Sunday 29 April 2018

Service 121 split, plus 120 and X20 replaced by new 13

From Sunday 6th May, EYMS is splitting one of it's main interurban services into two. Service 121 currently links Hull, Beverley, Driffield, Bridlington, Filey and Scarborough, but from next Sunday only the Hull to Bridlington section remains as service 121, with the Bridlington to Scarborough section becoming new service 12.

EYMS say this change is due to the length of the route and that "it can get delayed by busy traffic, accidents and roadworks, especially in the busy summer months". It certainly is a long route passing through six towns or cities en-route as well as busy tourist areas. EYMS state that the new shorter 121 and 12 routes should be more reliable and less likely to be delayed - delays in Hull shouldn't affect a Filey to Scarborough passenger for example.

However for anyone travelling across Bridlington a change is now required unless the Summer Only X21 or the train is suitable for your journey, and whilst connections will be available between the 121 and 12, they won't be guaranteed.  Connection times northbound vary between 1 and 28 minutes and southbound between 5 and 20 minutes. There are also some slight 'misconnects', such as the Monday to Saturday 0726 service 12 arrival into Bridlington missing the 0720 service 121 departure and the 1924 weekday arrival into Bridlington on the 121 missing the 1920 service 12 to Scarborough (on the weekends the 1924 arrives at 1919 giving a one minute connection that is probably not best to rely on).

Looking in more detail at the new timetables, both the cutback 121 and new 12 remain hourly daily. Focusing on the 121, the Monday to Saturday 0635 from Bridlington to Hull now starts in Driffield at 0653 (0703 Sat), removing the only pre-9am bus arrival into Hull from Bridlington and the villages en-route to Driffield. The vehicle for this service must work 'dead' to Driffield as there is no corresponding arrival into the town. There are however new Monday to Saturday 0720 and 0825 departures from Bridlington whereas in the current timetable after the 0635 there is no southbound 121 from Bridlington until 0925. Also on Monday to Saturday mornings 0620 Hull to Nafferton (north east of Driffield) and 0635 Hull to Scarborough are consolidated into a 0630 Hull to Bridlington. On Sundays the 1000 from Driffield to Hull starts back in Bridlington at 0925, providing an hour earlier first departure from the seaside town.

In the evening the 1835 from Hull to Beverley is extended to Nafferton, filling a two hour gap on the Beverley to Nafferton section of route, and also runs on Sundays, but the 1930 Bridlington to Hull now starts in Nafferton, meaning the last southbound 121 from Bridllington is at 1830 (with a 45A following 20 minutes later Monday to Saturday).

Turning to the 12, which falls under EYMS's Scarborough and District brand, and the 0535 Monday to Saturday service 121 departure from Scarborough is not replaced on the new 12, meaning the first service is now 0630. The 0720 from Scarborough on Sundays is also withdrawn, with the first service now at 0905 on the 12, though for (presumably) eight months of the year new service 13 has earlier departures at 0750, 0820 and 0845 (the later just to Filey). In the opposite direction the current gaps between 0815 and 1000 in Monday to Saturday departures from Bridlington reduces to 0835 to 0925, whilst on Sunday mornings the first departure from Bridlington is at 0925 rather than 1000. Strictly speaking outside of the remit of the blog, but from Hunmanby (south of Filey) into Scarborough, Sunday morning departures generally operate about half an hour earlier, starting at 0754 rather than 0826.

In the evening there is a new 1945 service 12 from Scarborough, 85 minutes later than the current last 121 at 1820, and a new 2020 Bridlington to Scarborough, 60-65 minutes later than the current last 121.

At the same time as converting the northern part of the 121 into the 12, EYMS (under their Scarborough and District brand) have consolidated their Summer 120 and X20 services into new route 13. I say Summer but the 120/X20 have usually operated for 8 months of the year between early March and early November, neither of which can be called Summer! The 120 runs between Bridlington, Filey and Scarborough via various holiday camps hourly daytimes and the X20 are Filey to Scarborough shorts again operating hourly daytimes.

Whilst the 120 and X20 have been well co-ordinated - every half hour from Scarborough and every 20-40 minutes from Filey back into Scarborough, and the 120 and X20 provided a half hourly northbound service from Bridlington and an almost every twenty minute frequency from Filey into Scarborough, leaving Scarborough the 120 and 121 have been just ten minutes apart.

With the new 13 - that still provides an hourly Scarborough to Bridlington service and hourly Scarborough to Filey short - southbound co-ordination is much improved. The 12 and 13 combine to provide a services every twenty minutes from Scarborough to Filey, and although the Scarborough to Bridlington service isn't every half hour, every 20-40 minutes is better than every 10-50 minutes. From Bridlington northbound remains half hourly, every 20 minutes from Filey.

There is a new 0820 service 13 from Scarborough, but the 1805 Scarborough to Reighton Sands Holiday Village and 1920 Scarborough to Bridlington 120 journeys are combined into a 1845 Scarborough to Bridlington 13.

Interestingly the 12 and 13 appear to have some 'interworking', which may mean some changes to the 12 are needed in November when the 13 will presumably end for the year as it's predecessors the 120 and X20 did. The 0750 13 from Scarborough seems to form the 0925 12 from Bridlington. The 1845 13 Scarborough to Bridlington seems to return as a service 12 at 2020 from Bridlington, and the 1945 12 from Scarborough to Bridlington seems to return as a service 13 at 2050 from Bridlington.

Saturday 28 April 2018

EYMS 78/79 Minor Improvements

EYMS Services 78 and 79 between Hull and Hedon will serve the bus stop at the Siemens Factory in East Hull from Tuesday 8th May as part of their route through Victoria Dock - I'm not sure of the specifics of the road layout but they had been going close to the factory already. Together the services provide one bus an hour Monday to Saturday daytimes (not quite hourly due to the different routes used by the 78 and 79). The Siemens Factory is also served by Stagecoach's 16.

A new 1618 service from Hedon Imans Estate into Hull on service 79 is also introduced on weekdays at the same time, filling a gap in departures from the Inmans Estate on services 78/79 between 1527 and 1755, a gap in departures from Hedon to Paull village between 1334 and 1802 (times at Hedon Thorn Road Corner) and an hour's gap in the overall Hedon to Hull service between 1554 and 1654 (times from Thorn Road Corner).

A Loss and An Addition in Beverley

From Tuesday 8th May there are two changes to EYMS's 520/521 Beverley Town Services.

The Monday to Saturday 0725 520 from Beverley Bus Station will no longer operate, with the first service now an hour later at 0825. The 0725 had been subsidised by East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of a contract that also included a morning service on route 122, but the funding was withdrawn at the end of March.

More positively the current Saturday only 1455 521 from Beverley Bus Station will now also operate on weekdays, filling a two hour gap in the 521 timetable and an hour's gap in the combined 520/521 service.

Sunday 22 April 2018

EYMS new 80

EYMS's long standing service 180 between Beverley, Cottingham, Willerby, Anlaby, Hessle, North Ferriby and Swanland comes to an end after operation on Saturday 5th May, as does it's more recent 'sister' route the X80 between Beverley and Hessle. Both services operate every two hours Monday to Saturday, with some peak time extras.

The main replacement is new Monday to Saturday hourly service 80 between Beverley and Hessle, which will mostly use the route of service X80, operating direct between Beverley and Cottingham via the A164, before serving Castle Hill Hospital, Willerby Shopping Park, Willerby Square, Anlaby, First Lane and Hessle. Looking at the new timetable it seems Flemingate in Beverley will be served both inbound and outbound as opposed to the current 'loop' arrangement which sees buses serve Flemingate outbound only, but with inbound passengers able to stay onboard at Beverley Bus Station.

Looking in more detail at the timetable there is a two hour 10 minute gap on weekday afternoons from Beverley between 1355 and 1605 and a two hour 15 minute gap from Hessle between 1405 and 1620. The last weekday departure from Beverley is 35 minutes earlier at 1705 compared to 1740 on the X80, whilst from Hessle the last departure is 20 minutes earlier at 1720 compared to 1740 on the 180. On Saturdays the last departure from Hessle is 35 minutes earlier at 1705 rather than 1740 on the 180. If the service is to be worked from Beverley depot there appears to be 'dead running' for one vehicle to Hessle in the morning and for one vehicle back to Beverley in the evening. It is a shame these couldn't be run in 'service' given the 80's fairly direct route.

For those destinations served by the 80, this is a significant improvement. I can see Cottingham to Beverley fast being a good market; Cottingham is a very large village and is also home to one of the regions main hospitals - Castle Hill. In addition a limited evening and Sunday fast service between central Cottingham and Beverley is available on service X47. For the Cottingham to Hessle section what is currently two buses every two hours now becomes a standard hourly service.

The three villages between Beverley and Cottingham served by the 180 but not the X80 or the new 80 - Walkington, Little Weighton and Skidby - become served by the new 63 every hour. The new 63 maintains hourly links to Beverley, Castle Hill Hospital and Cottingham Village Centre currently provided by the 61 and 180, and increases the link to Hull City Centre and Hull Royal Infirmary currently provided the 61 every two hours, to every hour. The trade off is the loss of a service to Willerby, Anlaby and Hessle; to me at least that is a trade off worth making.

For the other areas served by the 180 but not the new 80, there is either no, or only a partial replacement. Between Cottingham and Hessle the only difference is that the Willerby Parkway area is no longer served. This area won't be 'bus less' as the 35 and 44A provide a link into Hull every 90 minutes, but links to Beverley, Cottingham, Castle Hill Hospital, Anlaby and Hessle are gone without a long walk to catch the 80 (Kingston Road does have the 154 to Castle Hill Hospital).

The section of the 180 between Hessle, North Ferriby and Swanland is cancelled almost without replacement. The 153 continues to link North Ferriby and Swanland, and the two villages to Anlaby, but Swanland and North Ferriby no longer have links to Hessle, Willerby, Castle Hill Hospital or Cottingham, and neither does Swanland to Beverley. It is worth noting a passenger from Swanland could only spend 45 minutes in Beverley on weekdays with the current 180 timetable. If the Hessle Town Service was still around it could have been an option to reduce the frequency to incorporate North Ferriby and Swanland, but sadly it's not, and no easy replacement options exist.

The one replacement introduced for this section is the extension of service 143 to North Ferriby. Service 143 provides one Monday and two Wednesday and Saturday round trips between Melton, Brough, South Cave and Beverley and will now start/finish in North Ferriby, maintaining a North Ferriby to Beverley link.

Saturday 21 April 2018

Hornsea Town Service Reductions

From Tuesday 8th May, the EYMS operated Monday to Saturday service 550 Hornsea Town Service will have a reduced timetable; while the timetable remains mostly hourly during the daytime there are cutbacks at the start/end of the day and in the middle of the day. I presume this is to allow one vehicle and driver to operate the service all day?

In the morning the 0740 from Hornsea EYMS Depot to Hornsea Freeport no longer runs, with the first journey in this direction becoming the 0819 from Hornsea Caravan Park (0820 at the EYMS Depot). In the middle of the day the 1130 from Hornsea Freeport and 1200 return from Hornsea Caravan Park cease, leaving a two hour gap in the timetable. Then in the afternoon the 1630 Hornsea Freeport to Hornsea Caravan Park, 1700 return and 1730 Hornsea Freeport to Hornsea EYMS Depot end - the last departure from Hornsea Freeport will now be at 1530 and from Hornsea Caravan Park at 1600.

Sunday 15 April 2018

Hull to Beverley gains an extra hourly frequency

EYMS are making widespread changes to their services from Sunday 6th May. While there are service withdrawals and reductions, there are also some positives, including between Hull and Beverley.

Currently Monday to Saturday daytimes the frequency is every 15 minutes (excluding the longer 61, to become 63, via Cottingham), with three services an hour via Dunswell and Woodmansey (routes 121, 122 and 246), and one via the A1079 (route X46). Of the three Dunswell routes, a half hourly service operates into Beverley via Swinemoor Lane and Hull Bridge Road (routes 121 and 122) and an hourly service via Flemingate (route 246).

From Tuesday 8th May the 246 is doubled to half hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes between Hull and Beverley, improving access to the relatively new Flemingate shopping and leisure complex, which is also home to East Riding College. Combined with the 121 and 122 this will provide the Hull-Dunswell-Woodmansey-Beverley corridor with a service every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes (due to the different routes in Beverley, intermediate points going into Hull don't quite have an even interval service). The X46 moves 'outside' this 'every 15 minute daytime pattern' but combined with the 121/122/246 means the Hull to Beverley direct frequency becomes five buses an hour.

This is a significant and welcome improvement, especially for Dunswell and Woodmansey. It was only in May 2015 that the 122 was introduced, taking the Hull to Beverley corridor from three buses an hour to four, and the Dunswell route from half hourly to three buses per hour. Now just under three years later further increases are being made. Both Hull and Beverley City/Town Centres seem to be doing well, and the route via Dunswell and Woodmansey benefits from travelling through virtually no open countryside. When you then add in the 121, 122, one 246 per hour, and the X46 extending beyond Beverley Bus Station to serve other destinations, and hence not reliant just on Hull to Beverley inclusive passengers, there would appear to be the 'ingredients' for success.

I will review the 121 and 246 full route timetables in more detail later, but off note on service 246 between Beverley and Hull on weekdays is a new 1750 from Beverley, 30 minutes later than the previous last 246 and a new 1850 from Hull, filling the half hour gap between the 1835 121 and 1905 X46. On Saturdays there is a new 0605 service 121 from Beverley to Hull, an hour earlier than the current first service.

The 122, which after linking Hull and Beverley Sow Hill Bus Station operates as a Beverley Town Service and extends through Molescroft to Butterfly Meadows, has it's first weekday departure move 10 minutes earlier, at 0741 rather than 0751 from Butterfly Meadows. The weekday only 0800 from Sow Hill Bus Station to Butterfly Meadows and back is withdrawn - this was East Riding of Yorkshire Council subsidised until the end of March and was an extra service over and above the main hourly frequency. In the 2016 Review of Bus Services this journey and an associated extra service 520 journey was recorded as carrying an average four passengers per journey at a subsidy of £5.87 per passenger journey.

The X46 between Hull, Beverley and York is retimed, now leaving Hull Monday to Saturday daytimes at half past rather than ten minutes past the hour, and York Station at 47 rather than 17 minutes past the hour. The first departure from Hull at 0605 now operates ten minutes later on weekdays and half an hour later on Saturdays. The first departure from York is now half an hour later on Saturdays as well, at 0705 rather than 0635. There is a new 0720 from Beverley into Hull Monday to Saturday, though on Saturdays this replaces the 0750. Weekdays now have a 90 minute gap on the Pocklington to Hull section between 0805 and 0935 but on Saturdays the morning Beverley to Hull service remains a consistent hourly frequency.

In the evenings Monday to Saturday the 1810 from Hull to York terminates at Beverley, with the last Hull to York service now at 1730 Monday to Thursday; the 1910 Hull to Pocklington remains, as does the Friday and Saturday 2005 from X47 from Hull to York. Departures from York across the X46/X47 drop from 14 (Mon-Thu)/15 (Fri+Sat) to 13/14, with the last service slightly earlier at 1947 rather than 2008 Monday to Thursday and 2205 rather than 2223 Friday and Saturday.

Sunday 8 April 2018

North Lincolnshire Bus Changes

North Lincolnshire Council (NLC) are planning to make some significant changes to subsidised bus services "at the earliest practicable opportunity". The approach to bus services is summarised as:
  • "Utilise CallConnect where passenger numbers are currently low and the current service is infrequent;
  • Introduce fixed routes with CallConnect where there is sufficient demand;
  • Work to Total Transport principles of integration with school and college transport where possible;
  • Invest in concessionary fares at an annual cost of circa £1.8m;
  • Review existing networks to encourage strategic direct routes supported by CallConnect; and
  • Aim to increase the number of commercial routes operating across North Lincolnshire."
In terms of impacts on fixed/traditional services, the NLC documentation goes into some detail as to what is planned, although there are still plenty of unknowns.

Kirmington/Humberside Airport to Brigg and Scunthorpe

A new two hourly X4 services is proposed between "Kirmington/Humberside Airport" and Scunthorpe, which will operate in addition to service 4 between Brigg and Scunthorpe but via a "quicker and more direct route" - this would probably mean omitting Broughton and/or routing via Brigg Road rather than Ashby between Brigg and Scunthorpe. It is noted that a "key aim is to make the service more attractive for young people, thereby encouraging them to make greater use of the service and improving their opportunity to be both economically and socially active".

The new X4 will replace "the need to operate the [subsidised Saturday] service 366 (Goxhill to Scunthorpe via Brigg)". Subsidy will be available initially for the X4 to "encourage new passengers" and hopefully enable full commercial operation in the future. Apparently these changes also enable a "reconfiguration of the Brigg town services" 

I can only presume that the intended operator is Hornsby Travel, who operate the 4. A faster service between Brigg and Scunthorpe should have potential as journey times are currently not competitive with the car; this does however come at the cost of omitting significant en-route destinations, Broughton and/or Ashby. New links from Humberside Airport to Scunthorpe, and a much improved service from Humberside Airport to Brigg and from Kirmington to Brigg and Scunthorpe are also very much welcome. Furthermore if the X4 can eventually become fully commercial that would be some positive news for rural buses.

The villages of Wrawby, Barnetby New Barnetby and Melton Ross, between Brigg and Kirmington are not mentioned. Wrawby will almost certainly be served by the X4, and if the X4 is to serve as a 366 replacement and have a chance of being commercially viable in the future then surely Barnetby will be as well?

The 68 Wolds Villager between Brigg and Kirmington/Ulceby isn't mentioned either. The 68 provides 7 weekday journeys from Barnetby into Brigg, and 6 in the other direction, with some also serving New Barnetby, Melton Ross, Humberside Airport and Kirmington, plus Wootton and Ulceby on Tuesday and Thursdays. The new X4 could replace a large part of the what the 68 currently does if it serves Barnetby, albeit at a slightly lower daytime frequency.

Something else which isn't clear is if the X4 will serve Goxhill, New Holland, Barrow, Thornton Curtis, Wootton and Ulceby on Saturdays as the 366 does. Neither is it explained how these changes will allow the Brigg Town Services to be "reconfigured".

Humber Flyer/450

NLC propose that the Humber Flyer between Hull, Barton, Humberside Airport, Grimsby and Cleethorpes is rerouted away from the A15 to include Ulceby, Wootton, Thornton Curtis and Barrow. The press release makes this appear definite, but the NLC report states that discussions with Stagecoach are ongoing; I'm not sure if the Humber Flyer is fully commercial these days or if it still receives contributions from the various local councils it serves, but either way it's not NLC's route to just alter as it wishes.

On the one hand rerouting the Humber Flyer away from the A15 to serve four additional villages will hopefully generate additional custom, but with a longer journey time. For Ulceby, Wootton, Thornton Curtis and Barrow this will be a significant improvement, should it happen. The current 450 provides two to four services a day Monday to Saturday between Barton, these villages and Immingham, with the last bus from Barton to Thornton Curtis, Wootton and Ulceby on schooldays at 1215; connections to Grimsby are available at Immingham but they give a maximum 85 minutes in Grimsby. The Humber Flyer would provide a far superior hourly Monday to Saturday service, including commuting options, to Barton, to Grimsby without a change, and new links to Hull and Cleethorpes.

This change to the Humber Flyer would enable the 450 Immingham-Barton-Brigg service to be enhanced between Barton and Brigg, where four services a day are currently provided. My experience from ten years ago was that the non-schools services didn't get a huge amount of use on this section, but whether that is still the case or not I don't know.

The future of the Immingham to Barton section is unclear; NLC's report states "the intention, subject to the above is to then enhance Service 450 in its current form with an improved service running between Barton and Brigg"; current form to means me not cancelling half the route between Immingham and Barton, but with a diverted Humber Flyer would it be needed? NLC note that service 5 will continue to serve South Killingholme so the only unserved location would be Ulceby Skitter which has the train (and CallConnect). The current 450 is very poor for access to Immingham anyway as it doesn't serve the town centre. The through links across Barton would be lost but operational convenience probably plays a large part in them existing anyway.

Kirton Klipper/94/95

NLC propose to incorporate the Kirton Klipper (354) town service in Kirton in Lindsey into the 94 between Kirton and Brigg. The 94 would serve an "additional loop of Kirton in Lindsey" rather than Gainsthorpe/Lime Sidings, which apparently "seldom has any passengers". The Kirton Klipper currently operates 3 days a week but the 94 will operate 5 days a week "peak and off peak" and provide access to Brigg. It will also probably save a vehicle. Frequencies within Kirton will however be lower at every two hours and exact route details are not provided.

It is reported that Kirton in Lindsey Town Council supports the proposal, and overall it could be a good decision. Saving a bus, providing a five day a week service and new links to Brigg are probably worth the frequency reductions three days a week and the loss of reportedly little used Gainsthorpe services.

NLC also plan to alter the 94/95 route between Scawby, Brigg and Scunthorpe. Currently the 94 operates into Brigg via Scawby then operates to Scunthorpe as a 95 via Scawby. This means say a Hibaldstow to Scunthorpe passenger would travel via Scawby twice. The change will see "residents from Scawby travelling to Scunthorpe will catch service 94 to Brigg and then onto Scunthorpe. As such, they will no longer have the inconvenience of having to change buses in Brigg." This presumably returns to the old arrangement of running the Brigg to Scunthorpe section direct, providing a further additional fast buses between the towns in addition to the X4 noted above. Quite how the majority of Scawby residents who currently have the 95 into Scunthorpe without going via Brigg will benefit though I don't know, and I thought the 94/95 required no change of bus in Brigg? 

The withdrawal of the Saturday 366 noted earlier will reduce the bus service to Scawby unless the Saturday 94/95 is enhanced.

Service 55

Service 55 currently links Normanby, Burton upon Stather and Thealby to Winterton on weekdays then continuing to Scunthorpe via Appleby and Santon. It's not intended to be the main service from Normanby, Burton Upon Stather and Thealby to Scunthorpe - that's the 60 - but seems to fulfil three 'markets'
  • Normanby, Burton Upon Stather and Thelaby to Winterton
  • Appleby to Winterton
  • Appleby and Santon to Scunthorpe
NLC state the 55 has "few passengers" "between Appleby and Scunthorpe", not mentioning the rest of the route, and is to be replaced by 'flexible' CallConnect and a fixed CallConnect service on Fridays between Appleby and Scunthorpe that will also include Dragonby. A drastic cut in traditional/fixed bus provision, but with no data provided on passenger numbers it isn't clear if it is a justifiable cut or not. It is a shame that the local links into Winterton, also useful for Humber Fastcat connections, will be left entirely to flexible CallConnect, and that a fixed CallConnect service can't be provided for these, but again no passenger number data is provided to review how justified this decision is.

I'm not a huge fan of flexible CallConnect replacing existing services - you can't just go to a bus stop and catch a bus unlike traditional bus services or indeed fixed CallConnect services (a traditional bus service using a CallConnect bus). I would rather CallConnect is kept just for gaps in the public transport network that could never be realistically filled by traditional bus services. However if services really are very little used then maybe flexible CallConnect is the way to go.

Isle Shopper

The 58 Isle Shopper that currently operates on Wednesdays and Fridays into Epworth from Wroot and Sandtoft, and which also provides an Epworth Town Service, is to be replaced with a Friday only fixed CallConnect service, with no details on the exact route provided. It is disappointing to see the fixed service being cut back to once a week, but at least a fixed service remains and I'm sure there will be a cost saving.

The documentation from NLC also reveals that CallConnect in North Lincolnshire had 3091 registered users in October 2017, with 2510 journeys. Usage "continued to grow", and "was increasing month on month in the Brigg, Caistor, Ridge, and the Barton and Ferry CallConnect areas".

Monday 2 April 2018

Hessle Town Service withdrawn

The 183 Hessle Town Service operated for the last time on Easter Saturday, March 31st, another loss due to the withdrawal of East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) funding. Stagecoach had been operating the service for it's final five months. The route provided an approximately half hourly service around Hessle, Monday to Saturday mornings and early afternoons. ERYC's 2016 Review of Bus Services documentation shows the 183 had an average five passenger per journey at a subsidy of £3.29 per passenger journey; annual passenger numbers 13308.

Other than parts of Hull Road, I believe the 183 served areas otherwise without a bus service (I'm not 100% familiar with exact 183 route so please correct me if I am wrong). For parts of the 183 route, other services are within walking distance, with the 350, Humber Flyer and X55 all operating along Boothferry Road in North Hessle, and the 155 and 180 also serving parts of North Hessle. Apart from the 180 however, none of these routes serve Hessle Town Centre. Sainsbury's Superstore near Priory Park also becomes 'bus-less' (though Hull Road served by the 57 is within walking distance if you don't have much shopping), as do the areas south of Hessle Town Centre (Southfield in southern Hessle is however 'home' to Hessle Station).

Sunday 1 April 2018

Service 270 Ends

Maundy Thursday, March 29th, was the last day of operation for service 270, which provided a single journey from Driffield to Beeford on weekdays, departing Driffield George Street at 1710, and starting back at Driffield School on schooldays. The service had been operated by EYMS since November under contract to East Riding of Yorkshire Council, who have now withdrawn their funding for the service. It had an average five passengers per journey at a subsidy of £8.03 per passenger according to the council's 2016 Review of Bus Services documentation

Nafferton has alternatives on routes 45/46 and 121, as well as the train, however for Wansford, North Frodingham and Beeford the last departure from Driffield is now on service 136 at 1540. The 136 provides a commuting friendly service to/from Bridlington for North Frodingham and Beeford, but not from Driffield. Driffield School have arranged a replacement taxi for students attending after school activities.