AGREEMENT has been reached on a commercially run bus service linking Giggleswick, Settle and Skipton.

Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire, operator of Dalesbus, looks set to take on the former Pennine 580 service, which since May has been run on a vastly scaled down basis by North Yorkshire County Council.

Following lengthy discussions between the bus operator, council officers, councillors, Friends of Dalesbus and Skipton MP Julian Smith, a Saturday service could start as early as July 12, followed by a six day a week service in September.

If everything goes to plan, the service - although two hourly, will include an early morning bus to Skipton and one leaving late in the evening. It is also believed that the fares will be two thirds of that charged by the former Pennine buses.

Richard Blaikie, manager of Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire, said there were issues still be to be resolved and it would have to be agreed by the Traffic Commission, but the intention was to take the service on.

"It is good news and the intention is to take it on, we've just got to get a few things together and then we can announce timings," he said.