Monday 16th August 2020 Heritage Railways have had it tough these last few months. No ‘Emergency Measures Agreements’ for them, nor any help for charter train companies either. So it … Continue Reading Going loco in Appleby
Saturday 15th August 2020 A brand new station at Horden opened quietly without any ceremonial ribbon cutting, balloons or cup cakes during the Covid-19 ‘essential travel only’ lockdown … Continue Reading Horden back on track after 56 years
Thursday 13th August 2020 I had high hopes for fflecsi (it’s Welsh for flex) – the Welsh version of DRT (Demand Responsive Transport). Transport for Wales (TfW) are replacing existing … Continue Reading fflecsi – the Welsh DRT
Monday 10th August 2020 When First West of England managing director James Freeman announced a few weeks ago he was going to trial the idea of allowing passengers to pre-book … Continue Reading Book my bus ride in Bath and Bristol
Saturday 8th August 2020 Thames Clippers’ six year partnership with credit card company MBNA came to an end on Monday when the naming rights of the company’s twenty boats was … Continue Reading Uber Boat Launch
Thursday 6th August 2020 London’s bus route 404 is interesting for a number of reasons. It’s one of TfL’s short meandering routes that doesn’t really go anywhere. It wanders around … Continue Reading 404: No passenger found
Monday 3rd August 2020 It was pats on the backs all round at Network Rail and GoVia Thameslink Railway (GTR) this morning as although operational problems a plenty caused by … Continue Reading Turnback Stevenage
Saturday 1st August 2020 It’s a shorter summer season this year for obvious reasons, so this past week I’ve been out and about giving three bus companies running seafront open … Continue Reading Beside the seaside, beside the sea
Wednesday 29th July 2020 I thought it was time to take a ride on Mertrolink’s brand new line to the Trafford Centre so I headed up to Manchester today to … Continue Reading Metrolink’s £350 million extension
Thursday 23rd July 2020 Regular readers will remember last summer I took a ride on four of Kent County Council’s new ‘Rural Transport Initiatives’. Three of these involved the introduction … Continue Reading Kent’s fifth rural initiative
Friday 17th July 2020 It hasn’t worked in Bristol, Sittingbourne, Sutton, Ealing or Oxford. And it’s on pause in Liverpool. But these failures haven’t dented Watford Borough Council’s enthusiasm for … Continue Reading Click begins in Watford
Thursday 16th July 2020 It’s always nice to get a bus timetable book delivered through the post, so many thanks to Transport for Cornwall for sending me a copy of … Continue Reading Book review: Your handy guide to Buses in Cornwall
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 … Continue Reading Brave Kevin launches Bracknell Express
Saturday 11th July 2020 I found yesterday afternoon’s tweet from Southern Vectis so positive and inviting it encouraged me to pop over today and have a mini wander around the … Continue Reading Day trip to the Isle of Wight
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 … Continue Reading FLiXBUS road tested
Saturday 4th July 2020 It’s been another week of mixed message muddles, inconsistencies and questionable priorities. No, I’m not referring to today’s reopening of pubs while schools pretty much remain … Continue Reading Week 15. Avoid avoid public transport.
Saturday 27th June 2020 If you’re a believer in public transport, spent your whole career in it, use it extensively, love everything about it, feel passionate about it, you know … Continue Reading Week 14. Shifty about modal shift
Saturday 20th June 2020 Week 13 was to be a milestone week. Remember this from 19th March? “I do think, looking at it all, that we can turn the tide within … Continue Reading Week 13. £100 per passenger.
Saturday 13th June 2020 Good news this week for those convinced social distancing and public transport don’t mix. Trouble is it’s 11,000 miles away in Auckland where everything returned to … Continue Reading Week 12. Bus Full.
Tuesday 9th June 2020 Network Rail have launched its second consultation into the extensive plans to sort out the Croydon bottleneck on the Brighton Main Line as well as enable … Continue Reading Unblocking the Croydon blockage
Saturday 6th June 2020 Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was rolled out again for the Downing Street briefing on Thursday – I note this service is being trimmed back to only … Continue Reading Week 11: It’s a cover up
Thursday 4th June 2020 I reported back on 3 April Sevenoaks based Go-Coach Hire were replacing from Easter all its fixed timetable local town routes as well as rural routes … Continue Reading go2 going steady
Tuesday 2nd June 2020 The Government’s Restoring Your Railway Fund is a £500 million pot to “kickstart the restoration of lines closed more than 50 years ago”. It’s had a … Continue Reading Ten ideas for restoring railways
Saturday 30th May 2020 The DfT published details of the second tranche of Covid-19 Bus Services Support Grant on Wednesday. A letter from Stephen Fidler, DfT’s Director, Local Transport to … Continue Reading Week 10. No 10. Integrity trashed.
Monday 25th May 2020 Among the “today I can announce” sound bites at last September’s Conservative Party Conference was Grant Shapps gifting £23.5 million over four years to Cornwall Council … Continue Reading Cornwall’s free bus travel is completely bonkers.
Saturday 23rd May 2020 It’s been another week of mixed messages. On Wednesday Rees Mogg decided “work from home, but you should go to work if you can‘t work from … Continue Reading Not-really-Lockdown-any-more Week 9
Tuesday 19th May 2020 The Isle of Man is a treasure trove of transport delight. An efficient bus network; an electric tramway including to a mountain top; a steam railway; … Continue Reading A trip to the Isle of Man
Saturday 16th May 2020 So much for an orderly transition out of lockdown in England. The DfT has been discussing timetable enhancements with train companies and TfL to apply from … Continue Reading Sort-of-Lockdown Week 8
Tuesday 12th May 2020 Back in the carefree pre Covid-19 days of travelling around the country for pleasure, on Wednesday 5th March, I found myself on a train from my … Continue Reading I got my £20 penalty fare back from GTR
Saturday 9th May 2020 Week 7’s almost over as speculation grows about how the hell we’re going to get out of the lockdown travel conundrum of providing enough capacity as … Continue Reading Lockdown Week 7
Tuesday 5th May 2020 Fancy a new rail station in your neck of the woods? If so, now’s a good time to get your persuasive case ready. Post Covid-19 deep … Continue Reading 50 new stations
Saturday 2nd May 2020 Welcome to another weekly round up of corona-bus-and-train ramblings. (Reader alert: I’ve rambled on a bit more than usual this week.) First up, it’s been heartening to … Continue Reading Lockdown Week 6
Tuesday 28th April 2020 Back in Lockdown Week 1 at the end of March (remember that?) Transport Focus published the results of its annual Bus Passenger Survey. The trade press … Continue Reading Focus on bus satisfaction
Saturday 25th April 2020 Lockdown Week 5 will soon be over and done with and there’s a definite air of the new ‘normal’ becoming normalised. I’ve become unnervingly accustomed to … Continue Reading Lockdown Week 5
Tuesday 21st April 2020 My good friend Ray Stenning has only gone and done it again. Following last year’s publication of ‘Ribble’ by Roger Davies, Ray’s teamed up with career … Continue Reading Book Review: Maidstone & District Motor Services Ltd
Saturday 18th April 2020 And so Lockdown Week 4 is nearly at an end and we’re still very much in the ‘who’d have thought it’ phase of Covid-19’s transport fallout. … Continue Reading Lockdown Week 4
Thursday 16th April 2020 It was always a bit of a luxury for a town of little over 12,000 population to be blessed with three stations all within half-a-mile of … Continue Reading Farewell Newhaven Marine station
Sunday 12th April 2020 Demand side Bus and train 1 Will companies encourage many of their employees to continue working from home thereby reducing the need for costly offices/work spaces … Continue Reading 20 post lockdown bus and train travel questions
Friday 10th April 2020 As the end of week 3 of Lockdown Britain approaches, aside from the severely reduced service levels now applying across the country’s bus and train networks … Continue Reading Lockdown Week 3
Monday 6th April 2020 With the continued absence of travel, I thought I’d have a browse online at public consultations for various transport plans and projects. There’s one closing today … Continue Reading Expansion plans for Reigate station