Coastliner takes over 31 York bus service

The bus company Stephensons of Easigwold announced last Friday that it was going into administration and ceasing to provide all services. The immediate impact of this on Kirkbymoorside (apart from school buses) is the potential loss of the 31/31X service to York. However, we have the following announcement from Transdev, providers of the Coastliner service:

From Monday 22 January, we’ll be taking over routes 29 and 31/31X serving Helmsley, Easingwold and York to the same timetable as currently run by Stephensons.

We’re delighted with the reaction we’ve had to the news that we’ll be stepping in to cover these routes following the closure of Stephensons, so for the first week you’ll be able to catch the 31/31X between Helmsley, Easingwold and York for FREE.

We’re also pleased to have found jobs for a number of good Stephensons drivers, so you may see some familiar faces along the way!

We’re delighted to welcome our new customers along these routes to the Transdev family. You’ll still be able to use your existing Stephensons tickets after the first week, but now you’ll be able to go further than ever before, with our full range of day, weekly, monthly and annual tickets available to buy and use on these buses.

For now, we’ll be running to exactly the same timetable as Stephenson’s. Download the timetable for the 31/31X here.

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3 Responses to Coastliner takes over 31 York bus service

  1. Lee January 27, 2018 at 10:10 pm #

    It doesn’t actually say it’s coming to Kirkbymoorside does it? Stephenson’s had planned to drop the Helmsley to Kirkbymoorside leg from early 2018 and I’m wondering if Coastliner is also starting and terminating this service at Helmsley.

    • Editor January 29, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

      Thanks Lee, I thought an official reply would be welcome, so I asked Coastliner, and they said:

      “At this stage I’m not aware of any planned changes to the route so it doesn’t serve Kirkbymoorside.
      Any changes that we make the future will be made public in advance of the change date.”

      Let’s hope they stick to that.

  2. Lee January 30, 2018 at 7:17 am #

    Thanks for that – it sounds like Kirkbymoorside passengers could actually benefit from the change of ownership though ‘use it or lose it’ is, as always, the name of the game.

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