March 26th 2019 @ 15:00: Stagecoach Skegness Seasider 'Rocky' to visit Hull and Corby Star livery hangs on at Stagecoach Midlands
Currently just two of the Scania/East Lancs vehicles in this fleet, 15401 and 15402, have so far received corporate Stagecoach livery. The other three vehicles, 15403/04/05, retain Corby Star livery. They are all based at Kettering depot and whilst nominally for Corby Town services they do appear on other Kettering-worked routes.
Likewise the Kettering-allocated Stagecoach Gold ADL Enviro 400MMCs can occasionally escape from their regular X4 workings. 11130 was yesterday working Corby service 2 and the 49 Corby-Wellingborough route.
Stagecoach East Midlands
The company has announced that Skegness Seasider Enviro 400 19169 ‘Rocky’ is off to Hull for the day this coming Saturday (March 30th 2019).
Rocky, one of the Skegness double decker open top buses, will be visiting the centre of Hull on a planned tour of the East Midlands to promote the Seasiders return for the holiday season.
Stagecoach East Midlands introduced the distinctive brightly coloured family of buses to the resorts of Skegness and Cleethorpes; each bus is an individual character with a name and a seaside theme.
Rocky, Candy, Pierre, Sandy, Salty, Shelly, Milly, Rolly, Sweetie, Sunny and Teddy, Lolly and Splash, launched in Skegness and Cleethorpes in 2015, provide residents and holidaymakers with a fun way of accessing the attractions along the beach.
From 10:00 - 16:00 on March 30th 2019, Rocky will be providing free travel from Bay 4 at Hull Paragon Interchange, returning to the Interchange going via Albion Street, Bond Street, Alfred Gelder Street, Lowgate, Humber Street and Queen Street, every 20 minutes. On board you can expect music, the chance to sit on the open top deck and money off vouchers handed out by Stagecoach East Midlands staff.
This is the first time that a Seasider has ventured outside of their seaside town to provide a free service and the hope is to attract more tourism into the Skegness and Cleethorpes area, where the Seasider buses have become a permanent fixture and an attraction in themselves.
Jon Donnelly, Commercial Manager (North), said: “The Seasiders have been in hibernation all winter and we decided to bring Rocky out a bit earlier and showcase him around Hull.
“The Seasiders family add fun and excitement to Skegness, we aren’t aware of any other buses like them. Hull residents are in for a treat this Saturday and will get a chance to ride on Rocky for free!“