Stagecoach says Hull bus services reduced ‘for rest of this…

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Stagecoach says Hull bus services reduced ‘for rest of this…

Stagecoach says Hull bus services reduced ‘for rest of this year’
2021-11-04 16:37:00
Bus users in Hull will experience reduced timetables for the rest of this year says the regional boss of Stagecoach. The transport company runs 23 transport routes throughout the city as well as links to Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Withernsea. Passengers have faced daily cancellations of services in recent months, mostly blamed on driver shortages. For the latest traffic and travel headline in Hull and East Yorkshire, click here. Services are now going to be reduced even further for the rest of the year, Stagecoach East Midlands has revealed. But Matt Cranwell, Managing Director of Stagecoach says they are training up more drivers. “We’ve had over 750 applicants for our driver roles since August and we now have a strong pipeline of people ready to start working,” he said. Matt Cranwell, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands says drivers shortages will continue for the rest of 2021. (Image: Stagecoach) “This ultimately means that appointing a new driver to getting them on the road can take up to 12 weeks.” Some commuters across Hull have complained in recent weeks they have been forced to walk to and from work as their local bus did not turn up. Stagecoach says the problem isn't going to go away soon, Matt Cranwell added, “unfortunately we had to reduce our timetables for some of our services. “Given the issues, many of which are outside of our control, it is impossible at the moment to say how long we expect this to last for but we are currently planning that reduced timetables will need to be in place for the remainder of this year.”

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