Further bus timetable changes from 29 March

First Bus has announced further changes to timetables to come into effect from Sunday 29 March.

The number 12 service will operate a special timetable with buses every 60 minutes and early journeys on weekdays. Journeys after 7pm will continue to operate, subject to a usage review.

The number 4 service will operate a revised timetable operating every 30 minutes during the daytime with early journeys operating Monday to Friday. Services will operate at hourly intervals during the evening, with a reduction to hourly intervals earlier on a Saturday and Sunday evening than at present.

The Askham Bar Park & Ride service will be closed.

The new timetables are available online HERE

Number 12 bus – £65k subsidy sought to support Alness Drive / Acomb Wood Drive route

The subsidy for the section of the number 12 bus route which serves Alness Drive, Acomb Wood Drive and Bellhouse Way is to be extended until April 2020. But beyond then, a subsidy of £65,000 per year is being sought in order to retain that section of the route.

Local Lib Dem councillors are campaigning to protect bus services

An Officer Decision published by City of York Council (available HERE) states that a report will be prepared for the council’s Executive to consider the long-term funding given the annual cost is greater than the budget available.

Some key headlines from the published Decision are set out below:

  • First York planned to cancel service 3A, and the section of service 12 which connects Bellhouse Way, Acomb Wood Drive and Alness Drive with the city centre and Monks Cross, with effect from 29th September 2019. City of York Council agreed temporary funding for both services until 1st February 2020
  • A fully compliant tender process has been carried out and the winning bidder is prepared to provide an equivalent service to the existing route 12 (with vehicles meeting the Clean Air Zone emissions requirement) for approx. £65k per annum
  • The cost of operating both services from 2nd February until 31st March would be £14,800 (£4k for service 3A and £10.8k for service 12), which is within budget for the 2019/20 financial year
  • The cost of operating both services throughout 2020/21 and subsequent financial years would be £88,700 per annum (£24k for service 3A and £64.7k for service 12), which exceeds the anticipated subsidised bus budget for 2020/21 by around £26k. It is therefore not possible to fund both services beyond 4th April 2020 from within the budget.

Local Lib Dem councillors will continue to work with council officers and bus operators to maintain and improve bus services which provide a lifeline for many residents.

Shoddy road reinstatement work to be rectified

Action is to be taken to rectify shoddy road reinstatement work undertaken by a Northern Powergrid (NPG) contractor on Eason View.

City of York Council’s Streetworks team has been in regular contact with NPG about the need to return and reinstate the road surface to an acceptable standard.

NPG have agreed to come back and re-work the crumbling trench, with dates to be confirmed. The two-year guarantee period for the work will then restart after the second attempt at reinstatement has been completed. NPG will be using a different contractor to deliver the remedial works.

Action to create additional parking provision for Dringhouses

Local Lib Dem councillors are taking action to protect grass verges from being turned into mud baths and provide parking for houses and flats in Dringhouses that have no off-street parking.

Ward funding and Housing Environmental Improvement funds are set to be used to create new parking bays, some of which will be layby-style and others similar to the ‘ecogrid’ bays recently established at Dringfield Close (pictured below).

Sites identified so far include North Lane, Wains Road, Southfield Crescent and Chaloners Road. There is also a proposal to expand the parking provision in front of the three-storey block of flats on Thanet Road. Letters have been sent to affected residents asking for their views before the plans are finalised.

Councillors are also hoping to be able to identify funding to support verge cross-overs to be created for council properties, with Thanet Road being a likely beneficiary.

In an attempt to protect verges from being driven over and destroyed, it is planned to trial some planting on verges at the southern end of Wains Road.

New timetable for number 12 bus service

A new timetable for the number 12 bus service will come into effect on Monday 2 December.

The timetable is available online on the First website HERE

The changes are designed to improve punctuality, with four buses on the route rather than three. The daytime frequency also increases slightly to every 35 minutes.

Local Lib Dem councillors have gathered feedback from residents about the number 12 service

A large number of residents have raised concerns with local councillors about the reliability of the service over recent months. The end of major road works on The Mount and Coppergate should help to improve matters.

Bus stop timetable posters will be updated later this week.

Appeal for witnesses to traffic collision on Alness Drive

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses and information about a fail to stop road traffic collision on Alness Drive in Acomb Park on Sunday 27 October.

The appeal follows a ‘fail to stop’ road traffic collision that happened at around 8.30am and involved a BMW and another car which failed to stop at the scene. The owner of the BMW, a woman in her late 60s, was placing her grandchild into the rear seat of her car when the offending vehicle collided with her open rear door, pinning her between the door and body of her vehicle.

The offending vehicle, described as silver or grey and possibly the size of a small MPV, failed to stop and made off towards Moor Lane. As a result of the collision, the woman suffered broken ribs, a broken collar bone, a fractured knee cap and a potentially broken leg. She was taken by ambulance to York Hospital where she is still receiving treatment.

The Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, or anyone who recalls seeing either of the vehicles prior to the collision, to get in touch as soon as possible to assist the investigation. In particular, they are appealing for information about the offending vehicle and its current location. This vehicle is likely to have damage to its nearside front end.

If you can help, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Phillip Kennedy. You can also email philip.kennedy@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Resurfacing boost for Moor Lane

City of York Council has announced that the stretch of Moor Lane from the ring road roundabout to Cairnborrow is to be resurfaced in November.

The news comes after residents and local Lib Dem councillors raised the deteriorating state of the road, particularly on the bend.

The works will commence on 25th November for a period of 3 nights (weather permitting) and works will be carried out between 7.30pm and 5.00am.   In order to carry out these works safely the use of a temporary road closure from the ring road to the junction with Cairnborrow will be necessary. A clearly signed diversion route will be set out for through traffic.

Residents have their say on Number 12 bus woes

Local Lib Dem councillors have delivered a leaflet across Woodthorpe, Acomb Park and Foxwood asking residents for feedback on the number 12 bus service.

We have received a large number of e-mails and phone calls from residents who are exasperated by the increasing unreliability of the service. Many have noted that more people would be inclined to use the service if they could rely on it.

We are compiling all of the responses received and will be discussing with First and Transport officers at the council what can be done to improve the situation.

Update on number 12 bus service

At the beginning of September some changes were made to the number 12 bus service which meant that from early evening it no longer served Alness Drive / Acomb Wood Drive / Bellhouse Way, but instead turned around in the layby on Moor Lane.

A further revised timetable was published recently which was due to come into effect from 29 September. This would have seen the Alness Drive / Acomb Wood Drive / Bellhouse Way section of the route removed altogether. It would also have seen some Monday to Friday peak time journeys operate as the service 12A, with these journeys not serving Askham Bar Tesco.

These route changes will not now go ahead, following discussions between First, local councillors and council officers and as a result of additional funding being made available via an Officer Decision.

In addition, the evening number 12 service for Alness Drive / Acomb Wood Drive / Bellhouse Way has been restored.

The economic viability of the Alness Drive / Acomb Wood Drive / Bellhouse Way part of the route will be kept under review, and local efforts will be made to encourage more residents to use the service.

A new timetable for the number 12 service will come into effect from 29 September, and it is available HERE  

The number 12 service will continue to go around the ‘Woodthorpe loop’ (Moorcroft Road / Acorn Way / Ryecroft Avenue / Grassholme) on both the outward and return journeys.

Another change coming into effect is that the 500 Sunday service between Woodthorpe and the city centre via Bishopthorpe is being re-named the 11s.