31X Changes! Act Now!
"NYCC is asking people to have their say on plans to cut the bus subsidy budget to just £1.5 million a year from next April. There is a public consultation on-going, before final decisions are taken in December this year.
The plans could see services across the county facing drastic cuts. For example, the proposals include reducing the 31X service, which currently runs between York and Helmsley/Kirkbymoorside via Easingwold, from 24 return journeys a week to just three return journeys .per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
The 31X route would no longer start and terminate at Exhibition Square in York, but instead at Tesco on Clifton <http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/search/?search=Clifton&topic_id=3240> Moor, where passengers would have to pick up another bus to access city centre shops, the railway station and so on.
The proposed cuts to the 31X service will have severe consequences for bus users/residents living in villages beyond Easingwold, including Husthwaite, Coxwold, Wass and Ampleforth,
Details of the consultation are online here ; the deadline for responses is Friday, August 14. Information is also available by ringing 01609 780780 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please help get the message across to NYCC about the importance of the rural bus services to help maintain residents' independence and access to social activities - not to mention environmental and sustainability reasons for using public transport."