Council puts new arrangements in place as bus operators says it can no longer operate services

Bus operator John Smith and Son Ltd has told North Yorkshire County Council that it will not be in a position to operate its county council contracts from this afternoon, 17 January.

The company operated 14 school and one local bus service under contract to the council.

The council’s Integrated Passenger Transport team has made emergency alternative arrangements with other local providers who will operate the home-to-school transport services with immediate effect to ensure that pupils entitled to free transport will be able to get to and from school.

The Local Bus Service 150 previously operated by John Smith and Son Ltd on Thursdays and Saturdays between Thirsk and Ripon will not operate on 19 January. The council is reviewing its options for this service in future and is hopeful that some level of service can be reinstated.  Details will be posted on the council website when the council has concluded its review.

North Yorkshire County Council assistant director Ian Fielding said:

Our team has worked hard to make sure the school bus services continue to operate and we will be working closely with schools as we seek to make permanent alternative arrangements.


Details of the temporary arrangements can be found on the county council’s website,


Friday 18th January 2019
Service Number Route Description New Operator Contact Details
865H Dalton – Topcliffe CE School Morse Coaches 01347 878969
832H Thormanby – Dalton – Thirsk School Morse Coaches 01347 878969
863H Thormanby – Great Thirkleby – Sessay Primary School PNP Coaches 01765 635262
857H Howe- Sandhutton – Carlton Minniot CP School Atkinson’s Coaches 01765 658266
843H Ripon – Dishforth – Topcliffe – Thirsk School H Atkinson & Sons 01609 882222
841H Allenbrooke Barracks – Thirsk Shool Atkinson’s Coaches 01765 658266
840H Middleton Quernhow – Rainton – Thirsk School Morse Coaches 01347 878969
839H Low Swainby – Sinderby – Thirsk School Winn Bros 01609 775497
838H Kirby Wiske – Thirsk School Winn Bros 01609 775497
836H Upsall – Borrowby – Thirsk School H Atkinson & Sons 01609 882222
834H Boltby – Thirlby – Thirsk School Hodgsons Coaches 01833 630730
833H Thirkleby to Thirsk School H Atkinson & Sons 01609 882222
826H North Otterington – Kirby Wiske – Northallerton School Woodman Inn Taxis 01325 377504
816H South Otterington – Northallerton School K A Taxis Thirsk 01845 522685


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