Thursday, 5 April 2012

Stagecoach services Easter 2012

Stagecoach have released details of their services over this Easter Weekend.

Good Friday

Sunday service on all routes except the following, which will have a normal Friday service:
Interconnect 3 Grimsby-Lincoln
25 Grimsby-Binbrook-Ludford
Interconnect 51 Grimsby-Louth
150 Immingham-East Halton
450 Immingham-Barton-Brigg
Humber Flyer
(Does this mean that the 150 and 450 will not have through services at Immingham to Grimsby for the day, with the 45/46 running to a Sunday timetable?)

Sunday service on all routes except the Humber Fastcat and Humber Flyer which will have a normal Friday service

Normal Friday service on all routes

Easter Saturday

Normal Saturday services on all routes

Easter Sunday

Normal Sunday services on all routes

Easter Monday

Sunday service on all routes


Good Friday is a weird day for service levels, likely down to historical operating patterns, and in some cases these being enshrined in council tenders. One one hand North Lincolnshire Council is paying for a normal service on the 260 (Barton Villager) and 450, and the 1740 from Scunthorpe to Westwoodside 399 journey. Yet in Grimsby, Grange Estate is without a bus service.

I suspect the optimum service level for Good Friday, Easter Monday and other bank holidays is somewhere between a normal and Sunday service. A Saturday service is probably not the answer, as in some cases it is identical or almost identical to weekday services. A special timetable is probably more suitable, but with that comes the issue of informing customers when exactly the buses will run.

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