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.
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