The good news follows a surge in passenger numbers on the 770 and 771 routes, especially between Harrogate and Wetherby where the service was increased from two to three buses an hour on weekdays earlier this year.
The services have now been renumbered to become the 70 and 71, to make things even simpler – with newer and better buses equipped with free Wi-Fi and USB power points at every seat as standard – plus a host of further improvements throughout the buses to make travelling a pleasure.
Neale Wallace, Head of Transport Operations at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Councillor Phil Ireland, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport at Harrogate Borough Council, joined in the celebrations to launch the new routes at the Stockeld Park adventure park near Wetherby – both the 70 and 71 bus routes stop right outside its gates, making the bus an ideal way to treat the whole family to a car-free, carefree day out.
As an added incentive, Stockeld Park is also offering a 10 % discount on family admission tickets for the attraction to holders of a ‘Transdev Treats’ voucher, available from the driver when boarding the 70 or 71 bus.
Stockeld Park is one of many visitor attractions across Yorkshire now offering exciting discounts to bus ticket holders, including the money-saving ‘Daytripper’ ticket which gives unlimited travel on the 70 and 71 and all other Transdev buses, from Manchester and Preston in the west all the way to York in the east, for just £9.50 adult, £6.30 child or £20 for a group of up to five adults.
The Harrogate Bus Company’s CEO Alex Hornby said: “We’re really pleased to see more and more people choosing to travel with us – and now, the time has come for us to bring in fantastic buses which will be smarter than anything seen before on these popular services.
“From the moment our customers step on board, they can now see a big difference – with plush designer interiors, more comfortable seats and a ‘next stop’ information system.
“Our improvements are also much more than skin deep. We’re also installing the same SCRT emissions reduction technology which has proved so successful in cutting NOx emissions by up to 96% on our Route 1 buses between Harrogate and Knaresborough , to make sure our revitalised 70 and 71 services are as good for the environment as they are for our passengers.
“With the improvements we made earlier this year, increasing the weekday service to three buses an hour between Harrogate and Wetherby, we’re sure these amazing buses will attract more people to switch to the bus and leave driving and parking hassles behind.”
There’s no change to fares or ticket prices now the revitalised buses are on the road - and the route and timetable has also remained the same, only the numbers have changed to become the 70 and 71.