The paper reports that passengers have disappeared and some lines serving rural areas have had services temporarily suspended with bus replacements. Salveson says that whilst the trains will come back, it could take years to return to pre-virus patronage levels. He cautions against assuming things will go ‘back to normal’ and that the Government will bail the railway industry out.
Meanwhile, Hambleton Today covers news that North Yorkshire County Council, which has faced criticism over its efforts to develop transport solutions in rural areas where commercial services are not viable, has submitted two bids for Government funding to create demand-responsive services. North Yorkshire County Council is seeking a share of £20 million to trial new on-demand services or to improve existing services in rural and suburban areas.
The Yorkshire Post - How local communities could run rural railway lines: Paul Salveson
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