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 open in Grassington, Hawes, Sedbergh, Leyburn, Masham, Pateley BridgeSettle and Reeth.

Find out more about what we do by going to About Us or clicking on the Your Dales Hubs page.

 

 

 

Dales Connect Latest…

DalesBus Summer Timetable

The Summer DalesBus timetable starts on Easter Sunday 20 April. The comprehensive timetable covers  all weekday, Saturday and Sunday bus services into and around the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale until 19 October.  >>

How Will We Get to Hospital?

On 29 April, DITA will be running a one-day workshop entitled: ’How Will We Get to Hospital?’ – Getting Smarter about Rural Health Transport in North Yorkshire and Beyond. The workshop will focus on solutions to improve rural health transport.  >>

24 Evening Bus Trial Ended

The trial of Friday and Saturday evening buses from Pateley Bridge to Harrogate has now ended. There was a respectable 38% growth over the trial period but this was unfortunately not enough to make the service viable. >>

£2m Subsidy Cut Approved

North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive have approved reductions in bus subsidies of approximately £2 million. The cuts will affect many bus routes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale AONB.  >>

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Why DITA?

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 to Can You Help on the menu bar to find out more.