A BUS route which takes in the scenery around Ryedale has won the World Cup of English Bus Routes in an online poll.

The Coastliner 840 journey between Leeds, York, Malton and Whitby emerged victorious at the end of a tournament, including dozens of bus services across the country.

More than 2,000 people voted in the final, which saw Coastliner take on the Isle of Wight’s Needles Breezer open top bus route to claim the coveted title of England’s finest.

The Yorkshire favourite clinched the win after a 24-hour final vote, taking 54.3 per cent of the vote.

Coastliner CEO Alex Hornby said: “I’m delighted that Coastliner has again been named the nation’s favourite, and no wonder – there’s a lot of love for the service and for our amazing team who make it the success it undoubtedly is.

“We know from the many positive comments we receive from our customers all year round that our Coastliner 840 bus is the ideal way to see two great Yorkshire cities, the North York Moors and the beautiful coast, without the stress and hassle of driving or parking.

“This wonderful win is ideally timed as we begin our journey beyond lockdown and gradually welcome customers back along the route.

“As travel restrictions are eased, we look forward to seeing visitors old and new to take a seat with us and enjoy the grandstand Yorkshire views which make Coastliner a worthy World Cup winner.”