Area’s rural villages get new bus service

The Little White Bus is based in Hawes and depends on a team of volunteers.
The Little White Bus is based in Hawes and depends on a team of volunteers.

A new bus service linking some of North Richmondshire’s more remote villages to the main towns has been launched.

The Little White Bus Upper Dales Community Minibus Service is running a revised Richmondshire Rover routes – offering services to Scorton, Moulton, Middleton Tyas, Melsonby, Eppleby, Caldwell and Forcett for the first time.

These will run alongside those serving Catterick Village, Tunstall and Scotton.

The services aim to link all these communities – some of which are very rural in nature and currently do not enjoy a regular bus service – with the market towns of Richmond, Barnard Castle, Leyburn, Bedale, Ripon and Northallerton. They also provide a comprehensive service to the new shopping and leisure centre at Princes Gate, Catterick Centre.

The new routes have been established with support from Richmondshire District Council’s North Richmondshire Community Partnership and North Yorkshire County Council’s Stronger Communities initiative.

The Little White Bus is based in Hawes and depends on a team of volunteer drivers which includes several district and county councillors.

Its founder and volunteer managing director, Councillor John Blackie, said: “We at The Little White Bus are delighted to extend our services to the smaller and more remote villages, and offer their residents the wide range of convenient travel opportunities to their key service centres that we have been providing to the rural communities in the Upper Dales these last five years.”