Improved Moorsbus network for summer holidays

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Two Moorsbus services seen at Moors Centre Danby

Moorsbus, the bus network across the North York Moors National Park, is launching a series of improvements to services this month in time for the school summer holidays.

It’s hoped families visiting the area and locals alike will make the most of the new connections to reach more destinations using Moorsbus, which offers direct travel to the Moors from surrounding towns and cities as well as a network of services running to the heart of the region.

Up to four under-16s go free with each adult ticket holder, which the operator says provides the ideal choice for a family summer day out that won’t break the bank.

Bill Breakell of Moorsbus said: “The long school summer holidays are always a time when families are looking for a value-for-money way to get out and about, and that’s where we at Moorsbus can help.

“Our newly improved Sunday timetable offers better connections between our services, as well as with Scarborough and District’s 128 service which links Helmsley, Pickering and Thornton Dale, with Moorsbus tickets valid on that section of the route. We also offer easy connections on Sundays with trains at Malton, Thirsk and Northallerton.

“Our new Monday and Saturday Moorsbus Plus service from York, with support from TransPennine Express, begins its journey from the city’s Youth Hostel in Clifton, and calls at York and Malton Railway Stations, making it easy to combine a short break in York with a day trip to the Moors.

“The Moorsbus Plus service then runs to Danby via Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Hutton-le-Hole. There are connections from the north of the region too, using the Esk Valley Railway to join Moorsbus at Danby station.”

The Moorsbus network is put together by volunteers from the Community Interest Company which aims to improve access to and through the North York Moors National Park for local people and visitors alike. It charters buses from a number of quality bus operators in the region to provide its network of services linking surrounding towns and cities with the National Park.

Bill added: “Moorsbus has grown this year and we’re already seeing more people travelling on our expanded network, including Saturday and Monday services as well as the established Sunday Moorsbus routes. We’re ready to welcome families on-board with us over the busy school summer holidays, and we look forward to continuing to grow the Moorsbus success story.”