The Mainstreaming Smarter Travel conference in Manchester on 3-4 December brought together smarter travel projects from around the country. Randall Ghent gave a presentation about the Connecting the Dales project. >>
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DITA’s One Way £1 bus scheme for young people was “highly commended” at the UK Bus Awards 2013 ceremony on Tuesday 19 November at the London Hilton, in the ‘Putting Customers First’ category. >>
The popular One Way £1 travel scheme for young people in the Dales aged under 19 has been extended to 5 April 2014. The scheme runs weekday evenings after 5pm and weekends and School Holidays at any time. >>
The Winter DalesBus timetable is now available, and covers all bus services in and around the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale from 21 October 2013 to 6 April 2014, including Sunday DalesBus services from West Yorkshire. >>
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Welcome to Dales Connect
We are glad you have found us! We are here to help make transport more integrated, more accessible and more popular. Whether it’s buses, community transport, car share schemes, cycling facilities, access to walking routes or community car clubs, Dales Connect is here to help.
As part of DITA (Dales Integrated Transport Alliance) we act as a central information and advice point to people visiting or living in the Dales and Nidderdale AONB to enable them to be aware of what their transport options are. We aim to operate around eight “hubs”—central transport information and advice points that are run by local volunteers in towns and villages in the Dales Connect area. These are already open in Grassington, Hawes, Sedbergh, Leyburn, Masham and Pateley Bridge, with Settle opening later in 2013.
DITA was formed by a group of people living in or near the Yorkshire Dales who were concerned that rural transport was in decline. How could we begin to reverse that decline? We decided to apply for Government funding to enable us to carry out research and come up with community-based solutions.
In rural areas, people have much higher transport costs because of longer than average car journeys (which also means we have a much higher carbon footprint) and the higher cost of fuel in rural areas.
Our funding runs out in 2015, and by then we hope to have done research, trialed services; and achieved greater integration of services that currently exist to enable us to reverse the decline.
We want to do more, but need your help! You can volunteer to help at hubs or in other ways, or donate money to help our work. Go toCan You Help on the menu bar to find out more.