Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News


4 Aug 2020 by JOHN GELSON - Next Stop Communications

The Harrogate Bus Company offers free evening travel to town as over 100 hospitality firms give Government-backed 50 per cent discounts in August

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Harrogate’s leading bus operator, The Harrogate Bus Company, is offering free journeys to boost the spa town’s evening economy as businesses join the Government-backed ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ promotion.

More than 100 restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs in Harrogate district have signed up to the scheme, with 66 taking part in Harrogate itself – including the iconic Betty’s Café Tea Rooms on Parliament Street.

The Government is financially supporting hospitality businesses who join in with the promotion, which offers 50 per cent off food and non-alcoholic drinks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout August. Customers can get a maximum of £10 off food and drinks when they dine or drink in with no minimum spend, and the discount can be used in conjunction with other promotions.

In a further boost to the scheme, The Harrogate Bus Company is offering free one-way tickets for use on its buses after 6pm on the three ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ evenings each week in August via its Transdev Go mobile app, to encourage more people to support locally owned food and drinks venues.

Betty’s reopened its café in Harrogate last Monday (27 July 2020) for the first time since 17 March, with social distancing measures in place in line with Government advice.

The Harrogate Bus Company’s General Manager Frank Stanisauskis said: “Our buses play a vitally important role in Harrogate’s economy, and we wanted to do everything possible to make ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ a success for local hospitality businesses who’ve been through an unprecedented time during lockdown.

“All our customers need to do to get a free evening one-way journey ticket for any date when the scheme is running until is to request one by email to backtobus@transdevbus.co.uk. We’ll then send a free single ticket to the customer’s mobile device using our Transdev Go app – adding up to a handy 50 per cent discount on travel compared with two single fares, to match the half price food and drinks offer.

“Our previous ‘Sunday Freeway’ free travel promotions did a lot to boost Harrogate’s Sunday economy. We hope this new and exciting offer will give hospitality businesses every chance to make the most of this opportunity to bring customers into our town, while protecting our local environment.”

The Harrogate Bus Company’s free travel promotion is being offered as part of its ‘Back to Bus’ campaign to promote the benefits of going by bus now that travel restrictions have eased locally and across the country.

Full details of all services operated by The Harrogate Bus Company are available online at: https://www.transdevbus.co.uk/harrogate and on the free to download Transdev Go mobile app.