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  • Coastliner’s Adam presents… The stories behind the glories of Britain’s most scenic bus route

    New commentary will highlight the magical scenery of the North York Moors

    He’s already famous as the friendly face of Britain’s Most Scenic Bus Route – and now Coastliner bus driver Adam Davies is to present a brand-new feature for the journey across the heart of the North York Moors.

    Adam is one of the best-known faces on the Coastliner route between Leeds, York and the North Yorkshire coast, featuring in worldwide TV news reports after the route was named as the finest bus journey in Britain – and now he’s using his detailed local knowledge to highlight the fascinating history and stunning scenery of the most scenic section of the journey between Thornton-le-Dale and Whitby.

    Over 15,000 people cast votes in an online poll of bus users, sponsored by the transport users’ watchdog Bus Users UK, to choose the Coastliner 840 service as the country’s most captivating journey from a shortlist of more than 25 of the nation’s finest routes.

    Customers travelling on the popular service will now be able to relax and enjoy Adam’s specially-written commentary in an informative and entertaining audio presentation, which will begin automatically as the bus leaves Thornton-le-Dale for its journey across the Moors.

    A proud Adam said: “Being named Britain’s Most Scenic Bus Route has attracted customers from all over the world to travel with us over the Moors to Whitby – many seeing the sights for the first time.

    “We’re often asked for information about the landmarks we pass along the way, and this offers everyone the chance to find out a bit more about the locations as they enjoy great views from our buses, in a way that just isn’t possible in a car.

    “I’m always very proud of the breath-taking scenery and history of this amazing journey, and I’m looking forward to sharing some of the stories behind its glories with customers as they travel.”

    The amazing scenic Yorkshire locations highlighted in Adam’s commentary include:

    • Hole of Horcum – a 400 ft deep hollow approximately three quarters of a mile wide, forming a natural amphitheatre and renowned as one of the most spectactular features in the Moors landscape
    • Fylingdales – an RAF radar base which forms part of the UK’s Ballistic Missile Early Warning System, set among dramatic moorland scenery: from mid-August into September, millions of tiny heather flowers burst into bloom and transform the landscape into a stunning carpet of pink and purple
    • Goathland – one of Yorkshire’s most famous TV locations, known to millions of viewers around the world as Aidensfield, home of the 1960s police drama, Heartbeat. It’s also one of the stations on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, with historic locomotives turning back the clock to the golden age of steam
    • Whitby – dominated by the ruins of its Abbey on the clifftop, visitors can follow its quaint streets and narrow alleys to the busy quayside which still maintains a working fishing fleet – or climb the 199 steps up to the Anglo-Saxon Parish Church of St Mary, whose churchyard provided the setting which inspired Bram Stoker to write his famous novel, Dracula.

    Coastliner General Manager Colin Booth said: “Our route across the North York Moors to Whitby is justly renowned for its wonderful scenery, and this new commentary feature will greatly enhance the journey for our customers.

    “We’ve successfully tested our new commentary feature on selected journeys, and the feedback from our customers has been very positive, so we’ve now decided to offer it on each of our buses on Britain’s Most Scenic Bus Route.

    “Adam’s local knowledge and experience built up over the years adds a unique dimension to our commentary and we’re sure it’ll be a very popular feature of this amazing journey.”

    Full details of all Coastliner services, including bus times and great value fare deals, are available online at http://www.yorkbus.co.uk or via the free to download Transdev Go smartphone app.