She was a familiar and friendly face on North Yorkshire’s popular 42 bus – and now Miriam Lobley’s name is destined to be remembered for years to come, thanks to a moving tribute by York-based bus company York & Country.
Miriam was a regular traveller on the 42 service, which connects villages including Drax, Camblesforth, Barlow, Wistow, Cawood, Kelfield and Stillingfleet with both Selby and York.
Two sparkling brand-new buses, proudly built in North Yorkshire, are now in service on the 42 – and with the support of Miriam’s family, one has been named in her memory.
Miriam’s friends joined family members to welcome the freshly-named bus for the first time in her home village of Barlow, near Selby – and all agreed she would have loved to travel on the all-new 42.
Miriam’s niece Pat Crane said: “It’s a fantastic tribute for the bus company to do this. The bus gave her independence.
“She caught the bus almost every day – she loved the drivers on the route, and she would have been really happy with the new buses.”
Regular 42 bus driver Dean Pearcy also remembers Miriam with affection.
Dean said: “Miriam was a lovely lady, full of life. She always brightened up my day, and she would have been so thrilled with the introduction of the new buses on the route.”
Both of the new buses were proudly built in North Yorkshire for the 42 route by Alexander Dennis at their factory in Scarborough, and are packed with customer-friendly features.
Inside there’s a bright and spacious interior, including smart dark blue seating, bright fluorescent lighting and an easy access low floor area at the front with wheelchair space.
The new buses also offer contactless payments, making buying a ticket swift and simple for everyone and speeding up boarding times to help maintain a reliable service.
Full details of the 42 and all York & Country services are available online at: http://www.yorkbus.co.uk, or on the free to download Transdev Go smartphone app.