Saturday, 17 November 2012

Grimmer in Grimsby [1]

You've got to Laugh (or Cry!)
There were problems on the rails yesterday between Taunton and Exeter.
But the good news is that your train tickets can be accepted on the bus, namely route 92 between Taunton and Exeter. Bit of a snag ...
... the 92 doesn't run to Exeter.
Now who runs the trains?
And, in case you forgot, who runs those service 92 buses?
You've got to laugh! (or cry!)
Thanks, Bob, for sending fbb this juicy treat.
But it may well be even Grimmer in Grimsby ...

Bus Station Improvement?
Grimsby's famous "Fish Tower"

Grimsby and Cleethorpes Corporation Transport ...
... was absorbed into Lincolshire Road Car, privatised as part of the Yorkshire Traction Group and subsequently taken over by Stagecoach. The Corporation ran trolleybi ...
... and subsequently a motley collection of buses.
Of particular interest, however, was the Grimsby and Immingham Railway.

With silting problems occurring at Grimsby, a problem with that site since it was first used by the monks of the local priory, the owners of the docks, the Great Central Railway were forced to look elsewhere in order to maintain and strengthen their hold on seaborne traffic on the River Humber. The company were looking for a site which could be made accessible at all states of the tide to vessels of up to 6,000 gross registered tons (grt). Taking into account the fact that the deep water channel of the river comes nearest the south bank at Immingham this was chosen as the site for the new deep water dock and estate. Immingham village, and the land purchased for this new venture, were rather inaccessible by road, so an "inter-urban" tramway was built, opening with the new docks in 1912.
The system closed in 1961. The route is still in place as a freight branch; the upper black line in the map extract below.
Nowadays, most bus services have stops on Bethlehem Street near the Station.
Sadly the lads at Stagecoach can't spell "Bethlehem"!
These stops are reasonably convenient for most of the town's traditional shopping streets ...
... and a short walk from the Railway Station. The good old traditional Lincolnshire Road Car bus station on Brighowgate is now closed ...
... and a newer facilty has been provided adjacent to the Freshney Place shopping facility at the opposite end of the town. It is thither that we will repair tomorrow.

 Next Bus Blog : Sunday 18th November 


  1. The 92 used to go to Exeter until earlier this year (more recently as the 92/192 splitting at Cullompton)then was withdrawn and the Tiverton journeys increased and re-numbered 92 (ex 92A). Obviously news travels slowly in the First empire.

  2. Bit of a chronological error, I'm afraid. Grimsby-Cleethorpes Transport was acquired by Stagecoach in 1993 but it was not until 2005 that Stagecoach purchased RoadCar

  3. Thanks NMcB. The brain doesn't always work as well as it might! I must admit that I had forgotten that Stagecoach's aquisition on the Traction group (inc Road Car) was as late as 2005.
    Thank you for the helpful correction.