Sunday 29 September will be the last chance this year and perhaps ever to ride a popular bus service accessing some of the most idyllic and remotest parts of the Yorkshire Wolds.
The seasonal Driffield Malton Dodger (Service 133) is operated by East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS)
between Driffield and Malton every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from Easter until the
last Sunday in September.
The ‘Dodger’ is named after the former Driffield to Malton railway a modest rural line linking
beautiful countryside with remote villages high up on the Wolds. The bus follows most of that
route. It closed to passengers in 1950 and completely by 1958. Launched in 2010, this bus service
is now the only service between the two popular market towns. The bus provides spectacular access
to some of the region’s most stunning scenery.
The service has so far this year carried about 1000 passengers but may not return next year.
Leader, a source of European grant that has paid for the service came to an end this year and so far
no new funding has been identified to replace it.
‘The Dodger is so much more than a bus service. It gives people an opportunity to explore
spectacular countryside whilst providing a lifeline for several remote high wolds villages.’ Said
Adam Fowler, Community Environment Officer for the charity The City of Hull & Humber Environment
Forum which promotes the service. ‘We are hopeful that new funding can be found and it will
continue next year.’.
Passenger surveys are currently being undertaken to find out what people think about the service.
Many use is it for walking as it links up with the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail and the
medieval village of Wharram Percy or discover Thixendale a pretty wolds village. It is also an
important link to the two market towns of Malton and Driffield.
‘The bus ferries people between Driffield and Malton that would otherwise have no other form of
public transport.’ Said Adam ‘By doing so creating income for both market towns.’
The Dodger is designed to connect with bus and rail services at Driffield and Malton enabling people
from Hull, Beverley, Bridlington, Leeds, Scarborough and York to use the service with just one
change! Using the Dodger helps to reduce road congestion and the effects of climate change by using
public transport, sustains local services, and ensures that this tranquil area is preserved for
Timetables are available at www.eyms.co.uk or by contacting Buscall (01482) 222222. This is a
regular public bus service, so no booking required, and both National Concessionary bus passes and
Travel Tokens are accepted. Regrettably, the Dodger is not suitable for those with mobility problems
because of the condition of roads determining the type of vehicle used.
The Dodger bus service is part of Heritage Connections – project of Humber & Wolds Rural Community
Council supported by The City of Hull & Humber Environment Forum, funded by the Rural Development
Programme for England (RDPE) LEADER programme. The programme aims to use the unrealized potential of
the area’s heritage and culture, to stimulate local vibrancy, encourage enhanced pride in place, and
thereby improve the area.