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CallConnect 25A to be withdrawn

The 'fixed'/'timetabled' CallConnect service 25A between Binbrook and Waltham will be withdrawn after operation on Friday 21st December.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.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Isle of Axholme Local Service cut back

Until Friday 29th June, North Lincolnshire Council had directly operated the 58 Isle Shopper 'in-house', every Wednesday and Friday morning/lunchtime. The service provided links into Epworth Town Centre from Wroot (direct), from Sandtoft and Belton, and from Lockwood Bank in eastern Epworth.

Since the start of July however the 58 has become a Friday only service, operated as a 'fixed' CallConnect service - i.e. using the demand responsive Isle of Axholme CallConnect vehicle and driver to provide a traditional scheduled bus service. The Isle of Axholme CallConnect service is provided by Hornsby Travel. The remaining Friday service has also been scaled back, with one journey from Wroot to Epworth Town Centre via Sandtoft and Belton, arriving at 1013, and departing Epworth at 1215. Lockwood Bank in Epworth is no longer served.

For most, an Epworth shopping service is retained, and this arrangement does 'save' North Lincolnshire Council a bus, so is presumably a cost saving. However there is no getting away from this being a cutback. I'm not aware of any usage or cost figures for the 58, so it's not possible to assess if low usage and/or high cost is a justification.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Some Positives, Some Negatives

From Monday 2nd July, North Lincolnshire Council subsidised service 94 between Brigg and Kirton in Lindsey was substantially revised and mostly improved on weekdays, incorporating the 354 Kirton Town Service, and associated service 95 was replaced by the new X4. The 94/X4 are, and the 95 was, operated by Hornsby Travel, whilst the 354 had been operated 'in-house' by North Lincolnshire Council. This post covers the weekday arrangements only, for Saturday services, now provided by the C4, see here.

The 94 had been linking Lime Sidings, Kirton, Redbourne, Hibaldstow, Scawby and Brigg, with three 'full route' journeys from Lime Sidings to Brigg, and two in the other direction, plus a 'one-way' Kirton to Brigg journey and one Redbourne to Brigg journey in each direction. With the new timetable the service is now roughly every two hours, with six journeys in each direction between Brigg and Kirton. Scawby is omitted on the first two morning journeys from Brigg, whilst The Nookings in Hibaldstow is served by four journeys between Kirton and Brigg, and two from Brigg to Kirton, compared to two journeys in each direction with the old timetable. There is a new evening peak service from Brigg at 1730. The small settlement of Gainsthorpe/Lime Sidings is no longer served, with most of the old 354 Kirton Town Service route incorporated into the 94 instead. Kirton Garden Centre from 354 route is no longer served however, and if the Traveline East Midlands route map is correct then Richdale Avenue and East Dale Drive in the north western part of Kirton may no longer be served. The 354 had operated on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with five morning/lunchtime journeys so the 94 trades morning/lunchtime frequency on those three days for a five day a week service that operates for longer and runs through to Brigg.

Most journeys on the 94 had previously continued as/started as a 95 between Brigg and Scunthorpe, via Scawby, Greetwell Crossroads, Lakeside Retail Park and Brigg Road, a function which has now switched to the new X4 that operates direct via Lakeside Retail Park and Brigg Road (i.e. not serving Scawby or Greetwell Crossroads). This is a faster more direct route between Brigg and Scunthorpe, and avoids the need for Hibaldstow and Redbourne passengers to/from Scunthorpe to travel through Scawby twice. For Scawby however the withdrawal of the 95 means the end of direct (i.e. not via Brigg) off peak services to Scunthorpe, and a frequency reduction between the village and Brigg. The 95 had provided four Brigg to Scunthorpe services in each direction, and one Brigg to Lakeside one-way service that then extended to the Hornsby depot in Ashby. The 1735 95 from Scunthorpe has been partially replaced by diverting the 1730 service 4 from Scunthorpe via Scawby. It is also worth noting that the first through 94 to X4 service is the 1022 from Kirton, arriving into Scunthorpe at 1125, compared to a first 1004 arrival on the old 94/95 - this is quite late but with suitable returns from Scunthorpe at 1300/1500/1700 a usable shopping service remains.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

When Two become One

Until Saturday 30th June, North Lincolnshire Council (NLC) had funded two Saturday 'shopper' services which served both Brigg and Scunthorpe - the 94/94 from Redbourne and the 366 from Goxhill - using two buses. From Saturday 7th July new Saturday only route C4 partially replaced these services, using just one bus - and with one bus trying to replace what two did before, the rather predictable result was a reduced service. The old 94/95 and 366, and new C4 were/are operated by Hornsby Travel.

The Saturday service 94/95 had comprised a single service each way between Redbourne and Scunthorpe via Brigg. The route operated as service 94 between Redbourne and Brigg, serving Hibaldstow and Scawby en-route, before using the 95 number between Brigg and Scunthorpe, serving Scawby again as well as Lakeside Retail Park. A quirk on the old Saturday 94, which still continues on the new C4, was/is the use of Pyewipe Farm in Redbourne as the terminus, south of the village centre, as opposed to the village itself. This is a legacy of when the Saturday 94 started at Bishop Norton and was partly funded by Lincolnshire County Council (LCC). When the LCC funding went, the service was cutback back to the NLC boundary, in this case a farm.

Service 366 had been a Saturday only service in recent years, partly acting as a Saturday service for the 68 Wolds Villager route between Ulceby and Brigg, but also doing more than that. One return journey was provided between Goxhill, New Holland, Barrow, Thornton Curtis, Ulceby, Wootton, Croxton, Kirmington, Melton Ross, Barnetby, Wrawby, Brigg, Lakeside Retail Park and Scunthorpe, along with an Ulceby to Scunthorpe 'short' in each direction; this 'short' wasn't much use for travel to/from Scunthorpe but was useful for Brigg shoppers. All but one journey also served Scawby (the one that didn't was due to the 95 operating at a similar time).

The new C4 officially runs between Kirmington and Redbourne, but is effectively two separate interworked services; Kirmington to Brigg and Redbourne to Brigg. Between Kirmington and Brigg the C4 uses the X4 route, which unlike the 366 also includes Humberside Airport and Tunnel Road in Wrawby, partially replacing the 91 Brigg Town Service in this part off Wrawby. Four services are provided each way between Kirmington and Brigg, though two services from Brigg operate direct, omitting Wrawby Tunnel Road, Barnetby and Humberside Airport. Compared to the 366 this is slightly better than the two journeys each way provided on this section of route. Between Redbourne and Brigg there are two journeys each way, one which follows the same route as the 94 including Hibaldstow The Nookings and Scawby, and a direct 'in service positioning journey' that omits The Nookings and Scawby.

So whilst looking in isolation at what the C4 replaces, the service is the same or slightly improved, there is quite a lot which the C4 doesn't replace. Goxhill, New Holland, Barrow, Thornton Curtis, Ulceby and Wootton no longer have a service to Scunthorpe and need to use the 260/450/train/CallConnect to Barton to catch the 350 instead. Goxhill and New Holland need to do likewise for travel to Brigg from Barton/Barrow on service 450, whilst Barrow, Thornton Curtis, Wootton and Ulceby are also on the 450 route to Brigg, but from Ulceby and Wootton in particular the 450 via Barton is a rather long way round to get to Brigg. Croxton is left without a traditional bus service. (These notes ignore school & college day only services).  It is worth reminding that the Tuesday and Thursday 68 Wolds Villager extension to/from Ulceby, Wootton and Croxton was not replaced either when the 68 was withdrawn at the end of June.

Kirmington, Melton Ross, Barnetby and Wrawby have lost their Saturday Scunthorpe link as well, though do now have a regular Monday to Friday through service on the X4, and can connect on Saturdays from the C4 onto service 4 at Brigg to reach Scunthorpe (0820 C4 from Kirmington connects onto the 0900 service 4 Brigg to Scunthorpe arriving at 0954, return service 4 from Scunthorpe at 1300 to connect onto the 1405 C4 from Brigg to Kirmington). Barnetby also has a rail link to Scunthorpe, but the location of Scunthorpe Station isn't ideal for the main shopping area.

Redbourne and Hibaldstow are also now without a Saturday Scunthorpe link but retain through Monday to Friday services on the 94+X4. Scawby is now without a Saturday daytime Scunthorpe link as well, and it's Saturday daytime Brigg service is cut from four services into Brigg/three from Brigg across the 94/95/366 to just one each way on the C4. It does keep it's weekday services on the 4/94+X4, and also it's Saturday evening service on route 4 though ... which offers 23 minutes in Scunthorpe Bus Station before the last service home.

Ideally NLC would still be funding two Saturday buses. One could operate on service X4 between Kirmington and Scunthorpe, with the first and last journey at least starting in/extending to Goxhill, and the other could operate on service 94+X4 between Redbourne and Scunthorpe, perhaps with some Brigg to Scunthorpe 'shorts' in between Redbourne journeys. This would restore most of what was lost, and be more consistent with the weekday network. Something for the future maybe?

Friday, 28 September 2018

Brigg Town Service Changes

From Tuesday 3rd July, the Hornsby Travel operated Brigg Town Services were significantly revised. They operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - in a rather efficient arrangement which sees the services operate on different days to the Barton Town Service. The Brigg Town Services used to have a different timetable each day, I think the bus was used for a day centre service in Hibaldstow on a Tuesday for part of the morning, whilst the service operated slightly longer into the afternoon on a Thursday than on the other two days.

Previously there were three routes as part of the Brigg Town Services - the 91, 92 and 93. The 91 served the Churchill Avenue in the east of Brigg on all journeys, with some journeys also serving Woodbine Avenue. The neighbouring village of Wrawby was served on two journeys, essentially one journey into Brigg and one back. In Wrawby the service ran via Tunnel Road and Vicarage Gardens. The 92 routed to the north of Brigg Town Centre, serving Redcombe Lane, Grammar School Road, Springbank and Poplar Drive. The 93 meanwhile served Brigg Garden Centre and the nearby villages of Howsham and Cadney, operating as a circular to/from Cary Lane.

Now there are just two routes, the 91 as the sole 'true' town service, and the 92 is the new number for the 93.

The new 91 takes the 92 route from Brigg Cary Lane (the main town centre bus stop) up to the Springbank/Poplar Drive area in the north of Brigg and then either returns back to Cary Lane, or operates via Hawthorn Avenue to Woodbine Avenue and the Churchill Avenue areas in the east of Brigg (i.e. the old 91 area), before returning to Cary Lane. Wrawby is no longer served, with the new X4 and C4 now providing Monday to Saturday services for Tunnel Road in Wrawby, but Vicarage Gardens does not have a replacement service.

The new 91 has three full route journeys Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday, three journeys to Springbank/Poplar Drive and then direct back to Cary Lane Tuesday and Thursday, plus one on Saturday, and also one Churchill Avenue to Cary Lane 'short' on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 'old' 92 to Springbank/Poplar Drive provided three Tuesday, six Thursday and four Saturday journeys, and the 'new' 91 provides six Tuesday/Thursday journeys and four on Saturdays - so a significant Tuesday improvement. The 'old 91' provided Churchill Avenue with four Tuesday, six Thursday and five Saturday journeys, with the 'new 91' providing four Tuesday and Thursday journeys and three on Saturdays - a bit of a drop on Thursday and Saturday.

The main feature of the new 92 compared to the old 93 is an extra early afternoon short between Cary Lane and Brigg Garden Centre. There remains one 'full route' journey each way around the circular route. The new 92 has the same number of journeys on all three operating days.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

The new X4 (incorporating the 68 Wolds Villager)

New service X4, operated by Hornsby Travel, was added to the North Lincolnshire bus network on Monday 2nd July 2018, operating direct between Scunthorpe and Brigg via Brigg Road and Lakeside Retail Park, before either extending via Wrawby, Barnetby and Humberside Airport to Kirmington, or operating as a service 94 to/from Kirton (more on the 94 in a future post). The X4 operates Monday to Friday only, hourly between Scunthorpe and Brigg and mostly two hourly between Brigg and Kirmington.

The X4 serves a number of purposes. Looking first at the core Scunthorpe to Brigg section it provides a much faster service than the main service 4 between the two towns. Weekday daytime journeys times on the 4 between Scunthorpe and Brigg are 45 minutes, but on the X4 are just 25 minutes. Part of the reasoning for the X4 being started was a North Lincolnshire Council (NLC) desire to provide a "service more attractive for young people, thereby encouraging them to make greater use of the service and improving their opportunity to be both economically and socially active". However for many teenagers at least, the one day of the week when the X4 would be off most use for being 'socially active' during school and college term times is a Saturday, when the X4 doesn't run! For traditional office hour commuting the X4 maybe useful, but the last bus back from Scunthorpe is at 1700; anyone coming home later will need to revert to service 4. I won't be overly critical however as it is a significant improvement for weekday travel between Scunthorpe and Brigg. The 4 and X4 combined offer half hourly departures from both towns. It's also worth noting that the X4 replaces the 95 along Brigg Road in Scunthorpe.

Every two hours, though hourly in the morning peak, the X4 extends to/from Kirmington, incorporating the weekday 68 'Wolds Villager', which had been operated by Hornsby Travel until withdrawal on Friday 29th June.

The 68 had operated from Brigg Town Centre (the leisure centre in the afternoon) via Wrawby (sticking to the A18 in the village), Barnetby, Melton Ross, New Barnetby, Humberside Airport, Kirmington, Croxton and Wootton to Ulceby. There were many part route journeys, and most journeys omitted New Barnetby. In total there were eight Barnetby/Wrawby to Brigg journeys, leaving Barnetby between 0750 and 1630, and six in the return direction leaving Brigg Cary Lane between 0955 and 1615 (one less each way on schooldays). Three journeys were provided from Kirmington into Brigg between 0919 and 1438, with two return journeys from Brigg Cary Lane at 1155 and 1410. Croxton, Wootton and Ulceby had a single journey to/from Brigg on Tuesday and Thursdays only.

Service X4 doesn't run into the Ancholme Leisure Centre car park as the 68 did in the afternoon, but does serve Scawby Road outside the Leisure Centre all day. From Brigg it runs via Tunnel Road in Wrawby, serving more of the village than the 68 did, and along with the new Saturday C4, allowing the removal of the Brigg Town Service from Wrawby. (More on the C4 and Brigg Town Service in a future post). It seems to be no change in Barnetby or Melton Ross, but New Barnetby is no longer served. Then Humberside Airport and Kirmington are served as the 68 did. Croxton, Wootton and Ulceby are unserved; combined with the Saturday 366's withdrawal Croxton is left without a traditional bus service whilst Wootton and Ulceby no longer have a direct link to Brigg. It should be noted however that both New Barnetby and Croxton are very small settlements, and have Call Connect, whilst Wootton and Ulceby still have a through bus to Brigg six days a week on the 450, albeit the 'long way' via Barton.

There are seven services a day from Kirmington, Humberside Airport, Melton Ross, Barnetby and Wrawby into Brigg and Scunthorpe, leaving Kirmington between 0720 and 1720, and to a memorable clockface timetable unlike the 68. In the opposite direction there are two morning X4's that start at Lakeside at 0645 and 0745 and which run direct from Brigg to Kimington omitting Wrawby Tunnel Road, Barnetby and Humberside Airport, followed by five 'normal' services leaving Brigg between 0825 and 1625. This is a substantially improved service for Kirmington, though a slight reduction between Barnetby and Brigg. It also ends the hourly late morning service between Brigg and Barnetby is favour of a more evenly spaced service throughout the day. For Wrawby to Brigg it depends what part of the village you are in, around Tunnel Road it's a very substantial improvement from a limited service three days a week on the Brigg Town Service.

The other substantial positive for Wrawby, Barnetby, Melton Ross and Kirmington is the provision of a regular, and direct, weekday service through to Scunthorpe, even allowing for the loss of a such link on Saturdays after the 366 was withdrawn. (Barnetby of course does have a daily hourly train service to Scunthorpe as well). There is an oddity though in that a morning peak service to Scunthorpe is provided from these villages, but the last return bus from Scunthorpe is at 1600 (and Brigg at 1630). Also the two early morning service from Lakeside are a missed opportunity for Humberside Airport commuters in not serving the airport terminal (unless you travel via Kirmington), and in not starting back at Scunthorpe Bus Station; the 1725 from the airport provides a useful evening commuting service for any '9-5' workers at the airport or neighbouring business park, but the first arrival at the airport from Scunthorpe and Brigg is at 0900.

Those X4 journeys that do not extend beyond Brigg to Kirmington extend to Kirton as service 94, providing a partial replacement for service 95 between Brigg, Scawby and Scunthorpe. This means that all X4's are not just reliant on Scunthorpe to Brigg custom, but can also tap into 'beyond' Brigg custom as well - all the more useful as the X4 will have only a little en-route custom between Scunthorpe and Brigg (along Brigg Road in Scunthorpe and at Lakeside Retail Park).

Overall plenty to be positive about, but some negatives and 'room for improvements'. There are a few more negatives sadly as well when looking at Saturday provision in a future post. NLC have a desire for the X4 to eventually become a fully commercial operation, but I suspect it will need some 'tweaks' between Brigg and Kirmington at least for that to happen.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Hornsby 4 July Changes

On Monday 2nd July, many Hornsby Travel services in the Brigg area were amended, including the Monday to Saturday Hornsby operated journeys on service 4 between Scunthorpe, Ashby, Lakeside Retail Park, Broughton and Brigg.

On weekday daytimes, Hornsby had been providing up to two buses an hour, but to a rather irregular timetable, however the service is now hourly. The new timetable is far more memorable/clockface, and when combined with new service X4 (more of which in a future post), provides half hourly departures from Scunthorpe to Brigg and vice versa via Lakeside. In many ways an improvement, but it is a cut for Broughton and Ashby.

Off note in the weekday evening peak/early evening period is that the last service from Scunthorpe to serve South View and Town Hill in Broughton is now at 1630, as opposed to 1750 previously, but from Brigg is at 1830 rather than 1740. Later journeys serve other parts of Broughton. The 1730 from Scunthorpe now includes Scawby, previously only served by the 4 in the evening period - this replace the 1735 service 95 journey (again more of which in a future post). The previous gap in departures from Scunthorpe Bus Station between 1750 and 2010 reduces to a gap between 1830 and 2010.

Weekday early morning and evening services, plus the weekday limited daytime extensions to/from Foxhills Industrial Estate/Normanby Enterprise Park remain. Also largely unchanged is the Saturday service, which operates hourly daytimes via Timberland, along with a limited early/mid evening service. The Sunday service operated by Stagecoach was unaltered.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Stagecoach May Changes in Grimsby and Cleethorpes

From Sunday 13th May, Stagecoach made some changes to local services around Grimsby and Cleethorpes. The main change saw the interworked 3 and 4 services between Cleethorpes, Grimsby and Laceby Road Morrisons reduced on weekday daytimes from an every 10 minute frequency to an every 12 minute frequency. Not a huge change, but not good news either.

Evenings see a variety of changes on services 3 and 4. Starting with service 3, the weekday 1755 Cleethorpes to Morrisons terminates at Grimsby Riverhead Exchange, but there is a new weekday 1830 Cleethorpes to Grimsby 'short', filling a gap between 'full route' departures at 1815 and 1845. The Monday to Saturday 2045 Cleethorpes to Morrisons also terminates at Riverhead Exchange, but the Monday to Saturday 2145 departure from Cleethorpes is replaced by 2115 and 2215 departures. On Sundays the 1845 from Cleethorpes to Morrisons terminates at Grimsby Riverhead Exchange, with the 1945/2045/2145/2245 operating half an hour earlier. Daily there is also a new 2315 Cleethorpes to Grimsby short; the previous last service had been at 2245 (the 2245 remains Monday to Saturday).

In the opposite direction, on Saturdays the 1755 from Morrisons terminates at Grimsby Riverhead Exchange rather than running through to Cleethorpes. Monday to Saturday the 2035 Morrisons to Cleethorpes terminates at Grimsby Riverhead Exchange, but the 2135 and 2235 departures are replaced by 2105, 2205 and 2255 departures. On Sundays the 1804 Morrisons to Grimsby Riverhead Exchange is now a 1805 Morrisons to Cleethorpes, the 1834 Morrisons to Cleethorpes is withdrawn and the 1934/2034/2134/2234 Morrisons to Cleethorpes services now operate at 1905/2005/2105/2205 along with a new 2255 Morrisons to Cleethorpes.

On service 4 the Monday to Saturday 2115 and 2215 departures from Cleethorpes move to 2145 and 2245, with the 2315 Cleethorpes to Grimsby short withdrawn. On Sundays the 1815 from Cleethorpes to Morrisons terminates at Grimsby Riverhead Exchange, there is a new 1845 Cleethorpes to Morrisons, with the 1915/2015/2115/2215 retimed to 1945/2045/2145/2245 and the 2315 Cleethorpes to Grimsby short withdrawn.

From Morrisons on service 4, the Monday to Saturday 2055 to Cleethorpes terminates at Grimsby Riverhead Exchange, with the 2155 and 2255 to Cleethorpes retimed earlier to 2125 and 2225 and a new 2325 Morrisons to Grimsby Riverhead Exchange added. The last service from Riverhead Exchange to Cleethorpes is now at 2245 rather than 2315. On Sundays the 1827 Morrisons to Grimsby Riverhead Exchange becomes a 1825 Morrisons to Cleethorpes, the 1855/1955/2055/2155/2255 become 1925/2025/2125/2225 departures along with a 2325 Morrisons to Grimsby Riverhead Exchange short.

There were also minor retimings to some journeys on routes 1/2/20 between Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Europarc and Wybers Wood.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Tried and Failed: The N125

Catching up on the last of Stagecoach's April changes in Hull, and this time it's a total withdrawal, of the N125 nightbus from Hull to Beverley via the Avenues, Dunswell and Woodmansey. The N125 had only begun in September 2017, offering three services from Hull Monument Bridge at 2320, 2350 and 0050 on Saturday nights/Sunday morning, as well as a single 0015 departure from Beverley. These ran for the last time on Saturday 28th April.

There is a 2320 service 5 from Hull Old Town up to the Avenues area and the top end of Beverley Road, but nothing later. EYMS's 106 nightbus does briefly 'intersect' with the N125's old route on Cottingham Road. In terms of services from Hull to Dunswell, Woodmansey and Beverley, the last service reverts to being EYMS's 2300 service 246 departure from Paragon Interchange. The single departure from Beverley is not such a loss however, as EYMS have a 0025 service 121 departure from Beverley to Hull.

It is disappointing the N125 was withdrawn, the Avenues are a key part of Hull's evening/night economy as well as the City Centre. However all other post 2330 departures from Paragon Interchange were withdrawn at the same time indicating the nightbus network just wasn't working out for Stagecoach in Hull. In addition Stagecoach have a very minimal presence in Dunswell, Woodmansey and Beverley which may have impacted on awareness of the N125. Stagecoach deserve credit for trying out a new service at least.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Priory Park Park and Ride April Changes

Back on Monday 30th April, Stagecoach made changes to the Hull Priory Park Park and Ride service. The weekday peak and Saturday daytime services were reduced from every 10 minutes to every 15 minutes, leaving a 15 minute frequency service peak and off peak Monday to Saturday, and an identical weekday and Saturday timetable. Express buses via Clive Sullivan Way remain at peak times, operating every half hour (i.e. every other service), and now operating on Saturdays as well, as part of the new standard six day a week timetable.

Finally the main 'non-express' journeys now stop along Boothferry Road between Fiveways and Anlaby Road; combined with the 350 Humber Fastcat and Humber Flyer, Stagecoach now have six to seven buses an hour Monday to Saturday daytime between this section of Boothferry Road and Hull City Centre, compared to EYMS's seven to nine an hour across routes 66, 155, 350 and X55. Stagecoach haven't, as far as I'm aware, done any publicity for this change, just quietly introduced it, presumably trying to pick up the odd extra passenger without antagonising EYMS.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

When Three become Two

From Monday 30th April, Stagecoach consolidated evening services on the 3 and 4, along with most evening services on the 14, into two routes, the 3a and 4a.

Service 3 runs from Orchard Park Tesco via Hall Road, Bricknell Avenue, Chanterlands Avenue, Hull City Centre, Holderness Road, Preston Road and Annandale Road to Grange Road Roundabout in Greatfield. The 4 also runs between Orchard Park Tesco and Grange Road Roundabout, but via Ellerburn Avenue, Greenwood Avenue, Beverley Road, Hull City Centre, Holderness Road, Marfleet Lane, Staveley Road, Barham Road and Amethyst Road. Most 3's continue as service 4's, and vice versa, at both Orchard Park and Grange Road. Service 14 links Hull Paragon Interchange with Greatfield Falkland Road via Holderness Road, Portobello Street, Wingfield Road and Annandale Road.

The revised evening 3a follows the 3 route from Orchard Park to Annandale Road before diverting via Wingfield Road, to cover part of the 14, and Hopewell Road, otherwise unserved, to Amethyst Road which becomes the changeover point to/from service 4a. Of the service 3 route only Grange Road is unserved.

Service 4a however has two changes from it's daytime counterpart. From Orchard Park Tesco the 4a operates direct to Beverley Road, omitting Ellerburn Avenue and Greenwood Avenue which are left with the half hourly service 5 in the evening - a fairly significant drop from the 10 services an hour provided on Monday to Saturday daytimes (services 4 and 5, service 13 also provides an extra two services an hour on weekdays but not direct into Hull City Centre). Between Holderness Road and Staveley Road the 4a routes via Portobello Street to replace the 14 rather than Marfleet Lane on the service 4 route, which is left without an evening service.

Between them the 3a and 4a cover all of the 14 route apart from Falkland Road which is also left without a service for the vast majority of the evening. So very little left unserved/almost unserved in the evening with these arrangements, and probably some notable savings for Stagecoach, but not an ideal evening network either. It's not just three roads unserved, but it's further complexity in the 'simplibus' network. Frequency on the 3a and 4a is half hourly Monday to Saturday evenings and hourly on Sunday evenings, the same as what was previously provided on the 3, 4 and 14. The 3a from Paragon Interchange starts at 1830 Monday to Saturday despite there being a 1840 service 14.

At the end of the evening, the N4 provides a 2330 departure daily from Paragon Interchange to Holderness Road, Diadem Grove, Staveley Road, Amethyst Road, Grange Road, Annandale Road and Preston Road. The N4 had been running Monday to Saturday only, but now also runs on Sundays replacing the 2300 4 from Orchard Park (last 4a from Orchard Park now 2205). On Monday to Saturdays the 14 retains a 2330 departure from Paragon Interchange despite having no service for the rest of the evening. Other than to maintain a late evening departure to Falkland Road, Grange Road and the section of Holderness Road between Bellfield Avenue and Diadem Grove, offering the N4 and 14 at 2330 seems unnecessarily complicated, especially with a 2330 departure on service 3a Monday to Saturday from Paragon Interchange as well. Running the N4 as a 4a, extended from Amethyst Road to Falkland Road via Grange Road, and not having the 2330 14 would tie in better with the rest of the evening network, and perhaps the 'spare' bus from the 14 could run a late departure on another route. Talking of the Holderness Road, maybe on service 56 to Longhill - EYMS's last departure is at 2300, though Stagecoach did have a 2330 departure on this route some years ago before withdrawing it.

As with all other Stagecoach nightbuses, the Saturday night/Sunday morning 0000, 0030 and 0100 departures on service N4 from Hull Truck Theatre were withdrawn, leaving the 2330 N4 from Paragon Interchange as the last service.

The other 'headline' change is the halving of the Sunday daytime frequency of service 3 from every 15 minutes to every half hour. Stagecoach pointed out in their announcement at the time that the 3, 4 and 14 provide a combined service to Greatfield every 10 minutes, but the only common section of route is Annandale Road.

Other changes include slight retimings to various journeys, and an additional weekday morning service 3 from Orchard Park to Paragon Interchange at 0650. 

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Service 12a

Stagecoach replaced the evening and Sunday service on route 12 between Hull Paragon Interchange and North Point Shopping Centre in Bransholme with new variant 12a from Monday 30th April, continuing to operate every half hour Monday to Saturday evenings and Sunday daytimes, reducing to hourly Sunday evenings. Service 12a follows the main service 12 route from Paragon Interchange via Holderness Road, Summergangs Road, Gillshill Road and Sutton Village before deviating to serve Midmere Avenue and Barnstaple Road (on the very edge of the North Point site) instead of operating direct to Noddle Hill Way. The 12a then rejoins the 12 route along Noddle Hill Way before extending to Kingswood Retail Park to terminate as opposed to operating to North Point via Wawne Road as the 12 does (the latter partially covered by the 8a evenings and Sundays).

I guess the aim of the 12a is to provide links to Kingswood Retail Park whilst just about still serving North Point. It's a shame there does not appear to be enough time to extend to Kingswood Leisure Park too, as in the evening I would have thought that would have been a more popular destination than the Retail Park. The Leisure Park is walkable for the able bodied from the Retail Park however. The Monday to Saturday evening timetable also only allows a maximum of three hours (and four minutes) at Kingswood, which may restrict it's use for evenings out unless passengers are prepared to change en-route for one leg of their journey.

Service 12 continues to operate Monday to Saturday daytimes every 15 minutes.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Stagecoach 11 and N11

Service 11 between Hull Paragon Interchange, North Point and Kingswood Retail Park was included in Stagecoach's changes in Hull from 30th April. Various journeys were retimed, especially on Sundays, but there were three main changes, and sadly all of them were minor cutbacks.

On Saturday's the first three morning departures from North Point into Hull City Centre no longer serve Hull Royal Infirmary or Smith and Nephew, instead routing direct to Paragon Interchange (this early morning route diversion remains on weekdays). On Sunday evenings the frequency was reduced from half hourly to hourly.

The Saturday nightbus service N11 was also withdrawn. The N11 comprised journeys at 0000 and 0100 in the early hours of Sunday morning from Hull Truck Theatre that served Holderness Road then Summergangs Road and Gillshill Road from route 12, Ings Road from route 9, Savoy Road, Bellfield Avenue and Spring Cottage from route 11, Wawne Road and the residential areas of Kingswood before terminating at Kingswood Retail Park. Last departures from Hull City Centre are now at 2330 from Paragon Interchange.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Kingswood and other North Hull Changes

Stagecoach made major changes to services 6 and 9 in Hull from Monday 30th April, that were part of a wider package of revisions that also included services 7, 8, 10 and 13.

Service 6 and Service 9, which previously only 'interacted' in Hull City Centre, now form a circular. Service 6 is the least changed route, continuing to run from Hull Paragon Interchange to Kingswood direct via Beverley Road. Apart from morning peak services into Hull, the 6 now starts/finishes at Kingswood Health Centre, not Kingsbury Way, however the circular formed with route 9 maintains the link to/from Kingsbury Way. Service 6 continues to operate every half hour Monday to Saturday daytimes, the only notable change to the times being the withdrawal of two Saturday only journeys at 1900 from Kingsbury Way, and the 2330 from Paragon Interchange. These were the only evening journeys on route 6, and everywhere served by route 6 has alternative evening services.

Service 9, and it's 9a variant, however see far bigger changes. What is arguably the 'core' part of the 9/9a, between Hull Paragon Interchange, Garden Village, Ings Road (9)/Lambwath Road (9a), Leads Road and North Point remains, and at it's frequency of half hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes with peak times all operating as service 9 and off peak alternating between the 9 and 9a. Saturday morning services into Hull now begin at the same time as weekdays - 0621 from the Leads Road timing point as opposed to 0803 previously.

The 9a's diversion between Leads Road and North Point via Robson Way, Howdale Road, Kestrel Avenue, the southern part of Noddle Hill Way and Wawne Road was withdrawn and transferred to new service 13 variant 13a, reducing journey times on service 9a. Service 13 operates every half hour daily daytimes between Hull Paragon Interchange, Holderness Road, Salthouse Road, Dunvegan Road, part of Howdale Road, Midmere Avenue and North Point, extending via Sutton Park to Orchard Park on weekdays only. The new 13a variant is provided hourly off peak Monday to Saturday, with one service 13 an hour operating via the eastern part of Howdale Road that the 9a had previously covered, instead of Dunvegan Road, then missing out the western part of Howdale Road and Midmere Avenue in order to serve Kestrel Avenue, the southern part of Noddle Hill Way and Wawne Road. The last 13a from Paragon Interchange is at 1455 rather than 1620 on the 9a.

The 13a appears to be a good way to cover the eastern section of Howdale Road and Kestrel Avenue as the parts of the main 13 route omitted are covered by the 11 every 15 minutes, and still keep the 13 once an hour - the time when the 13 remaining half hourly along Dunvegan Road and the western part of Howdale Road matters most is on Sunday daytimes, when the 11 is only every half hour and the 13 is needed to provide four fairly well spaced services a hour.

Also withdrawn from the 13 was the morning peak variation that saw services into Hull start from Noddle Hill Way and operate via Barnstaple Road to Midmere Avenue, rather than starting from North Point. Service 12 continues to link Noddle Hill Way into Hull City Centre at these times.

Finally the extension of service 9 into West Hull, between Paragon Interchange, Princes Avenue, Newland Avenue, Cranbrook Avenue, Inglemire Lane, Hall Road, Endyke Lane, Cottingham Green, St Margaret's Avenue and Castle Hill Hospital was also withdrawn. This section of route had been reduced last year to near enough operate Monday to Saturday off peak only, with departures hourly from Paragon Interchange between 0805 (0910 Sat) and 1510, and from Castle Hill between 0900 and 1600. This removed it's use for commuting and any early or late hospital appointments, at least in both directions. The only unique parts where along St Margaret's Avenue in Cottingham, and as the only daytime service along Inglemire Avenue, which retains the evening U5 and 107 nightbus. The ability to use a Stagecoach ticket to reach Cottingham and Castle Hill Hospital has also been lost.

All these withdrawals of bits of the 9 and 9a have allowed it's extension from North Point via Honiton Road, Wawne Road, Kingsbury Way and Grosvenor Road (on the newest part of Kingswood) to Kingswood Health Centre. Most journeys start as/continue as service 6 to/from Hull Interchange via Kingswood Retail Park, and those that don't extend to/from Kingswood Retail Park.

The final bit of the Monday to Saturday daytime 'jigsaw' for Kingswood is the withdrawal of half hourly service 7's one way loop around the residential parts of Kingswood. From North Point it had operated via Bodmin Road, Kingsbury Way, Kingswood Health Centre, Kingswood Retail Park and Bodmin Road back to North Point, but now operates direct between North Point, Bodmin Road and Kingswood Retail Park in both directions as part of it's Hull Paragon Interchange-Sutton Park-North Point-Kingswood Retail Park route. Service 9 provides the replacement link between North Point and the residential areas of Kingswood.

This new network comes with some significant advantages. The 7's old loop led to long journey times from Kingsbury Way to North Point, and from parts of Bude Road to Kingswood Retail Park, but services now operate direct in both directions on routes 9 and 7 respectively. Also previously both of the routes from Kingswood's residential areas operated into Hull City Centre via Beverley Road, but now one - the 9 - operates via parts of West Hull, providing more options for passengers. Passengers on the 9 and 9a route, for example in Garden Village, also now have services to Kingswood Retail Park and Kingswood Leisure Park via the through service with route 6.

Elsewhere on the 7 and associated 8 services, five late afternoon journeys on service 8 from North Point into Hull start at Kingswood Health Centre in leiu of service 9, which reduces to hourly inbound to Hull City Centre in the late afternoon; service 8 otherwise largely operates only as a Hull-Sutton Park-North Point 'service 7 short' every half hour Monday to Saturday daytimes.

The 'one way' loop arrangement around Kingswood on service 7 had also applied in the evenings and on Sundays, but has been replaced with service 8a operating Hull Paragon Interchange-Beverley Road-Sutton Park-North Point-Honiton Road-Wawne Road-Kingsbury Way-Grosvenor Road-Kingswood Health Centre-Kingswood Retail Park. Frequency remains every half hour Monday to Saturday evenings and Sunday daytimes, dropping to hourly on Sunday evenings. Other than the Kingswood Retail Park extension, and no timing point at North Point Wilko's, I can't see how the 8a differs from the later afternoon 8's that serve Kingswood, and hence can't really see why the 'a' suffix is needed. Anyway, a better service than the old loop arrangement for Kingswood.

Bodmin Road and Bude Road have lost their evening and Sunday links to Beverley Road with the 7's replacement by the 8a. Service 10, which also covers Bodmin Road, now operates as service 10a Monday to Saturday evenings and Sundays, with a small diversion to include Kingswood Retail Park. This covers the link from the Bude Road to Kingswood Retail Park and also provides new links from North Bransholme and Wawne to Kingswood Retail Park - or rather partially restores them as the old 20 and K1 used to offers such links. The 10a operates every half hour Monday to Saturday evenings and Sunday daytimes, and hourly on Sunday evenings.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Stagecoach Hull 3b

Continuing the catchup with Stagecoach's April changes in Hull, from Monday 30th April their service 3b between the Bricknell Estate and Hull Paragon Interchange was revised and slightly cutback. The service remains hourly Monday to Saturday morning peak and daytimes, but with all journeys having revised times and almost every Saturday journey running five minutes later than the weekday equivalent. The service also now finishes earlier, with the last service leaving the Bricknell Estate at 1602 weekdays compared to 1657 previously (Sat last departure now 1707) and Paragon Interchange at 1545 weekdays and 1650 Saturdays compared to 1740 previously.

The 1740 had operated as a 3a, following the 3b route from Paragon Interchange to the Bricknell Estate then extending to Orchard Park Tesco. This particular version of the 3a no longer operates at all now, with the suffix being reused for an evening variation to the main service 3 - more in a future blog post.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Saturday Cutbacks and a Weekday Addition

Back on Monday 30th April, Stagecoach revised services 1 and 2 in West Hull, with the main change being a disappointing reduction in the Saturday daytime frequency from every 10 minutes to every 15 minutes. Service 5 between Hull and Orchard Park is now the only Stagecoach service in Hull to have a Saturday daytime frequency of every 10 minutes. On the one hand not a drastic change, and still 'turn up and go', to me at least, but not a positive change.

The Saturday N62 service over the 2 route from Hull City Centre to Boothferry Estate, then extended to Hessle, North Ferriby and Brough was withdrawn at the same time. It had comprised departures from Hull Paragon Interchange at 2330, and from Hull Truck Theatre at 0000 and 0100. In it's place is the return of the N2, but not as a 'traditional' midnight onwards nightbus service. Instead the N2 provides just a 2330 departure from Hull Paragon Interchange, but now operating Monday to Saturday, including extending to Brough six days a week. On weekdays this is a welcome development as the last EYMS buses are at 2255 to North Ferriby and Brough (service 153) and 2305 to Hessle (service 57). However on a Saturday it means the last service from Hull City Centre is now 90 minutes earlier than previously, and for the Hull to Hessle section there have been buses after midnight on a Saturday night/Sunday morning since at least 2004 (maybe longer, I'm just going by my memory and timetable collection). Stagecoach withdrew all post 2330 departures in their April changes, leaving EYMS 106 and 107 as the only remaining nightbuses in Hull.

Monday to Friday as a result of the new N2, which replaces the previous 2330 service 2 from Paragon Interchange, the 2352 service 1 from Boothferry Estate is withdrawn, with the last departure now at 2330.

Times for various other journeys on the 1 and 2 were slightly revised at the same time, including a rather odd 40 minutes gap in the otherwise half hourly weekday evening service, between 1925 and 2005 from Hull Interchange on service 2, and between 1950 and 2030 from Boothferry Estate on service 1.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Tried and Failed: Weekday late evening Humber Fastcat services

Catching up on Stagecoach's April changes in Hull now, starting with the 350 Humber Fastcat. At the start of 2017, Stagecoach introduced new Monday to Saturday 2220 and 2330 Hull to Barton services, plus a 2255 Barton to Hull. This was a very welcome addition, no doubt in a large part due to City of Culture, but also useful for other reasons, such as train connections from Hull, evening matches at the KC Stadium or attending an evening event in Barton, for example at the Ropewalk.

However the Monday to Friday services were withdrawn from Monday 30th April. At least Stagecoach tried, and gave the journeys 16 months (14-15 months until their withdrawal was registered with VOSA). They weren't withdrawn in haste before they had been given chance to develop custom, although maybe the 'execution' wasn't perfect? Maybe six days a week was too ambitious? Friday and Saturday, or Thursday, Friday and Saturday could have been a better way to start. Maybe they could have been promoted better? Maybe they would have done better if they also served Barton Market Place, Pasture Road and Butts Road? Could the dead running from Barton to Hull just after midnight (I presume Hull depot worked the journeys) have been run in service and picked up the odd passenger? The last Hull to Barton service on weekdays is now at 2120, and from Barton Interchange to Hull at 2052.

The improvement hasn't been an entire failure though, as the late evening journeys continue to run on Saturdays. Hopefully these are doing well and can have a long term future.

Service 18

EYMS operated their mostly commercial 'version' of service 18 between Market Weighton, Holme On Spalding Moor, Bubwith, North Duffield, Wheldrake, York Designer Outlet, Fulford and York for the last time on Saturday 5th May. They had taken the previously tendered service on in April 2014, and provided a Monday to Saturday daytime service every two hours (occasionally more frequent) along with a limited Friday and Saturday evening service. EYMS extended service 46 between York and Market Weighton to Holme On Spalding Moor as a partial replacement.

It has been left to local council's to step in to replace the rest of the 18 - though in fairness to EYMS the 18 had been a fully subsidised route until they took on some of the commercial risk four years ago. East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC), North Yorkshire Council and City of York Council have funded a far more limited service than what was previously provided, still operated by EYMS. There are journeys Monday to Saturday from Holme on Spalding Moor into York at 0705 (0710 Sat), from North Duffield into York at 0945 and 1120, from Wheldrake into York at 1321, and Bubwith into York at 1645. In the reverse direction departures from York operate at 0900 and 1035 to North Duffield, at 1235 to Wheldrake, at 1540 to Bubwith and at 1745 to Holme On Spalding Moor. This is a very basic service, and apart from at peak times, avoids any overlap with the 46, quite sensibly in some ways with one bus trying to cover what two (I think) did before. Unfortunately Bubwith doesn't have a convenient shopping link in this timetable.

It's not quite as limited as this though. Monday to Friday ERYC have also been directly operating some connecting services into EYMS's 18; 0924 and 1059 from Holme On Spalding Moor to North Duffield, returning at 0945 and 1120, and then 1224 from Holme On Spalding Moor to Wheldrake, returning at 1300.

As well as this shuttle, a Friday and Saturday evening service is also provided, operated by EYMS, departing Holme On Spalding Moor for York at 1855, and returning from York at 2300 - I believe this is funded by parish council's. Average loading information published for the 18's previous timetable by City of York Council indicates the evening service loads quite well.

Going by some of the village facebook groups it seems that there will soon be a new  slightly improved 18 timetable, minus the ERYC shuttle bus and with more through service to/from Holme On Spalding Moor. Evening services look set to remain dependent on parish council contributions again.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

The Slightly Improved 45 and 46

Back on Tuesday 8th May, EYMS amended their 45/46 services between York, Pocklington, Market Weighton, Driffield and Bridlington.

Whilst retimed significantly - by up to half an hour - between York and Pocklington, the two services continue to provide a combined hourly Monday to Saturday daytime service on this section, along with a limited evening service. On this section the only other notable change seems to be that there are now some morning services from York, and afternoon services into York, running via the University.

Between Pocklington and Market Weighton the services become hourly combined all day, apart from a couple of two hour gaps departing Market Weighton. This is an improvement from the previous timetable that was hourly late morning/early afternoon but then had only a limited service for the remainder of the day. Combined with the X46, the 45 and 46 offer two well spaced services an hour Monday to Saturday daytime between York, Pocklington and Market Weighton.

The majority of service 46's now extend beyond Market Weighton to Holme on Spalding Moor, acting as a partial replacement for EYMS's previously mostly commercial 18 between Market Weighton, Holme on Spalding Moor and York. EYMS withdrew this at the same time as making these changes to the 46, with the 46 replacing the Market Weighton to Holme on Spalding Moor section, as well as maintaining a commercial Holme on Spalding Moor to York connection, albeit via a longer route. The 46 provides 5 services a day to/from Holme on Spalding Moor including a peak time service, whereas the mostly commercial Monday to Saturday 18 had provided 6-7 Market Weighton to Holme on Spalding Moor services a day and 8-10 Holme on Spalding Moor to York services a day. It should be noted that the replacement tendered 18 still provides some Holme on Spalding Moor to York services.

Service 45 continues beyond Market Weighton to Driffield and Bridlington. Between Market Weighton and Driffield there is simplification with all services, apart from a single afternoon York to Driffield working that has no 'balancing' departure from Driffield (maybe works a schools service on schooldays?), now serving North Dalton and Bainton en-route. Previously most 45's omitted Bainton and some omitted North Dalton.

The 45A variation remains, using the more 'traditional' and quicker route between Pocklington and Driffield via Warter (and omitting Bainton). The 1350 from York 45A has been replaced by 1320 and 1420 45's, so the only 45A's through to/from York are the morning peak Bridlington to York service and early evening return. There is an additional 45A in each direction between Pocklington and Bridlington however, departing Pocklington at 0830, 125 minutes before the previous first 45 departure from Pocklington to Driffield and Bridlington, and leaving Bridlington at 1850, two hours after the last 45 departure. The main purpose of these new journeys would appear to be to transfer one 'diagram' from Bridlington to Pocklington depot, but they may be useful to some travellers, and with a 23 minute wait in Pocklington, a York connection is available in the evening (a morning connection is available as well, but with an 82 minute wait on weekdays and 52 minutes on Saturdays).

Overall the 45/46 came out of these changes with some small improvements.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Stagecoach register Driffield School service

I don't normally cover VOSA registrations these days, nor dedicated schools services, but this registration today stood out to me for the amount of 'dead' mileage involved - Hull to Sledmere is around 28 miles, and if the vehicle returns to Hull during the day, Driffield to Hull is 23 miles.

PB0001484/386 Registered
Route: Sledmere to Driffield School
Service number: HU_7DR (7DR)
Service type: Normal Stopping
Effective date: 04 Sep 2018

Sunday, 22 July 2018

The residual 504, and the end of the 502

EYMS operated their service 504 for the last time on Saturday 5th May. Under EYMS operation the service routed from the village of Bempton, north of Bridlington, via Buckton, the Hawthorns Holiday Park, Bempton Lane, Marton Road, Marton Gate, Sandsacre Road and Limekiln Lane before operating a 'loop' via the Health Centre and Bridlington Bus Station back to Limekiln Lane and as per the inbound route. The service operated hourly Monday to Saturday off peak, with some schoolday afternoon gaps.

From Tuesday 8th May EYMS had new service 5 operating half hourly along Bempton Lane, services 12 and 13 operating every 30/60 minutes along Marton Road, service 6 every hour along Marton Gate and service 14 every hour along Limekiln Lane. However their new network did not include Bempton or Buckton, nor Sandsacre Road.

As far as I can tell Sandsacre Road has no replacement service, but for Bempton and Buckton, East Riding of Yorkshire Council (EYRC) have stepped in, with a limited replacement. From Wednesday 9th May, ERYC introduced a directly operated 504 between Bempton and Bridlington, albeit with a different route. The 504 still serves Buckton and The Hawthorns Holiday Park but then serves Darwin Road as a service 503 replacement and St Aidan Road as a service 510 replacement before running to the Health Centre and Bridlington Bus Station. Like the 504, the 503 and 510 had both operated hourly Monday to Saturday, the 510 at peak times as well. EYRC's 504 started with two journeys in each direction on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, departing Bempton at 0930 and 1130, and Bridlington Bus Station at 1100 and 1300. Tomorrow, Monday 23rd July, sees a 1330 departure from Bempton and 1545 service from Bridlington Bus Station added to the timetable.

This is huge cut for Bempton, Buckton, Darwin Road and St Aidan Road. In addition, for Bempton and Buckton it came at the same time as the loss of their other service, the ERYC funded, EYMS operated 502 which provided a weekday evening peak and Monday to Saturday evening service between Bridlington Bus Station, Kirkgate, Sewerby Road, Viking Road (evening)/Sewerby Hall (peak), Flamborough, Bempton and Buckton. 

The following quote is from the Bempton Parish Council website (note the route in the evenings on service 502 was not the same as the 504):
"Service 502 operates Monday to Saturday along the same route in the evenings.  This service is currently subsidised by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.  However, given EYMS’s decision to terminate the daytime services, the Council has decided to cease providing subsidy for the evening service and transfer this subsidy in order to maintain a daytime connection to Bridlington for residents of Buckton and Bempton.  The council feels that maintaining a link to health facilities, shopping and other key facilities during the day for residents is the best way to use the resources currently available to it for the purpose of supporting a bus service for the two villages.  "

In this context the withdrawal of the 502's subsidy is understandable, even if it is regrettable. It should be noted Bempton has also a rail station on the Hull-Bridlington-Scarborough line.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Flamborough 510 becomes 14

EYMS replaced their main Bridlington to Flamborough service 510 with new route 14 on Tuesday 8th May, as part of wider changes to their Bridlington Town Bus Network. The service remains hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes (including peak time).

The difference comes from a revised, more direct route in Bridlington. The 510 had operated in from Flamborough via Sewerby Road, St Aidan Road and then a one way loop via Queensgate, Quay Road (Health Centre), Bridlington Bus Station, Flamborough Road and a different part of Queensgate back to St Aidan Road, Sewerby Road and Flamborough.

New service 14 simply routes via Limekiln Lane, Eighth Avenue and Flamborough Road to/from Bridlington Bus Station, a far more direct route, especially inbound, however with the loss of access from Flamborough and Sewerby to the Health Centre and East Riding College (close to Queensgate). The 14 replaces the 512 and 513 along Limekiln Lane and Eighth Avenue which had operated every 45 minutes, and also the hourly 504.

Most of Sewerby Road is now covered by hourly service 6, whilst hourly service 5 covers part of Queensgate. However St Aidan Road has been left with a very limited three day a week service on revised route 504, now operated directly by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The 14 takes 25 minutes from Flamborough North Landing to Bridlington Bus Station, as opposed to 30 minutes on the 510, whilst in the opposite direction the 14 takes 29 minutes compared to 23 minutes on the 510 (4 of these extra minutes are between Sewerby and North Landing where there has been no change of route). EYMS noted in their announcement of the 14 that " The new shorter route should also help buses keep to time better", indicating punctuality may have been an issue.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

EYMS Bridlington Town Service 6

On Tuesday 8th May, EYMS introduced new Bridlington Town Service 6, replacing parts of previous services 503, 510, 512 and 513 that operated for the last time on Saturday 5th May; a small part of EYMS's 504 is also covered by the new 6, with the 504 continuing to a revised route operated 'directly' by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, of which more in a future post.

The new 6 covers the north eastern part of Bridlington operating hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes from Bridlington Bus Station via Flamborough Road, Queensgate, Hustler Road, Sewerby Road and Viking Road before looping via Marton Gate, West Crayke and The Crayke back to Viking Road and as per the outbound route back into the town centre.

The eastern part of Queensgate and Hustler Road had previously been served by hourly service 503, and the new service 6 with nine journeys a day is a slight improvement on the 503's seven weekday and eight Saturday services. The section of Sewerby Road served was previously covered by the hourly 510, though the 6 is a slight downgrade as unlike the 510, the 6 does not operate at peak times (first departure 0845 from Bridlington Bus Station, last departure 1655).

The rest of the route primarily replaces parts of the 512 and 513 circulars, that had each operated every 45 minutes including at peak times. In east Bridlington they operated from the Bus Station via Eighth Avenue and Limekiln Lane, now covered by the new 14, then via Viking Road and The Crayke 'area' before running via Marton Road and Trentham Drive en-route to/from Bridlington Bus Station. (See service 5 for replacing the rest of the 512/513). The 512 operated anti-clockwise, covering Moordacks Road, Keppel Drive, Thorntondale Drive and Wharfedale Drive in The Crayke 'area' - none of which are now served - and the 513 operated clockwise, serving West Crayke and The Crayke. Whilst the 6 brings simplification to these areas, it also brings a reduced service and loss of peaktime buses, as well as a service to the health centre.

Finally the 6 also acts as a replacement for the hourly 504 along Marton Gate.

Friday, 13 July 2018

EYMS Bridlington Town Service 5

Just over two months ago, on Tuesday 8th May, EYMS revamped their Bridlington Town Bus Network. Routes 503, 507, 510, 512, 513 and 517 all operated for the last time on Saturday 5th May, and route 504 for the last time with EYMS, and were partially replaced by new route 5, amongst other routes.

The 5 routes from Bridlington Bus Station via Quay Road, Queensgate, St Mary's Walk, Jubilee Avenue and Watsons Avenue before performing a loop via Harewood Avenue, Trentham Drive, Bempton Lane and a small part of Marton Road back to Watsons Avenue and as per the outbound route back to Bridlington Bus Station. It operates every half hour Monday to Saturday daytimes with an hour's gap on weekday mornings and an hour's gap on schoolday afternoons.

Queensgate, St Mary's Walk and Jubilee Avenue had been served by the 507 and 513. The 507 had provide an hourly service, direct inbound to Bridlington Town Centre but via the Old Town and New Pasture Lane outbound, whilst the 513 had provided a service every 45 minutes, direct outbound from Bridlington Town Centre but via Trentham Drive, West Crayke, Viking Road and Limekiln Lane inbound. The section of Queensgate covered by service 5 also had service 510 inbound to Bridlington.

Watsons Avenue was covered by the 507 and 513, but also by their 'opposites' on services 517 and 512 respectively that routed via St John's Street and Kirkgate instead off Queensgate, St Mary's Walk and Jubilee Avenue. Like the 507 and 513, the 517 and 512 operated hourly and every 45 minutes respectively. Harewood Avenue and Trentham Drive had been covered by the 512 and 513 giving two services every 45 minutes, whilst Bempton Lane had the 512 and 513 plus the hourly 503 and 504.

In terms of frequency changes the 5 is a mixed picture, and in some places it rather depends on how much the indirect routings on the old network are considered. It is certainly a major simplification though. Having your direct service every hour in one direction and every 45 minutes in another was bizarre for example.

Not that things stay quite so simple for long. In the changes, the 512 and 517 along St John's Street and Kirkgate were not replaced, leaving these roads unserved. From Monday 23rd July alternate 5's become 5A's routing via St John's Street and Kirkgate instead of Queensgate, St Mary's Walk and Jubilee Avenue. Slightly less simplicity, but for a good reason.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

EYMS Bridlington Town Service 4

Back on Tuesday 8th May, EYMS replaced their 507/517 Bridlington Town Services to the Old Town and New Pasture Lane areas with new service 4.

The 507 and 517 had each operated hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes, with some schoolday gaps, combining to give a half hourly frequency between Bridlington Bus Station, Quay Road and the New Pasture Lane area. Between Quay Road and New Pasture Lane the 507 routed via Brett Street, Brookland Road, South Back Lane, Leys Road, Westgate and Market Place (Old Town) to the New Pasture Lane area before returning via Marton Road, Watsons Avenue, Jubilee Avenue, St Mary's Walk (East Riding College) and Queensgate to Quay Road and Bridlington Bus Station. The 517 operated from Quay Road via St Johns Street, Kirkgate and Sewerby Road to Watsons Avenue and then the reverse of the 507 route via the New Pasture Lane area back into Bridlington Town Centre.

New service 4 is much simpler, operating from Bridlington Bus Station to the New Pasture Lane area via Quay Road, Brett Street, Brookland Road, South Back Lane, Leys Road, Westgate and Market Place (Old Town), and then returning via the same route. The frequency is every half hour Monday to Saturday daytimes with some schoolday gaps. Hopefully this simplicity with drive growth, and for the likes of Brett Street and Brookland Road the number of direct services into Bridlington Town Centre is doubled (previously they had two services an hour, but one was via the New Pasture Lane area).

However what about those areas that the 4 doesn't cover? New service 5, of which more later, covers Queensgate, St Mary's Walk, Jubilee Avenue and Watsons Avenue, with Marton Road served by the 12 and 13 between Bridlington and Scarborough. This leaves St Johns Street, Kirkgate and parts of Sewerby Road from service 517 unserved.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

EYMS Bridlington Town Service 3

Last month EYMS halved their service to the West Hill Estate in Bridlington. Until Saturday 5th May, routes 505 and 506 had each provided an hourly Monday to Saturday daytime service to the estate and back again from Bridlington Bus Station, together providing a half hourly service, although with a 22-38 minute interval at their West Hill timing point. The 505 operated via the Health Centre whereas the 506 took the more direct Hilderthorpe Road route; around West Hill the 505 operated anti-clockwise and the 506 clockwise. Both routes also included Bridlington Hospital.

Since Tuesday 8th May EYMS's only West Hill service has been on new hourly Monday to Saturday daytime route 3, operating from Bridlington Bus Station via the Health Centre then clockwise around West Hill to Bridlington Hospital and back to the Bus Station via the Health Centre. Hilderthorpe Road remains served by out of town services 45/45A/121/130/136, with the 45/45A/121 also covering Bessingby Road/Bridlington Hospital.

Another consequence of the change is that the first service from West Hill to Bridlington is now at 0919 rather than 0847, and the last departure from Bridlington Bus Station is at 1715 rather than 1735.

With EYMS seemingly struggling in West Hill, would it be worthwhile diverting either the 45/45A or the 121 via the estate to supplement the 3 without needing any extra resource? The journey time penalty would be small if it was instead off rather than as well as Bridlington Hospital - and that is why I say one route or the other to keep a Driffield-Bridlington Hospital service. As well providing an extra link between West Hill and Bridlington Town Centre, it would also provide West Hill with access to Driffield and either Hull/Beverley or York, and potentially some earlier/later and Sunday services.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

EYMS Bridlington Town Service 2

EYMS revised and simplified their Bridlington Town Bus network from Tuesday 8th May. One of the least impacted areas was south Bridlington. Here the 503 had been the main service until Saturday 5th May, routing from Bridlington Promenade via the Health Centre/Rail Station and Cardigan Road to Belvedere Parade before returning via Avocet Way, Kingsgate (A165), George Street, the northern part of Cardigan Road and the Health Centre/Rail Station to Bridlington Bus Station.

With the new network this part of Bridlington is now served by new service 2. It starts as well as finishes at Bridlington Bus Station, and from comparing maps seems to omit George Street and part of Cardigan Road inbound in favour of serving more of Kingsgate. Otherwise it's the same route as the 503 in south Bridlington.

The timetable is fairly similar as well. The 503 departed Bridlington Promenade hourly between 0925 and 1525 Monday to Friday and between 0825 and 1525 Saturdays. The 2 departs Bridlington Bus Station hourly between 0920 and 1420 Monday to Saturday, then 1530 and 1630, albeit with the 1420 and 1530 not running on schooldays.

Kingsgate is also served by EYMS service 130 between Hornsea and Bridlington and Busking's 136 between Driffield and Bridlington. The 136 also serves Avocet Way on it's 1700 and 1815 departures from Bridlington Bus Station.

The 503 also served parts of north Bridlington. I will cover these routes in more detail in future posts, but the 6 now covers the 503 along Queensgate and Hustler Road, the 12 and 13 along parts of Marton Road, the 5 along Bempton Lane and revised service 504 replaces the 503 around Darwin Road.