Saturday 19 November 2016

Service 150 Axed

From January, Stagecoach service 150 between East Halton and Immingham, via North Killingholme, South Killingholme and Habrough, will cease operating as part of major changes to associated service 5 between Grimsby and Immingham, with no replacement being provided. The 150 currently provides 3 Monday to Saturday daytime journeys that upon arrival in Immingham become a through service 5 to Grimsby. North Lincolnshire Council have released the following press release this week:
Council steps in to keep East Halton and North Killingholme connected

18 November 2016

From 31 December 2016, the 150 bus service from East Halton to Immingham will no longer run. North Lincolnshire Council has stepped in to keep East Halton and North Killingholme residents connected.

Stagecoach East Midlands – the operator of the 150 bus – has decided to stop the service and to extend the frequency of their number 5 bus between Immingham and Grimsby, via South Killingholme. From January 2017, the number 5 bus will run every 20 minutes.

Residents in East Halton and North Killingholme can use the new CallConnect flexible bus service to get out and about whenever they want. They can hop on the purple CallConnect bus to go shopping in Barton or Immingham, visit friends in other villages, or to connect to the number 5 bus to get to Grimsby.

The CallConnect bus has no set route or timetable and residents can register with the service and then book a journey for anytime between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday and from 8am to 6pm on Saturdays.

You can register with CallConnect online now. Once registered, you can book your journeys between an hour and a week in advance, online or through the booking centre on 0345 2638139.

Cllr Neil Poole, cabinet member for Environment at North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“We know that buses can be a lifeline in rural communities and we do not want residents in East Halton or North Killingholme to feel isolated after the cancellation of the 150 service. We are stepping in and encouraging residents to sign up to use the CallConnect bus service.

“The advantage of CallConnect over a conventional bus service is that you can choose where you want to go and book your journey at a time that suits you. CallConnect has proved to be very popular in North Lincolnshire with over 1,700 already registered to use the service. It gives people the freedom and independence to get out and about whenever they want.”

CallConnect is available in North Lincolnshire across Ferry ward; Brigg, Caistor and Ridge ward; East Butterwick; Barton, Burton upon Stather and Winterton; and, the Isle of Axholme.
The background to this is that Stagecoach and North East Lincolnshire Council and Stagecoach have secured Department for Transport funding to increase the daytime frequency of service 5 between Grimsby and Immingham from half hourly to every 15 minutes, although according to the above North Lincolnshire Council (NLC) press release it will be every 20 minutes. At the same time half hourly extensions will serve the new Able UK development at Killingholme, the CATCH training facility and Phillips 66 Oil Refinery - linking people to jobs and education.

As I noted at the time, Able UK and Philips 66 would not easily be served by the same half hourly extension as that to CATCH, which left the question of what would happen to the South Killingholme extensions to service 5, and to the associated 150 and 450. Service 450 has had amendments registered with VOSA, so must be staying in some form or another, and I assume from NLC's press release that South Killingholme will continue to be served, although surely as an extension of Grimsby to Immingham services rather than as an 'en-route' destination as implied by NLC? Service 150 clearly hasn't survived the changes however. Overall the changes look set to benefit more people than are disadvantaged, but that won't mean much to service 150's users.

However I don't see how NLC can accurately claim to be "stepping in to keep ... residents connected". Callconnect is not new, it started earlier this year. All NLC are doing is promoting an existing service - and oddly not mentioning that East Halton's other daytime bus service, a Thursday only diversion to service 260 that provides a link to Barton. Surely an ideal time to promote this?


Joe said...

What happens to the 260 on other days? Could it divert everyday?
Or could a 450 divert to serve East Halton twice a day as a service 450a? North Killingholme isn't as far as East Halton from buses.

It's very sad when a bus service is cut, and it was the last that served an area. Call Connect is often useless for many. It was only 3 buses a day, how can they not find a solution?

Humber Transport said...

On the other days of the week the 260 provides an hourly morning frequency on it's main Barton-Barrow-Goxhill-New Holland-Barrow-Barton route. On a Thursday the morning timetable is reduced to make room for the East Halton diversion.

Any 450 diversion would probably have to be instead of serving (the much larger) Ulceby/Wootton/Thornton Curtis. Based on the current timetable, if East Halton was served twice a day, it would probably mean a service every 4 hours or so via Ulceby and every 4 hours or so via East Halton. Probably would be better for all daytime journeys to go via East Halton one or two days a week.

Sam Boothby said...

There are changes on the 'new VOSA' site for other routes in Grimsby effective 2nd January.

Operating between Immingham and East Halton given service number 150 effective from 02-Jan-2017.
Publication: N&P North East of England(2240), Bus Registration Cancellation

Operating between Immingham and Barton Interchange given service number 450 effective from 02-Jan-2017. To amend Stopping Places and Timetable.

Operating between Grimsby Town Centre and Europarc given service number 20/1/2 effective from 03-Jan-2017. To amend Route and Timetable.

Operating between Grimsby Town Centre and Cleethorpes North Sea Lane given service number 8/8S effective from 02-Jan-2017. To amend Stopping Places and Timetable.

Operating between Immingham and Grimsby Town Centre given service number 5M/5 effective from 02-Jan-2017. To amend Route, Stopping Places and Timetable.

Operating between Morrisons and Cleethorpes Pier given service number 4 effective from 02-Jan-2017. To amend Stopping Places and Timetable.

Operating between Barton Interchange and Brigg Cary Lane given service number 450 effective from 02-Jan-2017. To amend Stopping Places and Timetable.

Operating between Waltham and Cleethorpes North Sea Lane given service number 10/9/9S effective from 02-Jan-2017. To amend Timetable.

Plus there are changes on 350.

Operating between Scunthorpe Bus Station and Hull Interchange given service number 350/360 effective from 02-Jan-2017. To amend Stopping Places and Timetable.

Anonymous said...

The 350 service changes that I can see so far Traveline show a new 10:30pm and 11:30pm Hull to Barton departure Monday to Saturday. No mention of Scunthorpe Barton

Humber Transport said...
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Humber Transport said...

That's fantastic news. Will be very useful for nights out in Hull, train connections from late arrivals into Hull and evening matches at the KC Stadium. Hopefully the new journeys are well used.

Sam Boothby said...

Changes now up for the 350, with minor retiming on services in both directions.

There are also new 2220 and 2330 Hull to Humber Bridge (Stagecoach) services and a new 2255 Barton to Hull (EYMS) service, which don't seem right!

Nothing for Grimsby area yet.