderdale.
The Harrogate Bus Company’s General Manager Frank Stanisauskis said: “With the return of students to our local schools and colleges, it’s important that we ensure that all our buses remain clean, safe and ready to go...”
Students are being asked to use the dedicated school services where possible.