After being rolled out in Grimsby last year, Stagecoach’s simplibus branding and approach comes to Hull from 6th September. There are some major changes to Stagecoach’s local network in Hull and Cottingham as a result in what is being called “a plan for the long term”. If successful the relaunched network “would increase opportunities to both increase frequency of buses and to invest in new, more environmentally-friendly vehicles”. Thank you very much to Stagecoach for providing me with a copy of the press release, the new frequency guide/map as well as answering my questions.
in West Hull with the current 1 and 2 services from the City Centre to the
Boothferry Estate via Hessle Road and Anlaby Road respectively – these do not
see any substantial changes, with the frequency remaining every 10 minutes
Monday to Saturday daytimes, half hourly Monday to Saturday evenings and Sunday
daytimes, and hourly on Sunday evenings. The 1K extensions to Sutton Fields
Industrial Estate and Kingswood Retail Park remain.
City Centre to Orchard Park via Chanterlands Avenue service currently provided
by the 13 and 13b routes is replaced by service 3 which will operate as a cross
city service from Orchard Park to Greatfield, providing new cross-city links
and improved access from West Hull to the Old Town area of the city centre. As
a result the service will operate inbound to the city centre via Park Street
direct to Paragon Interchange before serving other parts of the city centre,
but outbound West Hull passengers will have the ability catch the service at a
stop somewhere other than the Interchange, unlike at present. The 13b variation
currently serves Fairfax Avenue which will become unserved with the Simplibus
network, as all services take the current service 13 route serving a longer part
of Bricknell Avenue.
3 will maintain the same frequency as the 13/13b combined on weekdays; every 10
minutes daytime and every half hour in the evenings. It will also maintain the
same frequency of half hourly Saturday evenings and hourly Sunday evenings.
However the Saturday daytime frequency shall fall from every 10 minutes to
every 15 minutes with the Sunday daytime frequency doubling from half hourly to
every 15 minutes.
City Centre to Orchard Park link via Beverley Road currently provided by
service 14 becomes the 4, and like the 3 also becomes a cross city service
linking Orchard Park and Beverley Road to the Old Town, Holderness Road and
Bilton Grange. Monday to Saturday daytime frequency increases from every 20
minutes to every 15 minutes, with Monday to Saturday evenings and Sunday
daytimes remaining half hourly and Sunday evenings hourly.
3 and 4 will operate as a circular cross-Orchard Park in the same way services
13 and 14 currently do so.
service 15 from the City Centre to Kingswood Retail Park via the Avenues and
Orchard Park becomes the 5, with the evening service 16 variation that omits Orchard
Park but extends to Kingswood Health Centre abolished. The biggest change sees
alternate Monday to Saturday daytime services no longer extending beyond
Orchard Park to Kingswood, otherwise frequencies remain the same at every 10
minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes, every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday
evenings and Sunday daytimes and every half hour on Sunday evenings.
Simplibus service 6 doesn’t directly replace a current route, and is
reminiscent of the former service 20. The 6 will provide a direct link from
Hull Centre via Beverley Road to Kingswood Retail Park before serving the
residential areas of Kingswood including the Health Centre and, after making
use of a new link road on the estate, Kingsbury Way before terminating at the
Wawne Road/Cumbrian Way/Kesteven Way roundabout. Around Kingsbury Way the 6
replaces current service 28. The 6 will operate every half hour Monday to
Saturday daytimes, the same frequency as the 28, with evening and Sunday
services provided by route 8. The 6 will be a far faster route into Hull City
Centre than the 28 and serves more of the Kingswood estate, however the Monday
to Saturday daytime link to North Point Shopping Centre is lost – also useful
for connecting to other services – and parts of Kesteven Way become unserved.
7 and 8 replace the current 29 and 28 services respectively; they both run from
Hull City Centre via Beverley Road and Sutton Park to North Point, with the 7
running via Bodmin Road to Kingswood Retail Park as per the current 29 route,
while Monday to Saturday evenings and Sundays only, the 8 will extend beyond
North Point to Kingsbury Way, Kingswood Health Centre and Kingswood Retail
Park. The 7 and 8 will each operate every half hour Monday to Saturday daytimes
and every hour Monday to Saturday evenings and Sunday; this is the same frequency
as at present except for Sunday evenings when the frequency is doubled between
the City Centre and North Point, and Kingswood gains a new Sunday evening
service. Peaktime service 101 between Hull City Centre, Clough Road and North
Point is renumbered 8X.
up in the new network is Simplibus 9 which replaces the current 110 between
Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, Bricknell Estate, the City Centre, James
Reckitt Avenue and North Point. In Cottingham the service is rerouted via
Northgate and Newgate Street rather than South Street and Hallgate, and in East
Hull it is rerouted via Witham, Holderness Road and Mount Pleasant rather than
New Cleveland Street. Peak time journeys will omit Dorchester Road and instead
operate via Midmere Avenue before serving the full length of Noddle Hill Way.
The Western part of the route will operate hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes,
as with the present 110, however the eastern half of the route will double to
10 is not related to the current service 10 but instead replace the current 30
and 30A. The ‘new’ 10 adopts the current evening and weekend route of the 30
serving Leads Road and Sutton Road instead of part of Holwell Road while continuing
to link Hull City Centre to North Point, Bodmin Road and North Bransholme. The
10 will operate every 10 minutes weekday peaks, every 15 minutes weekday
off-peak and Saturday daytimes, every half hour Monday to Saturday evenings and
Sunday daytimes, and every hour on Sunday evenings. This matches the current
30/30A frequency except on weekday daytimes where the 10 minute frequency
currently operates during the daytime as well as at peak times. The 30A along
the northern parts of Leads Road is replaced by the increased frequency on
service 9, allowing this variation to be dropped. Not mentioned in the new
Simplibus frequency guide, but Wawne continues to be served and the ‘X’
variation via Sutton Fields Industrial Estate also remains.
service 51 between Hull City Centre, Holderness Road, Ings Estate, Spring
Cottage, North Point and Kingswood Retail Park is renumbered service 11, continuing
to operate every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes and every half hour
evenings and Sundays.
12 replaces current service 32 between Hull City Centre, Gillshill Road, Sutton
Village, Noddle Hill Way and North Point, with services operating every 15
minutes to Monday to Saturday daytimes, every half hour Monday to Saturday
evenings and Sunday daytimes, and every hour Sunday evenings.
13 replaces part of the 10, and means the end of the traditional city circular
– in recent years the 10 had not served the variety of areas the city circular
had done in the past, but now it largely becomes an East Hull only service. The
new 3 and 4 do provide some replacement cross city links.
western section between the City Centre and Orchard Park is axed without
replacement, but it largely duplicated the ‘old’ 13 and 15 (‘new’ 3 and 5)
anyway; Cottingham Road (main stops for Hull University) is no longer served by
Stagecoach (though Cranbrook Avenue is served by service 5 and is just as
convenient for parts of the campus), while a small part of Greenwood Avenue
becomes unserved. The link between Orchard Park and North Point via Sutton Park
is reduced from Monday to Saturdays to weekdays only and continues to operate
via Cheltenham Avenue.
East Hull the service continues to operate from Hull City Centre via Holderness
Road direct to Salthouse Road before serving Spring Cottage en-route to North
Point. Monday to Saturday daytime frequency remains half hourly, while the
Sunday daytime service is increased from hourly to match, and extended from it’s
current Spring Cottage terminus to North Point. Spring Cottage therefore will
have 4 services an hour into Hull City Centre on Sunday daytimes combined with
our clockwise look around Hull it’s time to return to the new service 4 which
will replace the current 54 and 55 services between Hull City Centre and Bilton
Grange. All services will operate via Marfleet Lane (service 55 route) rather
than Maybury Road (service 54 route) and no services will serve Hopewell Road.
The 4 will operate as a circular with service 3 to provide through links to
Greatfield and Preston Road. Service 4 will operate every 15 minutes Monday to
Saturday daytimes, every half hour Monday to Saturday evenings and Sunday
daytimes and every hour Sunday evenings; a reduction from every 10 minutes on
Monday to Friday daytimes but otherwise matching the current frequency provided
by the 54/55 combined.
3 replaces the 43 in East Hull linking Hull City Centre with Preston Road and
Greatfield. The every 10 minutes weekday daytimes, every 15 minutes weekend
daytimes, every half hour Monday to Saturday evening and every hour Sunday
evening frequency matches the current frequency except for the doubling of the
Sunday daytime services from half hourly.
14 replaces the 41 and 42; all services operate via the 42 route between Hull
City Centre, Portobello Street, Wingfield Road and Greatfield Falkland Road,
leaving Newbridge Road and parts of Marfleet Lane unserved. Weekday daytime
frequency reduced from every 10 minutes to every 15 minutes while Saturday
daytimes remain every 15 minutes, Monday to Saturday evenings and Sunday
daytimes remain half hourly and Sunday evenings hourly.
final simplibus route is the 16, replacing the current 46 in linking Hull City
Centre with the Marina, Victoria Dock, the Preston Road Estate and Marfleet;
services continue to operate hourly daytimes. The hourly service 17 shorts from
Hull Interchange to the Marina are withdrawn due to low usage; when opened the
new Castle Street Bridge will offer far easier pedestrian access from the City
Centre to the Marina area.
couple of other network-wide points work noting, peak time extensions to Smith
and Nephew remain, as do the early morning connections from the 2 and 3 (currently
2 and 13) onto the 10 (currently service 30) and the residual Saturday
nightbuses (that don’t use the N prefix anymore). Workers Service 677 is
unaffected as are the ‘out of town’ services; the Humber Flyer and Humber
Fastcat do get good-sized adverts in the new simplibus frequency guide.
and negatives, and a lot to digest. One thing is that simplibus lives up to
it’s name, with both the route numbers 1-16 (minus 15) and the ending of some
Mon 27 July Greatfield,
Elmbridge Parade 2-7pm
Tue 28 July Greenwich
Wed 29 July North Point
Shopping Centre 2-7pm
Thur 30 July Kingswood
Medical Centre 2-7pm
Fri 31 July Queen
Victoria Square 11am-4pm
Mon 3 August Orchard
Park, Tesco 2-7pm
Tue 4 August James
Reckitt Avenue (East Park) 2-7pm
Wed 5 August Princes
Quay Shopping Centre 11am-4pm
August St Stephens Shopping Centre 11am-4pm
August Paragon Interchange 11am-5pm
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