Replacement bus service making Doncaster to Grimsby journey too slow
I HAD a trip from Grimsby to Doncaster today, trying out the temporary bus connection from Scunthorpe.
Outward, it was no problem but coming back was very different. The bus from Doncaster was slightly delayed and, despite promises from the First Group dispatcher in Doncaster, the train was not held.
The result was a 2 hour 40 minute journey from Doncaster to Grimsby.
This is not acceptable and would put anyone off doing the journey again. There is an alternative route via Gainsborough Central to Doncaster.
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Lots of freight trains are being diverted that way at the moment and Trans Pennine should investigate sending their expresses that way as well.
It is unclear when train services will resume but it seems likely that it will take at least two months.
Grimsby and Cleethorpes are in danger of appearing very isolated during this period.
Northern Trains are diverting their Sheffield to Bridlington and Scarborough trains via an alternative route without the use of buses.
Day-trippers may decide to try Bridlington or Scarborough out instead.
Martin Vickers’ idea of extending the Kings Cross to Lincoln train to Cleethorpes during this period is a nice one but those trains do huge mileages each day and, after arriving at Lincoln, they travel to Leeds depot for servicing.
The extended journey time from Cleethorpes to Leeds at the moment would probably make this impractical as long as the main line via Scunthorpe is closed.