Special bus services are being provided to help people wanting to head into Hull city centre on Sunday 1 January 2017 for the celebrations to mark the start of Hull UK City of Culture.
Stagecoach East Midlands has partnered with Hull City Council and the Hull City of Culture Team who are providing financial support to run over 40 buses across Hull, including the city centre Park & Ride
, on New Years Day when services do not normally operate.
On Sunday 1 January at 4pm Hull UK City of Culture 2017 officially launches with Made in Hull, a not to be missed journey through almost 100 years of the city's history. Led by Hull-born documentary film-maker Sean McAllister, artists will use large-scale projection, soundscapes, site-specific art installations, animation, archive material and interactive live performance to transform iconic buildings, streets, the skyline and other public spaces around Hull's city centre. This is a free event and tickets are not required.
The first night of Made in Hull, which runs over seven evenings, will be followed by In with a Bang, a spectacular fireworks display over the river Humber accompanied by a Hull-inspired soundtrack. This event is also free, but tickets are required.
People planning to head into the city centre for Made in Hull are advised to plan their journeys and where possible use public transport.
Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director at Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “We are delighted to announce that we will be running New Year’s Day services across Hull, demonstrating our commitment to support such an exciting year. We will be providing a reliable and stress free way for people to reach the city centre taking them to the heart of the entertainment that marks the beginning of Hull City of Culture 2017.
“Hull is expected to be very busy on New Year's Day, with people eager to join in the celebrations for the launch. Our services will provide access to the city centre, without the worry of parking, providing passengers with an easy and economical travel option.”
Services will be running from various locations across the city including Boothferry East, Greatfield, Bilton Grange, Kingswood, North Bransholme and North Point with all travelling to the Paragon Interchange. High passenger volumes are expected so customers are advised to board services at the Interchange on their way home.
Buses into the city centre will run every 20 or 30 minutes from 2pm until 6:30pm. Later buses will be running at 8:45pm to take passengers home from the Interchange.
Priory Park & Ride services will run up to every 15 minutes from 2pm with the last return bus leaving from Brooke Street at 10:23pm.
Hull Card, Megarider Xtra and Dayrider tickets will not be valid on New Year’s Day services. Special fares will apply at £3 for an adult return and £2 for a child return. Concessionary passes will still be vaild.
Chris Clay, Technical and Operations Director, Hull 2017: 'We are delighted that Stagecoach are running services on New Year's Day. It will make it much easier for people to get to and from the city centre. Made in Hull is an event that is not to be missed and with cafés, restaurants, bars and shops also set to be open people can make a day of it."
For more information and to view timetables online, visit www.stagecoachbus.com