Labour councillors representing the Holgate area of the city have welcomed confirmation that a valued bus route is set to continue.
The Acomb to York Railway Station No. 44 bus service via Hamilton Drive will be extended to Piccadilly and will be operated by Connexions from April, ending uncertainty as to whether the service would operate beyond its current contract.
Holgate councillor Mary Cannon, who has been pushing for the retention of the service, said:
‘Following continued dialogue with council officers, I’m delighted to get confirmation that residents living on or near the Green Lane – Hamilton Drive – Hollybank Loop route to the railway station will continue to benefit from the 44 service.
‘The even better news is the service will continue on right into the city centre which is something residents have been calling for. They will now be able to get off the bus at Merchantgate at the bottom of Fossgate and return from a Piccadilly stop.
‘For many residents the service is vital in enabling them to get in and out of town and to Acomb shops, particularly if they’re unable to walk far to catch other services.
‘I think residents will use this service well, making trips to both the city centre and Acomb, the latter of which many people want to visit to support local businesses’.
Connexions is a family run bus company who also operate the Wetherby to York, Copmanthorpe-York-Haxby and Colton-Bishopthorpe-York services.
The new No 44 service will commence operating from the start of April.