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Hessle Town Service withdrawn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).

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