Friday 28 November 2008

Scunthorpe-Doncaster rail line to shut for works next year

Network Rail will shut the Scunthorpe-Doncaster rail line at some point next summer to deal with subsidence problems. No further details released yet but it's a good job the Brigg line has been upgraded recently since it will be vitally important for diverted freight and passenger trains. Maybe there will even be a weekday passenger service on the line for the first time in over 15 years?

Friday 21 November 2008

The Iron Express

Scunthorpe United (The Iron) have arranged a new bus service from Kirton for their match on Saturday. It will be operated by Barnard Coaches and serve Scotter, Messingham, Bottesford and Ashby. This initial service is a trial and if successful wiill be expanded with new routes.

Thursday 20 November 2008

Bizarre incident in Brigg

A ill Hornsby Bus Driver crashed his bus into six cars in Brigg on Saturday, but couldn't recall doing so at all. Rather bizarre - lets hope the driver gets better and the car owners get compensated and their cars repaired quickly.

First Scunthorpe Bus Lane Proposed

North Lincolnshire Council are proposing Scunthorpe's 1st ever bus lane, down Oswald Road. It would cost £30,000 with work starting in the spring if it goes ahead. The bus lane would run between Mary Street and Station Road and be in operation between 3.30 and 6.30 Monday to Saturdays, requiring 18 parking spaces to be put out of bounds. The area is cited as a traffic bottleneck, something I have witnessed a couple of times.

Whether a bus lane is the answer though is a different matter, and those commenting on the Scunthorpe Telegraph article dont seem to think it is.

Friday 14 November 2008

New KC Stadium Railway Station

The KC Stadium, Hull Forward, Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council have proposed a new rail halt on Argyle Street to serve both the Hull Royal Infirmary and the KC Stadium. The station would be at the junction of the Bridlington and Brough lines. Steer Davies Gleave, the transport consultants, have been appointed to carry out a feasibility study.

When first proposed in 1998, the price tag was £3million but this is likely to have increased.

While in principle this sounds like a great idea, it would only be about 2 minutes travel time by train from Paragon Station. For the relatively fit, the distance from the station to the KC Stadium is walkable, while there are also frequent buses. Would the train operators be prepared to serve a station so near to Paragon, and is it really needed? If the KC Stadium management company, as a private company, wish to spend their own money on this then fair enough, but in my opinion anyway, public money could be better spent elsewhere on the local transport network. Improving Castle Street in Hull just one example.

Thursday 13 November 2008

EYMS January Service Changes

Looks like early January will see quite a few changes to local bus services. EYMS have today registered with VOSA to amend the following services:
  • 1A/1C: Since September's service changes these two services are no longer linked but remain on the same registration with VOSA and therefore maybe only one of the services will be altered. The 1A links Hull City Centre with Sibelius Road in West Hull via the Boulevard area. The 1C links Kingswood with Sibelius Road via the City Centre and omits the Boulevard area, operating straight down Hessle Road
  • 41: Hull-Greatfield-Asda Bilton
  • 64: Hull-Cottingham-Willerby
  • 102/105: Hull-University-Cottingham
  • 115: Hull-Endike Lane-Cottingham
  • 121: Hull-Beverley-Driffield-Bridlington-Scarborough
  • 155: Hull-Brough-South Cave-Gilberdyke (evening journeys extend to Howden)
  • 156: Goole-Howden-Gilberdyke (some journeys extend to South Cave and Brough)
  • 158: Brough Town Service

It should be noted these could be minor changes. Further details will be posted when released.

Wednesday 12 November 2008

New Ferriby-Beverley service; further details

As already posted, EYMS will begin a new service, the 144, between Ferriby and Beverley on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2nd December. The timetable has now been released which shows one journey each way, giving just over two hours in Beverley. The service will operate via Swanland and Kirk Ella before serving Willerby and Cottingham, duplicating the hourly 180 service. So it looks like Ferriby, Swanland and Kirk Ellas are being relied on to fill the service, which also serves Castle Hill Hospital. Lets hope it is a success.

Friday 7 November 2008

Service 270 (Driffield-Beeford) reduction

Due to the withdrawal of subsidy from East Riding of Yorkshire Council, EYMS will cancel three evening journeys on service 270 between Driffield and Beeford after Friday 21st November. These depart Driffield at 1710, 1800 and 1900 and Beeford at 1735, 1830 and 1930. The journeys operate on weekdays only.

The remaining EYMS services on the route are the 0710 (Monday to Friday) and 0830 (Saturday) from Beeford to Driffield and the 0730 Driffield to Bridlington (Monday to Friday School Holidays only).