This year the 1 between Skegness and Chapel St Leonards won’t run after 19:15, Monday to Saturdays. Originally under RoadCar there were only two journeys from Skegness after 6pm, at 20:30 & 22:30. The hourly frequency operated over the past few winters has been admirable, but was it commercial or funded by Lincolnshire County Council?
If Stagecoach can’t make the service work hourly during the evenings, whats happened to the County Council supported services once provided? Until this year, in the timetable for Stagecoach’s commercial half hourly summer evening services, the departures from Skegness at 20:30 & 22:30 were still marked on the timetable as being LCC supported. This ceased this summer, possibly as a result of the cuts made back in April 2011.
Sunday services will remain half hourly but will start 30 minutes later in the mornings compared to last year. This looks like it’s to provide a later finish for the 1 at 18:05 rather than 17:35 to compensate for the loss of the last service Sunday evenings at 18:10 on the InterConnect 9.
Moving on now to something I’m vey saddened to see happening. The complete withdrawal of the two hourly Sunday service on the InterConnect 9 between Skegness and Mablethorpe. I used the service myself on Sunday afternoon and a number of people were travelling. Funnily enough I did consider possible winter cuts but thought the service seemed “healthy” and with the enhanced 2 hourly frequency from the 4 journeys previously offered Sundays, I didn’t see the complete withdrawal coming at all. Going back to the 4 journeys would of been wonderful compared to nothing!
Something new this year sees the 1A off for winter hibernation, while the 3 remains in service. Normally the 3 finishes for the winter (being the open top service) and the 1A runs a circular route around Sea Lane, Ingoldmells Church and Anchor Lane. On analysing the timetable the 3 will run to the same times more or less as the previous winter 1A timetable, combining at Fantasy Island with the 1 to run every 10 minutes towards Skegness.
So in a nut shell, thats the summary of the new Skegness winter season timetables. The withdrawal of the Sunday service on the IC9 is a particular disappointment to your writer!