31 July 2007

Skegness Special

Stagecoach in Peterborough are, for the second year running, operating a special summer service to the seaside - Skegness. Last year and then numbered X7, passengers could opt to travel on Saturdays and Sundays though the former saw a change of bus required in Boston bus station onto the Stagecoach in Lincolnshire Connect 7 service (Boston - Skegness); the latter saw a through service from Peterborough.

This year both days of the weekend see a through journey, now running as X12. The departure time from Peterborough is 0945, allowing connections in Queensgate bus station on Sundays from all areas of the city from other bus services. Peterborough City Council show the service departing from bay 4 though in reality it leaves from bay 20.

Last Saturday saw a duplicate vehicle leave with the main one. Trident 18423 (AE06 GZV) was totally full necessitating Dart 34548 (GX04 EZA) to follow as the service is registered to call additionally at Walton, Market Deeping, Spalding and Boston.

In previous years rather than opt for Skegness, Stagecoach operated service X98 to Hunstanton though following a few years of slight decline 2006 was seen as a year to invigorate the seaside special and judging by the loadings from this year alone it seems to be working. A day return is £9 (£6 child) and a family day return is £20 - pretty good value, too. The bus returns from Skegness at 6pm.