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Escape to the Countryside this Summer

Wednesday 26 May 2004

New summer bus services to the Yorkshire Dales will make it easier for people living in urban areas to visit our lovely region.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is funding additional routes to cater for the increased number of visitors to the Dales during the summer months.

From 30 May, Swaledale and Hawes will be serviced every Sunday by the 830 from Darlington and Richmond, operated by Arriva Darlington.

Malham will get a new 843 service from Preston, Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley, which has good connections from Manchester and Rawtenstall. This will be run by Stagecoach Northwest.

Extra 805 Sunday services will be provided by Arriva Yorkshire to connect Wakefield, Leeds, Otley and Ilkley in West Yorkshire with popular Dales locations like Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Grassington and Kettlewell.

The new bus services will operate alongside current Sunday services from West Yorkshire to Wharfedale, such as the 805 Dales Bike Bus. The special service runs every Sunday until the end of October and allows cyclists to transport their bikes to and from the National Park using a purpose-built trailer.

In addition to the extra summer services contracted by the Authority, the 804T Malham Tarn Shuttle will start operating on 29 May. The route, which is operated by Jackson's of Silsden and contracted by the National Trust with support from the Sustainable Development Fund, will run on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays until 31 October.

The 804T operates 12 times a day from Malham National Park Centre to Malham Tarn and back again. Certain services start and finish their journeys in Skipton and Keighley.

Andy Ryland, Transport and Visitor Management Officer at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: "Following a review of last year's Dales bus services, some fine tuning has taken place to give as many people as possible the opportunity of visiting the National Park during the summer months."

For further information on all bus services to the Yorkshire Dales contact the National Travel line on 0870 608 2608 or visit www.traveldales.org.uk.

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