|My journey on the X93 was made by Arriva Durham County 7486|
On the day I made the decision to head to Whitby, after hearing a number of good things about the area. I used Arriva Durham County service X93 on one of the short journeys which operate during summer from Scarborough to Whitby. Quite quickly, the X93 became my favourite bus route I have ever travelled on. It's breathtaking; at one point, we were climbing a 17% steepness hill through the North Yorkshire Moors, then dropping down to the beautiful Robin Hood's Bay, before a ride over New Bridge - offering excellent views of Whitby Town and of the historical Abbey. The ride took just over an hour, but felt like little more over ten minutes.
Arriving at Whitby Bus Station, it was quite clear that it is an Arriva Town. Both Park and Ride services, the X93 through the town and a small network of services for surrounding housing areas are all run by the German-owned operator. The Sapphire brand also runs into Whitby - more on that is found later in the report.
|One of two vehicles used on the Whitby Town Tour, pictured here|
at the abbey turning circle on the South Cliff.
Every Wednesday, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer peak, Coastal and Country operate daily vintage coach services - with no booking required - on a three hour tour of "Heartbeat Country" from Whitby Town Centre. The vehicle used is a beautifully restored Duple Vega bodied Bedford SBG. It appears too to be rather popular, especially with the visitors on coach holidays in the area.
|One of Arriva's high specification Sapphire branded Streelites|
Time came around faster than expected, and a homeward journey was made ready for the even longer journey home the following day!