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East Yorkshire Motor Services

East Yorkshire Motor Services
Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TL
in September 2012
Founded 1926
Headquarters Hull
Service area East Riding of Yorkshire
North Yorkshire
Service type Bus & coach services
Depots Hull
Kidderminster (Whittle Coach)
Fleet 339 (July 2014)
Chief executive Peter Shipp

East Yorkshire Motor Services[1] (EYMS) is a bus and coach operator operating throughout Kingston upon Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire, the North Yorkshire coast and the North York Moors. In and around Scarborough, EYMS operates as Scarborough & District Motor Services.[2] The company also operates buses and coaches in Kidderminster as Whittle Coach & Bus.[3]


East Yorkshire Motor Services buses at Hull Paragon Interchange in May 2008
East Yorkshire Motor Services at Scarborough depot in May 2009
Hornsea depot in June 2012

EYMS was originally two companies, Lee & Beaulah set up by Ernest John Lee and Hull & District Motor Services set up by HA Harvey. In 1926 British Electric Traction bought the two and formed EYMS to take them over.[1] In 1968 BET was sold to the Tilling Group and in 1969 Tilling and BET were absorbed by the National Bus Company (NBC). The livery of East Yorkshire was dark blue and primrose until 1972, when it briefly changed to blue with white relief in the NBC corporate layout, but soon this was replaced by NBC poppy red.[4]

In the lead up to privatisation in 1987, EYMS's fleet, which had dropped to 200 vehicles and shared management with Lincolnshire Road Car, suddenly started to grow again. United Automobile Services' depots in Scarborough and Pickering were transferred to EYMS and rebranded Scarborough & District.[5][6]

In February 1987 EYMS was sold in a management buyout led by seven managers.[7] EYMS began to expand, purchasing many of the independent operators in its local area, including Connor & Graham,[8] Cottingham Mini Coaches[3] and Primrose Valley Coaches.[9] The liveries at privatisation were silver/blue, NBC poppy red and NBC's minibus livery of silver, blue and red. The red buses soon started receiving red/grey livery.

The Hardwick's of Scarborough fleet was purchased from Wallace Arnold, Wallace Arnold's last bus company. In Hull some AEC Routemasters entered service in traditional pre-NBC EYMS blue to compete with Kingston upon Hull City Transport, and it suffered competition in Hull, Bridlington and Scarborough from Applebys. In 1999 Applebys closed its Scarborough base. Soon afterwards it went into receivership.

Its first expansion outside its home area was in 1992 with the purchase of Finglands Coachways of Rusholme, Manchester.[10] In 1995 the original Stagecoach Manchester operation was added (not to be confused with the present day Stagecoach Manchester, against which Finglands is in competition on South Manchester routes). The next expansion outside Yorkshire was the purchase of Whittle Bus & Coach of Kidderminster in January 2004.[11]

On 1 August 2013, FirstGroup announced that subject to regulatory approval by the Office of Fair Trading, it had agreed to purchase the bus operations of Finglands Coachways.[10] The sale included the lease of Finglands's depot in Rusholme, routes and approximately 100 members of staff, but no buses.[12][13] The deal was approved in January 2014 with First Greater Manchester taking over on 9 February 2014.[14][15][16]

In October 2013 EYMS sold the Fingland's coach charter business to Bullocks Coaches.[17]

In order to cut costs and improve service reliability the depot at Driffield closed at the end of service on Saturday 31 May 2014.[18]

Coach operations

Coaches are operated for hire, day trips and short holidays. As well as running under the East Yorkshire Coaches name, EYC traded as Frodingham Coaches from November 2001 until October 2007 after the purchase of that company.[1] The previous coaching operation, East Yorkshire Travel, was once a nationwide operator, but was sold to the Godfrey Burley Group in 1996.

National Express

EYMS are a National Express contractor and operate services on routes:[19]

Whittle Coach & Bus operate services on National Express routes:[19]


EYMS's fleet is dominated by Volvos, but also features other types, including Mercedes-Benz, Dennis and Optares. As at July 2014 the fleet consisted of 339 buses and coaches.[20]

A heritage fleet is maintained consisting of consist of PD2, a Willowbrook bodied AEC Regent with Beverley Bar roof, an open top Bristol Lodekka purchased July 2014 and a Duple Vista bodied Bedford OB.[21]


EYMS Buses

  • 1987: Cherry Coaches, Beverley; Wallace Arnold, Scarborough (including Hardwicks)
  • 1992: Thornton Dale Coaches, Pickering; Rhodes Coaches, Wawne (buses); Metro Citybus, Hull;
  • 1993/4: Connor & Graham, Easington
  • 1997: Kingstonian Travel Services, Hull (from Stagecoach in Hull)
  • 2001: Frodingham Coaches, Driffield
  • 2009: Veolia in Hull

Out of Area

EYMS Coaches


East Yorkshire operate two Moorsbus duties from the Hull depot. These are normally operated using Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Vehicles.

In Addition, the Scarborough & District Service 128 extends to Sutton Bank, and issues and accepts Moorsbus Tickets on Moorsbus Dates


The company was the subject of an eight-part documentary series On the Yorkshire Buses shown by Channel 5 from 11 July 2014.[22] The series was narrated by Simon Farnaby.[23]


  1. ^ a b c Companies House extract company no 216628 East Yorkshire Motor Services Limited
  2. ^ Companies House extract company no 2133854 Scarborough & District Motor Services Limited
  3. ^ a b Companies House extract company no 2142740 Whittle Coach & Bus Limited formerly East Yorkshire Railways Limited formerly EYMS Yesteryear Travel Limited formerly Cottingham Mini Coaches Limited
  4. ^ History East Yorkshire Motor Services
  5. ^ Companies House extract company no 2133854 Scarborough and District Motor Services Limited
  6. ^ WRAC chases United Commercial Motor 10 September 1987 page 25
  7. ^ Companies House extract company no 2065145 EYMS Group Limited
  8. ^ Companies House extract company no 546796 Connor and Graham Limited
  9. ^ Companies House extract company no 2123369 EYMS Bus & Coach Training Limited formerly Primrose Valley Coaches Limited
  10. ^ a b Companies House extract company no 243051 Finglands Coachways Limited
  11. ^ EYMS to buy Whittle 9 January 2004
  12. ^ FirstGroup plc Agree To Acquire Finglands Bus Operations In Manchester FirstGroup 1 August 2013
  13. ^ Jobs saved as famous bus firm gears up for takeover Manchester Evening News 2 August 2013
  14. ^ End of the road for Finglands as takeover deal reached Manchester Evening News 27 January 2014
  15. ^ First given OFT approval to acquire Finglands bus operations in Manchester FirstGroup 28 January 2014
  16. ^ First take over Finglands bus services Transport for Greater Manchester 7 February 2014
  17. ^ EYMS sell Finglands' coaches 10 October 2013
  18. ^ "Driffield bus depot to close on May 31". Driffield Times & Post. 19 April 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  19. ^ a b National Express Coach Handbook - 8th Edition. British Bus Publishing. 2012.  
  20. ^ Fleet List East Yorkshire Motor Services
  21. ^ Heritage Fleetlist East Yorkshire Motor Services
  22. ^ "EYMS filmed for documentary". Driffield Times & Post. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "On The Yorkshire Buses". Ear ache voices. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • EYMS website
  • Scarborough and District website
  • Whittle Coach website
  • North East Public Transport Information
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