Area: North Yorkshire
Our aim is 'to get York people where they want to be, when they want to be there, in a manner that is reliable, comfortable and efficient'.
The Forum started with a public meeting in April 2016 as a response to York Council's proposals to cut many evening and Sunday bus services. The group mounted a strong campaign against the cuts. A number of ward councillors and other individuals supported our campaign, resulting in a partial reduction in the proposed scale of cuts. Following further lobbying, £80,000 of the planned cuts have been restored on a permanent basis.
Whilst we are continuing to campaign on behalf of York's bus users, our focus has now moved on to helping to promote current services, working with York Council's Sustainable Transport Team and the bus operators. We are also establishing strategic partnerships with parish councils and groups that advocate for seniors and other actual or potential bus users.
The Forum was successful in obtaining a significant grant from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. This was to support the establishment of the Forum and allow us to expand our public engagement activities, as well to set up an Access Working Group to represent the interests of anyone who has difficulty using buses.
The latest news from York Bus Forum can be found on the group's Twitter feed.