Connecting communities: £2m Government cash to improve journeys and launch new routes across North Lincolnshire

Transport and Streets
16:50, Tuesday, 19th December 2023

More than £2m Government cash has been confirmed to further improve passenger journeys in North Lincolnshire – with a raft of new services set to be launched too.

Service 260 through the Ferry ward will have extended routes, with pick-ups in South Killingholme, North Killingholme and East Halton and an extended route into Immingham.

An additional 350 Sunday 7.55am service between Scunthorpe, Barton and Hull will also be launched.

The cash will also be used to continue two pilot routes launched earlier this year, with the 97 service becoming the Isle Shopper and extended to cover more Isle villages including Westwoodside and Haxey.

The popular 96 service between Brigg and Barton will become the Wolds Villager and and a new Saturday service connecting Kirton in Lindsey, Brigg and Barnetby to Humberside Airport (Service C4) has been launched (pictured).

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Keeping our communities connected across North Lincolnshire is a priority – we have listened to residents and they have told us they want better buses and better options.

“This latest cash from Government will enable us to be able to deliver this for residents – keeping communities across Ashby, Scunthorpe, Barton, Brigg and across the Isle of Axholme connected.

“These services mean people can connect with family and friends, access health services or simply do some shopping or get to a bank.”

The Council is also looking into improving services between Brigg and Scunthorpe on Sundays and Bank Holidays (Service 4), Scunthorpe and Burringham (service 10) through Monday to Friday, and Scunthorpe to Crowle (Service 90) on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Cllr Tim Mitchell, cabinet member for connectivity, said: “We are committed to ensuring people can access journeys at the times which best serve their needs.

“Along with these new services, we have pledged to make continuous improvements to ensure the best possible experience for passengers.

“The council, Stagecoach, Hornsby Travel and East Yorkshire Buses have signed a charter which commits to provide routes to key communities, to fair and transparent ticketing, and people travelling in comfort and safety on reliable services which are accessible to everyone.

“Passengers expect a safe, comfortable, connected, experience across the network – no matter who they are travelling with or where there are going. These will not be compromised and will make it happen.”

There has never been a better excuse to use bus services across the area, with new pilot routes being established by the council, a commitment to ensure enhanced travel passes are available and the Government’s scheme to cap all journeys at £2.

More information can be found on the bus passes and services page of our website, with further announcements of the new routes expected when they go live.