A new 493 bus service, operated by Arriva, will start on 30 October between Pontefract and Sherburn Industrial Estate, with stops in Knottingley, Ferrybridge, Byram, Brotherton, Fairburn, Burton Salmon, Hillam, Monk Fryston, South Milford, and Sherburn. There are six return services on weekdays and Saturdays. This is the first new service to be introduced as a full replacement for services formerly operated by Utopia, which went in liquidation in August.
Nigel Adams MP said: “Many people contacted me about problems caused when the bus service operated by Utopia stopped running. All of their comments were sent to North Yorkshire County Council and I am delighted that they and Arriva have responded so positively with this new service. I am looking forward to similar announcements about the other services that were lost.”
Jon Croxford, area managing director at Arriva, said: “We are delighted to be operating the new 493 service from the 30th October. We have been working hard with North Yorkshire County Council to ensure there is a good and reliable bus service between Sherburn, its growing industrial estate, Knottingley and Pontefract. Our £5.60 day or £20.50 weekly ticket for unlimited travel across the whole of Yorkshire also offers great value for people wanting to get out and about.”
Initial response from people in villages along the route has been very positive, with comments including: “we are planning a celebration for the first bus through,” “I am counting the days down until my life can get back to normal,” and “Please convey the villagers thanks to all who had a hand in pushing this through.”
Nigel Adams concluded: “I am pleased that North Yorkshire County Council have responded so positively to the comments they have received and that they acted so quickly by introducing an emergency service and immediately followed this up by inviting bus operators to submit proposals for replacement services. The Arriva proposal for this route was the best proposal and the new service will operate from 30 October.”
You can view the timetable for the new bus service here.