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As you will be aware the Upper Wharfedale Venturer 72B service between Buckden, Grassington and Hebden has been suspended since the start of lock-down.

We are pleased to announce that following discussions with NYCC, the service will recommence on Monday 6th July.

The service will run to the same timetable and the same route as previously, but there will be some significant changes to the nature and operation of the service so that we can protect our passengers and drivers by complying with the government’s “Covid19 Secure” guidelines for safe transport operation in the current circumstances.

The main changes will be as follows:

  • Covid symptom-free: Passengers with any Covid19 symptoms will not be permitted to travel

  • Face coverings: In line with the new government regulations, face-coverings must be worn by passengers at all times. The regulations allow for extremely limited exceptions; details of these will be available on the Upper Wharfedale Bus website. People wishing to travel, who do not have a face covering with them, may purchase one on the bus (subject to availability).

  • Social distancing: The number of seats on the bus has been reduced to 8. This is to allow for the maximum social distance which can be reasonably provided on a bus of this type. When boarding and alighting from the bus please respect social distancing guidelines.

  • Driver screen: There will be a plastic “cough-guard” screen between the driver’s cab and the passenger saloon.

  • Sanitiser: Sanitiser is provided on the bus. Please use it when boarding and alighting.

  • Cashless operation:  To minimise the risk of infection we are moving to cashless operation. If you have a bus pass, please show it to the driver (the bus pass card reader is on the wrong side of the screen and cannot be moved). If you pay to travel, please pay with a contactless card. If you do not have a card, you may still pay with cash by putting it in the cash box – but no change can be given. Donations are still very welcome – thank-you.

  • Improved airflow: To improve airflow, the window vents at the rear will always be open, and there will be no recirculation of air in the passenger saloon.

  • New cleaning regime: A new cleaning regime has been developed with a full clean of the vehicle at the end of each day, using viricidal products. On a weekly basis, the bus will also be cleaned using a viricidal fogging machine. 

We are very grateful to Mary, Mike, Bev and Gary at NYCC, and to Alex and Vitto at Transdev (Blazefield) for their help and advice in implementing the above measures. We would also very much like to thank Rob at Dalegarth Fine Furniture for his work helping us to prepare the bus.

We are looking forward to welcoming our passengers back to the Venturer from Monday 6th July and are sure you will cooperate with these measures. We do hope you feel able to travel with us soon.


For pictures of the bus in its Covid-Secure mode click here

For Frequently Asked Questions - click here