Norwich Buses Blog on Holiday - Part Five

...and that's just the layover area!
Today we take a look at day five of my family holiday in North Yorkshire, during which I spent a fair amount of time photographing buses. The day was most definitely the best, bus wise anyway, from the entire week.

Tuesday. I headed off on my own way today on the bus through the tiny rural village I was staying in. An hourly service is provided by the 121, operated by East Yorkshire Motor Services, through Reighton. This is backed up by a second service, the 120, operating seasonally between Filey and Bridlington - giving Reighton two buses an hour throughout the day during the summer months. All I have ever seen on the route is Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B9TLs and newer Gemini 2 bodied equivalents or Alexander Dennis Enviro400 bodied Volvo B9TLs. From Rieghton to Hull is a journey of just over two hours in time via Bridlington and Driffield. And so, arriving in Hull a little past midday, I was instantly in awe at the sheer number of buses rowed up as far as the eye could see.

A view from bays 1-38 of the impressive Hull Interchange.
Hull has a transport interchange which just about sums up everything I think a bus station should
have. With 38 departure bays in saw-tooth layout and five coach bays, there is enough room to allow decent organisation of services. The layover bay too is enormous, and there never appears to be over crowding or queuing for spaces. The bus station forms part of the Hull Interchange, conjoined with the rail station, city taxi ranks and right opposite the principal shopping centre. Passenger comfort and safety is excellent too - bays are impossible to escape from the doors, meaning passengers must use the safe walkway through the interchange building. At the entrance to the bays are four seats and automatic doors, which are locked and unlocked on arrival of a bus. A large seating area with toilets, is provided alongside commerce stands. Subway, Greggs and WH Smith are all in the interchange, alongside various sole traders with their own stands selling goods such as flowers and phone accessories, Both Stagecoach and East Yorkshire Motor Services occupy a space in the information office, as well as First Transpennine Express. Another slot is filled with a National Holidays booking office. Information is paramount, with electronic displays at each bay, paper displays and maps of the interchange across the building and wall to wall of timetable leaflets in the information office.

Brand new 793 at Hull Interchange working the X46 from York
My biggest reason for visiting Hull was to photograph a UK, if not World, first - with the bus only entering service just a few days before I arrived.

The bus in question is East Yorkshire Motor Services 793 BP15OLH. It's the latest bodywork option on Volvo's Euro 6 B5TL chassis, the Egyptian built MCV EvoSeti. The new combination arrived at Album Conference a few months ago and has since spent its day being inspected by potential buyers. Today, it is a regular on the X46 between Hull and York - and thanks to the very helpful East Yorkshire Motor Services Twitter team, I was able to photgraph it Hull Interchange. In my own humble opinion, the new EvoSeti could be a big competitor for the likes of Alexander Dennis Enviro400s - it looks just as smart and is kitted out quite similarly. Unlike the trend of staircase glazing, MCV uses a discreet approach of lighting the area; this being installing an additional window panel ahead of the final lowerdeck passenger window on the offside. As a result, operators cans still benefit from a full T-Shape side advert space and the bus generally has a much cleaner profile. East Yorkshire's inaugral example features Lazzerini seating, a capacity of 91 passengers and is a 4.2 metre high low bridge example. A standard height 4.35 metre tall and an open top variant are both also on offer.

Stagecoach too have a stronghold share in Hull City Centre
Stagecoach have a stronghold share in Hull. At the time of my visit the City network was made up of nineteen principal services spanning across the area, This excludes services into Lincolnshire branded as Humber Flyer and Humber Fast Cat, A rebrand under the name of Simplibus is due from Sunday 6th September, in which the current unordered service numbering system will be renumbered 1 through to 16, with new and amended services in an attempt to make the operation much easier to passengers/

Notably, the Hull operation is on the Stagecoach Lincolnshire Roadcar licence. Area expert Damon Powell tells me that this move was logical as the Hull operation was run from Lincolnshire, in the same way buses on the Grimsby and Cleethorpes licence were also moved onto the main Roadcar name. From the buses I noted running with Stagecoach in Hull, much of the fleet appears to be transfers from across the country.
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  1. The '64' plate Cummins Enviro 300's in use with Stagecoach Hull have until recently been with Stagecoach in South Wales at Cwmbran depot. They were diverted to Cwmbran replace 17 unreliable MAN Enviro 300's on the marathon X4.