I rode a Hull bus for an hour to see…

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I rode a Hull bus for an hour to see…

I rode a Hull bus for an hour to see if we are friendlier than Londoners
2022-02-20 05:00:00
It is often said by those familiar with the beautiful city of Hull, that its residents are some of the friendliest in the UK. In fact, in a recent interview with Hull Live, the esteemed BBC presenter Peter Levy went so far as to say: “It's got to be the friendliest city in the UK.” It may not be scientific but one of the best ways to measure the natural friendliness of the inhabitants and workers is to see their interactions with bus drivers. After recent similar investigations of how many people on buses in London and Sheffield said thank you to the bus driver in the course of an hour, I was sent off to see how the people of Hull fared. To read the latest Hull city centre news, click here I chose my bus route carefully to really put the kindness of Hull people to the test by deliberately travelling at the end of the typically tiring working day during rush hour. Asda Kingswood was my destination on the way out from Hull Paragon Interchange shortly after 5pm on bus route number 6, run by Stagecoach. Two hours later, after filling my shopping bags, I set out back to Hull on the number 6 towards Spring Bank. In London, across one hour, a solitary person said thank you to the bus driver. This was the disgracefully low benchmark Hull had to clear to further evidence the friendlier nature of Yorkshire men and women. Across in Sheffield last month, an impressive 84 people thanked the bus driver in the comparable experiment there, posing a difficult target to beat. I am sorry to report Sheffield retains the crown for the most thank yous given in an hour to a bus driver, though Hull's figure was undoubtedly handicapped by the three-quarters empty bus on the way back into the city from Kingswood. Stagecoach, pictured here, and East Yorkshire Buses are the current main bus companies serving the people of Hull from Hull Paragon Interchange. (Image: Stagecoach East Midlands) In total, I counted 30 thank yous to the bus driver across both of the journeys I took. There were 22 on the way out to Kingswood on the much busier bus and 8 back to Hull. An intriguing 80 per cent thank yous came from entry to the bus and sorting their ticket status with the bus driver. Yet, the one use of the appellation “Sir” to address the bus driver came from a man scooting off the bus at Newland Avenue and saying, “Thank you, sir” as he left. It was also noticeable that no matter the interaction from the passenger entering at Hull Paragon on the journey out, even if they did not utter a word to him, the bus driver thanked them for paying or showing their ticket. What are your thoughts on Hull City centre? At least eight passengers paid or showed their ticket and did not say a single word to the bus driver at Hull Paragon. The vast majority of passengers had pre-paid tickets or paid contactle

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