Stig of Bus Drivers In Saltburn-By-The-Sea

Stig of Bus Drivers Controls The X4

This must be the Stig of bus drivers getting his bus up this steep hill in one go without sliding all over the place. He did it in these snowy winter conditions on 9th November 2010.

This is miraculous driving of the X4 service single deck bus shown here going up Saltburn Road1 between Vista Mar and the Spa Hotel at Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire.

It must take a bit of skill in the summer never mind in these icy winter conditions. The road has a gradient of 25%.

The video shows several cars on the road many of which are having difficulty driving under these conditions. Some are skidding and others are being pushed, but this bus zips through them and drives straight up the incline without skidding or stopping.

Below is a map of the Saltburn-by-the-sea area where this was filmed. The location of the camera was at or near: 54°35’06.1″N, 0°58’11.5″W.

The X4 bus is seen travelling in a southerly direction along that zig-zag part of Saltburn Road between Vista Mar and The Spa Hotel.

Here is the same Arriva X4 service bus in better weather.

See the sea view from Saltburn Road near the Spa Hotel on Google Street View.

For those who want to visit here is a travel guide to Saltburn-by-the-sea.

Footnotes

  1. I have done my geography and looked at Google Maps and Streetview to check the location of this steep winding road. I found the action happens on Saltburn Road and not Saltburn Bank as mentioned in the Simjem video. That  is another road adjoining Saltburn Road to the east of this location.
  2. The Simjem video information on Youtube suggests this event was filmed on 9th November 2010. I checked the weather for that winter to be sure it snowed on that date in that location. I can’t be sure it did but knowing it is an exposed seaside town in the NE of England, and a very cold winter ensued after that date, I think it likely is correct. The weather for that winter 2010-11 can be examined here.