On Monday (1st September), Stagecoach are making major changes to their services in North East Lincolnshire. Unusually it's not timetable changes that are the most significant aspect, but a renumbering of certain services. All the main local services within North East Lincolnshire will be numbered 1-10, with the Interconnect 3 service renumbered as service 53 to accommodate this. Below are details of the changes:
Grimsby-Europarc-Wybers Wood - The service remains hourly Monday to Saturday
daytimes (not serving Wybers Wood on Saturdays). A previous weekday gap in
service is plugged with a new 1535 from Grimsby to Wybers Wood.
Square-Grimsby-Europarc - This service is unaltered and remains operating
hourly during weekday daytimes.
Road Morrisons - Existing service 13 is renumbered service 3, closer to it's
historical service 3F route number. While there are some extra early morning
and early evening journeys, the main frequency remains every 10 minutes on
weekday daytimes and every 15 minutes on Saturday daytimes, followed by a half
hourly early evening service. The late evening service Monday to Saturday
increases from hourly to half hourly, including a new 2315 departure from
Cleethorpes, 30 minutes later than present. Sunday’s retain a half hourly
daytime service followed by an hourly evening service.
Cleethorpes-Grimsby-Laceby Acres-Morrisions – Existing service 14 is renumbered
service 4; the historical number for this service; the evening and Sunday
variation 14A is similarly renumbered as service 4A. The main frequency remains
every 10 minutes on weekday daytimes and every 15 minutes on Saturday daytimes,
followed by a half hourly early evening service, with extra early evening journeys.
The late evening service Monday to Saturday increases from hourly to half
hourly. Sunday’s retain a half hourly daytime service followed by an hourly
Grimsby-Immingham-South Killingholme – Existing services 45, 45C, 45M and 46
are renumbered services 5 and 5C, meaning the loss of the historical service 45
route number, and that the evening and Sunday route variation via the Willows
Estate will no longer have a separate route number (why not number these
journeys 5A?). The main service remains half hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes
between Grimsby and South Killingholme (some journeys operating as 150 or 450
between Immingham and South Killingholme) and hourly evenings and Sundays
between North Sea Lane (evenings only), Cleethorpes, Grimsby and Immingham.
Peak time services to the MIC Plant, Habrough and Ulceby also remain.
There are some interesting
minor tweaks to the timetable, most notably the Monday to Saturday 0515, 0545
and 0615 from Grimsby to Immingham (extending to the MIC Plant on weekdays)
will now start in Humberston, operating via North Sea Lane, Chichester Road and
Cleethorpes Town Centre to Grimsby, offering new early morning links, albeit not
quite matching the evening route between North Sea Lane and Cleethorpes that
omits Chichester Road.
The Monday to Saturday early
evening timetable is altered, with the 1815 from Grimsby diverted to operate
via the Willows Estate and no longer extending beyond Immingham to South
Killingholme. The 1800 from Immingham to Grimsby is also diverted via the
Willows Estate while the 1805 and 1835 from South Killingholme will start from
Immingham instead. The Sunday evening service is extended from Cleethorpes
Town Centre to North Sea Lane, matching the Monday to Saturday evening service.
North Sea Lane services will then become a service 8 extending to New Waltham
Finally it is a shame
Stagecoach have linked on their service change page to a summary timetable that
shows all services as terminating in Immingham. The extensions to South
Killingholme, the MIC Plant, Habrough and Ulceby are shown by searching
for the 5C college day timetable which brings up an internal Stagecoach
timetable showing the full service.
Asda-Grimsby-Willows Estate-Wybers Wood – Existing service 16 is renumbered
service 6; 16 is the historical route number for the service. The service
continues to operate every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes and hourly on
Sunday daytimes. There are slightly less services to/from Asda while the last
journey from Grimsby Town Centre Monday to Saturday will be half an hour
earlier, and from Wybers Wood 40 minutes earlier. Changes to the 5 noted above
partially replace this early evening cutback.
7: North Sea
Lane-Grimsby-Grange Estate – Apart from some timetable changes to improve
punctuality this service is unaltered, with a half hourly Monday to Saturday
daytime frequency and some peaktime services extending to/from Laceby.
8: North Sea Lane-New
Waltham-Scartho-Grimsby – The service continues to operate half hourly daily daytimes
and hourly daily evenings. The first journey from North Sea Lane is half an
hour earlier on weekdays at 0620 but the last journey each way is half an hour
earlier each way (2245 rather than 2315 from Grimsby, 2315 rather than 2345
from North Sea Lane). Evening journeys will continue from North Sea Lane as
service 5 to Cleethorpes and beyond. The overall timetable is amended to
improve punctuality but most significantly off all is that all journeys will
operate into the grounds of Grimsby Hospital. A new college day 8C service is
also added to the timetable with one journey each way between North Sea Lane
and Grimsby College via Hewitts Avenue and the New Waltham bypass.
Waltham-Grimsby-Cleethorpes-North Sea Lane – With existing service 9A
renumbered as service 10 there continues to be a service every 15 minutes
Monday to Saturday daytimes (alternate 9 and 10), a half hourly Sunday daytime service
10 and an hourly daily evening service 10. There are timetable changes to
Park-Grange Estate-Grimsby-Cleethorpes-New Waltham – There is a new weekday
0900 from Bradley Park with the 1040 from Grimsby to Bradley Park instead
starting in New Waltham at 1000, otherwise the timetable is unchanged with an hourly
weekday morning/early afternoon service and an hourly Saturday daytime service
plus a Monday to Saturday peak journey from/to Waltham.
Seafront Open Top Service – This service is unchanged
– This service is unchanged and continues to provide a limited early morning
and evening service to the Europarc industrial estate.
Ludford-Binbrook-Grimsby – This Lincolnshire County Council tendered service is
unaltered, with one weekday peaktime return journey between Binbrook and
Grimsby one daytime return journey between Ludford and Grimsby on Tuesday,
Friday and Saturday only. A renumber to service 52 might have been logical in
line with other services from Grimsby into the Lincolnshire County Council
Grimsby-Tetney/Louth – Almost all services are diverted into the grounds of
Grimsby Hospital, with resultant timetable revisions to accommodate this.
Otherwise the service remains half hourly between Grimsby and Holton Le Clay
with hourly extensions to Louth and Tetney.
Grimsby-Caistor-Market Rasen-Lincoln – This is the present service 3,
renumbered to avoid confusion with the newly renumbered local network in North
East Lincolnshire. The timetable is unchanged.
Immingham-East Halton, Immingham-Barton-Brigg – These services, operating as
extensions of service 5 between Grimsby and Immingham continue, but the ‘route
number synergy’ between the 45 and 450 has been lost.
Flyer: This is a new
college day only service between Barton and the Grimsby Colleges, operating via
Kirmington, Great Limber, Keelby, Aylesby and Laceby. The morning departure
operates at 0740 and extends into Grimsby Town Centre while the evening return
leaves Grimsby College at 1640. I am rather surprised that demand exists for
this service as Grimsby College run their own extensive network of free bus
Airport-Grimsby-Cleethorpes – This hourly Monday to Saturday service is
unaltered according to Stagecoach (though Traveline East Midlands shows the
weekday 0605 Grimsby-Barton as starting to operate on Saturdays) and has
recently gained route branded vehicles.
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