Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire have announced that from Monday next, 3 September, they will be introducing an extra bus service, departing Lancaster at 17:00 and arriving Whittington at 17:46.
This is really good news because, at the present time, the last bus from Lancaster to Whittington leaves Lancaster at 15:45. The new bus therefore allows passengers and additional one hour fifteen minutes before having to leave.
Obviously the bus also provides an opportunity to take a later service to Kirkby than is currently available. At the moment the last bus is 16:31 from Whittington. With the last bus from Kirkby Market Sq leaving at 20:15 and arrive in Whittington at 20:22.
Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire bus driver, Colin Kennington, has produced a superb video (9 minutes long) of the Dalesbus Service 881, which his company operate between Morecambe and Malham, via Whittington and Kirkby Lonsdale.
The video is well worth watching, and demonstrates how lucky we are that KLCH have returned a service to Whittington.
The bus picks up in Whittington at 9:23 On Sundays, between 1st April and the 21st October 2018. It arrives in Malham at 10:50 and returns, leaving Malham at 16:05 arriving at Whittington at 17:32. It is possible to stop off elsewhere on the route and get a later bus, which starts at Ingleton. Click Timetable for the options.
Finally, there is a 39 minutes long version of this video with, naturally, many additional views taken on the route. Click on THIS link to view.
Between the 01st April 2018 and 23 October 2018 there will be one bus, each Sunday, leaving Whittington at 09:23, arriving Kirkby Lonsdale at 09:28, with a return bus leaving Kirkby at 17:27 arriving in Whittington at 17:32.
These buses actually start in Morecambe then via Lancaster, Whittington and Kirkby Lonsdale travel on the Settle and Malham. The return service is the mirror image of this.
This is the 881 Service unfortunately bus passes cannot be used on the 881. The full timetable is as follows:
Lancashire County Council, in concert with Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire, have published the timetable for the new services, coming into effect on 05 March 2018.
It is worth noting that these services all tie in with the existing KLCH service to Skipton, therefore Skipton now becomes as easy to reach as Kendal, without changing buses.
UPDATE: The full timetable, showing both the Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire and Stagecoach service can be viewed at this link: March 2018 full bus Timetable.
The work that Matt Sutton of KLCH has put into organising this result must not go unrewarded. We must use the buses, and encourage friends in Kirkby to pick the KLCH option, rather than Stagecoach, when it is convenient to them.