Sunday, 23 April 2017

Great news for Inglemire Lane, not so much elsewhere

Easter Sunday saw Stagecoach revise services 9/9A and 5. The 9 links Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, Hull Interchange, Garden Village and North Point, while the 5 links Hull Interchange with the Avenues, Orchard Park and Kingswood.

Service 9 sees the biggest changes. In West Hull the service had been operating hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes routing via the Bricknell Estate and Chanterlands Avenue. It still does operate hourly, but via Endyke Lane, Hall Road, Inglemire Lane, Cranbrook Avenue, Newland Avenue and Princes Avenue. Endyke Lane, Cranbrook Avenue, Newland Avenue and Princes Avenue already have EYMS services every 20 minutes to Castle Hill Hospital via Cottingham, however the Bricknell Estate and Chanterlands Avenue no longer have a link to Castle Hill Hospital and Cottingham. The peak time service has also been withdrawn which may impact those with early or late appointments at Castle Hill Hospital; the first arrival at Castle Hill Hospital is now 0900 weekdays/1000 Saturday rather than 0749, and the last departure is at 1600 rather than 1800. Apart from one morning EYMS service 61C, the 9 is also the only service along St Margarets Avenue in Cottingham.

Service 9A, which had previously operated only in East Hull, is now extended into West Hull. It will follow the service 9 route from Hull Interchange to Inglemire Lane, then 'loops' via the southern part of Hall Road, Fairfax Avenue (not served since the 23 was withdrawn in November), the Hull City Council part of the Bricknell Estate - replacing service 9, Hotham Road North and Hall Road again back to Inglemire Lane, Hull Interchange and East Hull. The 9A in West Hull will operate hourly Monday to Saturday off peak, co-ordinating with the 9 to provide a half hourly Hull to Inglemire Lane service, with less frequent peak time journeys. Some peak time journeys will operate as service 9 due to their route in East Hull.

While the Hull City Council part of the Bricknell Estate does regain links to the Avenues, the route into Hull Interchange is less direct and longer, taking around 42 minutes inbound as opposed to around 28 minutes (timing points on the old 9 and new 9A aren't exactly the same in the Estate so not directly comparable). The apparent 'loop' on the route map also seems to include a 28 minute wait on Grammar School Road each hour to maintain the even interval frequency with service 9 over common sections of route.

This wait makes it even more disappointing that the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) part of the Bricknell Estate becomes unserved - Lythe Avenue and St Mary's Avenue. ERYC had been providing 6p per passenger journey towards this part of the route - the balanced scorecard used by ERYC to decide what got cut in their reduction in bus subsidies at the start of April was weighted against routes that received less than 25p per passenger journey, probably on the basis that operators maybe able to convert such services to commercial operation without any major changes. Stagecoach evidently don't agree and the area becomes unserved - despite a vehicle and driver appearing to be waiting for 28 minutes an hour in a very nearby residential area.

The December revised ERYC proposals refer to the contract as "Bricknell Avenue-Cottingham" so maybe the funding was not for a service into Hull? It might just about be possible for the 9A to do Bricknell Estate to Cottingham and back in 28 minutes off peak (but not Castle Hill).

Whatever the contract was exactly for, these changes are not good news, unless you are on Fairfax Avenue, need access to the Avenues and University, or are on Inglemire Lane. I think I'm correct in writing that new Hull University halls of residence have been opened on Inglemire Lane, and the Lane also serves the Northern part of the university campus and some residential areas. So it is good to see Stagecoach trying to tap into a new market, and I doubt the 9 is a runaway commercial success - not only had ERYC been contributing, but Hull City Council still do for the Hull part of the Bricknell Estate and in parts of East Hull - so Stagecoach making changes as funding is reduced is perhaps understandable. However with all the negatives I can't get too excited by this service revision.

The times of services 9 and 9A in East Hull are also revised throughout the day, but with no change to the frequency - half hourly 9 at peak times and half hourly 9 and 9A combined during the off peak period. Inbound into Hull Interchange the Saturday 1602 9A from North Point now operates at 1555 Monday to Saturdays, providing a later last weekday 9A from North Point. The 1632 and 1732 service 9's from Noddle Hill become a single 1700 from North Point - the Noddle Hill peak time variation no longer operates in the afternoon. From Hull Interchange the 1545 service 9 to Noddle Hill becomes a 1550 to James Reckitt Avenue only and the Saturday only 1615 9A becomes the Monday to Saturday 1620 service, providing a later last 9A from Hull Interchange on weekdays. The service 9's from Hull Interchange at 1645, 1720, 1750, 1820 and 1850 to Noddle Hill now use the daytime route to North Point, and the 1645 moves to 1650.

Service 5 only has minor changes apart from Monday to Saturday evenings when it is substantially revised. At these times the route in Hull City Centre will be revised to terminate in the Old Town at the Market Place, with inbound journeys stopping at Paragon Square instead of serving Hull Interchange - the Paragon Square stop is on the opposite side of Ferensway to the Interchange. This provides access to one of the main areas of nightlife in Hull City Centre. It is also reduced in frequency from every 15 minutes to half hourly which is disappointing for Orchard Park and Kingswood.

However the southern part of the 5 will also be served by new Monday to Saturday evening service U5 between the Market Place, Avenues, Inglemire Lane and Hall Road/Endike Lane roundabout. On weekdays the U5 will operate half hourly, combining with the 5 to maintain a service every 15 minutes between Hull City Centre and Cranbrook Avenue. On Saturdays the U5 will operate every 10-20 minutes, combining with the 5 offer a service every 10 minutes over the common section of route. This is a frequency increase from every 15 minutes, with the Avenues being another key area of nightlife/the evening economy.

The U5 provides an evening service for Inglemire Lane, to go along with their new daytime 9/9A's. For the university student market this will be an important part of the overall 'service offer'. I'm not sure if the Hall Road/Endike Lane roundabout being a good place to 'turn' non-Kingswood journeys is also part of the reasoning behind this change? Despite the U prefix, the U5 will round year round, not just during university term times. Some late night U5's extend to/from Kingswood.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Stagecoach 13 Changes

On Easter Sunday (16th April), Stagecoach revised route 13 in Hull, linking Paragon Interchange and the City Centre with Holderness Road, Salthouse Road, Dunvegan Road, North Point Shopping Centre, Sutton Park and Orchard Park. The service remains half hourly daily daytimes between the Interchange and North Point, and throughout the full route to Orchard Park Monday to Friday.

The main change is to the route in Orchard Park; instead off most journeys operating a clockwise loop via Greenwood Avenue, Ellerburn Avenue, Hall Road and Beverley Road, journeys will run via Greenwood Avenue, Ellerburn Avenue, Orchard Park Road and Hall Road to Orchard Park Tesco and reverse. Stagecoach state this is to improve punctuality.

Peak time variation 13W, or rather college time variation that runs on all weekdays, 13W, is reduced in the evening from three journeys to one. The 13W operates as a circular around Hull, using the service 3 route between Hull and Orchard Park to complete it's loop of the city. While the 'anti-clockwise' 1554 from Hull Interchange remains, presumably for the benefit of Wiberforce College students, the 'anti-clockwise' 1640 and 1710 are now 'standard' 13's terminating at Orchard Park Tesco. Weekday evening peak service 13's from Orchard Park back to Hull Interchange change from 1555, 1625, 1655 and 1725 to 1608, 1638, 1738 and 1808.

The only significant change at weekends is an additional 1840 Hull Interchange to North Point on Saturdays, previous last journey at 1824.

Monday, 17 April 2017

More Buses via Lowgate

Yesterday, Sunday 16th April, Stagecoach routed a number of their East Hull services via Lowgate in the Old Town part of Hull City Centre, and Myton Bridge, instead off Drypool Bridge. This provides improved access to a key area of nightlife, the main cultural area of Hull City Centre and a side entrance of the market. While easily accessible for most by walking from Alfred Gelder Street, these changes may help those with mobility problems and generally make bus travel more attractive and convenient for those visiting the Old Town area; it also reduces the walk needed to access the Fruit Market and Marina areas on the other side of the A63 Castle Street.

All journeys on service 16 take this revised route providing an hourly Stagecoach service to the area Monday to Saturday daytimes. EYMS also provide Monday to Saturday daytime services via Lowgate and Myton Bridge, with service 78 in both directions and journeys from Hull Interchange on service 79.

Service 16 is also having other changes; it will now extend to a new stop on the Siemens site while the timetable is revised, particularly at peak times. Evening peak departures from Hull Interchange are now at 1650 and 1810 rather than 1640 and 1740, providing a later last service but nothing at all in the key 1700 hour.

Late evening journeys towards East Hull on services 3, 4, 11, 12 and 14, mostly after 2300, will also take the Lowgate route on a daily basis.

Service 11 also has new earlier first journeys from Hull Interchange on weekdays at 0555 and 0625 (first journey previously 0655). The 0655 from North Point on weekdays will no longer serve Hull Royal Infirmary and Smith & Nephew, but the 0555, 0625 and 0655 from North Point on Saturdays will. The 2310 and 2340 from Kingswood on Monday to Saturday evenings will operate via Carr Lane to Hull Truck Theatre on Ferensway rather than the usual route via Bond Street and Albion Street in Hull City Centre. Service 12 also gains an earlier first weekday journey from Hull Interchange at 0640 (previously first service at 0710), as does service 14 at 0650 (previously 0715).

Evening services on route 5 are also now serving Hull Old Town as part of a wider series of changes to North West Hull services, which I will cover separately.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Stagecoach Kingswood Changes

Today (Sunday 16th April), Stagecoach have revised their Kingswood area services in Hull, with the main change on Monday to Saturday evenings, and Sundays. Monday to Saturday evenings and Sunday daytimes service 7 had been operating Hull Interchange-North Point-Bodmin Road-Kingswood Retail Park every hour, and service 8 Hull Interchange-North Point-Wawne Road-Kingsbury Way-Kingswood Health Centre-Kingswood Retail Park every hour; Sunday evenings just had the 8 every hour. Now service 7 operates at all times, using it's Monday to Saturday daytime route from Hull Interchange to North Point and Bodmin Road, then via a one way loop of Kingsbury Way, Kingswood Health Centre and Kingswood Retail Park back to Bodmin Road, North Point and Hull City Centre.

This does simplify the simplibus network, with service 7 operating the same route all day every day, and all services into Hull operating in the same direction around Kingswood. It's not the neatest solution though having a large one way loop that for example makes a Kingsbury Way to North Point journey a lot longer that it could be. I would like to see the Kingswood residential area to North Point link be provided either by extending the 6 to North Point, consolidating all Monday to Saturday daytime travel in the Kingswood residential areas onto one single, hopefully more successful service, or through reinstating the old 7/8 evening/Sunday routes described above on an all day basis. However both of these options would probably require an additional vehicle and extra drivers which is why I guess they aren't in operation and the 7 is the way it is. Maybe the Kingswood network will further evolve over time as further housing is built on the estate, and if the proposed Wawne View development is built?

There are other minor timetable changes for the 7 and 8 as well. The number 8 is only used for Hull Interchange-North Point 'shorts' now, bar 3 weekday morning journeys that start at Wawne Road Drain Bridge, which replace the previous morning peak service 8's from Kingswood Retail Park.

The other route to the residential areas of Kingswood, service 6, also sees minor timetable changes as well as some additional evening services; there are later return early evening services into Hull from Kingsbury Way at 1820, 1850 and 1920 (last bus previously 1750), and a new 2330 departure from Hull Interchange. The 2330 oddly isn't mentioned explicitly in Stagecoach's announcement about the changes; while there is no 'all-evening' service on route 6, this could be a useful way for Kingswood passengers to get home, and everywhere served by this journey also has alternative all-evening services to complement it.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Hull Park and Ride Changes

Starting on Tuesday (18th April), Stagecoach are revising their Priory Park Park and Ride service.

Instead of operating to Hull Royal Infimary and the City Centre via the A63 and Rawling Way, the service will route via Hessle Road, Askew Avenue, Fiveways, Boothferry Road and Anlaby Road. Stagecoach state that this is due to the numbers of incidents and delays incurred, and future upgrades to the A63 set to potentially cause further disruption while they take place. Using Anlaby Road also allows the service to make use of the bus lanes provided here.

Hessle Road, Askew Avenue and Boothferry Road isn't exactly the most direct route between Priory Park and Anlaby Road however. When the Priory Park service first started the more direct route via Pickering Road was used from Priory Park to Fiveways, and another direct alternative would be to use North Road between Hessle Road and Anlaby Road. However I suspect the volume of park and ride buses may not be popular along residential North Road, and is that the reason why Park and Ride stopped using Pickering Road as well?

The good news for Askew Avenue though is that the Park and Ride service will use stops along here, providing a step change in frequency from the tendered 51 every 90 minutes to a service every 10-15 minutes. Whilst park and ride service need to be fast services to where car users want to go, not offering stops in areas with poor alternatives that are already on the route would be a missed opportunity. There could now be scope to divert the 51 via North Road or Hawthorn Avenue instead, but that would sever the Askew Avenue to Hessle Road link. The Park and Ride service also gains a stop at the KCOM stadium in addition to the existing football and rugby match specials.

The other major change is the city centre route. The service has recently been operating via Ferensway, Spencer Street, Albion Street, Bond Street, Alfred Gelder Street, Wilberforce Drive, George Street, Bond Street, Albion Street, Brook Street and Ferensway. From Tuesday it will operate via Ferensway, Spencer Street, Albion Street, Bond Street, George Street, Wilberforce Drive, Alfred Gelder Street and Carr Lane, reinstating the Park and Ride service to the Princes Quay area. The only loss is the Brook Street stop, and that is only a short walk away from the Ferensway or Albion Street stops. Removing the Brook Street stop may also help traffic flow on Brook Street, a key route for buses in the city centre accessing the Interchange.

The service continues to operate from Hull Royal Infirmary to Ferensway via Anlaby Road, with a stop provided for the station on Anlaby Road. However now Park Street bridge has been upgraded, would it be worth while routing the service through the Interchange instead? It would mean the loss of the Anlaby Road stop, and unless the service turned against the main flow of incoming traffic it could not serve the bays in the Interchange, but it would eliminate 4 to 6 buses per hour from part of Ferensway and route them via the far quieter Park Street.

Stagecoach are also planning to extend the city centre route to operate via the Old Town and Marina during some special events.

There are also some changes to the timetable. While the headline frequencies remain unchanged - every 10 minutes Monday to Friday peaks and Saturday daytimes, every 15 minutes Monday to Friday early evening and Saturday early morning - the weekday every 10 minute morning peak frequency is now provided 0700-0930 from Priory Park instead of 0730-1000, and Saturday services run around 1 hour later, with the last departure from Ferensway at 1911 rather than 1813.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Kirton in Lindsey cutbacks

Nearly two weeks ago now, on Monday 3rd April, Stagecoach removed the short Scunthorpe to Kirton in Lindsey journeys on service 103 between Scunthorpe, Messingham, Kirton and Lincoln. Service 103 had been providing an hourly frequency Monday to Saturday daytimes between Scunthorpe and Kirton via Messingham, with extensions every two hours to Lincoln, but now the service is every two hours throughout the whole route. As well as the loss of frequency, Kirton has also lost it's afternoon peak time service from Scunthorpe, as the last departure from Scunthorpe is now 1605 college days/1610 college holidays and Saturdays, as opposed to 1740 and 1840 previously. (Call Connect does provide a demand responsive alternative however).

Between Scunthorpe and Messingham the hourly 103 had combined with the hourly 100 to provide a half hourly frequency; this has been maintained off peak by adding three Scunthorpe-Messingham-Scotter 'shorts' to service 100. So some good news for Scotter, but very disappointing changes for Kirton.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Humber Fastcat Changes

Last Sunday, 2nd April, Stagecoach and EYMS made changes to the 350 Humber Fastcat timetable between Scunthorpe, Barton and Hull. There have been no changes to the number of journeys, even with East Riding of Yorkshire Council withdrawing their contribution for EYMS's Monday to Saturday evening journeys, and Hull City Council withdrawing a contribution they have made. More good news is that Monday to Saturday evening journeys, and all bar the last journey on Sunday now route via the Hull City Centre loop on their outbound journey, as happens Monday to Saturday daytimes - this will be useful for the Old Town as well as Princes Quay. The Princes Quay timing point has been reinstated as well.

The main changes are down to punctuality improvements. From Scunthorpe all Monday to Saturday journeys leave at the same time as present, but daytime journey times to Hull are extended from 1 hour 12 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes. From Barton daytime departures from Interchange are now at 3 minutes past and 33 minutes past the hour, with daytime journey times to Hull increased from 27 minutes to 32 minutes. Some evening journeys do have running times reduced slightly however; for example the 1810 now departs at 1815 yet still arrives into Hull for 1922, while the 1910, 2010 and 2110 arrives into Hull 3 minutes earlier.

From Hull most Monday to Saturday journeys depart 5 minutes later at 10 past and 40 minutes past the hour with journey times to Barton Interchange during the daytime increased from 40 minutes to 43 minutes. Departures from Barton Interchange to Scunthorpe Bus Station move from 15 and 45 minutes past the hour to 23 and 53 minutes past the hour during the daytime, with journey times increased from 43 minutes to 48 minutes. Hull to Scunthorpe daytime journey times increase from 1 hour 23 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes. The 2025 and 2125 from Hull now depart 5 minutes earlier.

As a result of the extended journey times, 'turnaround' times at Hull reduce from 8 to 5 minutes, and at Scunthorpe from 17 to 5 minutes. The impact of congestion on bus services can clearly be seen here, and extended journey times won't help entice car users to the bus; hopefully improvements to Anlaby Road in Hull will help stabilise or improve journey times, but if they get much worse the only way to maintain a half hourly service with six vehicles would be to shorten the route, which isn't a good thought...

The Sunday times are also changed. Departures from Ashby to Hull at 0855, 0955, 1255, 1455, 1755 and 1955 become 0855, 1005, 1255, 1505, 1755 and 1955. Departures from Barton Interchange for Hull at 0955, 1055, 1355, 1555, 1855 and 2055 become 0958, 1108, 1358, 1608, 1858 and 2052. From Hull departures at 0825, 1025, 1325, 1530, 1830 and 1930 become 0835, 1025, 1320, 1530, 1825, and 1930, with Barton Interchange departures to Scunthorpe/Ashby moving from 0855, 1055, 1355, 1600, 1900 and 2000 to 0906, 1102, 1403, 1607, 1856 and 2000. Unlike the rest of week, EYMS and Stagecoach journeys have different running times between individual timing points creating a rather disjointed timetable.

Co-ordination between the 350 and Humber Flyer between Hull and Barton isn't as good as it was; leaving Hull the 50 minutes past the hour Humber Flyer doesn't fit in quite as well between the 40 and 10 minutes past the hour 350 and it did when they operated at 35 and 05 minutes past the hour. From Barton the Humber Flyer now leaves the Interchange 7 minutes after daytime service 350's, as opposed to 10 minutes afterwards previously. Ideally the Humber Flyer could do with operating 5-10 minutes later in each direction, but I doubt it is as simple as that sadly when driver rotas and maybe co-ordination with the 53 between Laceby and Grimsby is considered. Something to work on maybe?

The higher profile link between the 350 and another public transport option is the connection to Barton-Cleethorpes train service, and that hasn't faired well. Here is how they connect now:

From Cleethorpes to Hull, Monday to Friday
0652 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 0653, or more realistically 0743
0753 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 0810 (Humber Flyer)
0948 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1003
1148 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1203
1348 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1403
1548 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1603
1748 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1803
1952 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1952, or more realistically 2052
2157 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 2255

From Cleethorpes to Hull, Saturday
0651 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 0653, or more realistically 0743
0752 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 0810 (Humber Flyer)
0948 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1003
1147 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1203
1347 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1403
1547 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1603
1747 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1803
1948 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1952, or 2052
2156 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 2255

While the daytimes connections are at least reliable, the biggest issues are in the early morning and the evening. The answer to the early morning connection maybe at first be to simply wait the 0605 Scunthorpe to Hull at Barton Interchange for a few minutes and offer say a 0658 departure, however going by a comment on this 2015 blog post there are bus passengers who use that service for onward connections and would these be jeopardised if the bus ran even 5 minutes later? Are these passengers more numerous than those who would use the rail-bus connection at Barton? In the evening it might be easier to wait the bus at Barton Interchange, but it may result in a disjointed evening bus timetable with standardised mid evening departure times each hour lost.

Another factor to consider is that in December Northern Rail increased journey times between Barrow Haven and Barton from 5 to 8 minutes, seemingly to ensure on time arrivals. However those 3 minutes are all the difference between a good and a bad train-bus connection in the early morning, and on a Saturday mid-evening.

From Hull to Cleethorpes, Monday to Saturday
0658 train departure from Barton, no bus connection from Hull anymore
0738 bus arrival, train connection leaves Barton 0756
0923 bus arrival, train connection leaves Barton 0950 (I'm sure the 0953 bus into Barton will arrive before this, but this is not shown in the Stagecoach timetable)
1123 bus arrival, train connection leaves Barton 1150
1323 bus arrival, train connection leaves Barton 1350
1523 bus arrival, train connection leaves Barton 1550
1723 bus arrival, train connection leaves Barton 1755
1908 or 1956 bus arrival, train connection leaves Barton 1959
2151 bus arrival, train connection leaves Barton 2200

Nothing short of appalling connections apart from to the last train of the day.

I've not got this year's Summer Sunday train timetable yet, but based on last year's:

From Cleethorpes to Hull:
1047 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1108
1344 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1358
1548 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1608
1846 train arrival, bus connection leaves Barton 1858

From Hull to Cleethorpes:
0906 bus arrival (the 1102 arrival probably arrives earlier and may connect, but not shown in Stagecoach timetable), train connection leaves Barton 1102
1102 bus arrival (the 1403 may arrive earlier), train connection leaves Barton 1359
1607 bus arrival, train connection leaves Barton 1615
1856 bus arrival, train connection leaves Barton 1911

Until this year's timetable is published it's too early to pass judgement, but if it is the same as last year the Hull to Cleethorpes connections for the first two trains of the day will be appalling. Stagecoach, EYMS, Northern and other relevant parties really need to get together and see what can be done improve things. There are constraints for bus and rail operators, but surely things could be better?

Finally, if, and at the moment it is an if, the Sunday connections are appalling, then why does the Sunday bus timetable remain structured around a 4 month a year rail service that it doesn't even properly connect into? The Sunday bus timetable has no bus from Barton to Hull between 1108 and 1358, no bus from Barton to Scunthorpe between 1102 and 1403, restricting options for Sunday shopping. There is no arrival into Hull before 1022 and no departure between 1530 and 1825 which makes commuting for Sunday shop workers impossible or very inconvenient. 6 journeys each way isn't bad, but it's the times they run that could be improved. A standard pattern 2 hourly service would be ideal, although that would require layovers of around an hour in either Hull or Ashby.

New 350 timetable

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Selby Area Changes

Monday (10th April) sees changes to Selby area services operated under contract to North Yorkshire County Council, which also impact services into the East Riding of Yorkshire; it's these particular changes which are covered below.

The weekday 0730 Bubwith to Selby via Hemingbrough and 1625 Selby to Hemingbrough via Bubwith journeys on Thornes Independent service 1 will be replaced by new service 4A between Hemingbrough and Selby, not serving Bubwith and the East Riding of Yorkshire. Monday and Friday only shopping journeys on service 1 remain.

The Monday and Friday 486/487 services pass from Utopia Coaches to Thornes Independent with a reduced timetable. Currently the 486 provides departures from Selby Bus Station at 0930 and 1300 operating an anti-clockwise circular via Hensall, Great Heck, Pollington, Gowdall and Snaith back to Selby, while the 487 provides a single clockwise journey around the same loop, departing Selby Bus Station at 1045.

Under the new timetable the Snaith part of the route is no longer served and the 487 is dropped. Instead one journey will depart Great Heck for Selby at 0956, operating via Pollington, Gowdall and Hensall. A return journey leaves Selby at 1255 for Hensall, Great Heck, Pollington, Gowdall and Hensall (again). The reduced timetable maintains connectivity into Selby for those places without any other option, but removes the option to make a brief morning trip to/from the small town of Snaith.

Wednesday service 488 also passes from Utopia Coaches to Thornes Independent. This service currently operates from Selby at 0930 via Hensall, Great Heck, Pollington, Gowdall and Snaith into Goole, returning at 1300, but will change to operate between Great Heck and Goole only; Brayton, Burn, Chapel Haddlesey and Hensall will no longer have a service to Goole.

The 486 and 488 receive a contribution from East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC), which was under threat when their original proposals for cuts to bus subsidies were published last Summer. These contributions were saved last December when revised proposals were published, thanks to a "cost reduction", presumably these changes. ERYC documents state an average 20 passengers per journey on service 486, at a subsidy of 43p per passenger journey; service 488 has an average 17 passengers per journey at a subsidy of £2.47 per passenger journey. With healthy usage figures it is good to see the main parts of services 486 and 488 continue.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Stagecoach Scunthorpe 10/33/34

Until yesterday, Stagecoach operated a service 10 town circular service in Scunthorpe. Odd in that it had the same number clockwise and anti-clockwise, unlike the 31/32 and 33/34, the 10 operated from Scunthorpe Bus Station via Station Road, Rowland Road, Warwick Road, Lilac Avenue, Sandhouse Crescent, Healey Road, Warley Road, Bellingham Road, Lakeside Retail Park, Fulbeck Road, Ashby Broadway, Burringham Road, Manor Farm Road, Bridges Road, Swinburne Road, Bristol Road, Plymouth Road, West Common Lane and Ashby Road back to Scunthorpe Bus Station, and vice versa.

From tomorrow, Monday 3rd April, the 10 will no longer be operating; it had been providing an hourly Monday to Saturday offpeak service in each directon. Revised services 33 and 34 provide a partial replacement. Service 33 had been operating from Scunthorpe Bus Station via Ashby Road, West Common Lane,  Plymouth Road, Bristol Road, Swinburne Road, Bridges Road, Manor Farm Road, Willoughby Road, Manby Road, Quebec Road, Moorwell Road, High Leys Road, Willoughby Road, Chancel Road, Cambridge Avenue, Manor Road, Bottesford Lane, Bottesford Road, Ashby Town Centre, Collum Avenue, Alvingham Road, Old Brumby Street and Cemetery Road back to Scunthorpe Bus Station, with service 34 operating in the opposite direction. Both the 33 and 34 each operated hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes, including peaks, and combined with service 10 to provide a half hourly off peak service between Scunthorpe Bus Station and Manor Farm Road.

The new 33 only operates between Scunthorpe Bus Station, Ashby Road, West Common Lane, Plymouth Road and Bristol Road before returning back into Scunthorpe via West Common Lane and Ashby Road, providing two service per hour Monday to Saturday off peak, although when combined with revised service 34 a service is provided every 20 minutes.

Revised service 34 follows the service 33 route from Scunthorpe Bus Station to Bristol Road then routes via Swinburne Road, Bridges Road, Manor Farm Road, Willoughby Road, Manby Road, Low Leys Road, Moorwell Road, High Leys Road, Willoughby Road, Chancel Road, Bottesford Road, Ashby Town Centre, Fulbeck Road and Bellingham Road to Lakeside. It operates hourly Monday to Saturday off peak and half hourly at peak times.

These changes create winners and losers. The frequency on the Scunthorpe Bus Station-West Common Lane-Plymouth Road-Bristol Road section increases from half hourly to every 20 minutes off peak, and from hourly to half hourly at peak times. There are new links from many parts of the service 34 route to Lakeside Retail Park. Fulbeck Road and Bellingham Road gain a peak time bus service.

Eastern Scunthorpe fairs badly in these changes. Due to the withdrawal of service 10,  Lilac Avenue, Sandhouse Crescent and Healey Road are now unserved; all three roads are close to services 31/32 (within walking distance?) so maybe not a huge issue, however one journey per hour on the 20 minute frequency 31/32 services could have been diverted via Lilac Avenue/Sandhouse Road and another via Healey Road to maintain a service while not significantly reducing frequencies on the parts of Warwick Road and Warley Road that would be missed out. Messy perhaps, but a service could have easily been maintained. Station Road in Scunthorpe is also left with little service, one morning journey on the 350 Humber Fastcat and journeys from Scunthorpe Bus Station on EYMS 360/361. Rowland Road, parts off Warwick Road and Warley Road no longer have a link to Lakeside, and while Bellingham Road and Fulbeck Road retain links to Scunthorpe Bus Station, the new 34 takes a lot longer than the 10 did. Maybe the 4 (not on Saturday's though), or one journey an hour on the 31/32 could serve Fulbeck Road instead?

The changes to services 33 and 34 leave the only Monday to Saturday daytimes service between Scunthorpe and Ashby via Cemetery Road, Old Brumby Street, Alvingham Road and Collum Avenue as Hornsby Travel service 12, operating half hourly on weekdays and hourly on Saturdays. Not that long ago the 12 and 33/34 combined to provide a service every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes. Cemetery Road now has a better Sunday daytime service compared to Saturdays, with services 31A/32A operating half hourly - it is also now has the same frequency on weekday and Sunday daytimes, and is only served by Stagecoach on evenings and Sundays.

In Bottesford, the new 33 simply operates along the whole length of Chancel Road, omitting Bottesford Lane, Manor Road and Cambridge Avenue. Bottesford Lane is also served by the half hourly Hornsby Travel 22 on weekdays, and by the 4 on Saturdays, so perhaps the 33/34 isn't a significant loss, although like Cemetery Road it now has a better Sunday service on the 31A/32A than on Saturdays, and is only served by Stagecoach on evenings and Sundays. Manor Road will now only be served by the evening/Sunday 31A/32A. Cambridge Avenue is also served Monday to Saturday off peak by hourly service 11, but will be left unserved in the morning peak. It too is served by the 31A/32A, so has evening and Sunday services, and a Sunday daytime frequency that is double the Monday to Saturday frequency!

In the Yaddlethorpe and Riddings area the Monday to Saturday off peak frequency into Scunthorpe is effectively halved to hourly; due to their location on the old 33/34 routes a journey into Scunthorpe took about the same time whether travelling via Ashby or via West Common Lane. Again the Sunday daytime frequency on the 31A/32A at half hourly is double the hourly 34, and for travel into Scunthorpe Town Centre, effectively quadrupole the frequency. The 34 will use Low Leys Road instead of Quebec Road, which retains the 31A/32A.

Elsewhere the section of Burringham Road between Messingham Road and Willoughby Road no longer has a Monday to Saturday daytime service after the withdrawal of the 10, but retains the 31A/32A, while Manor Farm Road and Bridges Road go from a half hourly to hourly service off peak, with longer journeys into Ashby following the withdrawal of the 10.

Hopefully I've not missed anything. Once again this underlines what a mess the Scunthorpe Town Network is. The decline of Scunthorpe Town Centre as a shopping destination cannot help - the latest is that Wilkinson's are closing later this year - and the replacement shopping destinations being spread out as opposed to being concentrated on one or two locations, probably doesn't help either. Ashby High Street is nothing new, but there is also the M&S/Debenhams development on the old Trent Valley Garden Centre, a rejuvenated Skippingdale Retail Park and the longer standing Lakeside Retail Park. Plus Brigg not too far away if you want a market town, plus Doncaster Town Centre, Doncaster Lakeside, Meadowhall, Gainsborough Marshalls Yard, Lincoln, Hull ... And while attempts are being made to regenerate Scunthorpe Town Centre, a university technical college and social housing provider head office don't help bus services on Saturdays, and not that much on weekday off peak periods either. While this needs taking into account though, something needs to be done to stop the cuts and decline in Scunthorpe Town Services.

Stagecoach's announcement starts with "Following negotiations with North Lincolnshire Council" - things could have been a lot worse. At one point Traveline East Midlands just showed the 33 every 20 minutes and no 34, which would have left large parts of Riddings and Yaddlethorpe, plus Fulbeck Road and Bellingham Road unserved Monday to Saturday daytimes.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Stagecoach 51 Cutbacks

Stagecoach have cancelled the vast majority of their planned April changes in North East Lincolnshire, with one exception, changes to service 51 between Grimsby and Louth. Their announcement covers the withdrawal of the college day only 51C journeys serving Franklin College at 0730 from Louth and 1620 from Grimsby; alternative journeys remain from Louth at 0725 and Grimsby Riverhead Exchange at 1615, serving Grimsby Institute within walking distance of Franklin College. Franklin College also run their own service from Louth.

However looking at the old service 51 timetable on the Stagecoach website it seems the Monday to Saturday 1540 Grimsby to Louth is also being withdrawn, leaving a 95 minute gap in the timetable of an otherwise hourly service, along with the 1700 from Louth to Grimsby creating a 90 minute gap in the timetable in this direction.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Hull-Hedon-Withernsea Changes.

Sunday 2nd April sees EYMS introduce some major changes to services between Hull, Hedon and Withernsea.

Currently EYMS operate a half hourly Monday to Saturday daytime service between Hull, Hedon and Withernsea, routes 76/77, supplemented by an extra service every 1-2 hours between Hull and Hedon via Victoria Dock and Paull, also serving the Inmans Estate in Hedon, route 78, and a service every 2 hours between Hull and Hedon via Bilton, Sproatley and Preston, route 277. From April the network is being revised to, amongst other things, provide an even interval service between Hull and Hedon every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes across routes 76, 77, 78 and 79.

Focusing on the Withernsea services first, the impact of optimising the Hull to Hedon service is that the nice half hourly Monday to Saturday daytime frequency becomes 2 buses per hour, departing Waxholme Road in Withernsea at 2 minutes and 26 minutes past the hour, and Hull at 10 minutes and 30 minutes past the hour. Otherwise there does not seem to be much change to the structure of the timetable, the main daytime service still alternates between routes 76 and 77, each operating every hour, with service 75 operating some peak time services, in the evenings and on Sundays. The Saturday afternoon Hull to Keyingham 'short' now runs through to Withernsea, ending a one hour gap in the timetable for passengers beyond Keyingham, but with the return Keyingham to Hull short withdrawn.

On Sundays between Hull and Withernsea, all journeys continue to serve Burstwick despite East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) removing subsidy for two daytime journeys each way to run via the village. The 75 operates hourly to a standard interval 'pattern' on Sunday daytimes so quite why ERYC were spending £2.34 per passenger journey, average one passenger per journey to get on or off in Burstwick, in the first place is an interesting question.

Service 78 currently operates every 1-2 hours between Hull and Hedon serving Hull Marina, The Deep, Victoria Dock and Paull, as well as the Inmans Estate in Hedon. Many journeys start as/continue as service 277. The journey time between Hull Interchange and Thorn Road Corner in Hedon is 45 minutes, compared to 26 minutes on service 77 and 31 minutes on service 76. Supplementing the 78 are occasional service 79's omitting Hull Marina, The Deep and Paull, and occasional weekday morning service 80 between Hull and Hedon via Victoria Dock, Paull on some journeys, and the Westlands Estate in Hedon.

The service changes do simplify the 78/79/80, with an increased hourly service being provided Monday to Saturday daytimes across routes 78 and 79 combined; to quicken the routes service 78 will no longer serve Paull, routing Hull-Hull Marina-The Deep-Victoria Dock-Hedon-Inmans Estate, while the 79 will start serving Paull, routing Hull-Victoria Dock-Paull-Hedon-Inmans Estate. Most journeys will operate as route 78. Journey time from Hull Interchange to Thorn Road Corner is 35 minutes on service 78 and 33 minutes on service 79. For Hull to Hedon travellers the changes are positive, with three fairly similar length journeys per hour on an even 20 minute frequency, while Victoria Dock now gets an EYMS service every hour (not quite even interval hourly).

The 0725 service 79 from Hedon to Hull on Saturday mornings, due to have it's ERYC subsidy removed, is retained, operating at 0740 instead - together with an associated service 277 journey that is being withdrawn it has been attracting an average 8 passengers at a subsidy of £6.01 per passenger journey.

It's not all good though. Service 80 via the Westlands Estate goes entirely. The June 2016 ERYC 'Review of Bus Services' documents quotes an average 19 passengers per journey and a subsidy of 68p per passenger. I'm not sure if the local CB3 operated by HART Community Transport could be revised to provide an alternative link from the Westlands Estate into Hedon Town Centre? I can't see how the Westlands Estate could easily be included in EYMS's revised service pattern, although the Saturday 173 could maybe be diverted to provide a basic shopping link into Hull?

The village of Paull is left with a substantially worse service - it goes from a service every one to two hours, to having a less frequent service that is optimised only for travel into Hull and is very poor for access into Hedon. Currently it enjoys journeys into Hedon at 0727 (weekday only), 0857, 1057, 1127 (weekday only), 1257, 1457, 1627 (weekday only) and 1737, plus later Stagecoach operated journeys, with returns at 0835 (weekday only) 0845 (Sat), 0915 (Sat), 0932 (weekday only), 1010, 1110, 1310, 1510 and 1725, plus later Stagecoach operated journeys. From next week journeys from Paull into Hedon leave at 0725, 0840, 1015, 1315, 1625 and 1835, returning at 0748, 0934, 1334 and 1802.

Services via Paull have been a mixture of commercially operated, and ERYC subsidised, and ERYC are withdrawing subsidies for most Paull diversions, which is no doubt part of the reason for reducing services to the village. However by moving about which journeys run as 78's and which run as 79's, improvements could be made for Paull to Hedon customers, although the impact on users to Hull Marina and The Deep would need to considered, as would the requirements that come with the Hull City Council subsidy to serve these areas. Diversions via Paull in the 1010 and 1310 from Hedon attract an average 1 passenger per journey at a subsidy of £12.81 per passenger journey. Diversions via Paull in the 0835 and 1510 attract an average 1 passenger per journey at a subsidy of £5.22 per passenger journey.

Paull is also impacted by the withdrawal entirely of service 78 on Sundays, when three EYMS daytime journeys operated each way between Hull and Hedon, and of most service 78 Monday to Saturday evening journeys, currently operated by Stagecoach; the 1810 from Hull has been retained however and passes to EYMS as service 79. Again these cuts are due to ERYC subsidy reductions; together with associated service 277 journeys, Sunday services attracted an average 19 passengers per journey at a subsidy of £1.56 per passenger journey, while evening services, including the retained journey, attracted an average 10 passengers per journey at a subsidy of £2.30 per passenger journey. In ERYC's scorecard, the evening service was one 'point' away from having survived being cut for another year. As well as Paull being cut off from the bus network evenings and Sundays, the Victoria Dock estate in Hull and Hedon's Inmans Estate are also impacted.

Service 277 sees substantial change as well; the through journeys with service 78/79 are largely withdrawn, and it will also serve Thorngumbald and Burstwick with a new route that provides new regular bus services to parts of Burstwick and Preston. Most journeys will operate an anti-clockwise loop; after routing from Hull Interchange via Holderness Road, Bilton and Sproately to Preston they will then route via Hedon, Thorngumbald and Burstwick back to Preston and into Hull again. This does increase journey times for return journeys from Hedon to Sproately and Bilton.

The timetable is also reduced. Weekday services currently depart Hull Interchange at 0620, 0735, 0915, 1015 , 1215, 1415 and 1630, plus later Stagecoach journeys and on Saturdays at 0640, 0750, 0915, 1015, 1215, 1415 and 1630 plus later Stagecoach services, but this reduces to 0735, 0920, 1020. 1220, 1420 (via Burstwick and Thorngumbald) and 1735 on weekdays, and 0920, 1020, 1220, 1520 (via Burstwick and Thorngumbald) and 1735 on Saturdays. Note the new evening peak journey though at 1735, which terminates in Burstwick and does not serve Hedon.

In the return direction services currently leave Hedon at 0706, 0916, 1116, 1316, 1516, 1646 and 1756 on weekdays, with all journeys except the 1646 also running on Saturdays. This changes on weekdays to 0705 from Burstwick (not serving Hedon), 0819, 1004, 1104 and 1304 from Hedon via Burstwick, 1517 from Hedon serving Burstwick on the inbound journey and 1642 and 1852 from Hedon as a through journey from service 79. On Saturdays there will be an 0835 from Burstwick followed by 1004, 1104 and 1304 from Hedon via Burstwick, 1642 from Hedon serving Burstwick on the inbound journey and 1852 from Hedon as a through journey from service 79.

The 277 will also see it's EYMS operated Sunday service of three journeys each way and most Stagecoach operated Monday to Saturday evening services withdrawn, with only the 1850 from Hedon surviving, passing to EYMS as the 1852 service.

Some positives for sure in these changes, such as for Hull to Hedon travellers, and things could have turned out slightly worse with the ERYC bus subsidy cuts, but definitely not all good news.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Pocklington Town Service to end

After operating one final time on Tuesday 28th March, EYMS's Pocklington Town Service 198 will be withdrawn. It provides two Tuesday circular journeys around the town, effectively one journey into the town centre, and one journey back.

The 198 was never referred to in East Riding of Yorkshire Council consultation documents referring to their upcoming cuts to bus subsidies, so I wonder if this was commercially operated but reliant on being interworked with contracted services? Revised Tuesday services 195 and 199 into Pocklington remain however, and it would appear that a vehicle at least would be available to continue the Pocklington Town Service; the 195 arrives into Pocklington at 1040 and departs at 1235, while the 199 arrives at 0950 and departs at 1125. So is the withdrawal down to driver availability, passenger numbers, loss of funding from elsewhere, concessionary fare repayments, something else?

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Airmyn-Hook-Goole changes

Going by Traveline Yorkshire, the 355 service from Airmyn to Goole will end at the end of March. The service, operated 'directly' by East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) provides a weekday 'shopper' service from Airmyn, routing via Hook on Wednesday and Friday only. The service attracts an average 8 passengers per journey at a subsidy of £2.69 per journey, and the subsidy was proposed for withdrawal as part of ERYC's wider cuts to bus subsidies. Would a reduction in operating days have helped boost average passengers per journey and reduce subsidy?

That might be a moot point, as the traffic commissioners Notices and Proceedings from 10/03/17 included the following, on which I can't find out any more information about but would appear to be at least a partial replacement for the 355:

Goole and District Community Transport Group
Goole Go Far
West Dock
Lower Bridge Street
Goole
DN14 5SS
Permit number CB000479B1190
Route Airmyn –Hook-Goole Shopper
From High Street, Airmyn, Goole and From High Street, Airmyn, Goole
Application to register received 27/2/2017
Effective date 7/4/2017

The 355 is Hook's only bus service, but Airmyn is also served by Arriva's 400 between Goole and Selby. The 400 only operates at 'peak' times, with weekday departures from Airmyn for Goole at 0755, 0908, 1717 and 1800. From Goole weekday services operate at 0815, 1500 and 1820. On Saturday's Airmyn's only bus to Goole is at 1755, returning at 1815 - not quite sure of the point of that. All services start at/continue to Selby.

EYMS operated Sunday service 400 operates for the final time tomorrow, also a victim of the ERYC bus subsidy cuts. This gave Airmyn a two hourly service, far better than on Saturdays! (At one point, probably around 15 years ago, Hook enjoyed a Sunday service, but no Saturday service)

There is a hourly service between Goole and Selby Monday to Saturday daytimes, but most operate as service 401 omitting Airmyn; the Airmyn diversion seems to incur a 6 minute 'time penalty' each way, but also serves Goole Hospital. I am not sure of what if any interworking with other services occurs at Selby, but I guess in off peak hours with a standard pattern timetable, to serve Airmyn would require an extra vehicle? Otherwise why not serve Airmyn and Goole Hospital for the sake of 6 minutes each way? Or operate into Goole via Airmyn and Goole Hospital and return direct one hour, then vice versa the next hour - giving Airmyn a two hourly service?

Another option for Airmyn and Hook could be to route the Wednesday only 488 from Selby and Hensall via these villages en-route between Rawcliffe and Goole, which could also boost the usage of this council subsidised service.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Service 199 to continue

Service 199 from Huggate to Pocklington is set to continue operating from April onwards, despite East Riding of Yorkshire Council having proposed to withdraw subsidy for it. The service, which is operated by EYMS, provides a Tuesday only link to Pocklington from Huggate, Warter, Nunburnholme, Burnby and Hayton. It is the only bus service to serve Huggate, and after the withdrawal of service S1 next week, will be the only bus to serve Nunburnholme and Burnby. The 199 has been averaging 3 passengers per journey, at a subsidy of £7.00 per journey.

Whilst the service will continue, the 1157 from Huggate is withdrawn, leaving the 0920 from Huggate and 1125 return from Pocklington.

Service 180 Morning Peak Journey Withdrawn

After operating on Friday 31st March, EYMS's 0719 Monday to Saturday service 180 Cottingham to Beverley journey, will be withdrawn, with the first journey at 0819 instead. Service X80 has an earlier weekday departure from Cottingham at 0759, but not serving Skidby, Little Weighton and Walkington as the 180 does. This is as part of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council cuts to bus subsidies, as the journey was subsidised between Walkington and Beverley; it had an average 3 passengers per journey at a subsidy of £5.77 per passenger journey.

Service 180 will also be having it's Sunday service withdrawn from April.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

EYMS 195/196/X36

From April 1st, EYMS operated service 195 in the Pocklington area will be reduced following cuts to bus subsidies by East Riding of Yorkshire Council; the service was due to have it's subsidy dropped entirely so it is good that some service has been retained.

Currently the 195 provides a Wednesday and Saturday shopper bus from Pocklington to York via various villages to the south of Pocklington, and a Tuesday and Thursday shopper bus from Newton upon Derwent via the same villages into Pocklington, with the afternoon return extending into York. There is also a commercial Tuesday lunchtime Newton upon Derwent to York service.

From April the 195 will only offer a Tuesday and Thursday service to Pocklington. The service will start in Allerthorpe, serve multiple villages to Newton upon Derwent and then run direct to Pocklington. The logic behind this seems to be offer connections to York; on Thursday's the timetable connects with service 196 in Hagg Bridge, Sutton upon Derwent and Newton upon Derwent, and on Tuesday's the morning service connects with York Pullman's 36 in Sutton upon Derwent. This means that despite the through services to York being withdrawn, this shopping link is retained with a connection, and hopefully service 196 boosted with the connecting passengers from the 195.

However the flip side is that Allerthorpe to Pocklington will take 70 minutes instead off the current 9 minutes - should the Tuesday 195 be operating Newton upon Derwent-Allerthorpe-Pocklington instead? Thornton, Bielby, Everingham and Seaton Ross also see increased journey times into Pocklington.

The Saturday X36 serving most of the same villages as the 195 is also being withdrawn at the same time; this provides a peak service to/from York. This seems like a good time to note as well that York Pullman operated services 36/X36 have "minor timetable changes" according to iTravel York from 3rd April. York Pullman's X36 provides the weekday equivalent of the to-be-withdrawn Saturday X36, and the 36/X36 combined provide a Monday to Saturday daytime link from Sutton upon Derwent and Elvington into York.

From the June 2016 consultation document it seems the 195 and Saturday X36 were in one contract, with an average 5 passengers per journey at a subsidy of £15.16 per passenger journey.

Those familiar with the 196 will note it currently runs on Tuesdays, but moves to Thursdays from next month with the afternoon journey from York operating at 1320 rather than 1337.

Improved service 120

Moving away from cuts briefly, to an enhancement. On 4th March Scarborough and District (the brand for EYMS's Scarborough operations) reintroduced regular seasonal service 120 between Scarborough and Bridlington, via Filey and various holiday camps. The service operates hourly, on a daily daytime basis from early March to early November (ending on the 5th this year). From Sunday 9th April the 0805 from Scarborough to Bridlington shall operate 15 minutes earlier, the 1905 from Scarborough to Reighton Sands Holiday Village shall extend to Bridlington and there shall be a new 2040 from Bridlington to Scarborough.

Currently the last 120 from Scarborough to Bridlington is at 1705, and from Bridlington at 1840. EYMS service 121 which doesn't serve all the holiday camps has later last departures from Scarborough at 1820 from Scarborough and 1920 (1915 weekends) from Bridlington. As a result of the improved evening service on route 120, Bridlington residents and visitors can spend an extra 45 minutes in Scarborough (slightly longer in Filey), whilst Scarborough and Filey residents and visitors can spend an extra 80/85 minutes in Bridlington; holiday camp visitors served only by service 120 gain an extra 2 hours in East Yorkshire.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

EYMS Sunday 153 to operate commercially

Sunday journeys on service 153 between Anlaby, Swanland, North Ferriby and Welton will no longer be funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) from April, due to ERYC cuts to bus subsidies. The good news however is that EYMS will be continuing to operate these services with no changes to the timetable, on a commercial basis.

The Sunday 153 is already operated commercially by EYMS between Hull and Anlaby. The main section of the service between Hull, Anlaby and North Ferriby operates hourly Sunday daytimes, with journeys then alternating between serving residential areas of North Ferriby (Nunburnholme Avenue), or the villages off Melton and Welton. The Anlaby to North Ferriby/Welton section of route has been attracting an average 4 passengers per journey with a subsidy of £2.62 per journey.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Evening Peak 517 Journey Withdrawn

Due to the withdrawal of funding by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, EYMS will be ending the 1750 Monday to Saturday departure from Bridlington Bus Station on Town Circular service 517 from Saturday 1st April. This journey had an average 6 customers per journey at a subsidy of £3.42 per passenger.

As a result the last departure from the Bus Station will be at 1650, though most of the route is covered by service 507 which has a 1720 departure from the Bus Station. Parts of the route are also covered by services 120 (March to November) and 121.

Monday, 13 March 2017

S1, S2, S3 to end ... but there is a replacement

After operation on 31st March, the Market Weighton 'shopper' buses S1, S2 and S3 will no longer operate. These services are operated by EYMS under contract to East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The S1 provides a Tuesday link into Pocklington from Londesborough and Burnby (with the journey to Pocklington starting in Market Weighton) and a Friday link from Burnby and Londesborough to Market Weighton. The S2 provides a Tuesday and Friday Market Weighton-North Cliffe-South Cliffe-Hotham-South Newbald-North Newbald-Sancton-Market Weighton circular whilst the S3 provides a Friday Goodmanham to Market Weighton service .

The S1, S2 and S3 are being withdrawn as part of cuts to bus subsidies by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. They carry an average of one passenger per journey at a cost of £10.29 per journey, with annual passengers numbering just 738, according to the June 2016 'Review of Bus Services in the East Riding' document. A demand responsive replacement was proposed in both the June and revised December document.

However there is to be a 'traditional' replacement service for the S3 and Friday elements of the S1 and S2. New service 198, operated by EYMS, will run on Friday mornings from North Cliffe, South Cliffe, Hotham, South Newbald, North Newbald and Sancton into Market Weighton, before operating a circular trip via Londesborough and Goodmanham back to Market Weighton. There will then be a lunchtime return. This ensures that North Cliffe, South Cliffe, Londesborough and Goodmanham retain a bus service, albeit for the first three villages no longer on a Tuesday - but something is better than nothing. Burnby is not included on the 198 but will retain a Tuesday bus service on route 199 (which was to have it's funding withdrawn as well, but will continue operating).

It is worth noting that South Newbald, North Newbald and Sanction are also served by service X4 between Hull, South Cave, Market Weighton and York, providing 4 to 5 journeys per day. Hotham, North Newbald and South Newbald are also on the service 143 route, providing one Monday and two Wednesday and Saturday journeys to Beverley. The existence of alternatives for four of the six villages served by the S2 cannot have helped that service's viability, and consequently can't have helped the viability of the associated S1 and S3 services. Still I wouldn't begrudge the 143 and X4 considering the greater number of communities they serve and how the X4 in particular has given South Newbald, North Newbald and Sancton a 6 day a week bus service.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Goodbye service 160

After operation on Wednesday 29th March EYMS service 160 from Staddlethorpe to Goole via Howden will be withdrawn, following the withdrawal of subsidy by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The route operates on Wednesday and Saturday, with a 1000 departure from Staddlethorpe arriving in Goole at 1046, and a 1330 return service from Goole.

As a result the following villages will be left without a bus service (except schools):
Staddlethorpe
Blacktoft
Yokefleet
Laxton
Skelton
Howdendyke
Knedlington
Barmby on the Marsh

Laxton is served by Saltmarshe railway station, and Staddlethorpe by Gilberdyke station.

The 160 carried an average 9 passengers per journey, at a cost of £5.70 per passenger journey. I wonder if a reduction to one day a week could have 'saved' the service? Maybe this is too simplistic, but if some of the passengers from the 'dropped' day travelled on the one remaining day the service operated the average loading per journey may have increased and the subsidy per passenger reduced?

As an aside, the 160 managed 15 years without a timetable change, from 1999 to 2014 when the current timetable was introduced.

Service 121 Early Morning Changes

Largely as a result of the cuts to bus subsidies by East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) there will be early morning reductions to parts of EYMS service 121 between Hull and Scarborough from April 1st.

The 0628 Monday to Saturday Nafferton to Hull service will now start in Beverley, with the first service from Nafferton southwards at 0656 instead. ERYC were only funding this journey between Nafferton and Leconfield, so the Leconfield to Beverley section would appear to be a commercial withdrawal by EYMS. The Nafferton to Leconfield section had an average 2 passengers per journey, subsidised at £11.50 per journey. A pre 0800 arrival into Hull is still possible from Nafferton, Driffield and Hutton Cranswick by rail.

The 0653 Monday to Saturday Driffield to Scarborough service will now start in Bridlington; the first bus from Driffield to Nafferton will now be at 0721 and from Driffield to Bridlington and Scarborough at 0738. A pre 0800 arrival into Bridlington from Driffield and Nafferton is still possible by rail, which also offers a pre 0900 arrival into Scarborough - not much use for other villages between Nafferton and Bridlington however.

The 0704 Sunday Leconfield to Hull service will now start in Beverley; the first service from Leconfield southwards will now be at 0824. This part journey was not listed in the ERYC consultation documents so I assume is a commercial withdrawal.

The School Holiday Weekday and Saturday journey at 0815 from Bridlington to Driffield will no longer operate, leaving a 170 minute gap in service 121 departures southwards from Bridlington between 0635 and 0925. This is slightly reduced when making allowance for the 0650 service 45 from Bridlington to York via Driffield. Rail again offers an alternative for travel between Bridlington, Nafferton and Driffield with departures from Bridlington in this time period at 0644, 0712, 0730, 0808 and 0905.

No other journeys on service 121 are altered. The 0635 Monday to Saturday Hull to Scarborough between Driffield and Bridlington and 2135 Hull to Nafferton between Driffield and Nafferton should also have had their council funding withdrawn, but it seems EYMS will continue these part journeys commercially.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Service 241 to be withdrawn

After operation on Wednesday 29th March, service 241 from Aldbrough to Beverley will be withdrawn due to East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) cuts to tendered bus services. The route has been operated by EYMS on Mondays and Wednesdays, with a 0930 departure from Aldbrough Cliffs arriving in Beverley at 1020 and a return service from Beverley at 1256.

The villages of Skirlaugh and Long Riston will retain a 'shopping' link into Beverley via Stagecoach operated Monday to Saturday service 242, whilst Skirlaugh is also linked to Beverley by ERYC directly operated service 243 on weekdays. Routh and Tickton have an hourly Beverley service on EYMS route 246 Monday to Saturday daytimes, plus limited evening and Sunday journeys, in addition to service 242, and in the case of Routh the 243 as well. These more frequent services duplicating the 241 will not have helped the case for retaining service 241.

From Aldbrough passengers for Beverley can use service 129 to Hornsea to connect onto service 246. It is only the villages off Withernwick, Hatfield and Rise that are left without an option for travel to Beverley; these villages are also left without a Monday or Wednesday bus service as the 230 that provides a connection/through service to Hull from Withernwick, Hatfield and Rise only runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (through service on Saturday, connection Tue/Thu).

Service 241 carries an average of 8 passengers per journey at a subsidy of £5.95 per journey.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

EYMS Sunday Services Axed

Due to the withdrawal of East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) subsidies, EYMS are axing the following Sunday services entirely from the start off April.
  • 142: Beverley-Middleton - two return journeys, but one journey each way is effectively a positioning journey (which can't help the economics of the service). EYMS Saturday and schoolday journeys are unchanged, but no alternative Sunday provision is available.
  • 155: Goole-Gilberdyke-South Cave - five return journeys between Goole and Gilberdyke, with the first service from Gilberdyke starting at South Cave and the last one extending to South Cave. Service X57 runs on a Sunday between Gilberdyke and South Cave but the main Gilberdyke to Goole section, including Howden, has no alternative, apart from the train between Gilberdyke and Goole. Monday to Saturday services, including those subsidised by ERYC, are unchanged.
  • 180: Beverley-Cottingham - three return journeys. Service X47 continues to provide a Sunday link between Beverley and Cottingham but does not serve Walkington, Little Weighton, Skidby or Castle Hill Hospital; Beverley to Castle Hill Hospital passengers can connect from the X47 to the 64 or 115 in Cottingham.
  • 361: Goole-Swinefleet - four return journeys. Monday to Saturday services 360/361 are unaffected, but no Sunday alternative is available.
  • 400/401: Goole-Selby - 2 hourly Sunday daytime service via the town of Snaith, a number of villages and Goole Hospital. No alternatives exist on a Sunday for anywhere on the route.
  • 506: Bridlington Town Service - 6 circular journeys; part of the route is covered by service 121 but the West Hill estate will be left without a Sunday service. Monday to Saturday services continue unchanged.
  • 508: Bridlington Town Service - 7 circular journeys. This service only operates on Sundays, so is being withdrawn entirely. Service 121 again provides an alternative service for parts of the route, but for other areas, such as New Pasture Lane, there is no Sunday alternative.
  • 520: Beverley Town Service - 2 circular journeys; service 121 serves Swinemoor Lane which is within walking distance for part of the route, but otherwise no Sunday alternative. Monday to Saturday journeys are unchanged.
  • 522: Beverley Town Service - 2 circular journeys; services X46/X47 cover part of the route, and are within walking distance of some other parts, but otherwise no Sunday alternative.
  • 523: Beverley Town Service - 2 circular journeys with no Sunday alternative apart from a walk to catch service 121. This service only operates a Sunday, being covered by the 122 Monday to Saturday, and is therefore being withdrawn entirely.
Some of these services, such as the 142 and 361, are rather unusual on Sundays by national standards sadly, linking villages to their nearest town; in parts of the country such links aren't even available on weekdays. EYRC deserve credit for keeping such a good Sunday network going for so long, no doubt helped by EYMS running a core Sunday network commercially. However this will not be much comfort to those that use these Sunday services at present. In addition whilst some of these routes are rural village services, others are more significant losses such as the 400/401 between Goole and Selby. Indeed aside from the Stagecoach X62, Goole will have no Sunday bus services after these withdrawals.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Hornsby Saturday Changes

Hornsby Travel will withdraw their hourly Saturday service on Scunthorpe Town Service 22 after operation today (25th February), with the weekday service unaffected. The 22 links Scunthorpe Bus Station with Lloyds Avenue, Glanville Avenue, Devonshire Road, Priory Lane, Ashby Town Centre, Bottesford Road, Bottesford Lane, Timberland and Lakeside Retail Park. Last April Hornsby reduced the Saturday morning frequency from half hourly to hourly.

Between Ashby Town Centre and Lakeside the Saturday 22 shall be replaced from next week by a Saturday daytime diversion to service 4 between Scunthorpe and Brigg; instead off taking the direct route between Ashby Town Centre and Lakeside via Queensway, the Saturday daytime 4 shall take the 22 route via Timberland. This increases journey times from Scunthorpe and Ashby to Brigg and Broughton  by 12 minutes. As part of these changes the Saturday 4 will have a reduced morning/lunchtime frequency, dropping from every 45 minutes to every hour in line with the afternoon service. The first departure from Scunthorpe will be at 0700 rather than 0740, and from Brigg at 0700 rather than 0735.

Apart from the slightly earlier first journeys and a more memorable even interval timetable, passengers on the 4 will be receiving a slightly worse service on Saturdays from next week, whilst those on the 22 route between Ashby and Lakeside have an improved service with a continued hourly frequency, a slightly quicker route between Scunthorpe and Ashby on service 4 and a through service to Brigg. Need to travel to/from Lloyds Avenue, Glanville Avenue, Devonshire Road and/or Priory Lane on a Saturday though? I hope walk, bike or taxi is an option for you as the Saturday 22 is not being replaced in these areas.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Humber Region Forthcoming April Changes

I won't do this on a regular basis, but the latest 'Notices and Proceedings' published by the Traffic Commissioner details many planned changed to bus services in April, and not just in the East Riding of Yorkshire were the council are cutting bus subsidies. A health warning should be given though - services can be split over multiple registrations, sometimes start/finish points maybe out of date and further changes could appear in future Notices and Proceedings.

New Registrations:
  • EYMS 195/196 Pocklington/Aughton to Allerthorpe//York
  • EYMS 198 Market Weighton to North Cliffe via Goodmanham, Londesborough and Newbald
  • Stagecoach 17 Cleethorpes Seafront Service
Variations:
  • EYMS 75-77 Hull to Withernsea
  • EYMS 78/79/80/277 Hull to Hedon
  • EYMS 100 Thornwick Bay to South Shore Holiday Village (Bridlington)
  • EYMS 121 Hull to Scarborough
  • EYMS 142 Beverley to Driffield
  • EYMS 180/X80 Beverley to Hessle
  • EYMS 199 Pocklington to Huggate
  • EYMS 350 Hull to Scunthorpe
  • EYMS 360/361 Scunthorpe to Goole
  • EYMS 507/517 Bridlington Town Service
  • Stagecoach 3 Morrisons to Cleethorpes
  • Stagecoach 4 Morrisons to Cleethorpes (route as well as timetable amendment)
  • Stagecoach 5 Grimsby to Immingham
  • Stagecoach 6 Grimsby to Wybers Wood
  • Stagecoach 8 Grimsby to North Sea Lane
  • Stagecoach 9 Waltham to North Sea Lane
  • Stagecoach 11 Scunthorpe to Bottesford
  • Stagecoach 31/31A/32/32A Scunthorpe Town Circular
  • Stagecoach 33/34 Scunthorpe Town Circular (route as well as timetable amendment)
  • Stagecoach 37 Scunthorpe to Skippingdale Retail Park
  • Stagecoach 38 Scunthorpe to Crosby
  • Stagecoach 51 Grimsby to Louth (route as well as timetable amendment)
  • Stagecoach 53 Grimsby to Market Rasen (route as well as timetable amendment)
  • Stagecoach 103 Scunthorpe to Kirton Lindsey
  • Stagecoach 350 Hull to Scunthorpe
  • Stagecoach HF1 Humberside Airport to Cleethorpes (route as well as timetable amendment)
Cancellations:
  • EYMS 155 South Cave to Goole
  • EYMS 160 South Cave to Goole
  • EYMS 195/196/X36 Pocklington to York
  • EYMS 198 Pocklington Town Service
  • EYMS 241 Aldbrough to Beverley
  • EYMS 400/401 Goole to Selby
  • EYMS 506/508 Bridlington Town Service
  • EYMS 520/522/523 Beverley Town Service
  • EYMS S1-S3 Market Weighton Local
  • Stagecoach 10 Scunthorpe Town Circular
  • Stagecoach 12 Bradley Park to New Waltham
  • Stagecoach 78/277 Hull to Hedon

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Arriva Changes in East Yorkshire

Arriva are making changes to their Selby area services from Monday 30th January, including some which impact on East Yorkshire.

The college day service 400 from Goole Hospital to Selby College at 0822 is replaced by a new 0812 service X4 from Goole North Street to Selby Bus Station. The X4 will follow the main service 4 route via Howden and Hemingbrough but additionally serve Selby College. Presently the first service 4 journey from Goole is at 0930 on weekdays, so whilst aimed at college students, the X4 may also be off use to other users.

Elsewhere in East Yorkshire, the Monday to Saturday 1810 from Selby to West Cowick is renumbered from 401 to 400.