Thursday, 21 March 2019

Humber Flyer/250

I don't post many VOSA registrations these days, but here is a rare exception - a variation to the HF2, the section of Stagecoach's Humber Flyer between Hull, Barton and Humberside Airport:

Registration number: PB0001484/262                                
Licence Number: PB0001484                                
Variation number: 9                                
Status: Registered                                
Service number: HU_HF2, 250                                
Service type: Normal Stopping                                
Start point: Hull Interchange                                
Finish point: Humberside Airport                                
Via:
Date received: 16 Mar 2019                                
Effective date: 28 Apr 2019                                
End date:
Supported by subsidies?: No                                
Local authorities covered by route: East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Kingston upon Hull, North Lincolnshire Council                                
TAOs covered by route: North East of England

Note the service number now includes the 250. The 250 hasn't run for a few years, but was used for much of the 2000's and early 2010's for Barton to Grimsby services via Barrow, Thornton Curtis, Wootton, Ulceby and Immingham. Currently the 'corridor' is served by the subsidised 450 between Barton and Immingham. Last year North Lincolnshire Council wanted to divert the Humber Flyer to include Barrow, Thornton Curtis, Wootton and Ulceby. Then more recently North Lincolnshire Council have proposed cutting the service to Thornton Curtis, Wootton and Ulceby to two days a week.

Maybe I'm putting two and two together and getting five, but is there going to be some sort of integration between the Humber Flyer and the Barton to Ulceby 'corridor'? There doesn't seem to be a long term future for the 450 between Barton and Immingham at the moment, in it's current form at least.

Monday, 11 March 2019

East Yorkshire

Back in June EYMS was sold to Go Ahead and last week announced branding changes, including a new livery, as well as it's fleet investment plans. As part of the branding change, EYMS will be known instead simply as 'East Yorkshire'.

Going forward the label used on this blog will therefore be 'East Yorkshire (Buses)' rather than 'EYMS'. I've added (Buses) on the end to help avoid confusion with the county of the East Riding of Yorkshire, which is sometimes referred to as East Yorkshire.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Goole Town Service Changes

The EYMS operated off peak Goole Town Services 1, 2 and 3 are revised from Monday 4th March to serve the town's Lidl store. The 1, 2 and 3 operate Monday to Saturday under contract to East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Only service 3 will serve Lidl, but the 1, 2 and 3 operate as three interworked services to permit through travel to different parts of the town, for example from Old Goole to the Hospital, or the Fairfield Estate to Lidl, and to accommodate the change all three services drop from every 40 minutes to every 45 minutes.

Service 3 - a clockwise loop around the west and north of Goole - currently splits after leaving Goole Town Centre, with half of journeys operating via Dunhill Road, Grange Road, Kent Road, Newport Street and Clifton Gardens to Oxford Street, while the other half operate via the majority of Boothferry Road, Grosvenor Avenue and Centenary Road to Oxford Road. From Oxford Road all services route via Ilkeston Avenue, Woodfield Road, Goole Hospital, Newclose Lane, Thorntree Lane, Ivy Park Road, Thorntree Lane, Buttermere Road and Pasture Road back into Goole Town Centre.

With next month's changes, all journeys on service 3 will operate via Dunhill Road and Grange Road before routing to Lidl via Anderson Road and then serving Rawcliffe Road. Here a small divergence between alternate journeys remains, will some serving a small part of Boothferry Road and Clifton Gardens, and others Grosvenor Avenue and Centenary Road. The remainder of the route from Oxford Road back into Goole Town Centre is unchanged. Newport Street and part of Kent Road are left unserved, but are fairly close to Boothferry Road, Dunhill Road and Grange Road.

The Monday to Friday peaktime Goole Town Services 4 and 5 are unaffected.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Stagecoach win Bridlington Park and Ride?

Going by the below two VOSA registrations, it would appear that Stagecoach have won the Bridlington Park and Ride contract, and will also be starting a Hull to Bridlington service.

PB0001484/398 Registered
LINCOLNSHIRE ROAD CAR COMPANY LIMITED
Route: Hull Interchange to Bridlington Park and Ride
Service number: HU_99 (99)
Service type: Normal Stopping
Effective date: 06 Apr 2019

PB0001484/397 Registered

LINCOLNSHIRE ROAD CAR COMPANY LIMITED

Route: Bridlington Park and Ride to Bridlington Park and Ride
Service number: HU_88 (88, 99)
Service type: Normal Stopping
Effective date: 06 Apr 2019


Yesterday, EYMS deregistered their Bridlington Park and Ride service


PB0000328/526 Cancelled
EAST YORKSHIRE MOTOR SERVICES LIMITED
Route: Bridlington Park and Ride Site to Town Centre via East Riding Leisure
Service number: BPR (BPR)
Service type: Normal Stopping
Effective date: 06 Apr 2019

Sunday, 17 February 2019

North Lincolnshire Council looking to cutback 260 and 450 services

This week Barton Town Council published minutes of it's January 2nd meeting, which contained the following disappointing and concerning item under the heading "correspondence received since issue of the agenda":

"Information from North Lincolnshire Council Public Transport about making savings on the 450 bus service by making changes to the 450 service and looking to incorporating the 260 to help serve some of the villages. The 450 would operate from Barrow to Barton and Brigg via the Low Villages. The 260 at present operates 4 days to Goxhill and New Holland and 1 day to East Halton. They are looking at changing this to 3 days operating to Goxhill and New Holland and 2 days serving Thornton Curtis, Wootton and Ulceby and also East Halton and South Killingholme. A proposed timetable has been forwarded. Any suggestions are welcomed by early in the New Year. "

To expand on and slightly correct the current arrangements stated above, service 260 'The Villager' links the villages of Goxhill, New Holland and Barrow with Barton, as well as East Halton on a Thursday only; the Thursday timetable also includes a service from Victoria House in Barton to the town's Tesco supermarket. Monday to Friday the service is operated by Stagecoach, operating off peak approximately every 60-90 minutes using one vehicle, and is interworked with a schools service from the Caistor Road Estate in Barton to St Peter's Primary School. On Saturday's a single 'timetabled' journey in each direction is provided between Goxhill and Barton by the CallConnect bus.

Service 450 operates between Immingham County Hotel, South Killingholme, Ulceby, Wootton, Thornton Curtis, Barrow, Barton, South Ferriby, Horkstow, Saxby, Bonby, Worlaby, Elsham, Wrawby and Brigg. The route is operated by Stagecoach with four journeys in each direction, albeit on schooldays one service from Brigg terminates at Barton and another is diverted after Barrow to Goxhill. The service requires two vehicles, and I think is interworked with the 552 South Killingholme to Barton Baysgarth School schools service. The 450 itself provides a schools service to Brigg for out of catchment area students.

The exact proposed new timetable has not been included in the Barton Town Council minutes, but would clearly involve cutbacks overall, with the possible exception of East Halton and North Killingholme (located between East Halton and South Killingholme and currently only served by the 552 and CallConnect). It would seem no community will be left unserved however. I presume the intention would be to reduce from a requirement for three vehicles on weekdays to two, at least in school holidays. Unless operated as circular, serving Wootton/Ulceby on one hand, and East Halton on the other, would not be possible without a trip via some very minor roads, but serving all four communities could be done by operating between Barrow and South Killingholme via Wootton/Ulceby in one direction and East Halton in the other.

It's not clear what is proposed for Saturdays. The minutes refer to serving some communities three days a week and others two, implying five day a week services, yet every village east of Barton apart from East Halton and North Killingholme currently has a Saturday bus service. It maybe that the Saturday 260 service isn't being considered as it's operated as part of the CallConnect contract, but that doesn't explain if the plan is to replace/continue the Saturday 450, or not.

In response, Barton Town Council resolved "that a letter be sent to North Lincolnshire Council with the town council’s concerns that the local bus services are to be reduced. As the town council currently support the town bus and it was noted that better information needs to be sought regarding the Call Connect service, the Clerk to invite the Public Transport Development Officer to a forthcoming meeting of the town council to further explain the service".

It is good to see Barton Town Council agree to respond with their concerns to North Lincolnshire Council. Barton Town Council currently contribute towards the 254 Barton Town Service and also fund a schools service within the town from the Caistor Road Estate to Castledyke Primary School. The remainder of the funding for the 254 comes from North Lincolnshire Council but there is no indication that is under threat. Older Barton Town Council minutes indicate that changes may be made to the 254 when Barton Library and Local Link relocates from the town centre to the Baysgarth Leisure Centre later this year.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Some Improvement for South Killingholme

Tomorrow - Monday 21st January - a new 'fixed'/timetabled CallConnect service is being introduced between South Killingholme and Immingham County Hotel, operating Monday to Friday peaktimes. CallConnect is operated by Hornsby Travel on behalf of North Lincolnshire Council. South Killingholme was served by Stagecoach service 5 Monday to Saturday daytimes until earlier this month, providing a service every 20 minutes to Immingham and Grimsby, the places residents of South Killingholme tend to 'look towards' for shops and services. Since then it has been left with the 450 - which doesn't serve Immingham Town Centre or Grimsby - and demand responsive CallConnect services.

On the new timetabled CallConnect service there will be one departure each way, leaving South Killinghome at 0715, arriving at County Hotel at 0725 to connect onto the 0737 service 5 into Grimsby which arrives at 0814, and a return from County Hotel at 1800 which connects out of the 1710 service 5 from Grimsby to County Hotel (arrives at 1745). This reinstates a timetabled service for South Killingholme to Grimsby commuters and students, albeit with a change en-route at County Hotel; the evening service may also be off use for afternoon Grimsby shoppers who can travel into Grimsby using a combination of the 450 and 5 services earlier in the day.

As a quick way to improve the situation for South Killingholme, this new timetabled service is logical. However it does mean the demand responsive CallConnect bus will not be available when it is needed on this fixed service, which isn't ideal. In addition there is still no timetabled link from South Killingholme to Immingham Town Centre - as I posted a couple of weeks ago the 450 could be amended to provide this - and no South Killingholme to Grimsby through service. Arguably more still to be done to replace the 5 in South Killingholme.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Stagecoach 5 and 6 Changes

Today, Sunday 6th January, Stagecoach have revised services 5 and 6 in North East Lincolnshire. Service 5 provides the link between Grimsby and Immingham, whilst service 6 is the main bus into Grimsby from the Wybers Wood Estate.

Until yesterday service 5 routed out of Grimsby via Cromwell Road, Yarborough Road and the full length of Great Coates Road, before serving the edges of Healing and Stallingborough villages on the B1210 prior to arriving in Immingham. In Immingham most Monday to Saturday early morning and daytime journeys had extended to South Killingholme via the oil refineries, with some journeys serving Kiln Lane Industrial Estate, Immingham MIC Plant and the Western Entrance to Immingham Docks at peak times. One peak time journey started in, and two finished in, Habrough village. Monday to Saturday daytimes service 5 operated every 20 minutes, increasing to every 15 minutes at peak times; the first three early morning journeys started in Humberston, operating via Cleethorpes Pier and Riby Square to pick up the main route in Grimsby. Sunday daytimes saw an hourly service between Cleethorpes Pier, Grimsby and Immingham, routing via Grimsby Auditorium/Leisure Centre and The Willows Estate, but not the 'loop' part of Cromwell Road that service 6 uses on The Willows, as opposed than Yarborough Road and the western part of Great Coates Road. Finally the hourly daily evening service followed the same route as on Sunday daytimes, but starting at North Sea Lane terminus, and also serving Wybers Wood Top.

With today's service change, almost all journeys on service 5 will route via The Willows, instead of Yarborough Road and the western part of Great Coates Road. Yarborough Road is also served by service 4, while the western part of Great Coates Road is partly bordered by Grimsby Golf Course and a nature reserve. Routing via The Willows provides Monday to Saturday daytime access to Grimsby Auditorium/Leisure Centre from the service 5 route. All early morning/daytime journeys will serve the Cromwell Road 'loop' within The Willows, with evening services continuing to omit it.

The other big change is that apart from on weekday peaktimes, the 5 will no longer extend past Immingham County Hotel terminus, and the oil refineries, South Killingholme and Habrough are no longer served by service 5. This removes the bus as a commuting option from Grimsby to the oil refineries, and leaves Habrough with the train for public transport (which does include peak time services to Grimsby, replacing what the 5 offered).

Perhaps the most significant loss however is for South Killingholme. South Killingholme maybe in North Lincolnshire, but looks towards Immingham and Grimsby in North East Lincolnshire for shops/services etc. It's not left isolated as the 450 continues to provide a limited Monday to Saturday bus service, but the 450 isn't ideal - it's geared towards travel to Barton, and if you don't mind a journey of over an hour, also serves Brigg. The 450 does run to Immingham too, but only to County Hotel, not the town centre, and has a first arrival at County Hotel off 1100, with a last departure at 1340. Connections to Grimsby on the 5 exist, but offer little time in the town. South Killingholme is also covered by the demand responsive CallConnect, which I think does offer travel to Immingham.

A seemingly easy option to partially address this would be to re-route the 450 via Habrough Church and Immingham Town Centre between South Killingholme and County Hotel. If necessary the 450 could be amended in Barton to save time, and only serve the Market Place once in each direction as opposed to twice in each direction in the current timetable - a legacy from when Barton-Brigg and Barton-Immingham-Grimsby used to be separate services. South Killingholme doesn't need a service every 20 minutes, and probably has only had one because of it's proximity to employment and potential (Able UK) employment sites, it may not even need an hourly service, but I don't think the 450 with it's current timetable and route is sufficient.

The 5m variation to Kiln Lane/MIC Plant as service 5m continues Monday to Friday, but not on Saturdays. Four morning and five afternoon services are provided from Grimsby, with three morning and six afternoon returns from Kiln Lane/MIC Plant - this compares to six morning and two afternoon journeys previously being provided from Grimsby, along with three afternoon returns.

The 'core' Monday to Saturday daytime frequency remains every 20 minutes, including at peak times where a 15 minute frequency had previously been provided. Early morning journeys from Humberston remain, at 0435 (0440 Sat), 0540 and 0640 compared to 0445, 0515 and 0545 previously. The first service from Immingham is now at 0550 rather than 0620, and the first three morning services from Immingham operate via Wybers Wood Estate as service 5w, covering for service 6 now starting later. Early morning services from Grimsby continue to operate via Yarborough Road, as service 5 or 5m, and so do two further morning journeys from Grimsby, and two mid afternoon journeys from Immingham as service 5s - going by the 's' suffix and the times, I presume this is linked to Healing School traffic. Evening and Sundays remain hourly, starting at North Sea Lane in the evening, and at Cleethorpes Pier on Sunday daytimes.

Service 6 continues to link the Wybers Wood Estate and Grimsby Town Centre via The Willows, but has two main changes. The 6 no longer continues beyond Riverhead Exchange to Asda, and the Monday to Saturday daytime service is cut from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes. Co-ordination with the re-routed service 5 however provides an improved service to The Willows of every 10 minutes. The hourly Sunday daytime service 6 remains, with fairly good co-ordination with service 5 into Grimsby in the morning, and returning in the afternoon, but with abysmal co-ordination for the probably less used morning service from Grimsby and afternoon service from Wybers Wood. From Wybers Wood Top on Sunday afternoons there is a 3 minute gap followed by a 57 minute gap. This timetabling is what happens when trying to co-ordinate an Immingham to Cleethorpes and Wybers Wood to Grimsby service without having lots of driver layover time - and I guess it maybe this arrangement or the Sunday 6 becomes unviable?

Overall a rather mixed picture, and the negatives I'm sure not helped by the decline in Grimsby Town Centre and lack of progress with the Able UK development in Killingholme.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Interconnect 51 Afternoon Improvements

Starting on Monday 7th January, Stagecoach will revise the timetable of generally hourly Monday to Saturday Interconnect service 51 between Grimsby and Louth. The 51A Louth school service is also withdrawn at the same time.

In the morning, the 0855 departure from Louth moves to 0905, increasing the current 90 minute gap after the 0725 departure to 100 minutes.

With the new afternoon timetable, the 1440 departure from Grimsby will be replaced by 1410 and 1510 departures, which also eliminates the current 95 minute gap between 1440 and 1615. On schooldays the 1510 will not serve Grimsby Hospital grounds, but will serve Toll Bar School. In the reverse direction from Louth, the 1600 departure from the Bus Station on Saturdays and in School Holidays will depart instead at 1555, but is withdrawn on schooldays. There is a new 1630 departure from Louth however, Monday to Saturday; on Saturdays and in School Holidays this eliminates a 90 minute gap in departures from Louth. Overall one extra service from Grimsby, and one extra service from Louth on Saturdays and in School Holidays.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Interconnect 53 Timetable Change

Stagecoach will revise the timetable of Monday to Saturday Interconnect service 53 between Grimsby, Caistor, Market Rasen and Lincoln from Monday 7th January. The 1540 departure from Grimsby will now operate at 1610, and the final 1750 departure from Lincoln will also depart 30 minutes later, at 1820.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Stagecoach 25 to serve Market Rasen

From Tuesday 8th January, Stagecoach service 25 between Ludford and Grimsby will be extended to start/finish in Market Rasen. The route operates on Tuesday and Friday, providing a shopping link into Grimsby. As a result the service shall now leave Market Rasen at 0930, arriving into Grimsby at 1050, as opposed to 1025 currently, with the return departing Grimsby Riverhead Exchange slightly earlier at 1330 rather than 1340. In Ludford the service shall serve a new stop on Bain Rise, where the bus will turnaround, as opposed to existing stops by the Black Horse pub.

Market Rasen's main service to/from Grimsby is the Monday to Saturday 53. There is a 0942 departure from Market Rasen, arriving into Grimsby at 1037, so the morning 25 is unlikely to get much use for Market Rasen to Grimsby travel. In the return direction, the 1330 departure from Grimsby sits nicely in a gap in service 53 departures between 1240 and 1440. I presume though the Market Rasen extension is primarily to support schoolday interworking with a De Aston School service?

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Christmas and New Year Bus Services 2018/2019

Below is the annual summary of Christmas and New Year bus services in the Humber region. Operators covered are:
  • Arriva Yorkshire
  • CallConnect services in North Lincolnshire
  • EYMS
  • First South Yorkshire
  • First York
  • Hornsby Travel
  • Isle Coaches
  • Stagecoach
  • Transdev York
Services provided by these operators outside of the region are not covered in this post. If anyone has information for other operators, please post a comment and I will update this post. Please check exact details before travelling as this is only a summary.

Christmas Eve:
  • A Saturday service with an early evening finish will be provided by First South Yorkshire, First York and Stagecoach
  • Stagecoach 260 (Barton Villager) will operate a normal Monday service
  • A normal Monday service with an early evening finish will be provided by Arriva Yorkshire, EYMS, Hornsby Travel (except CallConnect) and Isle Coaches.
  • CallConnect's demand responsive service in North Lincolnshire will operate a Saturday service (between 8am an 6pm). The 'timetabled' weekday CallConnect 59 service between Wroot and Blaxton will not operate
  • Transdev York evening service 10 to Stamford Bridge will not operate
Christmas Day:
No Services

Boxing Day:
Limited daytime services will operate on certain routes only in the Hull Area (the same provision as 2017 except for service 64 renumbered to service 63 following service changes earlier in the year):
 
EYMS:
34: Hull-Willerby - Hourly
56: Hull-Longhill-Asda Bilton - Hourly
63: Hull-Cottingham-Castle Hill Hospital - Hourly
66: Hull-Hessle - Hourly
115: Hull-Avenues-Cottingham-Castle Hill Hospital - Hourly (circular with 154)
154: Hull-Willerby-Castle Hill Hospital - Hourly (circular with 115)
Stagecoach:
1: Hull-Boothferry Estate - Hourly
2: Hull-Boothferry Estate - Hourly
3: Orchard Park-Hull-Greatfield - Half Hourly
4: Orchard Park-Hull-Bilton Grange - Hourly
5: Hull-Orchard Park-Kingswood - Half Hourly
8: Hull-Sutton Park-North Point - Hourly
10: Hull-North Point-North Bransholme - Hourly
11: Hull-North Point-Kingswood - Hourly
12: Hull-North Point - Hourly
13: Hull-North Point - Hourly
14: Hull-Greatfield - Hourly


Thursday 27th:
  • A Saturday service will be provided by Arriva Yorkshire, EYMS, First South Yorkshire, First York, Stagecoach and Transdev York
  • EYMS 360/361 (Goole-Scunthorpe) will operate a normal Thursday service
  • EYMS service 63 will have an extra journey from Hull to Castle Hill Hospital at 0615, returning at 0702
  • EYMS Saturday only service Nightbus 106 will not operate, nor will Monday, Wednesday and Saturday only service 143.
  • EYMS Friday and Saturday evening only journeys on routes 18, 45, 46, 75, 121 and X47 shall not operate (i.e. a normal Thursday evening service will operate)
  • Stagecoach 10 (Scunthorpe Town Service), 161 (Market Rasen-Brigg-Lakeside) and 260 (Barton Villager) will operate a normal Thursday service
  • A normal Thursday service will be provided by Hornsby Travel (except CallConnect) and Isle Coaches
  • CallConnect's demand responsive service in North Lincolnshire will operate a Saturday service (between 8am an 6pm). The 'timetabled' weekday CallConnect 59 service between Wroot and Blaxton will not operate
Friday 28th:
  • A Saturday service will be provided by Arriva Yorkshire, EYMS, First South Yorkshire, First York, Stagecoach and Transdev York
  • EYMS 88 (Rawcliffe Bridge-Goole), 197 (Pocklington Town Service) and 360/361 (Goole-Scunthorpe) will operate a normal Friday service
  • EYMS service 63 will have an extra journey from Hull to Castle Hill Hospital at 0615, returning at 0702
  • EYMS Saturday only service Nightbus 106 will not operate, nor will Monday, Wednesday and Saturday only service 143.
  • Stagecoach 10 (Scunthorpe Town Service), 25 (Ludford-Grimsby) and 260 (Barton Villager) will operate a normal Friday service
  • A normal Friday service will be provided by Hornsby Travel (except CallConnect) and Isle Coaches
  • CallConnect's demand responsive service in North Lincolnshire will operate a Saturday service (between 8am an 6pm). The 'timetabled' weekday CallConnect 59 service between Wroot and Blaxton will not operate, nor will the Friday only 'timetabled' CallConnect 55 (Appleby-Scunthorpe) and 58 (Wroot-Epworth) services
Saturday 29th:
Normal Saturday Services. (As a side note this means the Saturday CallConnect 260 will be the only 'timetabled' CallConnect service in North Lincolnshire over the Christmas/New Year period).

Sunday 30th:
Normal Sunday Services

New Years Eve:

  • A Saturday service with an early evening finish will be provided by Arriva Yorkshire, EYMS, First South Yorkshire, First York and Stagecoach
  • EYMS 88 (Rawcliffe Bridge-Goole), 143 (North Ferriby-Beverley) and 360/361 (Goole-Scunthorpe) will operate a normal Monday service
  • EYMS service 63 will have an extra journey from Hull to Castle Hill Hospital at 0615, returning at 0702
  • Stagecoach 260 (Barton Villager) will operate a normal Monday service
  • A normal Monday service with an early evening finish will be provided by Hornsby Travel (except CallConnect) and Isle Coaches
  • CallConnect's demand responsive service in North Lincolnshire will operate a Saturday service (between 8am an 6pm). The 'timetabled' weekday CallConnect 59 service between Wroot and Blaxton will not operate
  • Transdev York evening service 10 to Stamford Bridge will not operate
New Years Day:
No Services

Wednesday 2nd January:
Back to normal, except for First South Yorkshire who will operate a Saturday service on Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th January, before resuming normal services on Saturday 5th January.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

CallConnect 25A to be withdrawn

The 'fixed'/'timetabled' CallConnect service 25A between Binbrook and Waltham will be withdrawn after operation on Friday 21st December. (Lincolnshire County Council list the withdrawal as effective from Wednesday 2nd January, but as CallConnect will largely be operating a Saturday service between 24th and 31st December, the actual end date is earlier). Service 25A was introduced in July to replace the previous peak time service 25 between Binbrook and Grimsby, and operates on weekdays only, connecting to/from service 10 at Waltham for travel to/from Grimsby. The morning journey leaves Binbrook at 0740, with a 1755 return from Waltham. Lincolnshire County Council simply advise passengers to instead 'Book with CallConnect!' (i.e. the main demand responsive CallConnect service).

Sunday, 2 December 2018

simplibus North Lincolnshire

On Monday 29th October, the local bus network in Scunthorpe was relaunched as 'simplibus North Lincolnshire'. This follows on from Stagecoach launching the simplibus concept of 'low' route numbers and new branding/marketing in Grimsby/Cleethorpes, Hull, Lincoln and Newark. simplibus in Scunthorpe has two interesting differences however - it's name, and the involvement of a second operator.

Until Scunthorpe, the simplibus network has been named after the main town(s) or city being served, even if the network extends outside of the main urban area. For example the 5 in the simpibus Grimsby and Cleethorpes network extends to Immingham, a separate town not part of the same urban area, and onwards to the village of South Killingholme in North Lincolnshire, in a different council area to Grimsby and Cleethorpes. In Lincoln the simplibus network covers outlying villages such as Welton. However there is no simplibus Scunthorpe, it's simplibus North Lincolnshire, and as explained below it's not as if the network extends into multiple parts of North Lincolnshire, it's contained within the Scunthorpe urban area apart from one route to Brigg and some occasional extensions of another route to East Butterwick. In that sense it's very similar to simplibus Grimsby and Cleethorpes. In many ways it doesn't matter if it's simplibus Scunthorpe or simplibus North Lincolnshire, but the name caught my attention.

Hornsby Travel are also involved in the new network, despite simplibus being a Stagecoach brand. Hornsby and Stagecoach (and Road Car before Stagecoach) have co-operated for some time within Scunthorpe, with mutual ticket acceptance and a joint town service leaflet, and by working together it presents a joined up cohesive network to customers and potential customers despite there being two operators of town services in Scunthorpe. 'simpli' it's a logical approach, and it doesn't prevent competition, for example along Spilsby Road and Angerstein Road in the Riddings estate.

The revised network contains 13 services numbered 1 to 12 and 1A. The Scunthorpe town network had been a 'mish-mash' of routes from two previous network recasts last decade, and some routes added or changed at other times.

Route 1 - Stagecoach

The 31 (anti-clockwise) and 32 (clockwise) circulars that cover Scunthorpe Bus Station, Frodingham, Ashby, parts of the Riddings estate, Westcliff, Tesco, Scunthorpe Hospital and Scunthorpe Bus Station, operating every 20 minutes in each direction Monday to Saturday daytimes, are now known as service 1 and use the same number in each direction. Other than the renumbering there are no major changes, there are some minor retimings, and a new later last anti-clockwise departure from Scunthorpe Bus Station at 1755 rather than at 1735 as previously.

Route 1A - Stagecoach

The 1A is the Monday to Saturday Evening/Sunday replacement for the 31A/32A circulars, that like their daytime counterparts now use the same number in each direction. The route is unchanged from the 31A/32A, covering most of the Monday to Saturday daytime 1 plus some additional areas, and so is the frequency, off hourly daily evenings, half hourly Sunday daytimes, in each direction.

Monday to Saturday evening clockwise departures from Scunthorpe Bus Station however change from 1800/1830/1930/2030/2130/2230/2330 Fri and Sat only to 1810/1910/2010/2110/2210/2310 - a slightly reduced early evening service and an earlier last bus Friday/Saturday but a later last bus Monday to Thursday. The Monday to Saturday evening anti-clockwise service is also slightly reduced from 1800/1830/1930/2030/2130/2230/2330 Fri and Sat only departures from Scunthorpe Bus Station to 1840/1940/2040/2140/2310 departures, again the positive is a later last departure Monday to Thursday. For Riddings and Ashby these changes do provide a half hourly service to/from Scunthorpe Bus Station as the journey time is approximately the same whichever way round the circular you travel. Sunday daytime services are retimed, while Sunday evenings are similar to the new Monday to Saturday evening timetable, but omit Tesco.

Route 2 - Stagecoach

New route 2 is largely the replacement for service 34 between Scunthorpe Bus Station, Westcliff, Riddings, Yaddlethorpe, Ashby and Lakeside, but now operates as a circular back to Scunthorpe Bus Station. It uses the same route number in both directions.

In the Westcliff estate the 'loop' around Plymouth Road and Bristol Road is dropped, leaving Plymouth Road to service 1 and Bristol Road unserved. Rather than serving Swinburne Road along with service 1, the 2 now serves Scotter Road and Lichfield Avenue, previously unserved (apart from the 16?). Taken together all the overlap between the 31/32 and 33/34 that previously existed in Westcliff is removed with the new 1, 2 and 3 services.

The other major change is to the eastern part of the service. Service 34 operated from Ashby via Fulbeck Road and Bellingham Road to Lakeside, whereas the 2 operates from Ashby via Fulbeck Road and then direct to Lakeside, before serving Bellingham Road and extending to/from Scunthorpe Bus Station via Queensway, Ashby Road and Station Road. This change provides a far more direct service from Bellingham Road and Fulbeck Road into Scunthorpe, restores a regular service to Station Road, and provides more options for travel to Scunthorpe Bus Station for those in the centre part of the circular route. Personally I would have used the old service 10 route however via Healey Road and Sandhouse Crescent, the unique sections of which remain unserved, rather than Queensway, which I don't think has any bus stops on it.

The frequency of service 2 is mostly hourly Monday to Saturday, off peak matching what the 34 offered, but less frequent at peak times - this is covered by the new service 3 however.

Route 3 - Stagecoach

The 3 replaces services 11 and 33, but with a new bit in the middle! Service 11 had operated from Scunthorpe Bus Station via Ashby Road, Ashby Town Centre, Bottesford Road and Cambridge Avenue to Yaddlethorpe where it covered Ogilvy Drive and Valley View Drive in Bottesford before returning to Ashby and Scunthorpe. The 33 were Scunthorpe to Westcliff 'shorts' of the 34.

New service 3 is a circular, following the service 2 route from Scunthorpe Bus Station through Westcliff, Bridges Road, Manor Farm Road, Manby Road and Quebec Road before diverging to pick up most of the service 11 route via Ogilvy Drive, Messingham Road, Valley View Drive, Cambridge Avenue, Bottesford Road, Ashby and Ashby Road back to Scunthorpe Bus Station. Two small parts of the old 11 route are unserved, Moorwell Road between High Leys Road and Messingham Road, and Manor Road between Messingham Road and Valley View Drive.

Service 3 operates hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes. For Westcliff the 2/3 provide an off peak bus every half hour rather than every 20 minutes on the 33/34, but for everywhere else it's positive or no change. Bridges Road, Manor Farm Road, Manby Road and Quebec Road go from hourly on the 34 to half hourly on the 2/3, and from Quebec Road at least when accounting for the possibility of using the circular both ways it could be considered there are now 4 buses an hour to/from Scunthorpe Bus Station. Similarly when accounting for the possibility of travelling in either direction, the frequency from Ogilvy Drive and Valley View Drive is now two buses an hour into Scunthorpe Bus Station, compared to hourly on service 11.

Route 4 - Hornsby Mon-Sat, Stagecoach Sun

Existing service 4 between Scunthorpe, Ashby, Broughton and Brigg is included in the network with no change to it's times or route. Whilst superficially an 'out of town' service, it does have some use for local travel within Scunthorpe as well, starting far earlier in the morning than any other service on weekdays, serving Foxhills Industrial Estate, linking Ashby Road to Lakeside Retail Park, serving Timberland on a Saturday, and providing the only evening service and part of the limited Sunday service along Ashby Road.

Route 5 - Hornsby

This is what was service 22 between Scunthorpe Bus Station, Priory Lane, Ashby, Timberland and Lakeside Retail Park. Other than the renumbering the service is unaltered, and operates every hour Monday to Friday.

Route 6 - Hornsby and Stagecoach

If it's not broke, don't fix it! Service 6 survives a full network recast for the second time I believe, and continues to operate every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes between Scunthorpe and Ashby, split between Hornsby and Stagecoach.

Route 7 - Stagecoach

This is the old service 37 in North Scunthorpe, operating hourly Monday to Saturday daytime between Scunthorpe Bus Station, Scunthorpe Hospital, Hilton Avenue, Dewsbury Avenue, Speedwell Crescent and Skppingdale Retail Park. The main change is that services now continues as a service 8 at Skippingdale Retail Park, and vice versa. The last departure from Scunthorpe Bus Station is now at 1755 rather than 1720. A two hour gap now exists Monday to Friday in departures from Scunthorpe Bus Station between 1455 and 1655.

Route 8 - Stagecoach

The 8 is an improved version of the 38 between Scunthorpe Bus Station, Scunthorpe Hospital and Crosby, but now extended to Skippingdale Retail Park via Speedwell Crescent, giving two buses an hour to these areas. The frequency remains hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes. The last bus from Scunthorpe Bus Station is now at 1725 rather than 1755, but the 1755 service 7 from Scunthorpe Bus Station to Skippingdale Retail Park returns as a service 8 via Crosby.

Route 9 - Hornsby

Service 9 between Scunthorpe Bus Station and Scunthorpe Hospital is unchanged, operating every 20 minutes Monday to Friday daytimes and with a limited Saturday daytime service.

Route 10 - Stagecoach

The Tuesday and Friday Parklands-Brumby Wood Lane-Scunthorpe and Thursday Parklands-Brumby Wood Lane-Ashby service is renumbered from service 16 but otherwise unchanged.

Personally I wouldn't have even changed the number - 16 isn't that far out of the 'sequence' (and there is a precedent for an unused number - 15 in the simplibus Hull network), leaving service 10 for future use (there will be a need to serve the new Lincolnshire Lakes development once built for example). Also this route isn't part of the core network, but a tendered service aimed at a small number of users/potential users away from the core network - it doesn't even make it onto the network map!

Route 11 - Stagecoach

This is early morning service 13 renumbered. Again I'm dubious of the need for this renumbering, for the same reasons as noted above.

Route 12 - Hornsby

Service 12 between Scunthorpe Bus Station, Brumby, Ashby, Asda, Burringham and East Butterwick continues unchanged, operating between Scunthorpe Bus Station and Asda every half hour Monday to Friday and hourly on Saturdays, with less frequent extensions to Burringham and East Butterwick.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Shorter Shorts

Back in September, Stagecoach replaced the three Monday to Saturday Scunthorpe-Messingham-Scotter 'shorts' on service 100 with Scunthorpe-Messingham 'shorts' on service 103. I'm calling these journeys 'shorts' as the full route 100 and 103 services run Scunthorpe to Lincoln - the 100 via Gainsborough and the 103 via Kirton in Lindsey.

The 'shorts' still leave Scunthorpe Bus Station at 1000, 1200 and 1400, contributing to the half hourly Scunthorpe to Messingham off peak frequency provided between routes 100 and 103, but return from Messingham at 1024, 1224 and 1424, rather than at 1038, 1238 and 1438 as with the previous service 100 'shorts'. This somewhat spoils the usual standard 8 and 38 minute past the hour departures from Messingham into Scunthorpe. I presume the intention is to maximise 'recovery time' at Scunthorpe Bus Station. I think the 'shorts' then work the 1100, 1300 and 1500 service 103 departures from Scunthorpe to Lincoln, and used to arrive into Scunthorpe Bus Station at 1055, 1255 and 1455, giving just five minutes 'turnaround'. With the 'shorts' no longer serving Scotter they get back into Scunthorpe Bus Station seven minutes earlier, giving a longer twelve minute 'turnaround' before their next service.

This change is a reduction for Scotter from three buses every two hours back to a hourly service. It is worth noting that these 'shorts' only ran to Scotter since April 2017, when they were diverted from Kirton in Lindsey.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Hessle Town Service returns

After withdrawal on 31st March (Easter Saturday), the 183 Hessle Town Service made a return on Friday 31st August, in a much reduced form compared to the previous service, but rather better than no service at all.

It is now operated by Acklams Coaches, on a Friday only, as opposed to the hourly Monday to Saturday service provided until March. The reinstated service starts at Hessle Square (in Hessle town centre), serving Davenport Avenue, Heads Lane, Jenny Brough Lane (where significant new housing is being built) and Tranby Avenue before routing via Beverley Road, Darleys Roundabout, Boothferry Road and First Lane to Sainsburys. After arriving at Sainsbury's, the service then routes Sainsbury's-Hessle Square-Sainsbury's-Hessle Square and starts it's circular of the town again.

Boothferry Road and First Lane were not served by the previous Hessle Town Service - Boothferry Road lacks links into Hessle and to Sainsbury's, whilst First Lane has links into Hessle Square but not to Sainsburys, so the extension to these areas adds useful new links. Serving additional areas of Hessle requires a lower frequency than the previous approximately half hourly service provided until March however. If the service had operated as a more continuous circular apart from the driver's rest break, it could have operated every 40 minutes, or every 45 minutes with some brief 'recovery time' built in, but for whatever reason operates on an approximately hourly frequency. This then necessitates the 'back and forth' between Sainsburys and Hessle Square so that inbound passengers can get to Hessle Square without a long (15 minute) wait at Sainsburys, and passengers from Sainsburys can get back home without a long wait at Hessle Square. Normally I would advocate an even interval 'same time every hour' timetable, but this seems like a very good case for an exception to that.

The most important thing though is that the service is back, and many parts of residential Hessle that became 'bus-less' or without links to Hessle Town Centre and Sainsbury's, have services restored again.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Acklams takeover 504

On Monday 3rd September, Acklams Coaches tookover operation of service 504 between Bridlington, Buckton and Bempton from East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC), with an improved timetable. The 504 had been operating on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only since early May, but with the transfer to Acklams Coaches in September, increased to operate Monday to Friday. Three journeys are provided from Bempton at 0930, 1230 and 1600, and two from Bridlington Bus Station at 1200 and 1530; ERYC had provided three departures from Bridlington between Monday 23rd July and Friday 31st August so this is a slight cutback, but arguably more than compensated for by the addition of Tuesday and Thursday services.

Acklams Coaches are running the 504 under contract to ERYC, and also tookover the contract for the Carnaby Industrial Estate to Bridlington service 131 at the same time. The 131 and 504 now appear to interwork, and with the 131 operating at peaktimes and late lunchtime, it 'dovetails' with the 504 quite nicely.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Airmyn and Hook changes

Since Monday 3rd September, the residual service 88 between Rawcliffe Bridge, Rawcliffe and Goole has additionally served the village of Airmyn. The service provides one journey in each direction on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and is operated by EYMS with financial support from East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC).

A check on the Goole Gofar website shows their Friday link between Airmyn, Hook and Goole finished on Friday 31st August. The 88 is a slightly improved replacement for Airmyn, whilst Hook is now served by the Tuesday 358/Howdenshire MiBus between Holme On Spalding Moor, Howden and Goole, also operated by Goole Gofar.

Sunday, 18 November 2018

EYMS 151 extended to Willerby Parkway

From Sunday 2nd September, EYMS amended many of it's Hull area services, mostly just changes to improve punctuality. Service 151 between Hull, Anlaby, Kirk Ella and Willerby Square however saw a bigger change, with the extension of most services to Willerby Parkway and Well Lane. The 151 operates mostly hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes and evenings, though morning peak and evening services still terminate at Willerby Square.

Willerby Parkway and Well Lane are also served the 35/35A/44A, offering a service approximately every 90 minutes to/from Hull City Centre and Hull Royal Infirmary. These services operate 'clockwise' in Willerby, serving Willerby Square before Well Lane and Willerby Parkway, and not offering a link from Willerby Parkway and Well Lane to Willerby Square, whereas the 151 operates an 'anti-clockwise' loop from Willerby Square via Kingston Road, Willerby Parkway and Well Lane back to Willerby Square, offering travel in both directions between Willerby Parkway/Well Lane and Willerby Square.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

EYMS 142 Schoolday Change

Until July, EYMS had been operating a 1535 departure from Beverley Sow Hill Bus Station to Holme on schooldays, serving Cherry Burton, Etton and South Dalton en-route. The main purpose was to serve Longcroft School students, but by starting back at the Bus Station, could also be useful for the wider population.

However in September due to changes to the Longcroft School day, the journey became a 1520 departure from Longcroft School, not serving Sow Hill Bus Station. I presume there is not time to start back at Sow Hill Bus Station due to whatever the driver and/or vehicle is doing before hand? This isn't a huge loss to Cherry Burton and Etton which have an Acklams departure on route 142 from the Bus Station at 1500, but the last service from Beverley to South Dalton and Holme is now Acklam's 1200(Wed)/1210(Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri) departure.

Monday, 12 November 2018

EYMS Bridlington Town Service September Changes

From Monday 3rd September, EYMS made a couple of changes to their Bridlington Town Service Network, that was introduced in early May.

Service 2 to the southern part of the town retained it's previous timetable but with a change of route, to serve George Street and the northern part of Cardigan Road inbound to the town centre, instead of the northern part of Kingsgate. Kingsgate is also served by the 130 and 136, and the re-routing via George Street is in line with the old 503 route that operated until May.

Service 3 to the West Hill estate has lost it's 1515 departure from Bridlington Bus Station on schooldays, leaving a 2 hour 10 minute gap in the timetable; it still operates during school holidays and on Saturdays. Until the May changes West Hill had enjoyed two buses an hour, albeit with one dropped journey on schoolday afternoons creating an hour's gap in the timetable.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

East Riding September Contract Changes

The start of September saw a number of East Riding of Yorkshire Council supported services change operators, including the following:

Monday to Friday Service 135 between Driffield, Wetwang and Sledmere passed from direct operation by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to Busking
Monday to Saturday Service 136 between Driffield, North Frodingham, Skipsea and Bridlington passed from Busking to EYMS
Monday to Friday Service 131 between Carnaby Industrial Estate and Bridlington passed from EYMS to Acklams Coaches, now interworked with service 504, of which more in a future post

Wednesday and Thursday Service 124 between Driffield, Burton Fleming and Bridlington passed from North Holderness Community Transport (HART) to Acklams Coaches
Monday to Friday Service 220 between Hornsea and Bilton passed from Acklams Coaches to HART

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Service 18 August Improvements

Service 18 between Holme on Spalding Moor Bubwith, North Duffield, Wheldrake, York Designer Outlet, Fulford and York was improved from Monday 6th August, compared to the previous timetable that had been in place from Tuesday 8th May. Back in May EYMS had cancelled their mostly commercial 'version' of service 18 between Market Weighton, Holme on Spalding Moor and York, that had operated every two hours Monday to Saturday daytimes (occasionally more frequent), along with a limited evening service on Friday and Saturday. They sent some service 46 journeys between Market Weighton and York to start/finish in Holme on Spalding Moor as a partial replacement, with a far more limited tendered service 18 covering the rest of the route. This more limited service 18 came in two parts; EYMS operated a Monday to Saturday daytime and limited Friday and Saturday evening service between Holme On Spalding Moor and York, but with most journeys being 'shorts' between Bubwith, North Duffield or Wheldrake and York and a Monday to Friday only East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) directly operated 'connection service' from Holme on Spalding Moor to North Duffield or Wheldrake, to feed into some of the EYMS operated off peak services.

Since Monday 6th August the whole service has been operated by EYMS, and with every journey operating between Holme on Spalding Moor and York, except for one 'short' between North Duffield and York. There are still five daytime journeys to/from York, plus the Friday and Saturday evening service, so no change in frequency between Wheldrake and York, but a far more attractive service for villages south of Wheldrake, especially on Saturdays when the extra ERYC journeys didn't operate.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Service 25 Changes

For some years now, Lincolnshire County Council subsidised service 25 has run between Ludford, Binbrook, East Ravendale, Waltham, Matthew Telford Park/Scartho Top and Grimsby. A peak time service has been provided between Binbrook and Grimsby Monday to Friday, and a 'shoppers' service from Ludford to Grimsby on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, all operated by Stagecoach.

In July the weekday peaktime service was replaced by a timetabled CallConnect service 25A between Binbrook and Waltham, for connections onto Stagecoach service 10 to/from Grimsby Town Centre. This largely does the same 'job' as the old 25 peak time service, but probably results in a cost saving from using a CallConnect vehicle and driver that would otherwise be providing a demand responsive service, as opposed to using a separate vehicle and driver as happened until July. The need to return the CallConnect vehicle and driver to their main demand responsive role as soon as possible though probably explains the service's truncation in Waltham. An en-route change is far less attractive than a through service of course, and the Matthew Telford Park/Scartho Top part of the peak time service 25 within North East Lincolnshire is not replaced, leaving the area without a peak time link to/from Grimsby Town Centre.

Stagecoach continue to operate the 'shoppers' service 25 from Ludford to Grimsby, but the Saturday journeys have been withdrawn, reducing the 25 to a Tuesday and Friday only link.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Service 55 severely cutback

Catching up with the last of the July changes in North Lincolnshire, and a significant cutback to service 55. Until Friday 29th June, the 55 had operated Monday to Friday between Scunthorpe, Santon, Appleby, Winterton and Thealby, before routing on a one-way 'loop' around Normanby and Burton upon Stather. North Lincolnshire Council had operated the 55 'in-house'. A roughly two hourly frequency was provided late morning/early afternoon. The 'old' 55 effectively served Appleby and Santon to Scunthorpe passengers, and passengers from Santon, Appleby, Thealby, Normanby and Burton upon Stather into Winterton. At Winterton connections to Hull or Barton via the 350 Humber Fastcat were available. Winterton has the 350 Humber Fastcat as it's main service into Scunthorpe, whilst Thealby, Normanby and Burton Upon Stather have service 60 into Scunthorpe.

Earlier in the year North Lincolnshire Council reported that the 55 had "few passengers" "between Appleby and Scunthorpe". Appleby and especially Santon, are small communities, perhaps explaining why the 'old' 55 had struggled for custom from these villages. In it's place is a new 'fixed' service 55 journey provided by a Hornsby Travel operated CallConnect vehicle and driver. The 'new' 55 operates on Fridays only from Santon into Scunthorpe via Appleby, Winterton (including the surgery), Roxby and Dragonby; there is one journey from Santon at 0930, returning from Scunthorpe Bus Station at 1310. This maintains a basic 'traditional' bus service from Santon and Appleby to both Scunthorpe and Winterton, and also provides a service from the Manlake Avenue area of Winterton, where the Surgery is located, into Scunthorpe. The route from Santon and Appleby into Scunthorpe via Winterton is a lot longer than going via the steelworks however, the 'price' of providing a link to Winterton, as well as Scunthorpe with one journey, plus serving Dragonby en-route. At other times demand responsive CallConnect is available for pre-booked travel.

The section of route between Winterton, Thealby, Normanby and Burton Upon Stather is not directly replaced, with existing demand responsive CallConnect as the only alternative public transport option. I'm not aware of the 'old' 55's usage on this section to know how justified or otherwise that decision is.