Public urged to help Dales bus service win vital funding

The Wensleydale Flyer in Bainbridge.

The public is being urged to help a Dales bus service win funding.

The Wensleydale Flyer bus service 856 has been shortlisted for possible funding from LNER’s customer and community investment fund (CCIF).

The service links Hawes, Aysgarth, Leyburn, Bedale, Leeming Bar and Northallerton on Sundays and Bank Holidays, providing a service for local residents and visitors to the area.

It is run by Dales & District, and managed by Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company which is part of the charity Friends of the Dales.

Throughout 2020 the service was sponsored by First TransPennine Express, but now that deal has come to an end new funding is needed to keep the service going through the next winter 2021, when it is hoped that new public sector funding will become available to support the service as part of the government’s recently-announced national bus strategy.

LNER’s annual £500,000 CCIF supports charities, customers and the communities along the main east coast railway route between London, Yorkshire and Scotland.

The issues the fund supports are mental health, education and employability skills amongst marginalised groups, diversity and inclusion, social mobility for vulnerable groups and environment and sustainable travel.

The Wensleydale Flyer is one of around 60 initiatives shortlisted for possible funding from nearly 400 applications.

To vote for the Wensleydale Flyer in the environment and sustainability category visit LNER’s online survey by May 28.