Now You Know What We Did This Summer: Bridlington By Bus, Train and Taxi

A look at Bridlington’s public transport offer

Thanks to previous lockdowns and pandemic conditions, it has been two years since we left our last Now You Know What We Did This Summer round-up. The last entry looked at Bournemouth’s buses, which we found were dirt cheap compared with Greater Manchester’s buses.

The last time yours truly went to Bridlington was nearly 12 years ago. I had an overnight stay there and used Lord Tennyson’s favourite resort as a halfway point between Doncaster and Middlesbrough. There, I was supporting the late great Donna Williams at what became her last UK lecture tour. After seeing her Doncaster lecture, I got Northern’s service to Bridlington (via Goole and Hull), then continued to Middlesbrough by bus via Scarborough.

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Great Olympians of our Time #14: JPT Travel’s P821 SGP

From Orpington to Shudehill Interchange

JPT Travel, Volvo Olympian, P821 SGP, Shudehill
P821 SGP seen in more recent times on JPT Travel’s 118 route, wearing its third mainly blue livery.

We seem to have exhausted our stock of former London Volvo Olympians. On spotting this fellow outside Shudehill Interchange, I thought this vehicle’s previous owner was Yellow Buses of Bournemouth. Not so. P821 SGP came to JPT’s Joshua Lane garage via the North East.

P821 SGP entered service in Christmas 1996 with Metrobus. Following a transfer to Crawley depot, it wore its first blue and yellow livery in 2003. Apart from a brief stay at Godstone, it was purely a Crawley bus and wore Metrobus’ new two tone blue livery in 2007.

Three years on, it was withdrawn by Metrobus and saw continued service for Go-Ahead North East. During its North Eastern sojourn it wore an all yellow livery for its low cost unit ‘Yellow Bus’. By the end of 2011, its present owners JPT Travel purchased it. Fortunately for then, the all yellow livery meant little modification, with only a coat of blue paint for the skirt and the roof.

Though most of JPT Travel’s fleet comprises of low floor vehicles, a handful of commercially operated routes sometimes see step entrance vehicles.

S.V., 07 August 2012.