When a bus route becomes a coach route

Tuesday 31st December 2019 Go-Ahead owned Carousel extended its High Wycombe to Uxbridge route 102 on to Heathrow Airport on Sunday; I took a ride yesterday to try it out. The route is part of the Chiltern Hundreds (routes numbered 101 to 105 - get it?) branded buses running between High Wycombe, Beaconsfield and Slough/Watford/Uxbridge... Continue Reading →

2019 Quiz answers

Did you miss the BusAndTrainUser Quiz of the Year?  Take a look via the link above before sneaking a peak at the answers below.....  1 What comes fourth in the sequence:  Lincoln, Aberdeen, Inverness ….? Harrogate - LNER began running its new Azuma branded trains to Lincoln on 21st October, to Aberdeen on 26th November,... Continue Reading →

Bristol Fast to Birmingham Metro

Thursday 19th December 2019 Following Monday's disappointment at missing out on the inaugural GWR Paddington to Bristol Parkway non-stop journey at 09:15 after the journey was cancelled following a signal failure in the Slough area, I decided to give it another try yesterday. Having got my fingers burnt on Monday by GWR's sneaky retime last... Continue Reading →

Power failure empowers staff

Wednesday 18th December 2019 There's never a good time to have a complete signal failure at East Croydon but for the power to go down just as the evening peak is kicking in around 16:45 is probably one of the worst of times. I'm sure everyone at Network Rail did their very best to get... Continue Reading →

Robroyston reopens after 63 years

Tuesday 17th December 2019 A second new station on Britain's rail network opened on Sunday (in addition to Warrington West which I visited yesterday). This one's at Robroyston, located north east of Glasgow so I popped up this morning to see how it compares. It's on the Glasgow to Edinburgh line via Cumbernauld and Falkirk... Continue Reading →

Bristol Fast to Warrington West

Monday 16th December 2019 One of two brand new stations opened for business on the rail network yesterday, Warrington West; so I took a ride there today to take a look. But just for fun I decided to go the long way round from London and sample GWR's new speeded up timetable which also began... Continue Reading →

London’s four new bus routes

Saturday 7th December 2019 It's quite a day for fans of new bus routes in London. Christmas has come early for those who love new route numbers added to an already comprehensive bus network - I can't remember the last time four new routes were added all on the same day. The Mayor has been... Continue Reading →

The soon to be ex X90

Wednesday 4th December 2019 The recent announcement by Oxford Bus of the withdrawal of their long standing X90 coach route between Oxford and London in a month's time on 4th January surprised a good few industry observers. Me included. But when I thought about it and read more of the background it really wasn't surprising... Continue Reading →

Bus battle Southampton style

Sunday 1st December 2019 There was a time when Oxford was the oft quoted example of head-to-head quality competition between two major bus companies as each operator aimed for a high standard of service to attract custom. Oxford's bus market matured after a statutory partnership deal led to a coordinated network so its fallen to... Continue Reading →

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