The report ‘Buses in Crisis’, produced by the Campaign for Better Transport, highlights the effects of the huge reduction in funding for buses in England and Wales. On average funding has decreased by 46% resulting in 3347 buses being reduced, altered or withdrawn, leading to an increased risk of loneliness and isolation for some members of the public.
To read more, please view our ‘Reports’ page.
Parking permit charges have been frozen for nearly five years, but are due to increase on April 9th 2018. The new charges are, however, amongst the lowest in the country. For further details, visit the North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) website.
A timely reminder from the Money Saving Expert …..
3m EHICs expired last year and weren’t renewed – check yours now. It’s free and gets free or discounted medical care if you fall ill in Europe. See how to check and get a free EHIC.
Frosty mornings means scraping car windows and warming the engine before driving off. However, take care and do to leave your vehicle unattended or it could be someone else driving off in it, instead of you!
For details on how to prepare your car for winter driving, follow this link. For further advice on how to get weather updates, notification of incidents and other warnings, please go to our ‘Topical News’ page.
Was any warning given that the Harrogate Bus Company would be cancelling the through service from Harrogate to Boroughbridge? Buses to Boroughbridge (Bus route 21) now only run from Knaresborough. Also travellers should be aware that buses no longer run every hour, but have been reduced to every 100 minutes. This means that on weekdays there are only 7 buses compared to 12 previously and, at weekends, the number of buses is reduced form 10 to 6.
Boroughbridge is a lovely place to go for a day out, with several delightful country walks. But, be aware, if you miss the the 15.50pm bus back to Knaresborough, you will have a long wait until the next (and last bus) at 18.25pm on weekdays and 17.55pm on Saturdays.
The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is to crack down nf car tax dodgers. Around 10,000 untaxed vehicles are immobilised or impounded every month, as a result of non-payment of vehicle excise duty (VED). Now the DVLA is planning an advertising campaign to highlight the issue. For further details, please visit our ‘Topical News’ page.
At our July meeting, we had a lively discussion about transport provision in the Harrogate District. As well as finding out about a whole host of transport providers including Happy Wanderers, local taxis, HARCVS etc, we heard about ‘Vamooz’ – a new service provided by the Harrogate Bus Company. So, here are a few suggestions of day trips which might interest you.
Follow this link for further information.
Fancy a day out at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park? Or how about a trip to Backpool and the St Anne’s Kite Festival? These are just two of the the trips organised by Transdev bus company as part of their Vamooz project. To book tickets, download the VAMOOZ app onto an iPhone or Android phone then select the trip you want to purchase. One person can book for others if, for example, there are people who can’t access the app but a central organiser could do so and buy their tickets for them. Find out more about the Vamooz project by following this link.
Where are the cheapest places to buy petrol in the Harrogate district? Could you be paying more than you need to to fill up your tank? At a time, when lots of people are trying to save money on their weekly budget, here is a website which will help you make savings when you buy petrol. Click here to find out more.