For those Flanders and Swann fans, of an age who would admit to it – we have some “Hold very tight please, ting ting” news*
The existing “First Bus” services 51 and 51a through Burghwallis will be replaced by “Arriva” from 3rd October.
The new service, rumoured to be more than the 97hp of the Flanders and Swan song means the bus through Burghwallis will be in a different livery but following a different route.
This will still carry the service number 51, and will run via Bentley, Carcroft and Skellow Five Lane Ends into Burghwallis, and then on to Sutton, Askern and Campsmount to Norton.
The service towards Doncaster will run Mondays to Friday, passing through Burghwallis at 5 and 35 minutes past each hour from 06.35 until 16.35, plus one at 07.20. Saturday services will start with the 07.20 and run to the same pattern until the same 16.35 last service.
From Doncaster, the service starts at 08.15 and runs half-hourly until 17.45 during the week, and until 17.15 on Saturdays, with the service timed to pass through Burghwallis 30 minutes after departure from Doncaster.
As before, there will be no Sunday service.
*In case you ask Flanders and Swann were a British comedy duo. Lyricist, actor and singer Michael Flanders (1922–1975) and composer and pianist Donald Swann (1923–1994) collaborated in writing and performing comic songs. They first worked together in a school revue in 1939 and eventually wrote more than 100 comic songs together, one was about a London double decker bus ”A transport of delight”. Buses in those days carried conductors, hence the hold very tight comment in the lyric.