A new and improved Park & Ride service has been described as a ‘crucial’ part of Hull’s plans for the City of Culture in 2017. Stagecoach East Midlands took over the service on September 29 and rolled out five ADL Enviro200s complete with free WiFi for passengers.
The bus company will operate the buses, with no public subsidy, between Priory Park and Hull city centre, for nearly 12 hours a day from Monday to Friday.
Hull’s Lord Mayor Councillor Mary Glew and Portfolio Holder for Energy City Councillor Martin Mancey joined Stagecoach officials at the Hull Park and Ride site on Priory Way to see the first passengers use the service.
“I recognise a good transport system is absolutely key for the city, particularly with 2017 fast approaching,” said Councillor Glew.
“With all the investment and visitors we will have coming into the city as we run up to the City of Culture year, which will continue through 2017, this service is a crucial part of that system. I’m delighted Hull City Council and Stagecoach are working together to provide such a good service.”
Frequent buses will depart from Priory Park and head into the city centre, via Hull Royal Infirmary, between 0700hrs and 1835hrs Monday to Friday. Departing from the city centre, buses will run between 0713hrs and 1848hrs.
On Saturdays, the service will run from Priory Park 0700hrs to 1800hrs, and from the city centre between 0713hrs and 1813hrs.
Michelle Hargreaves, Stagecoach East Midlands Managing Director, said: “This service is a great opportunity and investment for the company. We believe it can go from strength-to-strength and are proud to play a part in the facilities offered to residents and visitors. We are as excited about the City of Culture year as everyone else and are determined to play an important role in ensuring everyone who comes to Hull has a great experience.”