The Future Of Britain’s ‘Most Scenic’ Bus Route Uncertain As Campaign To Save It Is Launched

The Future Of Britain’s ‘Most Scenic’ Bus Route Uncertain As Campaign To Save It Is Launched

The 840 Coastliner service runs from Leeds via Malton to Whitby and has been named the most scenic route in Britain. Despite this, the route is set to be withdrawn next year.

Transdev has confirmed that the route is under review until April and will only continue in its current state if granted a large subsidy by the county council.

The meandering route through some of Yorkshire’s most famed locations including Goathland, which was home to the popular ITV drama Heartbeat and more recently the Harry Potter franchise where its station was used.

A campaign has been launched to secure the future of the North Yorkshire route, which could be cut to just Leeds-York-Malton with the next section, which some might call the most scenic part, Pickering-Thornton-le-Dale-Goathland-Whitby with many villages in between axed.

The campaign to secure the future of the route currently has over 1,500 signatures. Reasons for cutting the route include fuel prices, staff wages and low passenger numbers in winter.

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The BBC reported that Pickering Antiques owner Mark Witherington said: “For Pickering and the other areas, its loss is unthinkable. Not everyone has a car; nor do people also wish to drive all the time.

“It would impact on social visiting between families and friends, people travelling to medical appointments at Malton Hospital, and lead to a loss of business from holidaymakers and day trippers, as well as limiting shopping opportunities for local people.

No final decision has been made yet, but if you’d like to have your say over the future of the route then sign the petition via petition.

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