Saturday 27th March This week’s decision by Mayor Burnham to introduce bus franchising in Greater Manchester came as no surprise. After spending over £11 million in preparatory work over the … Continue Reading Week 12: Flagging
Saturday 20th March 2021 ‘Better’ is definitely the word of the week, and I’m not referring to the continued much welcome news of improving Covid infection, death and hospitalisation levels … Continue Reading Week 11: Better
Saturday 13th March 2021 Did anyone notice any particular story dominating media headlines this week, or did I miss something? The world of buses and trains has also been a … Continue Reading Week 10: Mega
Saturday 6th March 2021 First up this week a shout out to long standing family owned Bourne based bus company Delaine Buses, who proudly put their new ADL E200MMC single … Continue Reading Week 9: Still frozen
Saturday 27th February 2021 The Government’s new-look-cautious irreversible-one-way-road approach to unlocking means the ‘stay-at-home’ message will be eased, subject to data, “data not dates”, in four weeks (at the earliest) … Continue Reading Week 8: Irreversible
Saturday 20th February 2021 A few quick postscripts to last week’s blogpost. Firstly, I got my Grand Centrals mixed up with my Grand Unions when reporting on the ORR’s decision … Continue Reading Week 7: Road map ahead.
Saturday 13th February 2021 I was uncertain whether this week’s ‘word of the week’ is ‘Darcy’ or ‘uncertain’. I plumped for the former as there seems to be so much … Continue Reading Week 6: Darcy.
Saturday 6th February 2021 A truly amazing inoculation milestone was passed on Wednesday. What a remarkable achievement. Ten million people vaccinated within twelve months of news of a “new novel … Continue Reading Week 5: 10 million
Saturday 30th January 2021 Worcester or … Lincoln or … Wakefield or …. Preston …. completely wiped out. In ten months. Haywards Heath …… just since Christmas. Five missed COBRA … Continue Reading Week 4: 100,000.
Saturday 23rd January 2021 We’ve heard a lot about “at pace” over the last ten months. I’m old enough to remember when PPE was being sourced “at pace”; when PPE … Continue Reading Week 3: At pace.
Saturday 16th January 2021 I should have guessed. Just as we were reassured on a Sunday morning primary schools were perfectly safe to open yet by Monday evening they’d become … Continue Reading Week 2: Demonised.
Saturday 9th January 2021 There’s nothing like a pandemic taking a serious turn for the worse (numbers infected, numbers in hospital, numbers dying all rising exponentially); the alert level rising … Continue Reading Week 1: Alas.
Sunday 3rd January 2021 Today marks the end of a train era on the Isle of Wight as the Island Line’s infamous former Underground stock dating from 1938 is finally … Continue Reading Could buses have replaced the 1938 stock?
Sunday 20th December 2020 A very warm welcome to this socially distanced, Covid secure venue for our annual event in which we celebrate the ‘World of Buses and Trains’ with … Continue Reading Annual Review, Awards and Quiz of the Year 2020
Wednesday 16th December 2020 No they won’t be; only joking. But the latest edition of TfL’s Tube map has been updated and published both online and in print today. After … Continue Reading Bus routes to be added to Tube map
Saturday 28th November 2020 Hi”‘Tis the season to be jolly; but ’tis also the season to be jolly careful” our jolly jape Johnson jested in Monday’s Downing Street press briefing … Continue Reading Week 4: Be jolly careful
Saturday 21st November 2020 One big upside of this week’s so called Government ‘reset’ after Dom’s Downing Street departure was Monday’s welcome return of the Morgan-v-Hancock…Jenrick…Sharma…(et al) head-to-head on ITV’s … Continue Reading Week 3: Reset
Saturday 14th November 2020 Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, has obviously suffered a bad train experience some time in his past. He dampened down Monday’s euphoria over the … Continue Reading Week 2: Two miles down the track
Wednesday 21st October 2020 As the all too predictable battle for control of TfL rages amid the desperate need for further Covid funding from Government to keep the Capital’s transport … Continue Reading Bus changes for Croydon and Sutton
Monday 5th October 2020 Transport Secretary Grant Shapps rolled out the usual sound bites when launching the Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements (replacing Emergency Measures Agreements) on the breakfast media round … Continue Reading Rail rhetoric -v- rail reality