Rural councils to run DIY services?
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• Following market-day minibus service operated by Pickering rural council on three routes to outlying country villages, the Rural District Councils Association has distributed a circular to the rest of its 469 member councils advising them to consider the possibility of running similar services themselves in the light of the recent announcement by the National Bus Co that certain unrenumerative rural routes may have to be axed.
The Pickering service, which is run under contract on a Monday by two minibus operators, was started in April 1970. Since then the service has shown a deficit of 45 per cent, which is met by a grant of 50 per cent from the Government, 25 per cent from the North Riding Council and the remainder from the rate fund.
The villages which are now served have not had any public transport since Ryedale Motors Ltd scrapped its services to them three years ago.