Sunday 17th October 2021 A surprise ending And so to the fourth and final quadrant of our London encirclement commemorating last year’s fiftieth anniversary of the much missed London Country … Continue Reading LCBS 50th Anniversary Tour: Part 4
Wednesday 13th October 2021 As promised last month, a further quick update on my recent experiences with customer service teams in the public transport sector. In my Sunday 19th September … Continue Reading Three refunds and a bouquet for TfL
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 … Continue Reading Customer service resolutions (or not).
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 … Continue Reading Redline goes for the Oxford market
Monday 2nd August 2021 It was a welcome makeover at the time. In September 2013 Arriva bought out its majority partner shareholders in Centrebus Holdings which had been running buses … Continue Reading Making the Tiger better
Monday 19th April 2021 As the deregulated era of free market bus operation draws towards a close it’s not surprising head-to-head bus competition is pretty rare nowadays. Not least currently … Continue Reading More Bucks for your Bang
Friday 9th April 2021 The Isle of Sheppey has been on my ‘to visit again’ list for some time, so news Arriva are retrenching from the island by closing their … Continue Reading Get down Sheppey
Wednesday 31st March 2021 It’s all change for Milton Keynes Council’s funded bus routes tomorrow as the local authority sweeps away the low frequency services which compliment Arriva’s cross town … Continue Reading Milton Keynes tries Connecting
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
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
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.
Friday 14th February 2020 Three different bus routes link Aylesbury, the county town of Buckinghamshire, with the county’s former largest town, Milton Keynes (once in Bucks but elevated to its … Continue Reading Aylesbury to Milton Keynes by three different routes
Wednesday 6th November 2019 Today’s been an auspicious day for me. It’s not my birthday but by dint of political chicanery back in 2010, my postcode and date-of-birth numbers have … Continue Reading My new found freedom from fares
Wednesday 1st May 2019 It’s day three of Arriva’s latest Click venture introduced in Leicester on Monday, so I thought it was worth a trip to see how it’s panning … Continue Reading Click for Leicester
Monday 7th January 2019 It’s all happening in Guildford this week. Stagecoach South introduced a fleet of nine ADL Enviro 200EV electric buses on the Guildford Park and Ride services … Continue Reading Battle for Bellfields begins as Guildford goes electric
Friday 16th November Head to head bus competition broke out in Guildford last week. It won’t last; one operator will blink first – read on to find out which. Long … Continue Reading Will competition safeguard buses in Guildford?
I arrived in Liverpool yesterday lunchtime to try out Arriva’s new Click service and soon spotted the awful ‘Say Yes To Bus’ bus with its gaudy contravision vinyl, passing by … Continue Reading I Gave the Bus A Chance