Starting today is a special seven part series taking a look at a holiday to Yorkshire in which I spent most of my time hunting down buses, depots and scenic spots to photograph them. The seven parts follow my day-by-day experiences in the area.
Day one. Setting off from Norwich at just after 9 a.m. with a four hour, two hundred-plus journey ahead of me. All was well until we reached Middleton on the A47, where a serious road traffic incident had closed the road. First X1 and Konectbus 1 were both diverted, other than an Optare Tempo running the latter which was forced to wait it out for the many hours the road was closed. Among the traffic also was Konectbus SK15HKE, the last of a quintet of Alexander Dennis Enviro400s delivered for the 8. From here on in, I saw just one bus until a mile or so of my holiday destination.
|Seen in Reighton Village is East Yorkshire Motor Services Volvo|
B9TL based Alexander Dennis Enviro400 722
With the suitcases unpacked and the legs stretched I headed to Reighton's main village bus stop to see when the next bus was due - expecting it to be served by a really infrequent service. In the 2011 census, just four hundred and seven residents were traced to the village - near enough the equivalent of the Norfolk village of Beighton, with a population last recorded of 412. But I was shocked. A bus comes through Reighton at least twice an hour through the day in the summer months
The two routes serving Reighton, the 120 and 121, are double decker operated routes - mostly, if not all, coming from the East Yorkshire Motor Services depots in Scarborough or Hull. The 121 is an interesting route; taking an end to end journey time of two hours and fifty four minutes, beginning in Hull the service operates right the way along the East Yorkshire coastline to beautiful Scarborough, operating via Driffield, Bridlington and of course Reighton. The service is complimented by the 120, operating a slightly different route between Scarborough and Birdlington - together providing the two hourly buses mentioned above. Furthermore, around four workings of Yorkshire Coastliner services operate through Reighton to and from Leeds, York, Malton, Filey and Bridlington.
|Yorkshire Coastliner is an operating subsidiary of Transdev|
The next port of call was Filey to head to the local Tesco supermarket. Entirely unknown to me was that Filey Bus Station was right next door to Tesco, sharing the entrance to the car park. Compared to other bus stations, Filey is rather small but the buses which can be found are quite the part. Operated by Transdev Blazefield is the Yorkshire Coastliner, run by a fleet of very smart and well maintained buses, including 2011 delivered Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs. The buses are run out of the Transdev depot in Malton and operate from Leeds to Malton via York, then onwards to Scarborough, Whitby, Pickering, Bridlington and Filey.
That was it for day one of my seven day adventure, other than adventuring around the local village taking advantage of the scenery to use as backdrops for photographs. Keep and eye out for Part Two of my holiday report heading your way tomorrow! The bigger reports from full days will be coming soon...