NORTH Yorkshire County Council has approved cuts of around £2m in subsidies to bus services.

From April there will be changes to almost 100 bus services across the county, with some route subsidies either reduced or removed.

The services affected include the 156/7 bus from Bedale to Gayle, via Hawes, which will be reduced from an hourly service to three return journeys per day from Monday to Saturday.

The council has said that Community Transport ‘will be enhanced to provide additional support.'

Deputy Leader Coun Carl Lis said: “We are conscious of the potential that these reductions have for people in very rural areas, in terms of isolation and loneliness.

“These issues are very much in our minds, and we will do all we can to mitigate against them.”