ember’s still glowing

Tuesday 8th February 2022 It’s getting on for eighteen months since the start up company called ember (“the UK’s first scheduled electric coach company”) charged on to the Scottish express coach scene with its eight journey a day route between Dundee and Edinburgh. I took anther ride last Friday to see how it’s glowing. Bearing... Continue Reading →

Kings Ferry ends commuter coaches

Tuesday 4th January 2022 Christmas Eve marked the end of an era for price savvy Kent commuters travelling by coach from the Maidstone, Swale and Medway areas to Docklands and the City of London. Gillingham based National Express owned Kings Ferry coaches withdrew all its commuter journeys with not much more than a week’s notice.... Continue Reading →

Tyneside to Teesside

Sunday 2nd May 2021 I last took a ride on Go North East’s X-lines branded inter-urban bus routes back in November 2020, trying out some of the many new double decks delivered to the Company last year raising the profile of this useful route network. At that time the coaches made spare after Oxford Bus... Continue Reading →

Shipshape and FLiXBUS fashion … to Bristol

Friday 30th April 2021 Thandi’s 11:30 Birmingham bound coach departs Victoria Coach Station yesterday FLiXBUS restarted British domestic express coach services last week with an extended range of destinations served from London so I thought it was worth giving the ambitious German company another road test. My first trip with FLiXBUS was immediately after ‘Lockdown... Continue Reading →

Will ember keep glowing?

Wednesday 14th October 2020 The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t completely scotched new initiatives launching into the bus and coach market. Recent blogposts have highlighted the Bracknell Express, Flixbus entering the UK market, TfL extending bus routes to new destinations, new DRT schemes in Sevenoaks, Newport, Watford and north Lincolnshire and new rural bus routes in Oxfordshire,... Continue Reading →

Brave Kevin launches Bracknell Express

Wednesday 15th July 2020 Meet Kevin Green. He must be the most optimistic entrepreneur in the transport industry right now. And he's such a friendly and affable guy too. I met him today while he was driving one of three smart Volvo coaches he's bought to operate the Bracknell Express; a brand new express coach... Continue Reading →

FLiXBUS road tested

Thursday 9th July 2020 After 118 days of bus and train travel abstinence, I thought it was time to venture out again following the easing of Government messaging from "essential travel only" to "consider all forms of transport before using public transport". I did, and decided you can't really test out a new coach route... Continue Reading →

Wired to Cardiff and Snap back

Thursday 2nd January 2020 I looked enviously at Paddington's departure board this morning seeing the 09:15 departure to Bristol Temple Meads, with its attractive non-stop 68 minute run to Bristol Parkway, 'boarding' yet still eluding me. Today was the first opportunity to have another try of enjoying the 'non-stop' experience after its hit and miss... Continue Reading →

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