Monday, 29 August 2016

Extra Bridlington Town Services

EYMS are adding extra journeys to some of their Bridlington Town Services from Monday 5th September,

The 1420 service 507 from Bridlington Bus Station to New Pasture Lane will now operate on Wednesday schooldays, as well as on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday schooldays. This fills a two hour gap in the Wednesday schoolday service on route 507. This journey also runs in school holidays and on Saturdays as a circular back to Bridlington Bus Station.

On service 512, the 1405 from Bridlington Bus Station now runs on Wednesdays schooldays as well as all other weekdays and Saturdays. The following 1450 departure now runs on weekdays during school holidays as well as Saturdays. As a result a 2 hour 15 minute gap in departures on Wednesday schooldays reduces to 90 minutes, while a 90 minute gap on school holiday afternoons is eliminated with the usual 45 minute frequency operating all day.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

EYMS Priory Road Corridor Minor Changes

From Monday 5th September, EYMS are making minor punctuality amendments to the times of their Priory Road services in Hull - 60/60A/61/62/64. Some journeys will operate earlier or later, and the weekday 0840 Anlaby Road/Calvert Lane junction to Castle Hill Hospital service will start back at Hull Interchange at 0818.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Stamford Bridge Service 10 Evening Reductions (But Could Have Been Withdrawal)

Reductions are taking place to the mid/late evening service on route 10 from Stamford Bridge to York and Poppleton, operated by Transdev York. This is due to City of York Council budget cuts.

From tomorrow onwards the Sunday and Bank Holiday evening service is withdrawn, and from Tuesday (30th) the Monday to Saturday evening service is reduced. The current hourly service requiring two vehicles is reduced to two 'full length' journeys, plus one extra York-Stamford Bridge 'short'. The last departure from York Piccadilly to Stamford Bridge is now slightly later at 2348 rather than 2328.

The entire evening service was at threat from withdrawal, but the York Press reports that local employer Rosti Automotive, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Stamford Bridge Parish Council have each put £2000 per year towards the subsidy for the evening service to ensure that some level of evening service can be retained.

Friday, 19 August 2016

York Pullman takeover 36/X36 from Transdev

York Pullman will takeover operation of tendered services 36 and service X36 from Transdev York on Tuesday 30th August.

On Monday to Saturday service 36 between Sutton Upon Derwent and York, the 0900, 1027, 1227, 1427 and 1627 from Sutton upon Derwent become 0900, 1020, 1220, 1420 and 1655 (1620 Sat) departures. From York current departures from Merchantgate at 1115, 1315 and 1515 become 0945, 1120, 1320 and 1610 on weekdays and 0950, 1120, 1320 and 1520 on Saturdays. Most journeys extend through to/start at York Station, and the 0945 (0950 Sat) from Merchantgate and 1655 (1620 Sat) from Sutton Upon Derwent will operate as service X36, omitting Wheldrake and Fulford.

The weekday peak time X36 between Pocklington and York only has minor changes to it's times, and the equivalent Saturday journeys remain operated by EYMS. York Pullman previously operate the weekday peak service X36 until Transdev purchased their local bus operations in 2012.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Some ideas work, Some don't - but at least they were tried.

Last September Stagecoach took over the East Riding of Yorkshire Council tender for Monday to Saturday evening services 78 and 277 between Hull and Hedon. They introduced two significant improvements - extending most services beyond Hull Interchange to the Avenues area, and a later Saturday departure on route 277. From next week (Monday 1st August), the Avenues extensions no longer operate, so I guess that initiative wasn't a success. The later Saturday service remains however, but departing Ferensway in Hull City Centre at 0030 as opposed to 0020, operating 10 minutes later throughout.

It should be noted that East Riding of Yorkshire Council are currently consulting on withdrawing the evening 78/277 services, except for possibly the 1810 service 78 from Hull Interchange.

Stagecoach Simplibus Hull Changes

Today, Sunday 31st July, Stagecoach have amended the timetables for most Simplibus routes in Hull, with some of the more notable being discussed below. There are various smaller changes not noted below, so this post is not comprehensive.

On a city wide note, all Saturday morning variations via Hull Royal Infirmary and Smith and Nephew are withdrawn, impacting service 3 from Greatfield and service 8, 11 and 12 from North Point. There are also reductions in the equivalent weekday variations on some routes (see below for details). Monday to Saturday early morning through journeys between services 2 and 3 (from Orchard Park) and services 10/10X are no longer shown in the revised timetables; neither are evening and Sunday through journeys between service 5 and services 11 and 12.

Weekday morning peak 1W variations via Smith and Nephew from Hull Interchange now operate every half hour rather than every 20 minutes. The weekday 0625 service 2 from Hull Interchange now starts at Monument Bridge at 0635.

On service 3 between Orchard Park and Greatfield the Monday to Saturday early morning timetables are extensively revised. In addition to the changes noted above, the 0700 from Greenwood Avenue to Hull Interchange now starts at Orchard Park Tesco and operates through to Greatfield, while the 0630 and 0700 from Greatfield to Hull Interchange now operate through to Orchard Park. On Saturdays all early morning journeys from Greenwood Avenue now start at Orchard Park, and operate through to Greatfield. This means earlier departures from Orchard Park Tesco than on weekdays and an earlier first service from Hull Interchange to Greatfield than on weekdays, at 0605 as opposed to 0657. The 0715 Hull Interchange to Greatfield is however withdrawn.

The last departure from Kingswood Retail Park on service 5 moves 5 minutes later on weekdays to 2315 but 10 minutes earlier on Sundays to 2300. There are also new earlier weekday departures from Hull Interchange at 0610 and 0640 (first departure previously 0705).

Weekday early morning journeys on service 10 from North Bransholme operate 5 minutes earlier "to improve connection times" onto services 8 and 11 at North Point. There is a new 0550 departure from North Bransholme, and the retimed 0635 from North Bransholme (was 0640) no longer operates via Hull Royal Infirmary and Smith and Nephew.

On service 11 the weekday 2345 from Ferensway is withdrawn, leaving a 2325 last departure from Hull Interchange. The last weekday and Sunday departure from Kingswood is 5 minutes later at 2335.

Service 12 has a revised early morning timetable; on weekdays the 0615, 0630 and 0645 from North Point via Smith and Nephew become 0530, 0600, 0630 and 0645 not serving Smith and Nephew. On Saturdays there is also a new 0600 from North Point, providing a first departure 15 minutes earlier than previously.

Hopefully this post has captured all the main changes - please leave a comment if not!

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Stagecoach 5 - Funding Success for Major Changes

The Grimsby Telegraph reported this week that North East Lincolnshire Council's Sustainable Travel funding bid to the Department for Transport has been successful, and that part of the successful bid includes significant improvements to Stagecoach service 5 between Grimsby and Immingham.

Full details of the bid are available on the council website. For service 5, £200,000 of government funding will be used to 'Kick Start' major improvements to the service, alongside an investment of £150,000 by Stagecoach in two additional low floor buses and a further £20,000 from Stagecoach of "marketing design services" to assist in promotion. Service 5 will, as part of a quality partnership, double in daytime frequency from half hourly to every 15 minutes between Grimsby and Immingham, with a half hourly extension to the new Able UK industrial development at Killingholme as well as the CATCH training facility and the Philips 66 Oil Refinery. It is not stated if the frequency increase will just be on weekdays, or if Saturdays are included as well.

It isn't quite clear to me how this will work in practice, and how the South Killingholme extensions to the 5 and those journeys that continue beyong Immingham as service 150 or 450 will be affected. The peak time service 5 extensions to Habrough and Ulceby are also not mentioned. The Able UK site and Philips 66 Oil Refinery are north of Immingham, while CATCH is to the east on the Kiln Lane Industrial Estate already served at peak times as part of the MIC Plant extensions, and the three sites would not be easily served by the same half hourly extension.

Page 8 of the bid document also contains a map. The MIC Plant route is colour coded "5 bus service with increased frequency". There is then a route colour coded "New bus service" along Manby Road and Rosper Road to serve Able UK and Philips 66, which then continues along Crook Mill Road to Thornton Abbey and a map label "To Barton Upon Humber". South Killingholme is colour coded "150/450 bus service" along with North Killingholme and Habrough.

The map could suggest that after operating a 15 minute frequency to Immingham County Hotel, the service will then split to serve CATCH/MIC Plant/Kiln Lane or extend to Able UK. This could provide a half hourly service to both areas. The extension to Barton is intriguing, as it is not mentioned elsewhere within the bid document, and would no doubt require significant funding. It would however significantly improve public transport links to the Able UK site, as passengers from Hull or Scunthorpe could connect onto an Able UK service in the town. Any Barton extension would presumably be routed via East Halton village, not Crook Mill Road as shown on the map, and would serve Barrow as well en-route to Barton.

It is worth pointing out that the 150 and 450 are North Lincolnshire Council financially supported, and that South Killingholme, North Killingholme, East Halton and the Able UK site are in North Lincolnshire, not North East Lincolnshire. This, and the focus on access to employment and training in the bid document, may explain the lack of detail on services to villages North and West of Immingham.

The Kick Start approach was used successfully around 10 years ago to relaunch the Laceby Acres/Nunsthorpe-Grimsby-Cleethorpes routes (now services 3 and 4) with 10 minute frequencies. For service 5 it will subsidise the first year of the increased frequency, with the intention that fare income and developer contributions will ensure it becomes commercially sustainable afterwards.

This is exceptionally good news for travel between Grimsby and Immingham, and for access to employment and training sites around Immingham. The changes will be a real 'step-change' in provision with the potential to deliver significant growth in the use of bus services. Hopefully Habrough and North Lincolnshire villages such as South Killingholme will not see cutbacks as a result of these changes, and can retain through services to Grimsby.

Finally, the bid also includes plans for a cycle hub at Cleethorpes station, which could offer the potential for workers in the Immingham/South Humber Bank area to travel by train to Habrough and then cycle to work.
(Unless I missed it, I haven't seen any timescales or start dates quoted)

Sunday, 26 June 2016

East Riding Bus Cuts Proposals - Some Thoughts

Having reviewed the list of services in the East Riding of Yorkshire that are and aren't proposed to loose their council subsidy, some thoughts.

While the "balanced scorecard" used to rank services has been weighted against some variables, such as low passenger numbers, evening and Sunday services and the availability of "substantially similar local bus services", there are no pre-conditions used. So no outright refusal to fund evening and Sunday services, no requirement to ensure communities retain a bus service, no minimum passenger threshold or maximum subsidy threshold. Therefore some villages could no longer be served by a traditional bus service, while the council continues to fund evening services between Bridlington and Bempton, and Hull and Goole, and Sunday services between Hornsea and Bridlington/Withernsea (the latter Summer only). Right or wrong? It is easy to criticise, but I guess East Riding of Yorkshire Council would argue that the evening and Sunday services proposed to keep their funding meet their varied criteria to do so, even after being penalised in the "balanced scorecard" for the times of the day/week they operate.

The worst performing service in the "balanced scorecard" is the funding for a small number of Sunday diversions to EYMS service 75 between Hull and Withernsea, to serve Burstwick. This is very much a contract I would question why it is being funded now anyway. Either EYMS should provide it commercially, or Burstwick should be able to suffice without, given the vast majority of Sunday 75's serve Burstwick commercially. Annual passengers are 295, average 1 per journey at a £2.34 per passenger subsidy.

The next worst performing service is Thornes 2 on Fridays between Bubwith and Market Weighton, which duplicates EYMS service 18. I'm not sure if the 2 and 18 follow the exact same route, but if need be hopefully the 18 could have a Friday variation. Another contract that I question why it is being funded anyway now.

Another service which I am really rather surprised is currently being funded is the 3 day a week Humbleton and Garton diversion on service 221. It has 97 annual passengers, at an £8.79 per passenger subsidy. If this was one day a week, 97 annual passengers wouldn't be quite as bad, but funding 3 days a week seems excessive. Also neither village would be left unserved by a bus service (though parts of Humbleton would be unserved).

Contracts with a per passenger subsidy of less than 25p have been heavily weighted in the "balanced scorecard" (where a high score is bad news) - I presume in the belief that they should be able to work commercially, possibly in a revised form. This covers the contribution to Acklams 5 (25p per passenger - I presume that is rounded up from 24 point something pence), Stagecoach 9 (6p per passenger) and EYMS 88 (7p per passenger).

Some contracts have very low average passenger per journey numbers. In addition to the 221 at average zero passengers per journey:
Average 1 passenger per journey:
  • 10 Wawne extensions - not proposed to have funding withdrawn
  • 75 Sunday Burstwick diversion (see above)
  • 78 Paull diversions Monday to Saturday
  • 79 Paull diversion Monday to Saturday
  • 142 Middleton-Holme Saturday
  • S1-3 Market Weighton area shoppers
Average 2 passengers per journey:
  • 121 Bridlington-Driffield Monday to Saturday morning
  • 121 Nafferton-Leconfield Monday to Saturday peak
Average 3 passengers per journey:
  • 155 South Cave-Goole Sunday
  • 180 Walkington-Beverley Monday to Friday peak
  • 199 Huggate-Pocklington Tuesday
  • 246 Hornsea-Beverley peak
A comment on earlier post noted that Paull is proposed to have funding removed for all subsidised journeys into the village, while Easington is due to keep 60 services a week. In carrying out it's "balanced scorecard", East Riding of Yorkshire Council seem to have assessed each contract they currently issue, "as is", and not considered the potential to reduce some services to contribute to savings, an "all or nothing" approach to each contract. Maybe it was felt to consider reduced contracts would add too many variables into the mix? Whatever the reason, hopefully this is something that will be considered. Would dropping the 502 evening service Monday to Thursday, and retaining on a Friday and Saturday be a better option? Running the 242 2 or 3 days a week rather than 6? A Summer Sunday service on the 130 but not in Winter? Retaining some service but "creating" funding to reduce the number of contracts being cut entirely?

Hull Bus Cuts

Hull City Council are consulting on changes to subsidised services in the city, with an intention to make savings of £50,000 - i.e. cuts are coming.
Hull City Council press release:
Hull City Council will be carrying out a series of public consultations for bus users to share their views on which services are important to them.

Currently the Council offers bus companies subsidies to support their local services where there is a social need, as the stand-alone bus fares would not be enough to cover the cost of transport.

However with the need for ongoing savings to the Council's budget, a number of services will be reviewed, including:

The services which will be affected by any changes are:

  • 1e/d Sibelius Road to Mizzen Road
  • Service 16 City Centre - Marfleet Village
  • Service 9 Grammar School Road
  • Service 9 James Reckitt Avenue
  • Service 9 Dorchester Road - Kestrel Avenue
  • Service 50 Lambwath Road - Broadway Drive

    Councillor Martin Mancey, Portfolio Holder with responsibility for transport, said:

    "With a significantly reduced budget the Council is required to make savings, and we will try to do this in a way that minimises the impact on bus users.

    "Reviewing these services has been difficult, and that's why we want your views as we seek to make them more sustainable as the long-term austerity measures continue."

    Public drop-in sessions will also take place at Hull's Paragon Interchange on:

  • Thurday 23rd June, 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 24th June, 9am - 4pm
  • Monday 27th June, 2pm - 4pm
  • Tuesday 28th June, 9am - 4pm

    Please make sure that your response reaches the Council before 22nd July 2016 - https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=146548534123  

  • It should be noted the 9 between Noddle Hill/Bransholme, Hull and Cottingham is only supported on certain parts of the route, and that East Riding of Yorkshire Council are proposing to withdrawn their contribution to the route. Whether the remainder of the route would be viable without any council financial support is unknown.
    Cabinet Papers from 23rd May

    Saturday, 25 June 2016

    East Riding Bus Cuts Proposals - Extra Details

    On Tuesday, the cabinet of East Riding of Yorkshire Council will decide whether to proceed with a public consultation over cutting £600,000 of subsidised bus service funding. The cabinet agenda and supporting papers contain a large amount of information about these proposals (Item 13 in the Agenda, and page 212 onwards in the Supporting Papers).

    In terms of identifying what to cut, and what not to cut, a "balanced scorecard" was used, considering:
    • Annual number of passengers
    • Average passengers per journey
    • Subsidy per passenger (£)
    • Category of journey
    • Proximity of potential alternative services, including walking/cycling
    • Environmental impact
    Category of journey has been split down into:
    • Rural Work (Peak) - 1
    • Urban Work (Peak) - 2
    • All - 3
    • Rural All Day - 4
    • Town Service - 5
    • Rural Shopping Off Peak - 6
    • Urban Shopping Off Peak - 7
    • Rural Evening - 18
    • Urban Evening - 19
    • Rural Sunday - 20
    • Urban Sunday - 25
    • Non Statutory School - 30
    The number given is a value in the "balanced scorecard", with the lower the number, the higher priority. As can be seen peak services are the priority, evening and Sunday services are very much not a priority, and rural services are given prominence over urban and town services.

    Having applied the balanced scorecard, the below are proposed for withdrawal entirely:

    From 1st April 2017:
    • 2: Bubwith-Market Weighton, Thornes, Friday - EYMS service 18 is an alternative
    • 88: Goole-Thorne, EYMS, Monday to Saturday daytime - only receives "a small amount of de minimis funding"
    • 126: Boynton-Driffield/Ruston Parva-Bridlington, EYMS, Wednesday and Thursday - potential demand responsive alternative
    • 160: Staddlethorpe-Goole, EYMS, Wednesday and Saturday - potential demand responsive alternative
    • 173: Withernsea-Hull, EYMS, Saturday - potential demand responsive alternative
    • 195: Pocklington-York, EYMS, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday - potential demand responsive replacement (the 'oddball' Tuesday 1255 Newton upon Derwent to York would remain)
    • 196: Aughton-York, EYMS, Tuesday - potential demand responsive alternative
    • 199: Pocklington-Huggate, EYMS, Tuesday - potential demand responsive alternative
    • 241: Albrough-Beverley, EYMS, Monday and Wednesday - potential demand responsive alternative, 242 and 243 also cover the Skirlaugh-Beverley section
    • 355: Airmyn-Goole, Council operated - potential demand responsive alternative
    • 358: Holme on Spalding Moor, Acklams, Tuesday - potential demand responsive alternative
    • 486/487: Selby-Hensall-Snaith circular, Utopia, Monday and Friday - potential demand responsive alternative
    • 488: Hut Green-Goole, Utopia, Wednesday - potential demand responsive alternative
    • S1: Market Weighton-Pocklington, EYMS, Tuesday and Friday - potential demand responsive alternative
    • S2: Market Weighton-Hotham circular, EYMS, Tuesday and Friday - potential demand responsive alternative
    • S3: Market Weighton-Goodmanham, EYMS, Friday - potential demand responsive alternative
    From 1st April 2018:
    • 76C: Humbleton-Withernsea, Pearsons Coaches, Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday - potential demand responsive alternative
    • 158: Brough Town Service, EYMS, Monday to Saturday daytime
    • 183: Hessle Town Service, Busking, Monday to Saturday offpeak
    • 270: Driffield-Beeford, Busking, Monday to Friday evening peak - an alternative service on route 136 operates at 1540
    • 549: Withernsea Town Service, Pearsons Coaches, Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday
    The following are proposed to have their entire evening service withdrawn:

    From 1st April 2017:
    • 78/277: Hull-Hedon, Stagecoach, Monday to Saturday - service 75 would provide a partial alternative for Hull to Hedon, but not for Paull, Preston, Sproatley or Bilton. An 1810 departure from Hull could be retained
    The following are proposed to have their entire Sunday service withdrawn:

    From 1st April 2017:
    • 45/46: Bridlington-Driffield-Pocklington-York, EYMS - services 121, X46 and X47 would provide a partial alternative over parts of the route 
    • 78/277: Hull-Hedon, EYMS - service 75 would provide a partial alternative for Hull to Hedon, but not for Paull, Preston, Sproatley or Bilton
    • 142: Beverley-Middleton, EYMS
    • 155: South Cave-Goole, EYMS
    • 180: Beverley-Cottingham, EYMS
    • 361: Goole-Swinefleet, EYMS
    • 400/401: Goole-Selby, EYMS
    • 502: Bridlington-Bempton, Busking
    • 506: Bridlington Town Service, EYMS
    • 508: Bridlington Town Service, EYMS
    • 520: Beverley Town Service, EYMS
    • 522: Beverley Town Service, EYMS
    • 523: Beverley-Molescroft, EYMS
    From 1st April 2018:
    • 18A: Holme On Spalding Moor-York, EYMS
    • 220: Hornsea-Aldbrough, EYMS
    The following services would see alterations:

    From 1st April 2017 - Monday to Saturday daytime:
    • 5: Beverley-Model Farm, Acklams - the Norwood Grange part of the route would have it's funding withdrawn
    • 9: Noddle Hill/Bransholme-Hull-Cottingham, Stagecoach - the Bricknell Avenue diversion funding would be withdrawn
    • 45/46: Bridlington-Driffield-Pocklington-York, EYMS - the 1345 45 from York to Bridlington would have it's funding withdrawn between Pocklington and Bridlington, leaving a 4 hour gap in services to Bridlington. The 1545 46 between Bridlington and York would have it's funding withdrawn between Bridlington and Pocklington.
    • 45/46: Bridlington-Driffield-Pocklington-York, EYMS - on Saturdays, the 0905 46A Pocklington to Driffield and 1255 45 between Driffield and York would have their funding withdrawn between Driffield and Market Weighton, leaving Kirkburn and Tibthorpe without a Saturday bus service
    • 78/80: Hull-Hedon, EYMS - the funding for diversions into Paull village would be withdrawn, leaving a limited daytime commercial service
    • 78: Hull-Hedon, EYMS, the Monday to Friday 1500 Hedon to Hull would have it's funding withdrawn. leaving a 4 hour 15 minute gap
    • 79: Hull-Hedon, EYMS - the Saturday 0725 Hedon to Hull would have it's funding withdrawn
    • 80: Hull-Hedon, EYMS, Monday to Friday morning - the funding for the diversion into the Westlands Estate in Hedon would be withdrawn, leaving the estate without a bus service
    • 115: Hull-Cottingham, EYMS - the Monday to Friday 0755 Cottingham to Hull and 1540 Hull to Cottingham would have their funding withdrawn
    • 121: Hull-Scarborough, EYMS - the 0653 Driffield to Scarborough and 0635 Hull to Scarborough would have their funding withdrawn between Driffield and Bridlington. The first service between Driffield and Bridlington would be at 0848 (0843 Sat). The 0628 from Nafferton to Hull would have it's funding withdrawn between Naferton and Leconfield, with an alternative service 28 minutes later. The Monday to Friday school holiday and Saturday 0815 from Bridlington to Driffield would have it's funding withdrawn, with alternative service 121's at 0635 or 0925
    • 142: Beverley-Middleton, EYMS, Saturday - funding would be withdrawn between Holme and Middleton, leaving just one lunchtime Acklams journey
    • 180: Swanland-Beverley, EYMS, - the Monday to Friday 0719 Cottingham to Beverley would have it's funding withdrawn from Walkington onwards, with an alternative service one hour later
    • 221: Hull-Hornsea, EYMS, Monday, Wednesday and Friday - funding for the diversion via Humbleton and Garton would be withdrawn
    • 246 - Hull-Hornsea, EYMS, Monday to Saturday - funding for some journeys between Beverley and Hornsea would be withdrawn
    • 277: Hull-Hedon, EYMS - the Saturday 0650 Hull to Hedon would have it's funding withdrawn, with first service at 0750 instead
    • 517: Bridlington Town Service - the Monday to Saturday 1750 departure from Bridlington Bus Station would have it's funding withdrawn
    • X36: Pocklington-York, EYMS - this Saturday peak service would have it's funding withdrawn
    From 1st April 2017 - Monday to Saturday evening:
    • 45/46: Bridlington-Driffield-Pocklington-York, EYMS - the 2110 46 York to Pocklington, 2225 46 Pocklington to York and 2305 45A York to Pocklington would have their funding withdrawn. (One evening service from Pocklington to York is operated commercially)
    • 121: Hull-Nafferton - the 2135 Hull to Nafferton would have it's funding withdrawn between Driffield and Nafferton, with the last bus operating two hours earlier. A rail alternative is also available
    • 350: Hull-Scunthorpe, EYMS - the Monday to Saturday 1925 from Hull and 2110 return (the last service from Scunthorpe) would have their funding withdrawn. I think North Lincolnshire Council also contribute to these journeys
    From 1st April 2017 - Sundays:
    • 75: Hull-Withernsea, EYMS - the funding for the diversion of two services via Burstwick would be withdrawn; all other journeys on this hourly service operate via Burtswick commercially
    • 105: Hull-Cottingham, EYMS - the 0930 and 1030 from Hull and 0905 and 1005 from Cottingham would have their funding withdrawn
    • 153: Hull-North Ferriby/Welton, EYMS - funding withdrawn between Anlaby and North Ferriby/Welton
    From 1st April 2018:
    • 45/46: Bridlington-Driffield-Pocklington-York, EYMS - the Monday to Saturday 1635 45 from Bridlington to York would have it's funding withdrawn; the last bus from Bridlington would be at 1345. The Monday to Saturday 1835 45 York to Bridlington would have it's funding withdrawn, with the last bus to Bridlington at 1545
    • 122: Beverley-Molescroft, EYMS - the Monday to Saturday 0800 'round trip' from Beverley would be withdrawn, with a later service at 0835 (0935 Sat), and an earlier weekday service from Molescroft at 0751
    • 246 - Beverley-Hornsea, EYMS - funding for 3 of the 4 Sunday journeys each way would be withdrawn (the 4th service is effectively for positioning purposes only)
    • 520: Beverley Town Service, EYMS - the Monday to Saturday 0725 'round trip' from Beverley Bus station would have it's funding withdrawn with an alternative service at 0825
    Commercial registrations of any service proposed for (part) withdrawal are always possible.

    The following supported services are not proposed for change:
    • 1: Holme Upon Spalding Moor-Selby, Thornes, Monday to Friday
    • 4: Selby-Goole, Arriva - certain Monday to Friday journeys between Hemingbrough and Howden
    • 6: Beverley Town Service, Acklams, Monday to Saturday
    • 10: Hull-Wawne, Stagecoach, Monday to Satutrday
    • 18: Holme Upon Spalding Moor-York, EYMS, Monday to Saturday
    • 71: Withernsea-Easington, EYMS, Monday to Saturday
    • 78/277: Hull-Hedon, EYMS, Monday to Friday departures from Hull at 0700 and 1600
    • 129: Hornsea-Withernsea, EYMS, Monday to Saturday and Summer Sunday
    • 130: Hornsea-Bridlington, EYMS, Weekends and Winter Weekdays
    • 131: Bridlington-Carnaby Industrial Estate, EYMS, Monday to Friday
    • 134: Driffield-Skerne, EYMS, Tuesday and Thursday
    • 135: Driffield-Wetwang, EYMS, Monday to Friday
    • 136: Driffield-Bridlington, Busking, Monday to Saturday
    • 142: Beverley-Bainton, Acklams, Monday to Friday 0920 Bainton to Beverley, Monday to Saturday 1200/1210 Beverley-Middleton, Monday to Saturday 1250 Bainton to Beverley
    • 143: Melton-Beverley, EYMS, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
    • 155: Hull-Goole, EYMS, Monday to Friday 0620 Hull-Elloughton, 1507 Gilberdyke-Hull, Monday to Saturday 0725 Elloughton to Goole and evening service
    • 180: Beverley-Hessle, EYMS, Monday to Friday 0740 and 1710 from Beverley and Saturday 0800 from Beverley
    • 230: Hornsea-Hull, EYMS, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
    • 242: Hedon-Beverley, Stagecoach, Monday to Saturday
    • 360/361: Goole-Scunthorpe, EYMS, Monday to Saturday
    • 502: Bridlington-Buckton, Busking, Monday to Friday 1715 from Bridlington and Monday to Saturday evening service
    • 520: Beverley Town Service, EYMS, Monday to Saturday, section of route via Grovehill Road roundabout and Holme Church Lane
    • 522: Beverley Town Service, Acklams, Monday to Saturday
    • 530: Driffield Town Service, Busking, Monday to Friday
    • 550: Hornsea Town Service, EYMS, Monday to Saturday
    • 747: Pocklington-York, EYMS, Monday to Saturday
    • Goole Town Services, EYMS, Monday to Saturday
    • X36: Pocklington-York, Transdev, Monday to Friday - subject to City of York Council consultations
    • X57: Hull-Goole, EYMS, Monday to Saturday - 1912 from Newport to Goole
    (Please let me know about any corrections needed to the above)

    If you have the time it is worth reading the entire papers, including for details of subsidy and passenger usage of tendered services.

    Monday, 20 June 2016

    East Riding Subsidised Bus Services, Cuts Coming

    East Riding of Yorkshire Council are proposing to cut £600,000 of it's £1.3 million support for subsidised bus services.

    East Riding of Yorkshire Council Press Release:
    East Riding of Yorkshire Council has unveiled its proposal for the future of public transport services which it supports financially. The proposal, unveiled today (Monday 20 June), follows the most extensive review of bus and passenger services ever carried out in the East Riding.  The nine-month survey involved the council working together with town and parish councils to discover what people’s transport needs actually are across the East Riding. The survey also involved the community in shaping the way forward.  
    Now, subject to approval by the council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 28 June, an eight-week public consultation will begin to seek residents’ views on the proposal, starting on Wednesday 29 June and running until Sunday 28 August.  
    Due to a significant reduction in the funding it receives from the Government, East Riding of Yorkshire Council has had to make major savings to its budget. Since 2010 the council has made savings of £118million across the whole of its budget. It still needs to save a further £60million over the next four years.  
    But despite the challenging financial times, East Riding of Yorkshire Council believes it is vital that residents have a public transport system that meets their needs and that essential bus services need to be protected.
    The council is proposing to reduce the financial support it gives to some bus journeys by £600,000.  The vast majority of bus services will be unaffected by the proposal. There are almost six million bus journeys taken by passengers in the East Riding every year. Less than 5% of those will be affected by the proposed changes.  
    Most of the changes would see some passengers travelling at a different time or on a different bus service. The council will be working closely with bus operators and community transport groups and every effort will be made to provide alternatives if services are reduced.  
    The council has already helped to generate £1million worth of external funding for the area’s community transport groups and it has pledged to help secure further funding to boost their fleet and the amount of journeys they can offer the public.  
    Paul Bellotti, head of housing, transportation and public protection services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council faces significant financial pressures across all services that we can’t ignore. Many other councils have been forced to make similar savings in the cost of bus subsidies, some have cut subsidies all together.  
    “A great deal of work has gone into finding out what people’s transport needs are, and then using that information to produce a proposal which minimises, as much as possible, the impact on bus users.  
    “In most cases, where there will be changes, it may mean passengers travelling on a different bus, at a different time, or on a different day, and we will do our best to ensure no community is left without a bus service.  
    “We are working closely with community transport groups and bus operators to make sure as best we can alternatives will be available for journeys that may be lost.  
    “Communities, passengers and operators have all been given the chance to get involved and help shape our proposal. “Now we want to hear from the public how the proposed changes might affect them before any decisions are made. “I would urge anyone who cares about public transport to take part in our consultation and let us know their views, so we can secure the best outcome for residents for the future.”  
    The council currently provides financial support through a public subsidy to 10% of the East Riding’s overall bus network. It gives financial support to 90 bus contracts at a cost of £1.3million. Those contracts include full journeys, parts of journeys and diversions off existing bus routes. Without council funding these are deemed not commercially viable to run.  
    The proposed changes  
    In most cases the council’s proposal may only affect bus services at one particular time during its full day’s timetable. Passengers could still catch the same bus, or an alternative one, at other times during that day. For example:  
    •Service 45 (York-Pocklington-Driffield-Bridlington Monday to Friday service) – The council currently pays for the 14.30 departure from Pocklington to Bridlington, which under the proposal would cease. But passengers could travel instead on the same 12.30 or 16.30 journeys from Pocklington to Bridlington operated commercially by EYMS.  
    •Service 75 (Withernsea-Patrington-Burstwick-Hull Sunday service) – The council currently pays for four Sunday journeys to divert to the village of Burstwick. These will stop under the proposal. But passengers could still catch any of the other 24 other Service 75 journeys which run through Burstwick on Sundays, which are operated commercially by EYMS.  
    •Service 80 (Hull-Hedon-Hull Monday to Friday service) – The council pays for this bus to visit the Westfield Estate, in Hedon, at 9.24 and 11.43 each morning. This would stop under the proposal. However, the nearest bus stop is a short walk away on New Road, the main road through Hedon.  
    There may be an opportunity for bus operators to take on some of the services affected under the proposal, and run them on a commercial basis, but the council understands the financial pressures facing the bus industry.  
    Transport survey  
    To help create an up-to-date picture of residents’ public transport needs in all towns and villages across the East Riding, the council launched a major survey in September 2015, working together with town and parish councils, ward members and key local groups.  
    All 168 town and parish councils were invited to take part in the process. Parish representatives were given the task of carrying out surveys in their local communities to find out if the current services provided met people’s needs, if there were any needs not currently being met, and how best to use the current services. The needs of elderly and disabled people were especially researched and were taken into consideration during the survey and the proposal. Council staff also met with protected groups.  
    A total of 3,398 responses were collected from members of the public. They have all been analysed and those results form the basis of the new bus consultation. Information on any unmet transport needs identified through the survey have been passed on to local bus operators. Town and parish councils will continue to promote the use of buses in their local communities and to seek out sources of possible funding for pilot bus schemes.  
    ‘Dial-a-ride’ community transport  
    Community transport in the East Riding is a huge success, with 100% coverage across the area. These are ‘dial-a-ride’ bus services run by local volunteers which residents can ring to book a seat. They provide door-to-door journeys for residents who may find it difficult to use conventional buses or where no conventional bus services exist.  
    Three local community transport groups – HART (Holderness Area Rural Transport), Goole GOfar and Beverley Lift – together carry 121,000 passengers per year. Other groups include Bridlington Dial-A-Ride and the Nafferton Millennium Community Minibus.  
    Paul Bellotti said: “These groups will play a greater role in meeting the transport needs of communities, especially those with smaller passenger numbers. “These services are often wrongly seen as being solely for the elderly and disabled, when in fact they are potentially open to everyone.”  
    The council also runs Medibus services in the Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield, Goole, Hornsea, Pocklington and Withernsea areas, transporting people to local hospitals, GP surgeries, clinics and dentists. Passengers can also use the service to visit friends and relatives in hospital.  
    Total Transport  
    East Riding of Yorkshire Council is leading force in the Government’s Total Transport initiative. The aim of the initiative is to get public sector bodies working together to share vehicles and journeys to ensure residents have greater access to transport for health services, shopping, education and employment. The council is talking with local organisations, including health trusts, to try to pool more transport resources.  
    One good example involves a bus allocated to take passengers to an adult day centre which, rather than laying empty in the depot, now provides a shopping journey during the day time which would not otherwise exist. The council’s proposal outlines hopes to take advantage of more opportunities like this, particularly with patient transport.  
    The Total Transport scheme also aims to secure alternative sources of funding to allow bus operators and community transport groups offer more local services.  
    Journey planning help provided  
    If the council’s proposals are given the go-ahead following the consultation, anyone who has trouble accessing public transport to travel to their job will be offered personal journey-planning assistance from the council.  
    The journey-planning service will also be available to people who rely on public transport because of a disability.  
    Have your say  
    As part of the eight-week consultation residents will be encouraged to have their say by completing a questionnaire which will be available from Wednesday 29 June. The questionnaire, together with the full proposal, will be available on the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk and also via email and post on request.  
    A series of 11 drop-in sessions will also be held across the East Riding through July and August to give residents the chance to meet transport officers to discuss the proposals.  
    At the end of the consultation process all questionnaires and views will be taken into consideration before any decision is made.

    Saturday, 4 June 2016

    Cleethorpes to Scarborough Experience further details

    Community Rail Humber have issued further details about the Cleethorpes to Scarborough Experience.
    The organisation which oversees community rail activities in the Humber region has won a top award from the Department of Transport.
    Community Rail Humber Ltd (CRH), which works. in partnership with the Barton Cleethorpes Community Rail Partnership and the Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership, has won a Heritage and Community Rail Tourism Innovation Competition award.
    The £31,000 award will enable CRH to develop the Cleethorpes to Scarborough Experience.
    `We will create a web-based Heritage and Tourism Trail that starts from Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire stretching all the way to Scarborough in North Yorkshire,’ said Community Rail Officer Gill Simpson.
    ` It will identify all points of interest along the way, highlight connectivity with other forms of public transport and community services such a cycle hire and walking routes,’ she said.
    There are tourist information resources currently available but this project will create a complete journey that has been tried and tested for its quality and reliability by the volunteers working for the Community Rail Partnerships and will be updated as part of their future work.
    The project will be completed in time for the launch of Hull City of Culture, sharing the success of the City with its surrounding towns and villages. It will encourage people to come and stay in the area all year round rather than just being a seasonal: day or short stay visitor, as is most common now.
    Gill added: `By creating a journey planner of this size we will be able to highlight features of the most commonly known attractions in the area such as Bridlington Spa whilst making people aware of the smaller less know but equally interesting venues, such as Julian’s Bower turf-cut maze in Alkborough.
    `The journey planner may be used in conjunction with ticketing and reservation systems, or just to provide scheduled information. The volunteers will test journeys to validate transport links and connectivity incorporating multimodal solutions and taking in to consideration seasonal changes.’

    Wednesday, 25 May 2016

    Cleethorpes to Scarborough Experience

    The Humber region will be one of the beneficiaries of Department for Transport Rail Tourism funding:

    Community Rail Humber Ltd: the Cleethorpes to Scarborough experience - £31,700. The project will create a heritage and tourism trail that starts from Cleethorpes in north-east Lincolnshire and stretches all the way to Scarborough in North Yorkshire.

    Further details of the 'experience' are awaited. I presume it will be at least in part a marketing campaign for existing tourist venues along the routes of the Cleethorpes-Grimsby-Barton line and Hull-Beverley-Driffield-Bridlington-Filey-Scarborough route.

    Community Rail Humber "provides help, advice and support to the two community rail partnerships in the region" - the Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership and the Barton Cleethorpes Community Rail Partnership.

    Saturday, 7 May 2016

    Stagecoach Scunthorpe Changes

    After operating today (Saturday 7th May), Stagecoach are withdrawing Scunthorpe Town Service 40, which had linked Scunthorpe Bus Station, West Common Lane/John Leggott College, the Westcliff area (Plymouth Road, Bristol Road, Swinburne Road, Lichfield Avenue), Scotter Road and Tesco. The service operated half hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes, but with morning peak, late afternoon and most evening peak journeys not operating on college days. Apart from parts of Lichfield Avenue and a very small part of Scotter Road, the rest of the route has other services into Scunthorpe Town Centre.

    Instead from Monday (9th May), Stagecoach are diverting town circulars 31 and 32 via Tesco, except for weekday morning peak and late afternoon journeys. The 31 and 32 each operate every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes (Evening and Sunday services 31A and 32A already serve Tesco). This provides access to Tesco from far more areas of Scunthorpe than the 40 served, and maintains the links from Westcliff area to Tesco that the 40 had provided. While the 31 and 32 will serve Tesco, the surrounding area is also home to a relatively new out of town retail park that includes Marks and Spencer and Debenhams, making it an increasingly important shopping destination rivalling Scunthorpe Town Centre.

    Stagecoach will also be revising intermediate times on town circulars 33 and 34 from Monday, while the Monday to Saturday 1840 Westwoodside-Epworth-Scunthorpe will operate 5 minutes later.

    Saturday, 30 April 2016

    Stagecoach North East Lincolnshire Changes

    The start of May (Sunday) sees Stagecoach introduce changes to it's local services in North East Lincolnshire.

    Services 3 and 4 between Laceby Road Morrisons, Grimsby and Cleethorpes unfortunately see their Monday to Saturday evening frequency after 2100 drop from half hourly to hourly. The last journey on service 3 from Cleethorpes will be at 2245 rather than 2315, while on service 4 the last full route departure from Cleethorpes will be at 2215 rather than 2245; the 2315 'short' from Cleethorpes to Grimsby remains. Some weekday early morning journeys are also retimed.

    Daily evening journeys on service 5 between Immingham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes will be diverted via Wybers Way Top; other than a very limited 'Europarc workers' service on route 20, Wybers Wood does not currently have an evening bus service.

    Services 7 between Grange Estate, Grimsby and North Sea Lane, 8 between Grimsby, New Waltham and North Sea Lane and services 9 and 10 between Waltham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes have revised timings but no changes to their frequency.

    Finally new service 11 will be introduced between Grimsby Town Centre, Grimsby Hospital and Scartho Top, operating via Bargate and Scartho Road before serving Matthew Telford Park. I'm not familiar with that area of Grimsby but a quick look on Google Earth shows it has seen a lot of new housing development. Service 11 will operate hourly Monday to Saturday mornings and early afternoons.

    Sunday, 17 April 2016

    Proposed York Bus Cuts

    City of York Council are currently consulting on reducing subsidies for bus services in the city council area, including some services that extend into the East Riding of Yorkshire which are discussed below. The council intends to implement the cuts from 28th August 2016.

    Service 10 from Stamford Bridge to York and Poppleton is proposed to have it's subsidised Sunday to Thursday mid to late evening service, currently operated by Transdev, withdrawn. This service currently costs City of York Council £36,000 per year. The daytime operator, First, provides early evening journeys commercially, and Transdev provides a commercial Friday and Saturday evening service - however the consultation document warns that they "may decide to withdraw this service when the Sunday to Thursday evening is withdrawn".

    There is less certainty surrounding the plans for Monday to Saturday daytime service 36 from Sutton on Derwent to York, and peak time service X36 from Pocklington to York. City of York Council state they are "currently considering what level of service (and times of operation) to include in the specification for a new contract". With respect to the X36, funding from parish councils has now ceased and City of York Council are working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to consider if the service should continue. Service X36 currently costs City of York Council £12,000 a year. Service 36 and weekday service X36 is operated by Transdev, with EYMS operating the X36 on Saturdays.

    There is however some good news to end on - EYMS have advised City of York Council that they are willing to operate the evening service on route 18 between York and Holme on Spalding Moor without financial support. The service would likely have been proposed for withdrawal otherwise, in line with all other supported evening services in York.

    Sunday, 10 April 2016

    EYMS Bridlington Area Changes

    Monday (11th April) sees EYMS make changes to 3 services in the Bridlington area. Weekday service 131 to the Carnaby Industrial Estate has a revised afternoon timetable to improve punctuality while town service 503 is rerouted and slightly retimed due to "badly parked cars" causing delays - as a result it will no longer go around Bempton Oval. Finally on service 510 to Flamborough, all journeys will now serve North Landing (and Thornwick Bay Holiday Centre when open), increasing the frequency from 2 hourly to hourly.

    Last Wednesday also saw EYMS take over operation of the Wednesday and Thursday journeys on service 124 from Acklams Coaches - the service runs between Bridlington and Driffield via various villages including Burton Fleming. When operated by Acklams Coaches the service provided two journeys in each direction, offering 3 hours 35 minutes in Bridlington and 1 hour 20 minutes in Driffield. The new timetable has one Ruston Parva-Bridlington journey on a Wednesday, providing 2 hours 40 minutes in Bridlington, and one Boynton-Driffield journey on a Thursday, offering 2 hours 45 minutes in Driffield. A search on Traveline Yorkshire brings up no results for the Saturday service that Acklams Coaches had also previously operated, indicating this may have been withdrawn.

    New EYMS 124 timetable

    Saturday, 2 April 2016

    Scunthorpe Service 16 passes to Stagecoach

    On Friday (1st April), North Lincolnshire Council tendered Scunthorpe Town Service 16 passed from Hornsby Travel to Stagecoach. The service runs from Parklands Caravan Site and Brumby Wood Lane to Scunthorpe Bus Station on Tuesdays and Fridays, and to Ashby on Thursdays.

    Hornsby Hospital Service 9

    On Friday (1st April), the Scunthorpe Hospital Park and Ride service from Glanford Park was replaced with use of a Scunthorpe Town Centre car park, and passengers then using Hornsby service 9 to the Hospital. As a result the weekday timetable for service 9 now starts at 0700 from Scunthorpe Bus Station rather than 0755, and finishes with an 1850 departure from Church Lane as opposed to a 1727 last departure (a later journey is also available on service 4). The weekday daytime frequency remains every 20 minutes.

    New Service 9 timetable

    Hornsby Saturday Reductions in Scunthorpe

    Hornsby Travel have introduced reduced Saturday timetables on two town services in Scunthorpe from today (2nd April).

    Service 12 from Scunthorpe Bus Station to Ashfield is reduced from a half hourly daytime service to a largely hourly service. The occasional extensions to Burringham and East Butterwick are unaffected. Between Ashfield and Ashby Town Centre, the 12 largely follows the route of Stagecoach's 31/32 services which operate every 20 minutes on Saturday daytimes. Between Ashby and Scunthorpe Town Centres, the 12 follows the same route as Stagecoach's hourly circular services 33/34. From Scunthorpe Bus Station the 34 leaves at :00 minutes past the hour and the 12 at :30 minutes past the hour, however from Ashby the 33 leaves at :07 past the hour and the 12 at :10 past the hour.

    Service 22 from Scunthorpe Bus Station to Lakeside is reduced on Saturday mornings from half hourly to hourly, matching the afternoon frequency.

    New Hornsby 12 Timetable
    New Hornsby 22 Timetable

    Friday, 1 April 2016

    Hornsby 35 Revised

    Today (Friday 1st April), Hornsby Travel have introduced a new timetable on North Lincolnshire Council tendered service 35 between Scunthorpe, Keadby and Amcotts. The previous hourly Monday to Saturday daytime service now operates every 75 minutes, with some slightly shorter and longer intervals between certain journeys. Journey times are extended, so I guess this change maybe driven by punctuality issues?

    New Hornsby 35 timetable

    Thursday, 31 March 2016

    Hornsby 94/95 Changes

    Tomorrow, Friday 1st April, sees changes introduced to the weekday timetables on Hornsby Travel services 94 and 95, which are operated under contract to North Lincolnshire Council. The 94 operates from Kirton and Gainsthorpe/Lime Sidings to Brigg via Redbourne, Hibaldstow and Scawby, where most journeys continue as a service 95 to Scunthorpe via Scawby, Greetwell Crossroads and Lakeside Retail Park.

    Until today on service 94 only one weekday journey to Brigg and one schoolday journey from Brigg served Kirton, however in the new timetable there are 4 journeys from Kirton to Brigg and 2 journeys from Brigg to Kirton. Traveline East Midlands shows the Kirton Klipper local service is no longer serving Lime Sidings, Redbourne or Hibaldstow, so increasing the number of service 94's to Kirton would appear to be a replacement for this, though the timetable from Redbourne and Hibaldstow requires nearly five hours to be spent in Kirton between arrival and departure. The timetable change also enables Kirton to Brigg shopping trips.

    As a result of these changes the 94 timetable is retimed, as is the 95, but with no changes to the number of journeys. The 1805 service 95 from Brigg to Lakeside is extended to the Hornsby depot in Ashby. The single Saturday journey each way on the 94/95 from Redbourne to Scunthorpe is unchanged.
    New 94/95 Weekday Timetable

    Monday, 28 March 2016

    Substantial Saturday Improvements to Grimsby 1/2/20

    These days improvements to tendered services are rather rare, but on Saturday (2nd April) that will happen in North East Lincolnshire, as the 1/2/20 group of services operaed by Stagecoach gain an improved Saturday service. The routes provide a link to the Europarc Industrial Estate on the edge of Grimsby, and also serve residential areas in West Marsh and around Victor Street.


    On weekdays the 1 and 2 each operate hourly during the daytime; the 1 between Grimsby Town Centre, Lord Street, Gilbey Road, Europarc and Wybers Wood Top and the 2 between Riby Square, Victor Street, Grimsby Town Centre, Corporation Road, Gilbey Road and Europarc. Service 20 provides a limited early morning and evening link between Cleethorpes, Grimsby Town Centre, Corporation Road, Europarc and Wybers Wood Top, to meet the needs of Europarc commuters.


    Until last week the Saturday service had been far more basic, with the 1 operating hourly between Grimsby Town Centre and Europarc only, and the 20 only in the early morning. However from this week the weekday timetable will also apply on a Saturday, so the 1 will extend through to Wybers Wood Top, the 2 gains a Saturday service, and the 20 gains a limited evening service. The introduction of the 2 on Saturdays is arguably most significant as Victor Street gains a Saturday bus service, and Corporation Road gains a Saturday daytime service.

    Sunday, 13 March 2016

    Humber Flyer New Timetable, and a look at co-ordination with other services

    Recently the weight restriction on Melton Ross railway bridge on the A18 in North Lincolnshire was lifted, enabling buses to use it once again, instead of having to divert via Croxton. The main service to benefit is Stagecoach's Monday to Saturday Hull-Barton-Humberside Airport-Grimsby-Cleethorpes Humber Flyer, which has had a temporary timetable since 29th September 2014. While the diversion via Croxton was quite short, on a fairly tightly timed long distance route it was enough to require an extra vehicle and revised timetable to maintain an hourly service.

    Tomorrow, Monday 14th March, the Humber Flyer reverts back to it's pre-September 2014 timetable with the Croxton diversion removed. There are however a couple of enhancements and amendments to the service being made at the same time. The first morning journey from Grimsby to Barton is extended to Hull, and there is a new later 1910 journey from Hull to Grimsby (1800 last departure pre-September 2014, 1820 in the temporary timetable). The first morning journeys continues to leave Grimsby at 0555 as happened in the temporary timetable, rather than revert to it's pre-September 2014 0605 departure time. The evening peak timetable from Hull is heavily revised with a 90 minute gap after the 1450 departure until 1620, then 1720, 1810 and the new 1910. It appears there are 40 minute layovers in Hull for two journeys late afternoon, I guess to ensure evening peak departures from Hull leave on time.

    It is also worth checking intermediate times, as some have changed from the pre-September 2014 timetable.

    The new timetable does not see one journey a day divert into Barnetby; this is due to the construction of a roundabout causing a road closure until the Summer, though there is no explanation of this in the new timetable.

    The co-ordination between Barton and Hull on the Humber Fastcat and Humber Flyer is good (though not excellent) for most of the day. The morning peak from Barton has departures at 0640 (Flyer), 0650 (Fastcat), 0740 (Fastcat), 0810 (Fastcat), 0810 (Flyer) and 0900 (Fastcat). During the day departures are at :00 (Fastcat), :10 (Flyer) and :30 (Fastcat), while in the evening the Flyer departures at 1730 and 1830 are at the same time as the Fastcat. From Hull the 0715 Flyer operates in between the 0655 and 0725 Fastcat (better than the 0720 Flyer departure pre-September 2014), then departures during the daytime are at :05 (Fastcat), :35 (Fastcat) and :50 (Flyer). In the evening peak departures from Hull are at 1620 (Flyer), 1635 (Fastcat), 1710 (Fastcat), 1720 (Flyer), 1740 (Fastcat), 1810 (Flyer), 1825 (Fastcat), 1910 (Flyer) and 1925 (Fastcat). Not entirely perfect, especially in the morning from Barton to Hull, but Barton-Hull co-ordination will not be the only factor in determining timetables.

    One of those other factors is Laceby to Grimsby co-ordination of the Humber Flyer with the 7 and 53. In the morning peak journeys leave Laceby at 0630 (7), 0700 (7), 0730 (7), 0800 (7), 0804 (53), 0825 (Flyer) and 0909 (53). During the daytime Laceby departures are at :00 (Flyer) plus 1009, 1159, 1359 and 1559 (not schooldays). Non-existent co-ordination. From Grimsby to Laceby things are much much better though, with the Humber Flyer leaving at :10 during the day, and the 53 at 0840, 1040, 1240, 1440 and 1540. In the evening peak departures from Grimsby are at 1630 (Flyer), 1710 (53), 1730 (Flyer), 1740 (7), 1740 (53). Worth noting that among the factors at play here is co-ordination of the 53 with other services between Lincoln and Dunholme/Welton.

    Thursday, 10 March 2016

    North Lincolnshire Concessionary Fare Changes Deferred

    The North Lincolnshire Council Neighbourhoods Cabinet Member has decided to defer the introduction of a revised concessionary fare reimbursement scheme from 2016/17 to 2017/18. A decision to change the scheme was made in January, but the option of deferring it's introduction was published last week. It's introduction could have resulted in commercial services being cut and tendered services being surrendered back to the council.

    The cabinet member also noted that the decision "would require future reports on savings proposals to fund the one year saving if the costs cannot be contained within the service area’s budget".

    Wednesday, 2 March 2016

    North Lincolnshire Concessionary Fare Scheme Update

    A report to the North Lincolnshire Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods offers an alternative option to the new concessionary fare reimbursement scheme approved in January. The new scheme, based on a Department for Transport (DfT) model, would mean a lower reimbursement rate for operators, which Stagecoach and Hornsby indicated could cause tendered services to be handed back, and commercial services to be cut.

    The alternative option is to defer the proposed to changes for one year. A "review of the use of concessionary services by eligible customers" would still result in savings of £115,000, while a year's delay would allow further consideration of bus operators concerns, and allow for the Call Connect network across North Lincolnshire to be established during this year. Bus operators provided assurances that retaining the current reimbursement scheme would seem them "continue with the existing transport routes", albeit before the savings of £115,000 were found.

    The issue caused by the alternative option is that the savings are less than the £200,000 expected with the DfT model, and less than the £250,000 savings target in the council's budget. Therefore savings in other budgets will be needed regardless of the reimbursement scheme chosen, but these will be £85,000 higher if the DfT model is not introduced.