Wednesday, 31 August 2011

14's Loss is 13's Gain

Stagecoach Hull are making changes to services 13 and 14 to Orchard Park from Monday 5th September. Currently these services both operate every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on Saturdays.

From next week however the 13 will operate every 10 minutes on Saturdays as well as weekdays (not that Stagecoach promote this enhancement). Two journeys per hour on the 13 Monday to Saturday daytime will extend to Orchard Park Tesco, following the route taken by evening and Sunday services. Seems like a useful new shopping link for very little extra mileage.

However the 13's gain appears to come from the 14's loss. The weekday service 14 frequency drops to the Saturday frequency of every 15 minutes. I am 99% certain the 13 and 14 interwork at Orchard Park 'Pint & Pot', and therefore with only 4 14's an hour but 6 13's, I guess the opportunity was taken to run 2 13's an hour 'independently' and extend them to Tesco.

The cutback to the 14 is not a major loss - it's still frequent, and Beverley Road also has the Stagecoach 28 plus EYMS services.

1 comment:

NMcB said...

Although the reduction in 14 is not major, in conjunction with the reduction in 28/28A from every 12 minutes to 15 and the withdrawal of service 20 it does have quite an impact on the level of service along Beverley Road south of Greenwood Avenue/Sutton Road. The number of Stagecoach services comes down from 13 buses per hour (6 x 14, 2 x 20, 5 x 28) to 8 (4 x 14, 4 x 28) - but on the positive side these are now co-ordinated on a combined 7-8 minute frequency. Previously there was at least one 10-minute gap with other buses running together - so the overall effect on passengers may not be that great.