Later park and ride bus services this Christmas

 City of York Council and First York are making it easier for residents and visitors to stay in the city centre longer and take advantage of extended shop opening times in the run up to Christmas with a later running Park & Ride service.

Park and ride buses

Park & Ride services will be operating later than usual every Thursday evening until 17 December inclusive, with last buses leaving the city centre at around 9.30pm.

Additional late buses will also be running to and from the Designer Outlet with the last pick up from the city centre at 9.30pm on weekdays and 8.19pm on Saturdays until 23 December.

Shoppers looking to take advantage of the Boxing Day sales will be able to make use of three of the city’s Park & Ride services for free. Services from Askham Bar, Designer Outlet and Monks Cross will be free of charge on Saturday 26 December and will run from 7am with the last city centre pick up at approximately 6.40pm.

First Bus changes come into force

First York have brought in changes to some local bus services from Sunday 22nd November, including the number 4.

Number 4 bus

The changes are being made in response to problems that arose after changes were made to bus services during the summer. There will now be a shorter route for the number 4, which will loop back after Clifford Street in town heading back to Acomb round Skeldergate – see new route below.

New route of the number 4 bus

New route of the number 4 bus

There has been a slight change to the number 1 service (not to the route) but the timetable (Monday to Friday) has been altered to help buses keep to the advertised times. More details are available via the First Group website at

Many residents reported that number 4 buses were frequently bunching into groups of three with long gaps in between. After the new service has been running for a short while we would be grateful if residents could let us know how the changes are working out.

Service 4  Acomb – Foxwood – City Centre

The route will be revised, with buses running between Acomb and the City Centre only, to improve reliability.

Buses will drop off on Rougier Street, then continuing to Clifford Street. Buses towards Acomb will start from Clifford Street, stop TB.

Buses will no longer pick up in Rougier Street, stopping instead on Station Road at stop CE.

A new timetable will apply, but no changes will be made to the frequency. Buses will run:

  • Up to every 10 mins, Mondays to Fridays
  • Every 10 mins, Saturdays
  • Every 20 mins, Sundays
  • Every 30 mins, each evening

St Helen’s Road closed on Friday 20th November for road work – buses rerouted

Location: Bus 4 St Helen’s Road
Cause: Roadworks
Dates: 20 Nov 2015


St. Helen’s Road Closure Friday 20th November closed 0900-1600

during CYC highways works on the above date.

Service 4 will divert via Chaloner’s Rd, Moor Lane, and Tadcaster Road in both directions.

Stops not served;

all stops on Eason view, St Helens Road

Additional stops served;

all stops on diversion route.

First York announce changes to bus services

Number 4 to loop through Skeldergate – direct link between Acomb and York University broken

First buses have responded to complaints about unreliability and lack of capacity on some bus services.

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A major change to the number 4 – the best used bus service in the City – means that it will no longer travel to the University. Instead it will loop through Skeldergate and over Skeldergate Bridge to reach its new terminus on Clifford Street. There are frequent buses from there to the University.

The last change to the route of the number 4  -which took the service on a meandering journey through Tang Hall before reaching Heslington – was heavily criticised by passengers. On occasions 3 or 4 buses would arrive in Acomb in convoy. We hope that the new service – which retains a 10 minute frequency during the day – will prove to more reliable when it is introduced on 22nd November.  The Sunday frequency will be 20 minutes while buses will continue to run every 30 minutes in the evening.

An additional morning service will be provided between Dunnington and York College on Tadcaster Road

Other changes affect service 6 (which gets a direct link to York University) and service 10 which will run via Battlefields Way with an early morning service between Bishopthorpe and the railway station also being introduced. 

Some minor timetable changes are promised on the number 1 service which links Chapelfields to Wigginton. A twelve minute frequency is promised at peak times between Monday and Friday.

Residents invited to give their views on buses

On the busesCity of York Council is calling on York’s bus passengers to tell bus bosses their views on local services at a ‘bus surgery’ event on Parliament Street on Thursday 8 October, from 10am – 4pm.

The ‘bus surgery’ event will give residents a chance to speak with representatives from York’s bus providers including First York, Arriva and Transdev. The event will be held on a bus provided by First York giving people who don’t normally use busses a chance to look at one.

Bus service changes from Sunday

York bus service chnages 2nd Aug 2015

Significant changes to many of York’s bus services come into force on Sunday

Change Date Service No. Operator Brief summary of changes
01/08/15 44 Transdev (Unibus) Revised route: University (Hes. East Interchange) – York Station – Hamilton Drive – Acomb
02/08/15 1 First Minor timetable changes.
02/08/15 4 First Revised route: Acomb – Foxwood – City Centre – Tang Hall – Osbaldwick – University (Heslington East)
02/08/15 5
First Revised route: Strensall – York – Poppleton Road – Beckfield Lane – Acomb
02/08/15 6 First Revised route: Clifton Moor – City Centre (Station Rd).
02/08/15 10 First Revised route: Poppleton – Leeman Rd – City Centre – Stamford Bridge
02/08/15 10 Transdev Revised route: Poppleton – Leeman Rd – City Centre – Stamford Bridge
02/08/15 12
First Minor timetable changes.
02/08/15 13
First Cancelled.
02/08/15 13 ConnexionsBuses Copmanthorpe to Haxby (West Nooks) via City Centre.
02/08/15 66 First New route: York Station – York Sport Village via University (Heslington Hall).
02/08/15 HB1 Transdev Cancelled.
02/08/15 HB1 First University of York – York Hospital.
23/08/15 CB2 Transdev Cancelled.
30/08/15 944 Coastliner New route: Crossgates – Tadcaster – York College
21/09/15 56 First New route: University of York – City Centre circular.
28/09/15 UB1 Transdev Cancelled.
28/09/15 UB1 First University of York campus shuttle service

Discount park and ride fare for York drivers

 Catch the bus weekFirst York say that they are helping to raise awareness of the benefits of taking the bus in York, encouraging people who don’t normally take the bus to give it a try.

“We all know that York suffers from unique traffic issues, but with an excellent Park & Ride service and buses at least every 10 minutes for much of the day, why not forget frustrations of sitting in traffic, jump on a bus and let us get you to the city centre?

For this year’s Catch the Bus Week, which runs from Monday 29 June to Sunday 5 July, we’re offering discounted travel on all our Park & Ride services.

Simply produce a York Car Park ticket or receipt from the previous seven days to the Park & Ride site supervisor and get a day return ticket for just £2, saving 80p. (Maximum of 2 discounted bus tickets per car park ticket/receipt.)

The special £2 fare applies for journeys from Park & Ride sites to York City Centre only, and will be available at any time of day. Normal fares will apply from all other stops.

Finding your nearest Park & Ride site is easy – all the info you’ll need can be found at

It’s so easy on York Park & Ride!

  • Six Park & Ride sites
  • Open 7 days a week
  • Over 5000 spaces
  • Frequent buses
  • Park, Ride and Surf with our free Wi-Fi

The Catch the Bus Week offer is brought to you by First working in partnership with City of York Council.

For more information about Catch the Bus Week visit