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Future of fixed route bus service decided

3:34 pm, Wednesday, 7th October 2020 - 3 weeks ago

General

A fixed Phone ‘n’ Ride route running between Habrough and Immingham Town every Monday and Wednesday will be reduced from November.

Following a review of passenger numbers on the fixed route service and considering the wider service, the fixed route will only run on a Wednesday from November.

The Monday and Wednesday service was initially introduced on a trial period in March with the full continuation dependent on passenger numbers. Following an extended trial period due to COVID-19, it has been decided to no longer continue with the Monday service.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “When we launched this service, we made clear the continuation would be dependent on passenger numbers. While we have seen use of the service on a Wednesday, this is not the same for a Monday.

“From November, we will move to only operating a fixed route on a Wednesday for Habrough and Immingham residents and will review this again in six months.

“Officers will now begin to explore different options for another fixed route to replace the Monday service and will be liaising with parish councils and community groups as part of this process.”

How do I access the Habrough/Immingham service?

There is no need to register for the service or pre-book if using the fixed route, just hop on and off at one of the stops. If you have mobility issues that require you to be picked up or dropped off closer to your home, you will need to pre-book your trip via the Booking Team at least six days in advance.

A single fare between Habrough and Immingham will cost £1.30 for an adult and 65p for a child (under 16), under 5s travel for free. You can pay by cash or use your contactless card. Please note that multi-trip tickets issued by Stagecoach such as Megariders and Dayriders are not valid on-board. If you have a National Concessionary Fare Bus Pass, you can use the service for free.

Below is the revised Wednesday timetable starting from 4 November 2020.

 Wed  Wed
Cravens Lane, Habrough10.05 Pelham Rd (Near Roxton Practice)12:00
Habrough Railway Station10.10 Immingham Civic Centre12:03
Pelham Rd (Near Margaret Street)10.20 Pelham Rd (Near Margaret Street)12:05
Immingham Civic Centre10.22 Habrough Railway Station12:15
Pelham Rd (Near Roxton Practice)10.25 Cravens Lane, Habrough12:20
Grimsby Bus Station10.50

The fixed route service will continue to run alongside the regular on-demand service and residents may be booked on to the timetabled bus if their journey allows and fits within the timetable.

The timings have been set to run alongside a number of events taking place in Immingham and Habrough.

In line with Government guidance, passengers travelling on Phone ‘n’ Ride buses will be required to wear a face covering unless exempt.

Phone ‘n’ Ride is managed by North East Lincolnshire Council’s regeneration partner, ENGIE, and operated by Stagecoach East Midlands.

For more information on how to register or book a journey visit www.phonenride.com or call (01472) 324440.

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