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All a Board! The Country Bus

22 September 16

Local bus company Arriva North East is proud to be part of a new TV programme showcasing what has been described as one of the most picturesque routes in the UK. The 2 hour programme which was aired on BBC 4 on Monday 29th August follows one if its buses as it winds its way through the Yorkshire Dales in real time. The programme provided viewers with a unique opportunity to hop on board from their sofa and see the views, hear the rumbling of the engines and the conversations that happen along the way.


Service 830, The Northern Dalesman, runs from Middlesbrough through Richmond and over the Buttertubs Pass to Ingleton.


Nigel Featham, regional managing director for Arriva North East and Yorkshire said: “We are extremely proud to operate this route and some of the view you see along the way are breathe taking, so it made sense to share this with the BBC viewers when approached. We hope viewers will like what they see and come and ride the route themselves soon.”


The TV programme dubbed as “Slow TV” is designed to offer the viewer one long uninterrupted shot of the bus ride with graphics that appear throughout the programme giving viewers snippets of social history telling the story of the journey they are on. 


The service, operated by Arriva, runs Sundays and Bank Holidays from 1st May 2016 until 25th September 2016. Arriva drivers often drive the buses outside of their normal shift patterns such is the passion for the service and spectacular views.


John Matthews, driver of the bus in the TV programme said: “My wife used to ask why I preferred to drive the bus on my weekends off instead of spending time at home. To answer the question I took her along on the bus trip and stopped on the Buttertubs Pass. Her reply was simply “Ok, I get it now”.


Arriva operates The Northern Dalesman service in partnership with DalesBus, who provide a network of bus services running in and around the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  


The documentary is still available to watch online -Click Here

Tickets can be purchased on board - full for a full list of prices Click Here