Partnership Delivers New Buses and Creates Jobs for York

Transdev
teams up with City of York Council to take over new city routes

New
Yorkshire-built buses and new jobs have arrived – that’s the good news for York
as bus operator Transdev expands its presence in the city from this weekend.

A new long-term,
multi-year partnership between the bus operator and City of York Council sees
Transdev’s locally based subsidiary York and Country take over five routes
within the city.

The new
routes serve Acomb, Fulford, Derwenthorpe and South Bank – and the deal also
means York and Country will run Saturday journeys serving Skelton, Rawcliffe
and Burton Stone Lane, and evening buses to and from Foxwood and Haxby. It also
sees the company continuing operation of the cross-city 20 route over the
coming years.

To operate
the new services, Transdev is investing nearly £700,000 in five brand new,
low-emission Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 single deck buses for its York and
Country fleet.

The new buses
are being built in Scarborough, and each will be filled with customer-friendly
features to make travelling a pleasure.

The bus operator
is also expanding its team of drivers at its York depot, as the partnership
means a significant increase in its presence in the city.

Transdev’s
CEO Alex Hornby said: “We are so proud to be launching this new long-term partnership
with City of York Council and the good news this means for local jobs, better
buses and improved connectivity. Our customers can look forward to travelling
on new buses proudly built in North Yorkshire, with many features designed to
make travel easier and more enjoyable.

“Each new bus
has a bright and spacious interior with low-floor easy access, visual and audible
next stop announcements and the latest, modern comfortable seating. They’re also
more environmentally friendly, thanks to the latest low emission engine technology.

“The new
services mean we are significantly expanding our presence in York, and we’ll be
adding to our friendly team of drivers based in the city. We’re delighted to be
working closely with City of York Council to deliver a high quality bus product
that the city deserves, and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming our
new customers.”

City of York
Council’s Executive Member for Transport, Councillor Andy D’Agorne, said: “This
exciting new partnership between the Council and Transdev will deliver a
high-quality service for our city, using brand-new Yorkshire built buses.

“Through our
successful i-Travel York programme, set up with funding from the Department for
Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, we aim to inspire people in York
to help look after our city by making sustainable travel choices.

“The new
buses which our partnership will bring to our city will feature
up-to-the-minute low emissions technology to keep York’s air cleaner, as well
as providing a reliable and comfortable alternative to driving.”

The routes
which are being operated by York and Country from this Sunday (1 September
2019) are:

  • Service
    24:
    Acomb –
    Holgate – City Centre 
  • Service
    25:
    Fulford –
    Broadway – City Centre – Foss Islands – Derwenthorpe
  • Service
    26:
    Fulford –
    Broadway – City Centre – Bishopthorpe Road – South Bank

York and
Country will also be operating all evening journeys on Service 14:
Foxwood –

City Centre –
Haxby and all Saturday journeys on Service 19: Skelton – Rawcliffe –
Burton Stone Lane – City Centre.

A full range
of money-saving bus tickets will be available to buy and use on the newly added
York routes, including day, weekly and monthly tickets covering all Transdev
services in the City of York, and further afield including Leeds and the
Yorkshire Coast on Coastliner – Britain’s Most Scenic Bus Route.

Full
timetable details for the new bus services are available on the York and
Country website, http://www.yorkbus.co.uk and via the free to download
Transdev Go mobile app.

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