Traveline East Midlands has the new timetable uploaded for Saturday services between Scunthorpe and Goole from 6th September. They will be numbered service 361 and operated by EYMS on a tendered basis replacing the current tendered Stagecoach and limited (commercial?) Sweyne Coaches services.
The new timetable has 3 departures from Scunthorpe at 1015, 1315 and 1615, plus a 'short' 0746 Eastoft to Goole services. From Goole there are three departures to Scunthorpe at 0826, 1126 and 1426, plus a 1726 to Eastoft. Interestingly the timetable has only 1 minute layover at Goole between services which seems very short, especially as I guess driver changeovers will need to occur here?
The current Stagecoach 357 Saturday service has 4 departures from Scunthorpe at 0715, 1000, 1315 and 1645 with returns from Goole at 0830, 1145, 1530 and 1753. The new EYMS timetable provides almost the same service but at a standard three hour interval, albeit with the first service of the day starting at Eastoft rather than Scunthorpe and the last service of the day being truncated at Eastoft rather than running to Scunthorpe. The bigger loss is the apparent non-replacement of the Sweyne Coaches 0915 Eastoft to Goole and 1000 Goole to Swinefleet. I guess that may well be annoying for some passengers who will have to travel either 90 minutes earlier or later. However in these times of cutbacks, things could be a lot worse.
Coordination between the 361 and the Hornsby Travel operated tendered service 90 between Scunthorpe and Crowle is good, with the 90 offering departures from Scunthorpe at 0720, 0915, 1215, 1515 (to Luddington) and 1725, giving an almost hourly service. While not a clockface, similar good coordination also occurs in the opposite direction.
No details of the weekday changes, which see EYMS takeover the Scunthorpe-Goole corridor from Sweyne Coaches on a tendered basis, have yet been put on Traveline East Midlands.
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