The 412 Bus Service is Saved!
We are delighted to confirm that the 412 bus service has been saved until at least 1st April 2025, as a result of a revised contract with the existing operator Connexions Buses.
The service will continue to operate to the current timetable. This has been made possible by the provision of funding from City of York Council which was not previously the case and follows intensive lobbying of the CYC by the Parish Council.
Residents will be aware that CYC and NYCC have agreed to fund the 412 service at its current timetable until April. In the intervening period, a new tender process is likely to take place, going out to all bus operators and probably with options for different levels of service.
The Parish Council, along with those from Tockwith and Long Marston will continue a dialogue with the two councils with the aim of achieving the best possible solution. The information collected from our online survey will be invaluable in these discussions, so if you have not already done so please complete the survey.
After intensive lobbying by the Parish Council of CYC, NYCC, and our local MP, and following our Chairman Peter Rollings speaking on the subject at a CYC Council meeting, we understand that CYC has agreed to fund the existing 412 service until the end of March.
This means the current timetable will be maintained but does not include a reinstatement of the Saturday service. This is a very welcome development, and we thank our Ward councillor, Anne Hook, for her wholehearted support.
However, the question of what happens after the end of March remains and the Parish Council, along with our neighbouring parish councils, will continue working to achieve a longer-term and sustainable solution.
To this end, we urge residents to complete this online survey which will provide us with the information to negotiate for a future bus service that is both sustainable and meets the needs of residents.
We understand that City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council have put the 412 service out to tender to all bus operators and we hope to have an update on the progress of those discussions next week.
The Parish Council have been informed by City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council, that along with West Yorkshire, they are working to find a solution for the 412 bus service. We will keep you informed of progress.
Further to earlier updates on the Connexions 412 Bus Service, a statement by Peter Rollings, our Chairman, will be made at this evening’s City of York Council Meeting under Agenda item ‘Protecting and improving local bus services’. The full statement can be read here.
The Parish Council have been informed by Connexions that they have given notice on the 412 bus service to take effect from 10th December. However, they are still in discussion with both North Yorks County Council and City of York council in an attempt to find an acceptable solution.
The Parish council are lobbying both councils to urgently find a solution to ensure the longer term viability of this vital service. Given the current unprofitability of the service, this would probably require some sort of financial contribution from the councils which presents its own difficulties in the current climate. Please rest assured that the Parish Council will continue to vigorously search for a resolution.
Residents will be aware that Connexions Buses have suspended the Saturday service on the 412 route. The Parish Council has been in dialogue with Connexions and North Yorkshire County Council (the authority under whose jurisdiction the majority of the route operates).
The current situation is caused by an acute shortage of drivers, which is a well-reported and national problem, but it is also the case that passenger numbers are much reduced post-covid, threatening the viability of the service.
The Parish Council continues to work with all concerned to attempt to resolve the situation and to maintain the existing service and the subject was discussed again at the September meeting.
Please support the service as much as you can as this really is a case of USE IT OR LOSE IT!
NYCC will continue to run the special early/late service Monday to Friday:
The NYCC Early service (Mon-Fri) Departs York Rail station (07.47), via Knapton, Rufforth (08.02), Long Marston, Bilton, Tockwith, Bickerton, Thorp Arch, and Wetherby (08.45).
The NYCC Late service (Mon-Fri) Departs Wetherby (17.25), via Bickerton, Tockwith, Bilton, Long Marston, Rufforth (18.03), Knapton, and York Rail station.