Saturday, 28 January 2017

Cumbria Classic Coaches to Operate Penrith Service

Cumbria Classic Coaches are adding another registered service to their portfolio of routes.
The 563 Kirkby Stephen to Penrith route operated by Grand Prix Services was abandoned from 16th December 2016 as it could no longer justify running the service without support from Cumbria County Council.
Cumbria Classic Coaches will now operate this as a Tuesday only service from Tuesday 31st January.

With the addition of the new service the list of Cumbria Classic services will be as follows

  • Route 571 Brough & Kirkby Stephen to Kendal every Monday (except Bank Holidays)  
  • New Service 574  Kirkby Stephen to Penrith Tuesdays
  • Route 569 to Hawes every Tuesday 31st May - 25th October
Route 572 to Barnard Castle every Wednesday via Middleton in Teesdale - Easter to end October
  • Route 570 Kirkby Stephen & Shap to Kendal every Thursday 
All services start and finish at Ravenstonedale Bus Depot

Concessionary passes are accepted on all services. 

Cumbria Classic Coaches specialise in private hire work for weddings and other events but since the withdrawal of County Council financial support the local registered routes are operated as a service to their local community.
A 1991 Leyland Olympian double deck coach is normally used on registered services with back up from the heritage fleet. However, the new service to Penrith on 31st January will be operated by a heritage vehicle as the Olympian will be going through pre MOT checks on this date.

Above 1955 AEC Regent taking a turn on the Kendal service in 2016

Above, on 11th January 2017 the A66 was closed to high sided vehicles so two single deck vehicles were used on the service to Barnard Castle, where they are seen here awaiting their passengers for the return journey.

The Grand Prix 563 service was withdrawn on 16th December 2016 due to lack of financial support

The poster informing passengers of the withdrawal of the 563 service

Not only have Cumbria County Council withdrawn financial support for bus services, they also fail to assist those operators who are trying to run services commercially. This poster displayed in the bus shelter at Kirkby Market Square gives misleading information with regards to the Cumbria Classic Coaches services.

The Barnard Castle service operates from this stop but the poster says that it operates from the bus shelter on the other side of the road. Also no proper times or details are displayed by the council for onward services.

Local passengers are being shabbily treated by the council to whom they pay their council tax.
Tourists are being let down by the shoddy information being displayed.

Finally, we are informed that Cumbria County Council received £480,000 in bus operators grant, 25% of which it didn't spend. They have given the £104,000 back to central government!


A latest album placed onto the new Focus Flickr site contains a set of images, which portray the Leyland Olympians operated in the former Central 'red' Area of London Buses from the 1980s. These can now be viewed by clicking  here