Hopes of a better village bus service

Cllr Richard Burton said the council would look to retender the route in September, which he hopes would lead to a more regular service.
Cllr Richard Burton said the council would look to retender the route in September, which he hopes would lead to a more regular service.

Villages who have been cut off by the loss of their daily bus will present a petition demanding a more regular service.

A public meeting will be held at Bempton and Buckton Village Hall on Tuesday evening, when residents will have the chance to question East Riding of Yorkshire Council transport manager Colin Walker.

The council has stepped in to take over the running of the bus service, after EYMS ended its contract, claiming the route was ‘unviable’.

But it has meant the number of buses per week has dropped from almost 70 to six, and there is no service on Tuesdays, Thursdays, weekends or evenings.

East Riding councillor Richard Burton, who lives in Buckton, said:“I am trying to get to grips with the situation and have spoken to the parish council and the county council and we are going to work as hard as we can to come up with a better service.

“Many villages have had a reduced service over a period of time, but the scale of this drop is a shock.

“We have a high number of elderly people with free passes and I understand it needs to be commercially viable, but we also have workers in the village who rely on the buses to get into Bridlington.

“In days gone by, we used to have a bus which made a circular route from Flamborough to Bempton and Buckton and then into Bridlington and I am keen to see if we can explore that.

“I am hopeful that the current service is just temporary.”

Next week’s meeting begins at 6.30pm and all residents of Bempton and Buckton are welcome to attend.