The following service changes were announced by Arriva on 7 September to take effect on 3 October.
- Withdrawal of bus services at such short notice to passengers is unacceptable, and this point has been made to NYCC who are ultimately responsible for maintaining and improving all aspects of local transport.
- See below for a summary of when the problem was raised with Nigel Adams MP and what action was taken.
Summary of changes (as of 27 September).
- 405 Selby to Doncaster – Service withdrawn – Partial coverage of the route by revisions to the 476 route. Details to be confirmed by NYCC.
- 408/409 Pontefract / Doncaster service – Reduced timetable to start 3 October rather than withdrawal of services. Most of the route is within West Yorkshire who have made funding available.
- 476 Pontefract / Selby – Shortened route for early service meaning college students and other passengers from beyond Eggborough will not be able to reach Selby for start of their working day. NYCC engaged and seeking a solution.
- 64 and 164 Leeds, Sherburn to Selby – Route revised – will go along Leeds Road through Thorpe Willoughby and not down Fox Lane.
New timetables for all routes can be found here:
Other Selby District routes with minor changes, mostly to timing.
- 1 Selby to Market Weighton
- 2 Selby to Gilberdyke
- 3 Selby to Thorne
- 5 Selby to Staynor Hall
- 8 Selby to Drax
- 42 Selby – Cawood – York
- 401 Selby to Goole
- 415 Selby to York – service will no longer include Selby College
- 493 Sherburn Industrial Estate to Pontefract
Timeline and Action summary.
- 7 September – Notice of changes published on Arriva website.
- 10 September – Selby College learn via social media that the 405 is to be withdrawn. They had not been advised of the changes by Arriva.
- 11 September – Nigel Adams MP receives first Emails from concerned residents.
- 15 September – Telephone meeting with Selby College to discuss the changes and impact on students.
- 16 September – Problem raised with Chief Executive of NYCC and Arriva to ensure that it was receiving senior management attention.
- 20 September – Kellington Parish Council raise concerns about the loss of the early 476 service to Selby
- 21 September – On-site meeting at Selby College – clarify numbers and distribution of students affected by withdrawal of the 405 and changes to 476.
- 22 September – E-mail to Secretary of State for Transport raising the concerns about service cuts.
- 23 September – Update from NYCC, Director of Business and Environmental Services – on progress investigating alternative service options.
- 26 September – Announcement – 409 to be run as a reduced service rather than withdrawn after West Yorkshire Combined Authority agree funding.
Government support for bus services - £2 BN Funding for bus companies.
Passenger numbers have not yet returned to pre-covid pandemic levels. During the covid pandemic bus services received financial support from Government. In August this year the Government announced that buses across England would benefit from a further £130 million of government support, to keep services running and enable millions of passengers to continue using affordable transport. The funding package was for the 6 months from October 2022 to March 2023, and extended the unprecedented government support to keep the bus networks running. The extra funding took the total to almost £2 billion available across 160 bus operators.
North Yorkshire County Council general comment.
In North Yorkshire over 70 services and 35 % of the commercial network have been identified as at risk of withdrawal as they are no longer viable. There are many reasons for the change in viability of these services including, that passenger numbers have not returned to pre pandemic levels, the costs of operating the services is escalating and there is a national shortage of staff to provide the services. The County Council currently spends £1.5 million per annum on supporting local transport services.