Saturday, 5 May 2018

198 now needs pre-booking

EYMS Market Weighton area service 198 operated for the final time on Friday 4th May, due to the operator giving up this East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) contracted service. Service 198 was introduced last year to replace the previous S1/S2/S3 services. It had operated on Fridays and provided a shopping service from North Cliffe, South Cliffe, Hotham, South Newbald, North Newbald, Sancton, Londesborough and Goodmanham into Market Weighton.

A replacement has been arranged by ERYC, and will be operated by Goole Go Far on Friday's, but with pre-booking required by 1600 on a Thursday. I cannot access the press release anymore, but I am sure ERYC put the lack of a 'like for like' replacement down to financial pressures - they have had to fund replacements for some previously commercial services and it maybe that when EYMS have handed back other tendered services that are continuing with new operators, they are now costing more.

Hotham, South Newbald and North Newbald still have service 143 with one journey into Beverley on Mondays and two on both Wednesday and Saturdays, but the other villages are now devoid of a 'traditional' bus service.

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