A pledge to lobby the Government about the impact of slashing subsidised bus routes in South Craven has been made by North Yorkshire County Council chiefs.

It is one of a number of promises it has voiced after making swingeing cuts totalling £2 million to its bus services bill.

Heaviest hit are the subsidised school bus routes, where help will only be provided to children entitled to free home-to-school transport. This applies to children living in areas including Lothersdale, Silsden and Farnill, and will take effect from September.

The executive committee agreed to investigate alternative funding from parish councils and other bodies, where local buses are not provided commercially.

It will also conduct an in-depth review of local bus services to establish how they could be put on a more sustainable footing.