York Bus Forum

“York’s voice for bus users”

2018 © York Bus Forum

2018 © York Bus Forum


Welcome to the website of York Bus Forum – an independent voice for bus users in and around York. This includes potential bus users – those who don’t use buses now  - but who would if the service was more suitable for their journeys.

Our aim is “to get York people where they want to be, when they want to be there, in a manner that is reliable, comfortable and efficient”.

The Forum started with a public meeting in April 2016 as a response to York Council’s proposals to cut many evening and Sunday bus services. The meeting was attended by 50 people and considered how the cuts would impact on residents and visitors as well as more general views on bus services in York.


The group mounted a strong campaign against the Council’s proposals. This involved sustained campaigning during the consultation period, emphasising the shortcomings of that exercise, following up with meetings to attract affected users, encouraging parish councils and residents associations to oppose the planned cuts in services while persuading all to attend Ward meetings and lobby their own councillors.

A number of ward councillors and other individuals supported our campaign, resulting in a partial reduction in the proposed scale of cuts. Following further lobbying, £80,000 of the planned cuts are being restored on a permanent basis. YBF does not claim all the credit for the result but stresses the importance of networking with others.

Whilst we are continuing to campaign on behalf of York’s bus users, our focus has now moved on to helping to promote current services – especially those which are less known like the No 20. We are also trying to look forward.

Members’ Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of January, March, June, September and November from 5.30 to 7pm at the City of York Council’s West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA (please ask at Reception which room we have been allocated).

Everybody is welcome at these meetings - you do not have to be a member.

Open Committee Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of February, May, July, October and December. The AGM is usually held in April. See Diary page for forthcoming meetings.

Single decker advertising the All York bus ticket  Photo: G Collett