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Aldbrough Parish Council gets

bus service up and running

    By Andrea Kirk  

ALDBROUGH residents are benefitting from a new bus service after the parish council secured funding to run a new service to Hull.

The new service is being operated by Pearsons of Aldbrough and runs between Aldbrough and Asda at Bilton on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Recently the Gazette reported how Aldbrough residents had been left with a minimal bus service having taken the brunt of the Hornsea bus depot closure. This led to East Yorkshire Motor Services withdrawing all their services from the village route.

Residents had a small reprieve after East Riding of Yorkshire Council announced Acklams Coaches would run the early morning and afternoon peak journey to Hull. The move came after an Aldbrough Parish Council meeting when members of the public voiced concerns about how their children could get to Bishop Burton College if the EYMS service stopped. disembark at Bilton to make a connecting journey.

The replacement Acklams service leaves Hornsea at 6.50am picking up at Aldbrough by 7.08am and arriving at Bilton at 7.32am. The return journey leaves Bilton at 6.03pm arriving back in Aldbrough at 6.27pm. Although the journeys work well for those working in Hull and travelling to college it’s a restricted service. Hence, Aldbrough Parish Council stepped up to see if they could provide something for their residents.

Chair of Aldbrough Parish Council, Sharlah Cantwell said: “Passengers are also unable to use their bus passes on this early morning service so we wanted to see what we could do to help. The parish council are not allowed to use their funds for this purpose, however we have managed to secure funding from the Aldbrough charity shop of £1,000 and the Withernwick wind farm of £500, as well as obtaining a good price from Pearsons to run this additional service for our residents.

“It is very much a use it or lose it service. We’re trialling it for five weeks and if it’s successful we will look at continuing it.

“We have also been successful in working with East Riding Council to ensure bus passes can be taken on this new service however we do need it to be used by full paying passengers too to make it viable in the long term.”

Martin and Beryl Senior from the Aldbrough charity shop said: “We like to support things that support the village and this is what the residents wanted so we’re glad to be able to support it. All the money raised in the charity shop goes back into the village.”

Timetables are available in the village as well as at Sproatley store.

The Pearsons service will be signed 220 and will be predominantly driven by Philip Sellers who previously could be seen frequently driving the Withernsea little bus service before it ceased earlier this year.

Angela Brown from Pearsons said: “A lot of people in the village can’t drive and so they are stuck. We have quoted for the service as cheaply as we possibly can as we’ve been based in Aldbrough for over 40 years and we want to support the residents as much as we can.”

Anyone with any questions about the new service are asked to contact the parish council clerk Nicki Salvidge on: 01964 533148.

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