Sheppey goes against the Grain

Wednesday 29th September 2021 I explored the Isle of Sheppey back in April as my very own ‘Farewell to Arriva on the Island’ Tribute Tour. The Arriva bus garage alongside Sheerness station closed as planned in July with Sittingbourne based independent owned bus and coach company Chalkwell taking over operation of the bus routes on... Continue Reading →

You can’t panic buy bus journeys

Monday 27th September 2021 Temporary reduced frequencies in Harrogate with fewer journeys than on display in the timetable case. It was inevitable. As soon as Ministers appeared in the media on Thursday afternoon telling us “there’s no need to panic buy petrol as there’s no shortage” you just knew Friday would see motorists queuing at... Continue Reading →

LCBS 50th Anniversary Tour: Part 3

From A to B (Amersham to Bishop's Stortford) Saturday 25th September 2021 Friday of last week saw the LCBS Tour Gang reconvene for our wander through the third quadrant of the company’s Polo mint operating area as our mission continues to mark last year’s fiftieth anniversary of London Country by recreating that much missed bus... Continue Reading →

More DRT riding

YorBus and HertsLynx Thursday 23rd September 2021 I’ve been back out and about on the DRT trail again. It’s almost becoming a full time occupation as the DfT’s Rural Mobility Pot Of Gold funding kicks in with nineteen schemes starting up as the money begins to flow. First up last Saturday I took a ride... Continue Reading →

Customer service resolutions (or not).

Sunday 19th September 2021 I thought I should provide a few updates after my post a month ago about unsatisfactory experiences at the hands of various rail companies and their hard to reach customer service departments, or often, their sub-contracted outsourced companies. I explained how South Western Railway had twice declined my delay repay claim... Continue Reading →

The Snowdon Sherpa

Friday 17th September 2021 The Snowdon Sherpa network of bus routes provides a great way to explore the Snowdonia National Park. It links the six walking paths which give access to the mountains and removes the tediousness for walkers needing to retrace their outward route if parking in one of the designated parking areas across... Continue Reading →

Another new TrawsCymru route

Wednesday 15th September 2021 Transport for Wales have only gone and done it again. They've further expanded the TrawsCymru network of bus routes with a brand new route - the T10 - running through the Snowdonia National Park linking Wrexham via a connection in Corwen with Betws-y-Coed and Bangor. The T10 timetable provides a two-hourly... Continue Reading →

A visit to Crewe and Chester

Monday 13th September 2021 I've been meaning to pay a visit to take a look at Chester's relatively new "Bus Interchange", opened in March 2017, for some time and a delay on the West Coast main line (axle counter failure near Rugby delaying and diverting all trains through Northampton) recently meant my extensive plans for... Continue Reading →

ON and off

Saturday 11th September It’s sad when a bus garage closes. There’s so much transport history within the fabric of the building and it always seems such a shame to lose the heritage they represent and a living reminder of how bus garages looked and worked eighty to a hundred or more years ago. They’re also... Continue Reading →

Redline goes for the Oxford market

Thursday 9th September 2021 Buckinghamshire’s expansionist bus company Redline has upped the stakes in its competitive battle with Arriva by introducing of a new hourly route X20 between Aylesbury and Oxford. It challenges Arriva’s long standing three-bus-an hour Sapphire branded route 280 on the same route. Redline are differentiating their interloper by offering a quicker... Continue Reading →

Britain’s most westerly bus stop eludes us

Tuesday 7th September 2021 Thanks for the guesses following Sunday’s post. Some of you were spot on identifying Britain’s most westerly bus stop. Bearing in mind we’re talking ‘Britain’ (therefore ruling out Northern Ireland) and not just thinking about England, the Outer Hebrides trumps Lands End by a considerable longitude; and in particular, the mission... Continue Reading →

Britain’s most easterly bus stop

Sunday 5th September 2021 I visited Britain's northernmost bus stop in July 2018. It's on Unst, the furthest north island in the Shetland archipelago, in the small hamlet of Valsgarth. It was a great trip. I turned my attention southwards in 2019 and visited Lizard Point in August that year to check out Britain's most... Continue Reading →

The Naked Truth about bus advertising

How that campaign should have looked Friday 3rd September 2021 Instead of this.... This.... This week’s controversy over Channel 4's national advertising campaign for Naked Attraction using T shape bus sides in major cities around the country reflects more on the attitude of media giant Global who signed off the campaign and those bus companies... Continue Reading →

Aldwych to Aldenham via Whitechapel

Wednesday 1st September 2021 Apologies for the London and South East centric blogposts of late. That’ll change in the next few posts, but here’s just one more featuring a quick tour I did on Monday to check out three recent transport developments in the Capital. Aldwych goes two-way On Saturday 21st August Aldwych became a... Continue Reading →

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