Last month I asked what the new service 705 registered by EYMS to operate between Hessle and Barton was for. EYMS have now announced details.
The 705 is a vintage bus service (though EYMS reserve the right to substitute a standard bus) between Hessle Square, Hessle Foreshore, the Humber Bridge Country Park and Barton Station, operating to a roughly hourly timetable on 8 days this Summer; Saturday 3rd May, Sunday 4th May, Saturday 31st May, Sunday 1st June, Saturday 5th July, Sunday 6th July, Saturday 2nd August and Sunday 3rd August.
The pdf timetable contains an East Riding of Yorkshire Council logo, so I presume they are involved in the funding of this service. Ideally such a service would serve additional points in Barton such as Waters Edge Country Park, the Ropewalk (though that is very close to the Station) and the Market Place, but if East Riding of Yorkshire Council are funding the service understandably they aren't are going to place too much emphasis on Barton's tourist attractions. At least the Station is a fairly central stop for those who are able to walk for 10-15 minutes to wherever they want to visit, and it does allow connections with other services.
Fares are £2.50 for adults and £2.00 for children and over 60's, with tickets valid on the service all day, which enables a passenger to say travel from Hessle to the Humber Bridge Country Park then have a ride across the Humber Bridge before going back to Hessle. And while this is far from the intention of the service, these very good value fares mean it will be cheaper to travel from Barton to Hessle on service 705 then catch a bus into Hull (£3.75 adult return) than pay for a Barton to Hull return (£7.40 on Stagecoach, EYMS maybe a little cheaper).
Anyway hopefully the service is a success, both as a bus service and to help attract visitors to both banks of the Humber. I will be hopefully be trying it out at some point.
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