Monday 17 December 2012

EYMS 220/221 February Change

EYMS are amending the 220/221 between Hull and Hornsea in February. From VOSA:


  • Variation Accepted: Operating between Hull and Hornsea given service number 220/220S/221/920 effective from 11-Feb-2013. To amend Route and Timetable.

Saturday 15 December 2012

First Christmas/New Year Services 2012-13

First have released details of their service plans for the Christmas and New Year period. The following covers both the Doncaster and York operations which both operate into the Humber region.

Christmas Eve - Saturday Service with early finish around 2000
Christmas Day - No Services
Boxing Day - No Services
Thursday 27th-Saturday 29th - Saturday Service
Sunday 30th - Normal Service
New Years Eve - Saturday Service with early finish around 2000
New Years Day - No Services

(NB some limited exceptions to the above apply for services not operating into the Humber region)

Friday 14 December 2012

Transdev Christmas/New Year Service 2012-13

Transdev have released details of their Christmas and New Year period service plans, covering both the Yorkshire Coastliner and local York operations.

Christmas Eve - Saturday service with an early finish. No Transdev operated journeys on the 10 to Stamford Bridge
Christmas Day - No Service
Boxing Day - No Service
Thursday 27th-Saturday 29th - Saturday Service
Sunday 30th - Normal Service
New Years Eve - Saturday service with an early finish. No Transdev operated journeys on the 10 to Stamford Bridge
New Years Day - No Service

Thursday 13 December 2012

Arriva East Yorkshire Services Christmas and New Year 2012-13

Arriva Yorkshire have released their Christmas/New Year 2012-13 service plans. Below is the information relevant to East Yorkshire services (4, 8, 356, 400, 401):

Christmas Eve - Saturday service, so route 4 will not serve Howden or Goole. Additionally the 1810 service 400 from Selby to Goole will terminate at West Cowick, and the 1900 service 400 from Goole to Selby shall not operate.
Christmas Day - No Service
Boxing Day - No Service
Thursday 27th and Friday 28th - Saturday Service, so no route 4 serving Howden or Goole, and no route 8 serving Hook on the Friday.
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th - Normal Service
New Years Eve - As Christmas Eve
New Years Day - No Service

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Stagecoach Scunthorpe Christmas and New Year 2012-13

Stagecoach have released details of their service plans in the Scunthorpe area over the Christmas and New Year period:

Christmas Eve - Normal Monday service with early finish (routes 31A/32A/350 affected)
Christmas Day - No Services
Boxing Day - Hourly daytime service on Scunthorpe town services 31A and 32A
Thursday 27th-Sunday 30th - Normal Services
New Years Eve - Normal Monday service with early finish (routes 31A/32A/350 affected)
New Years Day - No Services

Tuesday 11 December 2012

EYMS 129 Revised Timetable

From Monday 6th January, EYMS are altering the 129 Withernsea to Hornsea timetable to address punctuality issues after the route was diverted to serve Sand Le Mere Holiday Park in July. Journey times are extended from 57 minutes to 64 minutes on the route which is operated under contract to East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The frequency remains two hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes (and Summer Sundays?).

Sunday 9 December 2012

Boxing Day Buses for North East Lincolnshire

Stagecoach in Grimsby Cleethorpes have released their service plans for the Christmas and New Year period:

Christmas Eve - Normal Monday service with early finish (1900-2000 ish)
Christmas Day - - No Service
Boxing Day - NEW for 2012, hourly daytime service on routes 9A (including New Waltham), 13, 14 and 46. Good to see North East Lincolnshire gain Boxing Day buses this year
Thursday 27th and Friday 28th - Saturday service except a weekday timetable on routes 1, 2 and 25
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th - Normal Service
New Years Eve - Saturday service, except weekday service on routes 1, 2, and 25, with early finish (1900-2000 ish)
New Years Day - No Service

Saturday 8 December 2012

Stagecoach in Hull Christmas/New Year 2012-13

Stagecoach in Hull have released details of services over the Christmas and New Year period. Below is a summary

Christmas Eve - Normal Monday service until 2000; no services will depart after this time
Christmas Day - No services
Boxing Day - Special Services (see below)
Thursday 27th-Saturday 29th - Saturday service including nightbuses on all three days
Sunday 30th - Normal Sunday service
New Years Eve - Saturday service until around 1800, then special timetables (see below)
New Years Day - No services
Wednesday 2nd - Back to normal

Boxing Day Services (all daytime only):
Hourly service on the 1, 2, 28b, 30, 32, 41a (via Holderness Road), 43 and 54
Half hourly service with 60 minute lunchtime gap on the 13, 14 and 15
Hourly service on the 51 all day, with extra short 51b journeys giving a half hourly morning service into Hull from Bransholme and return in the afternoon
Plus football buses 31F, 43F and 51F

New Years Eve Evening Services post-1800:
Hourly evening service on routes 1, 2, 15, 31, 43, 51 and 54
Limited Early Evening service on routes 13, 14, 28, 30, 32, 42 and 350
Half Hourly nightbus service on routes N2, N15, N31, N43 and N51

As far as I can tell the only Boxing Day changes this year are the withdrawal of the 42, and the 'downgrade' on the 51/51b from a 30 minute Hull-Bransholme service all day in both directions. On New Years Eve the evening 13 and 28, and nightbus N13, have been withdrawn, while the evening 32/N32 has been replaced by the 31/N31. The N31 is half hourly compared to an hourly N32 last year.

Overall it seems like Stagecoach in Hull have a stable Boxing Day/New Years Eve network (funded by Hull City Council???) and they are just making relatively minor tweaks this year, probably in response to usage last year. Of course it would be nice to see more services run on Boxing Day, and on New Years Eve evening, and to reintroduce New Years Day services. But things could be worse, or non-existant.

Wednesday 5 December 2012

Arriva January Selby-Goole Changes

Arriva will be altering Selby-Goole services in late January. From VOSA:
  • Variation Accepted: Operating between Selby and Goole given service number 4 effective from 28-Jan-2013. To amend Timetable.
  • Variation Accepted: Operating between Selby and Goole given service number 8/356/400/401/628/629 effective from 28-Jan-2013. To amend Timetable.

Friday 23 November 2012

Thornes Timetable Tweaks

From 15th January, Thornes are altering the return journeys of two weekly shoppers services to run 15 minutes earlier. From East Riding of Yorkshire Council:

From Tuesday 15 January 2013 service Path 2 North Cave to York, operated by Thornes Independent Ltd will depart York 15 minutes earlier at 1415.
From Friday 18 January 2013 service Path 5 North Cave to Doncaster, operated by Thornes Independent Ltd will depart Doncaster 15 minutes earlier at 1350.

Current timetable

That was quick ...

Despite having only been introduced last month, the Transdev York Unibus extensions to Stamford Bridge are being withdrawn from the start of January according to itravelyork. As Transdev are operating a reduced holiday service over Christmas, I wonder if withdrawal could actually be next month?

New Arriva Amazon Workers Service

From VOSA:
    Registration Accepted by SN
  • Starting Point: Howden
  • Finish Point: Amazon Distribution, Doncaster
  • Via:
  • Service Number: A1
  • Service Type: Limited Stop
  • Effective Date: 18-JAN-2013
  • Other Details: New Service
UPDATE: East Riding of Yorkshire Council's website contains the following information:

From Sunday 25 November 2012 a new bus service A1 between Howden, Goole and Doncaster (Amazon) will start. The service will be operated by Arriva Yorkshire. It will operate on a daily basis to allow people to travel to work at Amazon. The service will operate from Howden Longs Corner (0545 & 1345) and Goole North Street (0600 & 1400), arriving at Doncaster Amazon (0645 & 1445). The return journeys leave Doncaster Amazon (1515 & 2315), arriving Goole North Street (1600 & midnight), Howden Longs Corner (1615 & 0015). The service is a partnership between the Council and the Department of Work and Pensions.

Saturday 17 November 2012

Holloways Grimsby 'Shopper' to become Tuesdays only

After operation on Thursdays December 20th, Traveline East Midlands shows that Holloways Coaches 'shopper' service from Scunthorpe via Brigg to Grimsby will only operate on Tuesdays.

Thursday 15 November 2012

EYMS Christmas/New Year 2012/13

Too early to start thinking about Christmas? Not for EYMS who have released their Christmas and New Year service details. Full details here, but below is a summary.

Christmas Eve - Normal Monday service will early finish around 8pm
Christmas Day - No Services
Boxing Day - Usual daytime hourly service on routes 34C (Hull-Willerby-Castle Hill), 56 (Hull-Longhill), 64C (Hull-Cottingham-Castle Hill), plus new for 2012, the 66 (Hull-Hessle)

Thursday 27th and Friday 28th December - Saturday service except the 107, 143, 160 and 162 shall not operate, nor shall the 1430 service 182 from Beverley to Hessle. Services 195 and 270 shall operate to a normal Thursday/Friday timetable.
Additionally on Thursday 27th:
Service 75: The 1825 from Withernsea and 2015 from Hull shall not operate
Service 106: Shall not operate
Service 134: Shall operate a normal Thursday service
Service 135: The 0910 and 1140 from Driffield shall operate as a normal Thursday, but the 0655 and 1710 shall not operate
Service X47: The 1915 and 2250 from Hull and 2208 from York shall not operate
On Friday 28th service 199, S1, S2 and S3 shall operate to a normal Friday timetable

Saturday 29th - Normal Saturday Service
Sunday 30th - Normal Sunday Service
New Years Eve - Saturday service with early finish around 8pm (so no nightbuses). Services 160 and 162 shall not operate, nor shall the 1430 182 from Beverley to Hessle. Services 143, 195, 241 and 270 will run to a normal Monday timetable.
New Years Day - No Services
Tuesday 2nd - Normal Tuesday Service

Comment - Good to see the 66 gain a Boxing Day service. Also good to see that EYMS have removed the pointless reference to the 350 operating to a weekday timetable between Christmas and New Year when the weekday and Saturday timetables are identical.

But EYMS could do more to simplify their description of service levels. Take the Tuesday only 198 Pocklington Town Service, EYMS say the route is operating a normal weekday service on Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Monday 31st. This means no service. A Saturday service also means no service. Why add to the list of exceptions and say it is operating a normal weekday service, when a Saturday service is the same on the days affected?

Inevitably the Christmas/New Year period brings complexity, especially with services that run once or twice a week. But no need to make it any more complicated than it needs to be.

Tuesday 13 November 2012

2013 Service Change: 129

East Riding of Yorkshire Council tendered service 129 between Withernsea and Hornsea, operated by EYMS, is being amended from Monday 6th January.


  • Variation Accepted: Operating between Withernsea and Hornsea given service number 129 effective from 06-Jan-2013. To amend Timetable.

Friday 9 November 2012

Reversing Cuts

Since Monday, Stagecoach have quietly reinstated some weekday journeys on the 12 that were cancelled in September. The 12 links New Waltham, Cleethorpes, Grimsby and Bradley Park. The cutbacks were introduced after Stagecoach refused to participate in an e-auction process for some schools tenders that were interworked with the 12. For more on September's changes see here.

Back to this month and Stagecoach have added a 0715 Waltham to Grimsby, 0900 New Waltham to Bradley Park and 1735 from Grimsby to Waltham. This reinstates the peak service and provides an earlier daytime service into Cleethorpes and Grimsby (previously first weekday service from New Waltham was 1100). Other journeys, including the more extensive Saturday service, appear to be unchanged.

Monday 29 October 2012

X62 New Timetable Details

The new timetable for the X62 from Hull to Leeds via Brough, Goole and Castleford from today (29th October) has seen the previously Saturday only 1030 and 1400 from Hull, and 1300 and 1630 from Leeds start operating additionally on weekdays. The weekend timetable has not altered. Also the service has switched from the City Bus Station to the Coach Station in Leeds (i.e. other side of the shared concourse).

Friday 26 October 2012

Not quite the end for Brigg Market Day Buses

Last week I noted the end of Brigg market day (Thursday) only services 160 and 202 after operation on November 1st. I had assumed there would be no replacement, with passengers directed to  use Call Connect instead.

This will not be the case, with new Thursday only service 161 starting on November 8th. This will operate from Market Rasen via Holton Le Moor, Caistor, Grasby, North Kelsey, Bishop Norton and Waddingham to Brigg and Lakeside Retail Park serving many, but not all, locations currently served by the 160 and 202. There will be one journey each way, but prepare for a long journey if you want to travel the full route. 2 hours 5 minutes in the morning, and 1 hour 45 minutes in the afternoon. Certainly better than nothing though. The full timetable is on Traveline East Midlands.

What is confusing however is that on Traveline East Midlands, it is shown that both Dents Coaches and PC Coaches will be operating the 161 at the same times. Brigg Market Day Bus Wars would be surprising, but I guess you never know ...

Holloways Freshney Place 'Shopper' Changes

Holloways Coaches are amending their Tuesday and Thursday 'shopper' service from Scunthorpe to Grimsby from December 20th. The service operates via Ashby, Broughton and Brigg, and oddly is not included in North Lincolnshire Council timetables.

In the past Holloways Coaches operated a number of services from the Scunthorpe area to Grimsby in association with Freshney Place Shopping Centre; I'm not sure if they are still involved or not.

From VOSA:

  • Variation Accepted: Operating between Holloways Garage and Grimsby Bus Station given service number FP1 effective from 20-Dec-2012. To amend Timetable.

Thursday 25 October 2012

260 Saturday Timetable Announced

Stagecoach have released the Saturday timetable for the 260 'Villager' for when it is increased to operate six days a week on a 4 month trial from 10th November. The 260 links Goxhill, New Holland and Barrow to Barton. The Saturday service will be same as the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday timetable, with the exception of the 1425 from Barton Tesco, which will operate through to Barton Tesco on it's return rather than terminating in the Market Place.

This is very good news. However the timetable does seem 'over generous'. Is a Saturday afternoon service really needed? Would the Saturday trial be more likely to be a success with less journeys hopefully carrying more passengers per journey?

Also the 260 is unusual in that it has a different Thursday timetable compared to the rest of the week. This is to incorporate East Halton, and a service to Dam Road/Victoria House in Barton. Maybe it's just me, but wouldn't it be more logical to have these variations on a Saturday, not a Thursday, giving a consistent weekday timetable? I can't see that it really matters what day East Halton has it's link to Barton, and Saturdays would coincide with the monthly Barton Farmers Market. The fact the Saturday service is a trial may prevent this from being done now, but something to considerFurthermore I wonder if the Dam Road service is really needed considering the existence of the Barton Town Service?

A 'different' Saturday service could also allow better co-ordination with the 450 between Barrow and Barton. This would be difficult, though surely not impossible, on weekdays due to an interworked schools service, but there isn't that constraint on Saturdays. A 0929 260 from Barrow, followed soon after by a 0943 450 isn't ideal. Even less ideal is an 1139 260 followed by an 1143 450. And from Barton Interchange an 1145 450 followed by a 1200 260 is not exactly an even spaced timetable.

Anyway, good luck for the Saturday service.

Finally, an idea that might save a little taxpayers money 6 days a week. Currently on schooldays there is a 1530 service 450 from Brigg through Barton to Barrow and Goxhill. The bus then returns 'dead' to Barton. During school holidays and on Saturdays, the 1530 instead leaves Brigg around an hour later. Why not instead run the 1530 6 days a week as a 450 from Brigg to Barton, becoming a 260 at Barton to Barrow and Goxhill and return. This would enable the withdrawal of the 1603 260 from Barton Tesco, and reduce mileage on schooldays between Barton and Goxhill.

Wednesday 24 October 2012

Boxing Day 66

Seems that the 66 from Hull to Hessle will be joining the Boxing Day bus network this year. From VOSA:

  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: Hull Interchange
  • Finish Point: Hessle Square
  • Via: Anlaby Road
  • Service Number: 66
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 26-DEC-2012
  • Other Details: Hull Interchange - Hessle Square

Monday 22 October 2012

Stagecoach Grimsby Cleethorpes Sunday enhancements

From Sunday 11th November, Stagecoach in Grimsby and Cleethorpes are improving their Sunday services.

Back in April the Sunday service on Route 8 serving New Waltham was axed, and as a partial replacement hourly service 46 from Immingham to Cleethorpes was extended from it's North Sea Lane terminus to New Waltham and then onwards to Waltham (for operational purposes?). However from next month the Sunday 46 shall be cut back to Cleethorpes Pier, only continuing to serve North Sea Lane on Monday to Saturday evenings. While I guess some may miss this through Sunday link to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre, Meridian Point and Pleasure Island theme park, the truncation of the 46 makes way for an improved 9A.

Currently the 9A runs hourly on Sundays daytimes between Waltham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes, with hourly Sunday evening 'shorts' between Waltham and Grimsby running as service 9. November's enhancement increases the daytime frequency to half hourly, with the the route extended from it's North Sea Lane terminus to New Waltham, replacing the 46. This doubles the Sunday daytime service for both Waltham, New Waltham and Grimsby Hospital. In the evenings an hourly service will operate, now serving the full route between Waltham and New Waltham. Throughout the day on Sundays, an extra bus each hour is provided between Grimsby and Cleethorpes town centres as a result of these changes.

Thanks to admet for the 'heads up' on these changes last month.

Friday 19 October 2012

Brigg Market Day buses ending

From Traveline East Midlands it seems that two Thursday only services into Brigg are ending after November 1st; the 160 and 202 both operated under contract to Lincolnshire County Council by PC Coaches.

The 160 operates from Caistor via North Kelsey, Bishop Norton, Waddingham, Redbourne and Hilbaldstow to Brigg. The route used to be operated by Applebys, then by Road Car and Stagecoach before passing to PC Coaches. The 202 operates from Market Rasen via Holton Le Moor, Grasby and Bigby to Brigg and Lakeside Retail Park on the edge of Scunthorpe.

If these sevices are cancelled without replacement partial alternatives would be provided by existing Holloways Coaches TB2 and TB4, Hornsby 94 and TC Coaches operated Call Connect service 3C. But for everywhere except for Hibaldstow and Redbourne it will mean the end of a 'fixed' Thursday market day bus to Brigg, with the demand responsive call connect service the only public transport option remaining.

As a final note it is interesting to contrast the approaches of Lincolnshire County Council and North Lincolnshire Council. Lincolnshire focuses on trunk routes with demand responsive services for nearly everywhere else. Whereas North Lincolnshire Council doesn't use demand responsive services at all, instead contracting 'traditional fixed services' to serve smaller communities. If the likes of North Kelsey and Bigby were in North Lincolnshire, I highly doubt the 160 and 202 would be being axed. And if places like Dragonby were in Lincolnshire they almost certainly wouldn't have a 'traditional fixed' bus service any more.

Humber Flyer Barnetby Timetable

Stagecoach have released the revised Humber Flyer timetable from 5th November when one journey each way diverts via Barnetby.

The 0910 from Grimsby to Hull shall now leave Grimsby at 0900 and operate 10 minutes earlier to Humberside Airport, then serve Barnetby and operate at the current times between Barton and Hull.

The 1450 from Hull to Cleethorpes shall operate to the current times as far as Barton, then serve Barnetby and operate 5 minutes later than at present between Humberside Airport and Cleethorpes.

Wednesday 17 October 2012

Possible withdrawal of two evening peak Scunthorpe Town Services

A report has been published on the North Lincolnshire Council (NLC) website recommending consultation about the possible withdrawal of two subsidised evening peak services in Scunthorpe. Affected services are the 1735 service 38 and 1800 service 34, both operated by Stagecoach and running Monday to Saturday.

NLC say the cost of the 1735 38 is £16.33 per day, which with an average of 4 passengers is a subsidy of £4.08 per passenger. For the 1800 34 the cost is £24.49 per day, which with an average of 7 passengers per day is a subsidy of £3.50 per passengers. Both of these subsidies per passenger are above the £3 benchmark used by NLC. Total subsidy is £12,490 per annum.

For the 34 alternatives mostly exist. There is a 32A which leaves Scunthorpe at 1800 - i.e. the same time as the 34 - travelling along Cemetery Road in Brumby. The 32A/34 also serve Bottesford Lane, Manor Road, Cambridge Avenue, High Leys Road and Quebec Road at very similar time. The main area served by the 34 but not the 32A is Alvingham Road and Collum Avenue which would be left with a last bus at 1735, provided by the Hornsby 12. The 34 does continue beyond Quebec Road back into Scunthorpe, but this section is probably just a way to get the bus back to the depot in service, I could be wrong though.

From this I'm struggling to see the point of the 1800 34. There is maybe an issue for Alvingham Road and Collum Avenue, but the 1750 service 4 from Scunthorpe to Brigg could possibly divert along these roads, with an 1800 service 6 still serving Ashby Road.

However apart from Cliff Gardens no existing alternatives exist for the 38 and the last journey would be the 1635 if the 1735 is withdrawn. But the 1745 service 60 to Whitton could always divert via Crosby instead of Berkeley Circle with little time penalty.

Complexity in timetables isn't ideal, but better than journeys being axed surely? Solutions seem to exist that allow for better value for money while still retaining links.

Saturday 13 October 2012

First 88 Retiming

From Monday 29th October First South Yorkshire are making changes to their Doncaster network, including the 88 to Goole.  Most journeys from Doncaster will leave 5 minutes earlier than at present, and arrive in Goole 3 minutes earlier. From Goole most journeys will leave 6 minutes earlier than at present but arrive in Doncaster at the same time as they currently do. The frequency remains hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes.

X62 Leeds Terminal Switch

West Yorkshire Metro's latest service change booklet notes that Stagecoach in Hull's X62 from Hull to Leeds will switch from the City Bus Station to the National Express Coach Station in Leeds at some point after October 28th. In reality this means the service will change stops in Leeds to the opposite side of the shared bus/coach station concourse.

The X62 also has a timetable change at the end of the month

Wednesday 10 October 2012

Saturday Villager Trial

North Lincolnshire Council are funding a 4 month trial of a Saturday service on the 260 'Villager' service from 10th November. The service, operated by Stagecoach, links Goxhill, New Holland and Barrow to Barton, and also serves East Halton on Thursdays.

Currently the only Saturday bus service to Goxhill and New Holland is the Hornsby 366, providing one journey to/from Brigg and Scunthorpe. The two villages do also have a two hourly train service. Barrow is served by the 366, and also by the 450 providing a two hourly serve to Immingham, Grimsby, Barton and Brigg.

I'll post more on this good news story when timetable details are released.

North Lincolnshire Council press release:
From Saturday 10 November, North Lincolnshire Council will trial a new Number 260 Saturday Villager bus service - serving residents in Goxhill, New Holland, Barrow, and Barton. The new service is based on the popular 260 Villager service that runs during the week.The new Saturday service will run for a trial period of four months initially.   
Cllr Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for Highways and Neighbourhoods at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The Number 260 is a popular service during the week and following a petition by local residents, we have agreed to run the service on a Saturday for a four-month trial. We are not making any promises to make it a permanent Saturday service. We’ll have to see how popular it is. So it is important that people use it, after all, it’s what they asked for.”

Thursday 4 October 2012

Saturday Morning Stamford Bridge Changes

After this Saturday - the 6th - Transdev York's early Saturday morning journeys on the 10/10A to Stamford Bridge will cease (0655 10A from Nether Poppleton to Stamford Bridge and 0800 10 from Stamford Bridge to York) due to First starting a new 0730 service 10 from Stamford Bridge. Transdev daily evening service on route 10 is unaffected.

See also this post on Unibus changes

Wednesday 3 October 2012

Humber Flyer via Barnetby

It would seem that from 4th November, one journey each way on Stagecoach's Humber Flyer between Cleethorpes and Hull will divert via Barnetby, following a request from a Barnetby resident, passed on via local MP Andrew Percy.

A report on North Lincolnshire Council's website requests that for 2012-13, Stagecoach have asked the council for a £1,700 annual subsidy for the Humber Flyer, including the journey via Barnetby - this is down from the current £2,000 annual subsidy, as a result of increasing passenger numbers. Other subsidy for the Humber Flyer comes from:
North East Lincolnshire Council - £10,000
Humberside Airport - £10,000
Hull City Council - £5,000
Lincolnshire County Council - £850

The initial request was for every journey on the Humber Flyer to serve Barnetby, but this is not possible "because they [Stagecoach] could not keep the hourly frequency if they did so" - turnarounds are 5 minutes in Cleethorpes and 13 minutes in Hull (which from experience is needed). Instead there will be a 0910 from Barnetby to Hull (currently the Humber Flyer is in Barton at this time) and the 1450 from Hull will divert into Barnetby. I would guess a part of the route will have to be cut on the journeys concerned to accomodate this, but Stagecoach are obviously prepared to do this on a limited basis. EDIT - the 1450 from Hull has a longer than usual turnaround in Cleethorpes, so there is time to serve Barnetby and the rest of the route.

Finally I should note the North Lincolnshire Council report is a recommendation to approve the £1,700 annual subsidy, and not actual approval. Therefore none of the above is confirmed to happen.

It is good to see Stagecoach's requested subsidy reduce, and attempts made to serve new markets. I'd have though it would also be possible to provide Barnetby with a peak time service as well without needing an extra vehicle or cutbacks to the route elsewhere.

Monday 1 October 2012

York Unibus to Stamford Bridge

From Monday 8th October, Transdev York are extending some weekday journeys on Unibus 44 between York City Centre and the University of York to Dunnington and Stamford Bridge. From York's Railway Station services will depart at 0731, 1211, 1311, 1616, 1651, 1721 and 1751. From Stamford Bridge journeys depart at 0730, 0800, 0830, 0915 (to the University only), 1315 and 1400 (to the University only).

While the Transdev announcement highlights the new links this creates between Stamford Bridge, Dunnington and the University, the service also competes at peak times with First service 10, which is getting a new timetable from Sunday. Is Transdev considering competing with First to Stamford Bridge on an 'all day' basis, using unibus to 'test the water' - they already have the tendered daily evening/Saturday morning journeys on service 10 - or is this just about new University links?

Friday 28 September 2012

Extra Scunthorpe Sunday Town Services

As already noted in the comments on this blog, Stagecoach are increasing the Sunday daytime frequency of Scunthorpe town services 31A and 32A from hourly to half hourly from November 5th.

The 31A/32A operates as an amalgam of the 31, 32, 33 and 34 Monday to Saturday daytime routes. They operate via the 33/34's Cemetery Road route in Brumby then 'cut across' to join the 31/32's Warley Road route before serving Ashby High Street and then rejoining the 33/34 route down Bottesford Road and Bottesford Lane to Cambridge Avenue. They then travel up Messingham Road, part of which is also served by the 31/32, part of which only by the 100/103. The 31A/32A then follow Burringham Road, served by the 10 Monday to Saturday daytimes, before serving the Willoughby Road, High Leys Road and Quebec Road areas served by the 33/34. From Enderby Road the 31A/32A then follow the 31/32 route back into Scunthorpe via Plymouth Road, Berkeley Circle and the hospital, but with the addition of a diversion via Tesco Extra.

The frequency increase means that some parts of Scunthorpe have a better Sunday daytime service than at any other time of the week. The High Leys Road area has two buses an hour into Scunthorpe Monday to Saturdays, but four on Sunday daytimes with the new arranagement (2 31A's, 2 32A's). Cemetery Road just has an hourly Stagecoach service Monday to Saturday, but now half hourly on Sundays. Tesco Extra isn't connected to the Scunthorpe Town or Stagecoach network Monday to Saturday daytimes, but now gets extra Sunday services.

Another interesting aspect of the change is that Stagecoach have opted to retain and enhance the 31A and 32A rather than simplify the network and remove the variation in favour of hourly 31's, 32's, 33's and 34's on Sunday daytimes, following the Monday to Saturday daytime routes.

For at least the last 15 years or so (which is as far back as I can recall) evening and Sunday town services in Scunthorpe have been provided by one hourly clockwise and one hourly anti-clockwise circular, attempting to serve as much as the town as possible using as few resources as possible. An approach that had it's merits when there was little demand for services at these times - therefore something was better than nothing - but now increasingly outdated as Sunday daytimes in particular become busier.

In Scunthorpe's case retaining the 31A and 32A is probably the right thing to do for now. Hourly 31's, 32's, 33's and 34's wouldn't deliver the frequency increase arising from Stagecoach's forthcoming change. Plus it's not like the 31A and 32A take forever. A roundtrip takes just under an hour.

New 243 Timetable Announced

East Riding of Yorkshire Council have announced the timetable for their new directly operated weekday service 243 between Withernsea and Beverley from November 5th.
From Monday 5 November 2012 new service 243 Withernsea to Beverley, operated by East Riding of Yorkshire Council will start. The service will operate Monday to Friday departing Withernsea Memorial Avenue at 10.30am and will serve Roos (10.40am), Burton Pidsea (10.45am), Humbleton (10.51am), Sproatley (10.56am), Bilton (11.03am), Skirlaugh (11.15am) arriving in Beverley at 11.35am. 
The return journey leaves Beverley Bus Station at 1.25pm and will serve Skirlaugh (1.45pm), Bilton (1.57pm), Sproatley (2.04pm), Humbleton (2.09pm), Burton Pidsea (2.15pm), Roos (2.20pm) arriving in Withernsea Memorial Avenue at 2.30pm.
The service shall overlap the East Riding of Yorkshire Council tendered, Stagecoach operated, service 242 from Hedon to Beverley which serves Sproatley, Bilton and Skirlaugh over an hour earlier than the 243 towards Beverley - good co-ordination - but leaves Beverley just 5 minutes after the new 243 in the afternoon - very bad co-ordination, though maybe interworked schools services dictate the times?

It is good to see new links being tried, and a welcome increase in the limited bus service offered to the villages off Burton Pidsea and Humbleton.

Monday 24 September 2012

More nightbuses

From next week EYMS nightbus 107 from Hull University Asylum nightclub to Cottingham gains extra journeys at 0145 on Wednesday and Saturday nights (Thursday/Sunday morning), and at 0315 on Saturday nights. The 107 runs during University semesters only.

107 timetable

Sunday 23 September 2012

Hornsby 4 October Frequency Increase

From Monday 1st October, Hornsby are enhancing their service 4 between Brigg, Broughton, Ashby and Scunthorpe. Currently on Monday to Saturday daytimes the service runs hourly. The new timetable is available on the Traveline East Midlands website.
On weekdays the frequency increases from hourly, to 'hourly with a few extra journeys'; at 0935, 1135 and 1350 from Scunthorpe and 1025, 1225 and 1445 from Brigg. These journeys are co-ordinated with the existing timetable so some hours the frequency is half hourly as shown below (this is not the all day timetable):

Scunthorpe D. 0905 0935 1005 1105 1135 1205 1305 1350 1423
Brigg D. 0900 0955 1025 1055 1155 1225 1245 1355 1445 1510

Of course being half hourly some hours is not a memorable full half hourly frequency. In fairness the tendered 95 from Brigg to Scunthorpe via Scawby does fill some of the hour long gaps (e.g. there is a 1235 from Scunthorpe), but not all.

On Saturdays Hornsby are delivering a slightly more marketable frequency improvement - from hourly to every 45 minutes during the morning. From the timetable it appears that this can be acheived using 2 vehicles, the same as at present.

Maybe these improvements are due to extra demand at certain times of day after the end of the Stagecoach 90? Maybe this an attempt to 'test the water' for a full half hourly service? If so is it a sensible test to avoid committing too many resources at first, or is it a half-hearted attempt doomed to fail? Increased bus services are welcome, but it is a slightly odd timetable!

If Hornsby are serious about a half hourly Brigg to Scunthorpe service, and these enhancements are a success, I wonder if it would be worthwhile incorporating the 95 (currently tendered so would need to be made commercial)? Three out of four services every 2 hours could run as a 4 via Broughton, and one every two hours via Scawby, as a 5. Yes this would retain an 'odd' timetable for Broughton (though they would still have a minimum hourly service) but it wouldn't be much extra mileage since the 95 would be axed and it's passengers would hopefully transfer to the 'new 5'. Plus it would allow a marketable half hourly Brigg-Ashby-Scunthorpe service. The 94 could then provide a more frequent Lime Sidings to Brigg service, with perhaps a through Scunthorpe service from Redbourne and Hibaldstow retained on Saturdays.

As ever post any comments on the service change and my thoughts on it in the comments section below.

See also this post from earlier this year on the Brigg to Scunthorpe market.

Wednesday 12 September 2012

Stagecoach South Bank November Service Changes

Stagecoach in Grimsby Cleethorpes are amending the 9/9A between Waltham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes, as well as the 45 group of services between Grimsby, Immingham and South Killingholme from November 5th. From the same date, Stagecoach are also amending the 31, 31A, 32 and/or 32A town circular services in Scunthorpe. All info from VOSA.

Holloways 55 November Change

Holloways Coaches service 55, operated under contract to North Lincolnshire Council, is being amended from November.

Variation Accepted by SN: Operating between Scunthorpe Bus Station and Winterton given service number 55 effective from 06-Sep-2012. To amend Route and Timetable.

New Service 243: Withernsea-Beverley

What's interesting here is not just a new weekday link between Withernsea and Beverley (I guess this is a 'shopper' service similar to the 242 from Hedon to Beverley). but that it is being operated 'directly' by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

  • Registration Accepted
  • Service Number: 243
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 05-NOV-2012
  • Other Details: Monday 5th November 2012 Monday to Friday one journey in each direction

Tuesday 11 September 2012

Hornsby 4 October Change

Hornsby service 4 between Brigg and Scunthorpe is being amended from October 1st. From VOSA:

Variation Accepted by SN: Operating between Scunthorpe Bus Station and Brigg, Cary Lane given service number 4 effective from 01-Oct-2012. To amend Timetable.

Friday 7 September 2012

First October Changes

First South Yorkshire amending the 59 and 91/391 from October. It is unclear whether journeys into North Lincolnshire will be affected. From VOSA:


Variation Accepted: Operating between Doncaster Frenchgate Interchange and Finningley, Elm Drive given service number 91/391 effective from 29-Oct-2012. To amend Route and Timetable.


Variation Accepted: Operating between Doncaster and Wroot given service number 59 effective from 29-Oct-2012. To amend Timetable.

Hornsea Town Service Change

From Monday 17th September most journeys on the Hornsea Town Service 550, operated by EYMS, will be diverted to serve the town's Tesco store. The frequency will be reduced from every 40 minutes to hourly to ensure punctuality without requring an extra vehicle.

Thursday 6 September 2012

First 88 October Change

First's 88 between Goole, Thorne and Doncaster is being amended from 29th October: From VOSA:

Variation Accepted: Operating between Doncaster Frenchgate Interchange and Goole Interchange given service number 88/88A effective from 29-Oct-2012. To amend Route and Timetable.

X62 October Change

Stagecoach in Hull's X62 is to have a timetable change at the end of October. From VOSA:

Variation Accepted: Operating between Hull Interchange and Goole given service number X62 effective from 29-Oct-2012. To amend Timetable.

PB0001987/295 - CLEVELAND TRANSIT LTD T/A STAGECOACH NORTHEAST, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, NORTH BRIDGE STREET, SUNDERLAND, SR5 1AQ Variation Accepted: Operating between Goole and Castleford given service number X62 effective from 29-Oct-2012. To amend Timetable.

PB0001987/296 - CLEVELAND TRANSIT LTD T/A STAGECOACH NORTHEAST, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, NORTH BRIDGE STREET, SUNDERLAND, SR5 1AQ Variation Accepted: Operating between Castleford and Leeds Bus Station given service number X62 effective from 29-Oct-2012. To amend Timetable.

Saturday 1 September 2012

Stagecoach in Hull September Overview

Here is an overview of Stagecoach's changes in Hull from Monday 3rd September:

1 (Boothferry Estate): Some services diverted via Smith and Nephew. Timing Changes. More here
2 (Boothferry Estate): Timing Changes to improve punctuality
10 (Circular): Diverted via Marfleet Lane and Hedon Road instead of Holderness Road. Revised times, extra journeys and one service via Smith and Nephew, Hessle Road, Fiveways and Spring Bank. More here
13 (Orchard Park): Revised intermediate timings to improve punctuality
14 (Orchard Park): Revised intermediate timings to improve punctuality
15 (Orchard Park/Kingswood): Revised intermediate timings to improve punctuality
28/28A (Sutton Park/Kingswood): Revised intermediate timings to improve punctuality. New 0813 North Point-Hull on weekdays
30/30A/30W (North Bransholme/Wawne): Revised times. One journey per hour via Garden Vilage, but omitting Bodmin Road. Increase from 4 to 5 services per hour on Saturdays. More here
31 (North Bransholme): Revised intermediate timings to improve punctuality
32 (Bransholme): Revised intermediate timings to improve punctuality
38 (Garden Village/Bransholme): Replaced by the 30W. More here

41 (Greatfield): Revised intermediate timings to improve punctuality
42 (Greatfield): Revised intermediate timings to improve punctuality
43 (Greatfield): Revised intermediate timings to improve punctuality
46 (Marfleet): Revised timetable to improve punctuality
51 (Bransholme/Kingswood): Revised timetable and diverted over North Bridge to address punctuality issues
54 (Bilton Grange): Revised intermediate timings to improve punctuality
110 (Cottingham): Revised timetable to imrpove punctuality
Humber Flyer (Hull-Cleethorpes): Minor timing changes in the Grimsby area.

Stagecoach information

Finally a thanks for the tip off about all these change posted here

Friday 31 August 2012

10 to Hedon Road

Stagecoach in Hull Service 10 - i.e. the city circular - sees more changes from Monday 3rd September.

The main route change sees a revised route in East Hull between Bilton Grange and Hull City Centre. Instead of following the current route from Hopewell Road via Holderness Road, arguably duplicating a large part of the 52, the 52 will now operate via Marfleet Lane and Hedon Road into Hull City Centre. This reintroduces links between Wilberforce College and the Preston Road area, and establishes a link to the future industrial development planned along Hedon Road - suggesting Stagecoach are taking a long term view. I've expressed my reservations as to if the 10 is really needed at all before, but this change does at least offer something new, and removes some of the duplication of the 52 that the current route provides.

There are some timetable revisions related to a change in opening times at Andrew Marvell School and Wilberforce College.

Clockwise additional weekday journeys run at 0710 from North Point to the City Centre and at 1435 from Hull to Orchard Park, filling a 60 minute gap in the otherwise half hourly frequency on this section. The 1705, 1735 and 1805 from Hull to Orchard Park are extended to North Point, but the 1405 to North Point is curtailed at Orchard Park Tesco.

Anticlockwise on weekdays there is a new 0748 from North Point to Hull City Centre, the 0900 from North Point to Hull will start at Hedon Road and the 0905 from Marfleet Lane to Hull wil now start in Hull City Centre, operating as a 'full circular'. The 1445 from Hull to Bilton Grange is extended to North Point and there are new 1515 and 1545 journeys from Orchard Park to Hull, filling a 90 minute gap in service. There is also a new 1725 from Hull to North Point, but the 1815 from Orchard Park to Hull is withdrawn.

One other interesting change sees the 0715 clockwise circular service from Hull, and the anti clockwise 1600 from Wilberforce College back into Hull operate via Smith and Nephew, Hessle Road, Askew Avenue, Fiveways, Calvert Lane and Spring Bank West and Chanterlands Avenue, rather than Newland Avenue and Hull University. This is to serve Wilberforce College students, but operates every weekday including college holidays.

The only Saturday change is the withdrawal of the 1745, 1815 and 1845 from Orchard Park to Hull.

Finally one other interesting change sees the 0715 clockwise circular service from Hull, and the anti clockwise 1600 from Wilberforce College back into Hull operate via Smith and Nephew, Hessle Road, Askew Avenue, Fiveways, Calvert Lane and Spring Bank West and Chanterlands Avenue, rather than Newland Avenue and Hull University. This is to serve Wilberforce College students, but operates every weekday including college holidays.

Thursday 30 August 2012

Bye Bye 38 Again ... Hello More Complex 30

The link from Garden Village in Hull to Bransholme's North Point Shopping Centre has seen two changes in the past year. Monday 3rd September sees another change.

Until Monday 4th September 2011, service 38 between Hull Paragon Interchange, Garden Village, Leads Road and North Point operated once an hour Monday to Saturday daytime. Then it was replaced by the 31 which operated from Hull to Kingswood via Garden Village, Leads Road and Barnstaple Road, close to North Point every half hour, Monday to Saturday daytime. Until April 2nd 2012 when the 38 returned every hour, though omitting Leads Road and instead operating the more direct route along Holwell Road between Garden Village and North Point.

From Monday the 38 will be axed again, replaced this time by the 30W in a rather complicated set of changes to the 30/30A/30W corridor.

Currently it is fairly simple; weekday daytimes every 20 minutes a service 30 operates from Hull to North Bransholme via Holwell Road, once an hour extending to Wawne as a 30W, and every 20 minutes a service 30A operates from Hull to North Bransholme via Leads Road. On Saturdays the frequencies drop to every 30 minutes, with Wawne extensions remaining hourly.

Monday's changes retain a 30 every 20 minutes on weekday daytimes, with the Wawne extensions ceasing. Wawne services are transferred to the Leads Road services which remain every 20 minutes. There will be 2 30A's an hour between Hull and North Bransholme, following the same route as now, and 1 30W an hour between Hull and Wawne. The 30W will operate via Garden Village, replacing the 38, and between Bransholme and North Bransholme will operate directly, omitting Bodmin Road - this does speed up journey times by 5 minutes on journeys from Hull. Overall Hull to North Point, Hull to North Bransholme and North Point to North Bransholme remain every 10 minutes.

So in these changes Stagecoach have retained the Garden Village-North Point link while cutting the number of buses per hour between Hull and North Point by 1. Efficient - I guess so. Retains a marginal link - yes. Adds complexity - yes. There are now three distinct route variations, 30, 30A and 30W, as compared to just the 30 and 30A (with the 30W simply being an extension of the 30). Bodmin Road has an awkward 20 minute gap once an hour (though does have other routes into Hull).

Saturday daytimes see the same number of buses between Hull and North Point. The current half hourly 30/30A service is retained (15 minute frequency combined) with the 30W operating as an additional hourly service. This means Leads Road gains a 3rd bus per hour into Hull, but on uneven intervals, while Bodmin Road retains an even interval 15 minute service with no awkward gaps, unlike weekdays. The 'extra Saturday 30W' also means an extra bus per hour from North Bransholme to Hull - and the estate is also served by the current version of the 31 Saturday daytimes, giving up to 7 buses an hour to/from Hull - better than weekdays.

Just for a bit more complexity the Monday to Saturday Wawne journeys at 1810 and 2310 from Hull, and all Sunday Wawne journeys are numbered 30W but follow the 30 route between Hull and North Bransholme? Why not number these journeys simply as 30 - the destination blind will indicate they extend to Wawne. The 30 and (Monday to Saturday daytime) 30W routes are quite different now.

Other changes to the 30 corridor see additional running time for improved punctuality.

New Route Map
New Timetable

Wednesday 29 August 2012

Stagecoach to Smith and Nephew

From Monday 3rd September, Stagecoach in Hull are diverting some weekday journeys on Service 1 between Hull City Centre and the Boothferry Estate via English Street and Jackson Street to serve the Smith and Nephew complex; these journeys will be numbered 1W.

From Hull Interchange, the 0645, 0710, 0730, 0750, 0810 and 0830 will operate via Smith and Nephew, as will the 1706 and 2210 from Boothferry Estate (1728 and 2225 at Smith and Nephew). These journeys will be supplemented by service 10W (of which more in a later post) from Hull Interchange at 0715, and from Smith and Nephew at 1710.

I'm wondering if Hull's recent Local Sustainable Transport Funding award has prompted the Smith and Nephew diversion, with the funding intended to improve access to employment?

In addition service 1, and associated service 2, will have minor timing alterations to improve punctuality.

75 Minor Changes

From Monday 3rd September, EYMS are making two alterations to weekday journeys on service 75. The 1530 from Keyingham to Hull will now operate at 1550, while on schoolays the 1630 from Hull to Withernsea will now start at Wyke College, not Hymers College.

Tuesday 28 August 2012

151 Evening Journeys Retimed

From Monday 3rd September, the Monday to Saturday 1950, 2050 and 2150 EYMS service 151 journeys from Hull to Willerby via Anlaby, and 2020, 2120 and 2220 returns will all operate 10 minutes later.

Shop 5 Minutes Later

From Monday 3rd September, EYMS Monday to Saturday 'shopper' service 184 from Swanland and North Ferriby to Hessle shall depart Swanland 5 minutes later at 0935, and return from Hessle 5 minutes later at 1205.

EYMS Timetable

130 Retimed

From Sunday 2nd September, EYMS will be altering the times of service 130 between Hornsea and Bridlington 'to help buses run on time'. Journey times are extended by 5 minutes in both directions. The weekday 1300 from Hornsea shall depart 5 minutes ealier, and 1405 and 1715 from Bridlington shall depart 5 minutes later, as do all weekend departures from Bridlington. (Some journeys do not run year round).

Monday 27 August 2012

Beverley Town Service Changes

From Monday 3rd September EYMS will be making some amendments to their Beverley Town Services.

Swinemoor Estate service 521 will now divert to serve the recently opened East Riding Community Hospital, with revised times as a result. The 1710 service 521 from Beverley Bus Station, as well as the 1740 service 520 (also to the Swinemoor Estate) will cease to operate due to low usage. Last services are now one hour earlier.

The 1740 service 523 to Molescroft, Cherry Burton and Walkington will cease to operate on Saturdays.

Saturday 25 August 2012

Arriva Goole-Selby Changes

From Monday 3rd September, Arriva service 4 between Goole, Howden, Hemingbrough and Selby will run to slightly revised times.

Arriva Service 8 between Goole, Goole Hospital, Airmyn, Drax and Selby sees more significant changes. Intermediate times change as well as the following journeys:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday:
  • The 0930 and 1230 from Selby to Goole North Street will depart at 0922 and 1224 respectively
  • The 1025 and 1325 from Goole to Selby will depart at 1030 and 1330 respectively
  • The 1130 from Selby to Drax will depart at 1122
  • The 1157 from Drax to Selby will depart at 1150
Wednesday and Friday:
  • The 0930 from Selby to Goole North Street will depart at 0922 and operate via Hook instead of Goole Hospital, before extending to Goole Tesco
  • The 1025 from Goole North Street to Selby will depart at 1030
  • The 1130 from Selby to Drax will depart at 1122, and is extended to Goole North Street via Goole Hospital
  • The 1157 from Drax to Selby is replaced by a 1221 Goole Tesco to Selby Bus Station via Goole North Street and Hook, but not serving Goole Hospital
  • The 1230 from Selby to Goole North Street will depart at 1224
  • The 1325 from Goole North Street to Selby will depart at 1330
It would seem the 8 will require 2 vehicles on a Wednesday and Friday lunchtime. Therefore rather than being a cost saving measure to replace Sweyne service 355, I guess Arriva simply won a tender to provide a service to Hook?

  • All journeys from Goole will operate 5 minutes later:

EYMS Hull to Hornsea Revisions

Services between Hull, Beverley and Hornsea operated by EYMS will have new times from Sunday 2nd September, to provide a more even spaced service across the various routes which are:

220/221: Hull-Aldbrough-Hornsea
920: Aldbrough-Hornsea
240: Hull-Skirlaugh-Hornsea
246: Hull-Beverley-Hornsea

From Hull the hourly 240 will depart at :15 minutes past the hour Monday to Saturday daytime, and the hourly 246 at :50 minutes past the hour. This compares to the current situation of both services departing Hull at :55 minutes past the hour. A significant improvement. However on the shared section of route between Catwick and Hornsea services will be at :54 and :57 minutes past the hour, compared to the current :03 and :37 minutes past the hour. EYMS are prioritising the larger Hull market.

In the reverse direction the 246 will be at :15 minutes past the hour from Hornsea, and the 240 at :45 minutes past the hour, which is a significant improvement on the current situation which sees the 246 depart at :25 minutes the past the hour, and the 240 at :40 minutes. The quicker route of the 240 means it arrives in Hull just 5 minutes after the 246 however. Overall EYMS seem to have co-ordinated the 240 and 246 the best they can considering their different lengths.

A further complicating factor is that the 246 is also co-ordinated with the 121 between Hull and Beverley via Dunswell. From Hull the even interval half hourly frequency is lost, but the service remain well spaced at :25 and :50 minutes past the hour, as compared to :25 and :55 minutes past the hour currently. From Beverley services now depart at :00 and :35 minutes past the hour, no different in terms of spacing than the current :10 and :35 minutes past the hour.

Also noteworthy is extra 240's diverting via Brandesburton. Currently served just by the 2100 from Hull Monday to Saturday (moves to 2055 in the new timetable), the weekday 1630 and Monday to Saturday 2300 will now also serve the village. In the reverse direction the weekday 0710 from Hornsea and Monday to Saturday 1830 join the existing Monday to Saturday 2200 from Hornsea in operating via the village. This provides an improved evening service for Brandsesburton, who's main service - the 246 - does not operate in the evening, as well as links to Hymers College.

Meanwhile the 220 and 221 see minor changes. The weekday 0926 220/221 from Aldbrough to Hull will now operate at 0930 while the Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1345 221 from Hull to Aldbrough moves to 1350, in line with the Tuesday and Thursday 220 1350 from Hull to Aldbrough. The Monday to Saturday 1700 220 from Hull to Hornsea moves to 1705.

The weekday 0725 920 Hornsea-Aldbrough and 0759 return will now operate 5 minutes earlier. The Monday to Saturday 920 1730 from Hornsea to Aldbrough and 1754 return is withdrawn. The 920 is tendered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 230 between Hornsea and Hull is unaltered.

Friday 24 August 2012

Stagecoach Grimsby Cleethorpes September Changes

Stagecoach Grimsby Cleethorpes are making various amendments to service from Monday 3rd September.

Interconnect 3b (Grimsby-Lincoln): This schooldays only variation now departs Grimsby 10 minutes earlier, at 0655, with a new route in Binbrook and Brookenby. The return afternoon journey also uses this unspecific revised route.
12: See here
14 (Cleethorpes-Grimsby-Morrisons): Services from Laceby Acres will now turn right to Morrisons
45 (Grimsby-Immingham-South Killingholme): The 0645 from Grimsby to Immingham (and beyond as service 450) moves to 0630 on schooldays. A new schoolday 0645 Grimsby to South Killingholme is added as a replacement. I presume the vehicle will then work the 552 South Killingholme-Baysgarth School service.
150: See here
450: See here
Humber Flyer (jointly operated with Stagecoach Hull): Minor intermediate timing changes.

On a side note, earlier this year I highlighted some inconsistencies between different Stagecoach timetables for the 45/46/150/450. I'm pleased to see Stagecoach have corrected most, if not all, off them in their new timetables. Two things I'm not quite sure about are:
  • Does the 0715 from Barton run on Saturdays or not? According to the Humber Connections timetable it does, but there is no early Humber Flyer to get the bus to Barton, and there is a 0715 Grimsby-South Killingholme which would make no sense if it did not 'pick up' the 0715 from Barton to Immingham/Grimsby at 0750
  • Does the 0805 from Habrough run on college holidays? I'd guess not from the timetable codes, but seems rather odd to provide a 6 day a week evening peak service to the village without a morning peak service in college holidays

EYMS 56/67/66 Changes

From Sunday 2nd September, EYMS are revising Hessle and Longhill services 56, 57 and 66. The 57 links Hessle, Hessle Road, Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull City Centre, Holderness Road and Longhill, the 56 is a 'short 57' between Hull City Centre and Longhill but serving Paragon Interchange both in and outbound, while the 66 links Hessle with Hull City Centre via the Boothferry Estate, Fiveways and Anlaby Road.

The 56 and 57 have, according to EYMS, been suffering from 'bunching' due to serving busy parts of Hull; the 57 is Hull's only 'cross city' bus route so this is not a surprise. EYMS's solution is to alter the frequency of both services Monday to Saturday daytimes. Currently the 57 operates every 10 minutes, with some extra 56's that aren't shown in the timetable. This will change to the 56 and 57 both running every 15 minutes, giving Hull to Longhill a bus every 7-8 minutes, a more co-ordinated service than at present.

While this maybe better for residents of Longhill travelling into Hull, the Hull to Hessle section sees a frequency reduction from every 10 to every 15 minutes. EYMS say they are retiming the 66 "so that people in Hessle still have plenty of options to get to Hull" - though the 66 remains every 10 minutes and co-ordination between the 57 and 66 is variable, as would be expected with frequencies of every 10 and every 15 minutes respectively.

However, while it is a frequency cut, it's impact probably won't be huge. Hessle to Hull remains at 10 buses an hour, Hessle Road also has Stagecoach's 1. Indeed I wonder if Stagecoach, with their their superior evening and Sunday frequencies, have perhaps been attracting more custom along Hessle Road, hence the EYMS frequency reduction? Finally it's worth noting EYMS haven't always been so frequent along Hessle Road. Back in 2002 the old 67/68 offered a combined 15 minutes frequency.

Monday 20 August 2012


Following on from my post about changes to Stagecoach Grimsby Cleethorpes, Omnibuses posted over the weekend about the issue of e-auctions, and very kindly linked back here.

To read the Omnibuses e-auctions post click here (See also the discussion in the comments section)

Omnibuses has a blog post most days on various aspects of the bus industry.

X36 September Change

Transdev York's X36 is being amended next month:

Variation Accepted by SN: Operating between York and Pocklington given service number X36 effective from 02-Sep-2012. To amend Timetable.

Friday 17 August 2012

Bad??? E-Auctions = Tender Loss = Cutbacks Elsewhere

Stagecoach have now released the new timetable for service 12 in North East Lincolnshire, from 3rd September. The 12, which links Bradley Park, Grange Estate and Grimsby to Cleethorpes and New Waltham, has seen fairly regular changes in recent years, and for a time was the X1, extending to Laceby, Humberside Airport and Hull. In April the service was proposed with withdrawal entirely. The current timetable provides a roughly hourly service Monday to Saturday, with a large mid-afternoon gap on weekdays.

From September the 12 sees significant cutbacks on weekdays. Stagecoach have placed a lengthy explanation online. The blame is attributed to North East Lincolnshire Council's e-auction system, used to tender school transport, which Stagecoach has unspecified concerns about, so does not participate in. As a result they have lost two contracts for services to Healing School.

The 12 had been interworked with those Healing School contracts, the financial return from which covered the maintenance, tax and insurance costs of the buses involved, according to Stagecoach. Therefore the company says they are unable to continue operating the current service 12 timetable. Clearly the service can only cover it's variable costs, with the remaining journeys to be operated by fitting the journeys into existing schedules.

The main market served by the 12 is the elderly, and those with mobility difficulties, who can't easily access more frequent services on main roads. Therefore it is hardly a surprise the service is marginal, with regular changes, often cuts - but very important to those who use it.

So what is the new weekday timetable? 5 journeys from Bradley Park to New Waltham at 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300 and 1400. And 5 journeys in the other directon; 1040 from Grimsby to Bradley Park, 1100, 1200 and 1300 from New Waltham to Bradley Park, and 1400 from New Waltham to Grimsby. Basic.

What to make of this? I don't know what Stagecoach's issues are with e-auctions, and how valid they are. If they are justified, then Stagecoach deserve credit for trying to find a way to keep some form of basic weekday service, on I presume a commercial basis.

The new timetable also contains a very big oddity. An unchanged Saturday timetable, including peak journeys extending from/to Waltham. On Saturdays there are some spare buses that can be used to provide an enhanced service, so an 'all-day' 'stand alone' service can easily be provided, with the fixed costs covered by weekday operations. However it seems very odd that the peak journeys remain. Who would travel on the 0715 from Waltham on Saturdays only for example? Unless they are tendered, retaining the Saturday peak service is very odd ball. At a time when councils and commercial operators alike face significant financial pressures, I'm surprised they remain.

Finally these changes once again put into focus whether the 12 is actually needed. Earlier this year I came up with some suggestions on how the 12 could be replaced between Bradley Park and Cleethorpes, with just the need for a remaining 1 vehicle Cleethorpes-New Waltham service. Any comments welcome on whether it's maybe time to put the 12 'to bed' and cover it in other ways.

Monday 13 August 2012

October EYMS Nightbus Change

From VOSA:
Variation Accepted: Operating between Hull University and The Lawns given service number 107N effective from 04-Oct-2012. To amend Timetable.
The 107 currently runs in the early hours of Thursday and Sunday mornings, with journeys departing Hull University at 0215 and 0245.