Pateley Bridge to Harrogate bus saved.

The 24 bus service from Pateley Bridge to Harrogate has been given temporary funding from North Yorkshire County Council in order to support the service.

In a statement to local media, the Executive Member for Highways and Transport at North Yorkshire County Council, Councillor Keane Duncan, said “The 24 is a key route that many people rely on so I am pleased to announce that we have been able to step in to support this service.

“When the operator notified us that it planned to withdraw most services on this route, we secured short-term funds to cover these until April 2023.

“This allowed us time to investigate a longer-term solution. We have now secured continuation of the service until April 2024, operated by Transdev (The Harrogate Bus Company).”

The service will now continue as normal without and cuts to the route.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, said “I am pleased that the service has been saved as it provides a lifeline for many people in rural parts of our community.

“Although the service has been awarded temporary funding I want to see the service continue in the long term which I hope will encourage more people to use our public transport network.”