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Local authorities launch new public transport guide to promote sustainable travel

Ryedale District Council has teamed up with Scarborough Borough Council and North York Moors National Park to produce an information leaflet to support the tourism industry while encouraging residents and visitors to enjoy the local area using public transport.

The ‘Sit back and enjoy the ride’ publication provides information about places of interest to visit around Ryedale, the Howardian Hills, North York Moors and the Yorkshire Coast. It includes a map of the main bus routes, railways stations and park and ride services to help people plan their journey using public transport.

Phillip Spurr, Programme Director for Economic Development, Business and Partnerships, said:

“Ryedale District Council is committed to supporting our tourism sector and this new publication highlights the many attractions that the local area has to offer.

“This work is also part of Ryedale District Council’s climate change commitment to encourage a transition to more sustainable transport. Using public transport is one of the practical actions we can take to reduce carbon emissions in Ryedale and beyond, and this new guide will hopefully make it easier for citizens and visitors to explore our conveniently situated attractions and places of interest by bus or train.

“We would strongly encourage people to plan ahead and check with the transport operator and attraction before travelling. Please continue to follow Coronavirus restrictions and guidance for safer travel. For more information visit www.gov.uk.”

Janet Deacon, Scarborough Borough Council Tourism and Culture Manager, said:

“Our new visitor economy strategy encourages initiatives that promote a greener economy and reduce our impact on climate change.

“We are therefore very supportive of this new guide, available in print and online, which will raise awareness of sustainable transport options on the Yorkshire coast and in surrounding areas.

“When public transport is combined with exploring on foot you can reach many of the area’s hidden gems and support a diverse range of fantastic local businesses without needing to use a car.”

Michael Graham, Director of Park Services at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said:

“Using public transport to explore the National Park is actually much easier than people might imagine and can provide a unique experience to those who don't own a car. Car owners who choose to take the bus or train instead are making a real contribution to reducing traffic congestion, lowering carbon emissions as well as taking the strain out of the journey. So why not explore the many iconic and beautiful places that can be accessed by bus or train around the National Park?

“The new publication provides a wealth of information about the adventures that can be had in this spectacularly diverse region, and the National Park Authority is delighted it was able to use its Rural Recovery Fund to help support this initiative as our tourism sector opens back up following the most recent national lockdown.”

Copies of the leaflet are available at local attractions, information points and Yorkshire’s transport hubs. The leaflet is also available online at: https://www.ryedale.gov.uk/images/PDF/Tourism/Sit_Back__Enjoy_the_ride_2021_v2.pdf and www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com