Friday 4th December 2020 I’ve had a look in a bit more detail at the fifteen ideas for Restoring Your Railways recently awarded up to £50,000 each to investigate whether … Continue Reading 15 more rail restorations reviewed
Wednesday 2nd December 2020 Arriva Click began a new DRT (Demand Responsive Transport) venture on Monday thanks to funding provided by house builders Redrow and Henley Camsland who, along with … Continue Reading Ebbsfleet Garden Clickity
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
Saturday 7th November 2020 Welcome back to another series of weekly updates of bus and train developments during lockdown. Now, where were we before that “Stay at home” regime was … Continue Reading Week 1: Here we don’t go again
Thursday 5th November 2020 I thought I’d take my last trip out before ‘Lockdown 2.0’ to an area of the country that’s seen excellent positive bus developments in recent months. … Continue Reading A few lines on X-lines
Tuesday 3rd November 2020 First Bus in Leeds have just introduced a fleet of nine electric buses manufactured by the Chinese company, Yutong. They’re becoming a popular purchase choice with … Continue Reading Leeds leads in West Yorkshire
Saturday 31st October 2020 A long awaited extension of TfL bus route 383 from its southern terminus outside Woodside Park Underground Station to serve Finchley Memorial Hospital began today. It’s … Continue Reading Route 383 finally gets its £120K extension
Thursday 29th October 2020 This week sees the start of a trial of BYD’s electric EMV200 single deck demonstrator bus in Slough. But this isn’t one of those short visit … Continue Reading Slough’s Bath Road gets a plug
Tuesday 27th October 2020 I recently had the pleasure of exploring the Abbey Line with my friend Geoff Marshall. Geoff’s a professional and brilliant YouTube Creator producing engaging videos about … Continue Reading Eploring the Abbey Line
Monday 26th October 2020 Today’s date, 26th October, will for ever resonate for those of us involved in the bus industry back in 1986 as the anniversary of the birth … Continue Reading I used my pass over Snake Pass
Friday 23rd October 2020 Continuing my exploration of the former red and green bus territorial boundary around London to mark this year’s fiftieth anniversary of London Country’s formation brings me … Continue Reading Epsom border territory
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
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 … Continue Reading Will ember keep glowing?
Monday 12th October 2020 Woking lies five and a half miles north of Guildford. You’re spoilt for choice when travelling by public transport between the towns – there are seven … Continue Reading Seven ways to Woking (from Guildford)
Friday 9th October 2020 When TfL intrdocued the politically inspired New Bus for London – I hesitate at using its official ‘New Routemaster’ name for want of not denegrating the … Continue Reading LT buses reach Potters Bar
Thursday 8th October 2020 Following recent trips to Selsdon/Croydon and the Herts/Essex border I’ve continued my ‘London Country 50th anniversary’ inspired days out to the former London Transport red and … Continue Reading A look in on Staines (-upon-Thames)
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
Thursday 1st October 2020 Pre Covid, Leicestershire County Council was pursuing a review of tendered bus routes across the county with a view to achieving £400,000 saving on its annual … Continue Reading It’s less in Leics
Tuesday 29th September 2020 It was disappointing to hear Stagecoach has split its Oxford to Cambridge route X5 in Bedford. The X5 is the well established bus equivalent of East-West … Continue Reading Separate Beds
Sunday 27th September 2020 Following my Essex experience last week Vecatre boss Dominic Kalantary reassured me their fledgling Essex tendered operation on route 13 between Waltham Cross and Epping was … Continue Reading Improvements at a rate of Notts
Friday 25th September 2020 Bus provision in the Harlow area has been challenging for many years. Not helped by a myriad of small bus companies of dubious quality coming and … Continue Reading On the Essex-Herts-London border: part 2
Thursday 24th September 2020 Fifty-one years ago it was all very straightforward. London’s red buses ventured north as far as Potters Bar, Cheshunt and Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire as well … Continue Reading On the Essex-Herts-London border: part 1
Tuesday 22nd September 2020 According to its website, the Marketing Lounge Partnership (MLP) is“one of the UK’s only combined incentive, loyalty, partnership and CRM agencies” which struck me as odd. … Continue Reading Stagecoach Rewards reviewed
Friday 18th September 2020 Wherryman’s Way is an eight-and-a-half-mile footpath along the north side of the River Yare between Great Yarmouth and Reedham. Half way along the River Waveney joins … Continue Reading Walking Wherryman’s Way
Wednesday 16th September 2020 Vested (non financial) interest alert: along with Ray Stenning of Best Impressions I wrote chapter 17 in this newly published book. Last week was a busy … Continue Reading Book review: Road Passenger Transport Management
Tuesday 15th September 2020 When I checked out the new Uber Boat brand for Thames Clipper’s service along the River Thames a few weeks ago, I noticed the journeys in … Continue Reading Guess how many commute by boat?
Monday 14th September 2020 Readers will recall we left part 1 of this intriguing tale with the tantalising prospect of West Coast Railways stepping in from today running a replacement … Continue Reading Miss Marple and the disappearing trains: part 2
Friday 11th September 2020 The last time Oxfordshire funded a bus service was July 2016. That month the County Council scrapped its circa £4 million annual bus subsidy budget abandoning … Continue Reading Oxfordshire’s back funding buses
Monday 7th September 2020 North Lincolnshire Council became the latest local authority to jump on the app based Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) bus bandwagon today as it launched its new … Continue Reading No Go on JustGo.
Friday 4th September 2020 ‘Miss Marple’ ….. as in residents of the Manchester suburb by that name will soon ‘miss’ their hourly Northern run train service. The Rose Hill Marple … Continue Reading Miss Marple and the disappearing trains: part 1
Wednesday 2nd September 2020 It’s all change for the bus network serving Leeds Bradford Airport this week. Sunday saw Transdev Blazefield take over the three bus routes connecting Leeds, Bradford … Continue Reading From Tiger to Flyer
Monday 31st August 2020 I last took a ride on the Hayling Ferry in November 2018. This cute little passenger ferry crosses Langstone Harbour connecting the eastern tip of Portsea … Continue Reading Buses are back to the Hayling Ferry
Saturday 29th August 2020 Readers may recall my ride on route 404 earlier this month highlighting TfL’s penchant for circuitous bus routes wandering around the back streets of London’s suburbs … Continue Reading All change for TfL’s 384 and 112
Thursday 27th August 2020 It only takes 44 minutes on the train. But that’s far too easy a way to make the journey. How about taking the bus instead? I … Continue Reading Brighton to Croydon and back. By bus.
Wednesday 26th August 2020 It’s been trailed on social media as making “it easier than ever to connect with the people and places that matter to you”. Arriva’smuch vaunted new … Continue Reading Arriva’s new website. A brutal review.
Tuesday 25th August 2020 The London Transport Museum has been running a series of Hidden London branded tours for a number of years. There’s even a book recently published which … Continue Reading Tour Hidden London from home
Saturday 22nd August 2020 Continuing my Covid curtailed summer open top bus rides, I popped down to the New Forest today to sample Bluestar’s colour coded circular tours around the … Continue Reading Multi-coloured New Forest Tours
Thursday 20 August 2020 The last time I took a ride on East Yorkshire’s open top bus service along Scarborough’s seafront was in May last year, just before the lovely … Continue Reading Beachcomber and EastRider riden