The community-run Moorsbus service that connects towns and villages in the North York Moors National Park will operate an extended timetable this year.
Services resume on Friday, May 3 and from then on will operate every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday until September 29.
Bill Breakell, the leader of Moorsbus Community Interest Company, said: “We’re delighted that since the community interest company stepped in to save the much-loved Moorsbus in 2014, we’ve managed to increase our services year on year.
“This year we’ve got more and better connections, with the routes being largely as in 2018 in response to passengers’ requests.”
The network’s buses will make more calls at railway stations including Malton, Thirsk, Northallerton and Danby, connecting with more than 50 stations each week. Services will also link passengers further outside the national park, with Moorsbus services to and from York, Darlington and Saltburn.
Mr Breakell, a former transport officer for the North York Moors National Park said: “Thanks to lots of hard work and donations from individuals, as well as parish councils, small businesses and other bodies, we’re able to connect scores of towns and villages in the rural area, often providing them with their only bus service.”
New timetables are available online at www.moorsbus.org and printed timetable booklets will be distributed next month.
A recent survey carried out by Moorsbus found that its services are worth £250,000 a year to the North York Moors economy.