HUDSONS OF HORNCASTLE
Operating from Lincoln to Horncastle crossing the Witham at Bardney
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yellow undated timetable below from this Lincolnshire
operator shows their
routes from Lincoln to Horncastle, as well as the summer seaside
services to Skegness and Scarborough. The Lincoln via Bardney route had
started in 1928 although there was competition from Wright's of Louth
at the time. The first vehicle was a 14-seat Chevrolet with Applewhite
of Lincoln body. By 1933 the route was extended to Skegness on
Saturdays in the summer. From 1932 another route to Lincoln via
Stainfield and Short Ferry ran on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (it
had been taken over from J Elsom of Horncastle that same year).
Lincolnshire Road Car's presence in the Horncastle area extended with
the takeover of the business of J T Friskney of West Streeet Horncastle
in 1934 which included routes to Louth, Boston, Lincoln via Kingthorpe
and Kirkstead via Woodhall Spa; these formed useful additions to their
existing Lincoln - Wragby - Horncastle - Skegness services.
Hudson depots at both Bardney (Station Road) and Horncastle (Lincoln
works services were operated to the sugar beet factory at Bardney,
which closed in 2001. High capacity double deck vehicles were
from 1956/57. These catered in part for the increase in traffic after
the withdrawal of Road Car's route 10E (Lincoln - Horncastle - Louth)
and the cutting back of Lincolnshire Road Car's route 8A (formerly
Coningsby - Horsington - Lincoln) to operate only between Boston and
Horsington. The withdrawn routes mentioned were purchased by Hudsons
from Road Car for £500 in September 1959. The
connections mentioned in the Hudsons timetable at Horsington for
and Boston with the 8A
route three times a day constituted an important means of travel across
county of Lincolnshire at that period.
Double-deck operation arrived in 1955 with the acquisition of an ex-Lincoln Corporation Leyland TD5 of 1938 vintage, AFE376. This went to Roys of Nottingham in 1958.The largest vehicle to be operated was RFU12, a Leyland Titan PD3/3 Roe-bodied double decker seating 69 passengers (H37/32RD). It was new to Hudson in February 1958 and worked the main route to Horncastle via Bardney. Its predecessor was Titan PD2/22 OBE964 with H33/26R Roe body bought in 1956. Hudsons bought both of these two Roe bodied Leyland Titan double deckers with platform doors new, and both later moved to Holloways of Scunthorpe, OBE in 1970 and RFU in 1972. In later years one man operated single deckers would suffice (see picture below).
As reported at the time in Commercial Motor in summer 1958 Hudson's objected when the Traffic Commissioner obliged them to raise their bus fares to come into line with recently increased fares on common sections of route with Road Car. Mr. J. E. Hudson, a partner in the firm, said "I have carried on this business all my life, and I have been operating the present fares for two years and five months. I do not want to see traffic disappear by putting up my fares. At present my business is on a very sound footing." To support Hudson's case a petition containing 763 signatures was handed to the Commissioners by three regular passengers. Mr. J. F. Parsons, who had prepared it, said Hudson's gave more consideration to passengers, provided a better service than their competitors, and ran better buses. Further support came from the Kesteven Association of Parish Councils and Horncastle Urban District Council. Mr. J. Samuel Gibbon, for Lincolnshire Road Car, submitted that the Commissioners would have to come to an unpopular decision in face of ill informed public opinion. People living on the routes were bound to think that it was in their interests for the fares not to be increased. In July the Commissioners decided in favour of Road Car on roads where they were the more significant operator, thinking that Hudson's fares were too low to be economic without cross subsidy from their coaching operations.
limited company was formed in December 1962 with family directors. The
fleet size at the time was about 20 buses and coaches in a light blue
and cream livery. Subsequently the Hudson's business was taken over by Appleby's
on 1st December 1974 and added to their existing routes in the Horncastle and
area. Thirteen vehicles (two buses, eleven coaches) passed from Hudson to Appleby.
Applebys were operating the ex-Hudsons routes with the Horsington 8A connections still advertised. By 1978 the bus connections between Lincoln and Boston had changed again with Road Car 8A from Boston connecting instead with Road Car 2C to Lincoln at Martin. Applebys now advertised a connection at Horncastle four times a day to their own service to and from Woodhall Spa. Applebys were to undergo their own changes in more recent years. Eventually over the years the Lincoln - Woodhall Spa - Boston route evolved into a direct hourly service, now route 5 and part of the Lincolnshire InterConnect network of bus services, and operated principally by Brylaine. The main ex-Hudsons Lincoln - Bardney - Horncastle route still operates 'independently' as service 10 with PC Coaches of Lincoln.
Undated timetable but possibly a 1960s issue
information from articles and publications (including those by P R
White, G Wise and A Tye)
found in the libraries of Lincolnshire;
an illustrated article on Hudsons appeared in Buses 245 of August 1975.