Buses has now looked at 29 of the 31 winners of BSIP cash, and here DAVID JENKINS looks at the last two, plus some of those who might have been expected to get an award, but did not.

North East Lincolnshire will not be getting a new bus interchange in Grimsby from its £4.7m allocation. Currently the 11 stops comprising Riverhead Exchange are spread over four streets arranged in a square. One is Town Hall Street, where three Volvo B7RLE/ Wright Eclipse Urbans wait for their next journey. The buses were new to First and acquired by Stagecoach with the purchase of Rock Ferry and Chester depots.
There was no letter of support from TM Travel for South Yorkshire’s BSIP. Optare Versa 835 (YD63 VDX) in a route specific livery is trailed in morning peak hour traffic by a Stagecoach Yorkshire Enviro200 at Sheffield’s Park Square roundabout.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

This unitary council, which finally brought the whole conurbation of 400,000 residents together in 2019, was awarded £8.9m. Of course, at the time there were two major operators in the area, and the proposals have now been reworked to cater for a post-Yellow Buses world, in which the number of buses serving the area has dropped from 320 to 230.


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