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So THAT’S where the Faifley bus goes

I can’t remember where the ONE bus that goes along my main road used to head for as its destination in the days when I used it regularly, but today, the destination board (or should I say LED display) reads ‘FAIFLEY’.

I’d never heard of Faifley before I saw it on that bus. Then again, I live near Auchenshoogle (there’s a joke in there somewhere).

I’d thought of taking a trip to the end of the line, but never got around to it – until I saw a couple of (obvious) tourists get on the bus one day, and ask for ‘Two tickets to Faifley’.

So, it went on my list, and recently got ticked off.

Not intending to be negative, but travelling through the area, it just looked like the annexe of Clydebank that it was, created in the 1950s with housing typical of the period. That means it wasn’t the best, and suffered build problems in later years.

Reading about it suggests the population is dwindling today, with a school being turned into a community centre, replacing one built in the 1970s (with aid from a German organisation as a gesture of friendship and reconciliation after the Clydebank Blitz) but since demolished.

If you know Glasgow (housing) schemes of that period, you’ll appreciate there’s little to photograph.

However, there is a ‘Friendship Park’ with has a pair of sculptures, one of which lies near the terminus.

Produced by Andy Scott, and known as Faifley Family. That’s not an info plaque at the bottom, just a light fitting.

Faifley Family sculpture by Andy Scott

28/09/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Glasgow Metro – Where did that come from?

(The answer’s in the linked articles.)

I’ll be honest and say I ran away from all forms of public transport as soon as I could, having spent much of my early life forced into using it – for example, a four year stretch of depending on the ‘Green Bus’ that got me into and out of Glasgow every day. Today, I have no idea why I had to use that rather than a Corporation bus, but there must have been a reason.

I first came across a metro system during the time our company had an office in Durham, which meant trips there, and Newcastle, and Beamish Museum.

Having tried driving and parking around the city, when I notice publicity for the metro, and was staying in a hotel not far from a connection, curiosity enticed me into giving it a try. I ended up impressed, and using it on a number of return visits.

A number of features made it attractive, not least of which being that it actually worked!

It had ‘Park & Ride’, so I could leave my car at the point where I arrived, outside the city, so no time wasted looking for somewhere to park.

Tickets came from a machine, took only a few seconds to set up and pay for, and were valid for the whole day, unlimited trips, so no need for detailed planning so long as you stayed within the zone you paid for.

Trains/buses/coaches were integrated, so you just jumped on and off whatever suited, and your ticket was valid for all.

I wonder if it still exists? After the office was closed after a few years, I never had much reason to get back.

I realise some aspects mentioned are common now, but this was years ago, before smart phones and contactless systems.

The Glasgow system appears, in summary at least, to be realistic, and based on actual analysis, as opposed to endless whining heard from naysayers who still think, for example, that buses run the same way they did some thirty years ago, but I suspect are people who have never actually been on a bus in that time. Their method of commenting on proposals is to look at their belly button fluff, and repeat whatever it tells them.

I’m reasonably sure I’d win a bet that said the haters will be out with their knives sharpened, and the ‘People who like to say NO!’ will be planning parties.

The only downside I can see is that I’ll probably not be around when it arrives.

Oh well.

Glasgow needs a city-wide metro system to reconnect left-behind areas and boost the economy, according to a radical new blueprint.

The Glasgow Connectivity Commission wants about £10bn to be spent over the next 20 years on a range of measures to upgrade the city’s transport capacity.

It said the first new link should be to Glasgow Airport via Renfrew, Braehead and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Other tram or light rail lines should then be spread out across the city.

The commission, which was set up by Glasgow City Council 18 months ago, wants the metro network to revive abandoned rail routes, convert heavy rail to light rail and develop on-street trams.

The commission proposed:

  • Developing a Glasgow Metro to connect areas of the city poorly served by rail
  • Connecting Glasgow Central and Queen Street stations by a tunnel to increase capacity
  • Extend Glasgow Central station to the south of the Clyde to prepare for HS2 services
  • Developing plans for bus priority on Glasgow’s motorway network
  • Preparing for the shift to electric vehicles by considering new methods of road charging

CONNECTIVITY Commission Reveal Public Transport Vision For Glasgow

Radical blueprint calls for Glasgow metro

Glasgow-wide Metro system part of ‘radical’ new proposals to transform city transport

I would/will be impressed if I ever see the old Edinburgh Road looking anything like this concept view.

Edinburgh Road Metro Concept

Edinburgh Road Metro Concept

Ever since the traffic was taken off it years ago, I’ve thought it looks like the biggest waste of road space to be seen around Glasgow.

Having sat in nose-to-tail traffic jams on it in the past, if you were brave enough today you could probably just close your eyes and walk across it without looking, such is the low volume of traffic there now.

As a final thought…

Glasgow really HAS to do this, if only to show Edinburgh how a project like this SHOULD be done, after the tram fiasco it ‘enjoyed’ recently.

30/04/2019 Posted by | council, Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Was this electric bus headline just clickbait? (Updated)

While I don’t mind fun clickbait headlines, I find opportunist clickbait on serious issues to be very, no, make that VERY, irritating, and even counter-productive.

When I saw this story, I assumed the story was going to be some sort of political or policy related negativity ranting regarding BEVs (battery electric vehicles).

Plug pulled on Glasgow’s pioneering electric bus service

In fact, it’s no such thing, and far from being a decision being made to cancel this electric bus service, it was actually about the service having to end as the warranty on the bus and gear had come to an end, potentially rendering it uneconomic.

Glasgow’s only electric bus service is to be scrapped just two months before the start of a crackdown on the most polluting buses in the city centre, The Scotsman has learned.

The operator of the service between there and the Riverside and Kelvingrove museums said costs had risen significantly because the four-year-old vehicles’ warranty had expired.

(It would be interesting to know the numbers, but obviously I don’t have access to the contract, so it’s not possible to make sensible comments about this, but it is worth adding that the economics of running this type of vehicle are completely different from those of a fossil-fuelled equivalent.)

Although this has NO RELATION whatsoever to Scotland’s first low emission zone (LEZ), the media used the withdrawal as a link, and usual moronic political opportunism was tacked on.

The four-year-old link will end next Saturday, seven weeks before the launch of Scotland’s first low emission zone (LEZ) in the city centre.

That will phase out all but the cleanest engine vehicles over the next four years.

Dr Richard Dixon, director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said “The service was ahead of its time, providing the only zero-emission buses in the city, but it is ironic Glasgow’s pioneering electric buses will disappear shortly before the LEZ comes into being.

“Sadly, the warranty issue means Glasgow’s first modern electric buses will not be part of the bus revolution Glasgow will see over the next few years.”

Martha Wardrop, Greens council environment spokeswoman said: “The SNP council is showing their commitment to sustainable transport is just hot air by axing the city’s only electric bus service.

“Even the cleanest diesel buses still burn climate-wrecking fossil fuels. This is backwards thinking from a carbon-timid SNP administration.”

Nice one politicians. Green council environment spokeswoman is an utter farce/embarrassment making the statement “axing the city’s only electric bus service” (the rest of her diatribe is little better).

All out there too busy scoring points – and forgetting the REAL issue.

100 service at Riverside Picture Garelochhead Coaches

100 service at Riverside Picture Garelochhead Coaches

Update

After the offending (to me at least) article was published, another story followed a few days later.

An electric bus scheme is among more than a dozen projects sharing £6m from a green economy fund.

The £20m fund, established by SP Energy Networks, supports low-carbon transport and heating schemes.

The first round of funding has seen £1.5m awarded to establish Glasgow’s first permanent electric bus routes, the M3 First Glasgow service.

Two electric buses, manufactured by Alexander Dennis, will operate between Milton and the city centre, serving an estimated 200,000 passengers a year.

The council-operated 100 service connecting the Riverside Museum with Kelvingrove, the SEC and the city centre will meanwhile receive three months’ funding of £25,000.

Andrew Jarvis, managing director of First Glasgow, said: “The award will allow for the purchase and operation of our first electric vehicles in Glasgow while also future-proofing our depot for more widespread electric bus operation.

New electric buses get motoring on Glasgow routes

Things seem to move fast in this sector nowadays.

And… now for some FUN!

Almost as fast as this little electric milk float!

Yes, that IS a BEV (battery electric vehicle), the ‘Tesla Model 3 Performance’ which has just been given a new ‘Track Mode’.

Specifically for closed circuits (a warning screen that users must agree to before engaging Track Mode cautions about narrower safety margins with a pointed warning: “Do not use on public roads”), it’s primarily a series of updates to the vehicle dynamics controller to allow more ‘steering’ of the vehicle using the front and rear motors., and includes stronger cooling for the vehicle’s power systems, and higher regenerative braking levels.

Don’t worry though, this milk float will not be crawling around our roads for some time, getting in your way and holding you up. in your super fast diesel tank SUV.

14/11/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

We’re so poor in the east end, we don’t even get proper bus stops now

I’m always amused at how the media and certain others love to paint the east end of Glasgow as a poverty-stricken area.

One where I find myself almost having to climb over giant SUVs just to cross the road, and suffering serious envy symptoms as the number of Audis, BMWs, and Mercedes grows to the extent I expect Ford and Vauxhall to announce closure any day soon.

It nice to get the odd reminder of how bad things are here, and I gathered this piece of evidence last night.

We’re so poor here, we don’t even rate standard bus stops on metal poles now.

We have to make our own from odd pieces of wooden scrap, and stick a photocopied image of a real bus stop to the top.

Poor Bus Stop

Poor Bus Stop

It’s irony, get used to it.

In fact, it’s the unwashed getting fibre installed (the street behind is all dug up with trenches and conduits being laid for the new cables).

Well, they need something to spend their benefits on, and keep the new flat-screen telly supplied with stuff to watch so they don’t have to lie around bored all day.

And it keeps them indoors, not following me along the road, trying to sell me strange stuff wrapped up in little brown bags.

 

07/05/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

My First public shower

First Group logo

and public bathing.

First Group’s slogan is “transforming travel”, but for me it was “transforming bathing habits” a couple of weeks ago, when a First Group bus driver drowned me while I was walking along Glasgow Road towards Baillieston, just as I passed the pedestrian crossing opposite Maxwell Avenue, at the east entrance and bus stop at Bannerman High School.

At a guess, this was around 17:20 on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, but I can’t be exact as I didn’t have a watch on. Not that I could have seen it anyway.

At the time, the road surface towards the school was broken, potholed, and full of water. The bus arrived at full speed just as I reached the crossing, and all I saw was a wall of water rise from the road. Next thing I knew was that I was soaked from head to toe, with mucky water running out of my hair and down my face. I might have been wearing a waterproof jacket, but that still didn’t prevent my front being soaked, or my trousers, and I had to head on to shops looking like a tramp.

Fortunately, the really expensive camera was slung under my arm and under my jacket, and although the lesser backup was in my pocket, by the time I cleared my eyes and was able to look down the road towards the next stop outside the premises of Henry Boot, the offending bus was already pulling away, so there was no chance of grabbing a pic.

A few minutes later I was able to grab a pic of the bus immediately behind the shower special, but even though its number of 69087 is clearly visible, a look at its destination board showed it wasn’t in service, so unless First Group’s tracking system logs all the buses all the time, it wouldn’t help identify the offender, the bus that had just preceded 69087.

A couple of minutes later, and well away from the crossing!

A couple of minutes later, and well away from the crossing!

As I recall, it’s a reportable offence to soak a pedestrian as a driver – unless you stop and go back and aplogise – and if I’d been able to see the detail of the bus, my still wet and dripping self would happily have dropped into Baillieston police station as I passed, and reported the incident. If I’d had positive details, I’d also have complained to First Group, as the driver could easily have avoided the standing water – it was hardly invisible – or slowed down. It would have been interesting to see if First took any notice, and gave its driver a corporate boot up the backside for careless and inconsiderate driving. I’d have had no interest in the cleaning bills that seem to be such favourites of the media – all I ‘d have been looking for was a “Sorry”, after I had to carry on to the shops looking as if someone had thrown buckets of water over me.

The reason this came back to mind was when I passed the pedestrian crossing last night.

As you’ll see from the picture below, those nice workmen from the council have been busy there at some time over the past couple of weeks, and there’s now a nice new shiny section of road surface there, eliminating the last trace of evidence that would support the story of my impromptu public bath.

No more flooded verge. Nice new shiny road surface, just after completion.

No more flooded verge. Nice new shiny road surface, just after completion.

Update

I noticed a related story popped up the news (October 14, 2009), concerning a female driver who deliberately sped through a puddle at a bus stop and showered a group of schoolchildren waiting there.

For some reason, she had her male partner video the offence, and then posted the video on YouTube (did she think she was invisible and untraceable):

Police received a number of complaints after a 24-second clip of the incident was posted.

Officers said the 29-year-old woman had voluntarily contacted them and was interviewed,  and was subsequently reported for careless driving and a file is being sent to the Crown Prosecution Service.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police told Sky News Online: “Deliberately splashing people by driving through a big puddle could mean that the motorist was driving without reasonable consideration for other road users. There is also the real danger that by driving through standing water this could cause the driver of the vehicle to lose control and could result in a road traffic collision. People involved in this practice could find themselves prosecuted and points put on their licence.”

Driving through a puddle to splash bystanders is an offence of “careless, and inconsiderate, driving” under the Road Traffic Act section 3 and carries a fine of up to £2,500.

Four years ago, a driver who admitted soaking a workman by driving through a puddle was fined £150 and given three penalty points by magistrates in Yeovil.

Do I wish I hadn’t been temporarily blinded by the facefull of water the First Bus driver threw over me, and could have got his number?

Yup!

12/06/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Free bus travel scheme extended

I’m beginning to see why some writers pick on politics and political writing as their subject – it basically means they can write any sort of crap without bothering about whether it is fact or fantasy, provided they can find someone that has made some sort of public comment or claim on the subject, regardless of whether it is accurate or just some sort of idle, politically motivated, point scoring remark.

A few weeks ago, the news carried an item suggesting that changes to the free bus travel scheme and a review would mean less people being eligible for the concession, and Scottish Labour jumped up and down with joy. Even though no details had been published by the Scottish Governement, they hinted that Alex Salmond could go down in history as the first minister who “shoved Scotland’s grannies off the bus”. That seemed to be important, and was noted here, and was skewed to be critical of the Scottish Governement.

The plans have now been published, and Scottish Labour is claiming a victory.

Duh… Excuse my being thick, but having only one working brain cell, it can’t see how anyone can claim victory when an unseen plan is published for the first time and its contents are made public. It might have been able to cope if the plan had been published, and then changed after a review, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. So this posting is unashamedly skewed to be critical of Scottish Labour for making baseless claims.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that pensioners and disabled people will remain entitled to travel for nothing, at any time, on any bus routes, for any number of journeys. The review will assess the scheme introduced in 2006, and will look towards extending eligibility so that injured veterans in Scotland are able to benefit from free bus travel

I don’t care one jot about the political flag flown by anyone making announcements about important issues, but I do object to finding that that their deliberations are unfounded, and only aimed at making political capital. I may be reporting and quoting, but still find the inclusion of such baseless claims reflects badly on the site, even if it’s not directly responsible for them. The BBC might get away with it, being a national news service, but we don’t have that luxury, and operate at a more personal level.

It’s not possible to avoid reviewing items with a political content, and it’s probably not possible to review them without some sort of personal bias, although it’s to be hoped that any review of such items posted here will show that any scorn is poured on the subject, regardless of its political affiliation.

05/07/2008 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Remote and out of touch politicians

bute ferryWhen running a business, one of the things that I find extremely irritating is the board of directors that sits in a room remote from the sharp end where the work is done, and issues decrees and opinions which the staff are to follow. While this may be acceptable at the level of setting the strategic aims of the business, it means that the lofty few are not in touch with the detail of the day-to-day operations, or what the little people are doing. This means that most tactical directives they issue sound good, but lack any practical understanding of their implications or feasibility. They do, however, provide ample opportunity for criticism of their minions, and shifting of blame for any failure from the board room to the shop floor.

I was reminded of this when I read a BBC Scotland news item regarding a call by MSPs for “‘urgent’ action to improve ferry services to deliver a modern, efficient network”. That introduction corresponded with the board of directors issuing their “wisdom from on high”, and was expanded with:

Holyrood’s Transport Committee said government-owned operator Caledonian MacBrayne should extend the sailing day to help commuters.

Its report also called for improved co-ordination between ferry arrivals and rail and bus services.

The Scottish Government said the findings were a welcome contribution to its forthcoming review.

The Ferry Services in Scotland report said a long-term strategy was needed.

The report said: “The committee believes that a situation where a train departs as ferry passengers walk down a station platform to get onboard is completely unacceptable.”

It carries on with more of the same, which is detailed in the original item.

I don’t want to quote or analyse the rest, since analysing the detail isn’t really the aim of this post.

What is relevant is the observation that anyone who does not live on one of Scotland’s islands, and is not dependent on the lifeline ferry services connection them to the mainland, will think that that this report is full of wise words and sagacious advice for the ferry operators, passengers, and associated transport providers – and in many ways they would be right.

What they will not realise however, and only those of us that depend on the ferries and follow the endless to-ing and fro-ing of claim and counter-claim by operator and passenger, and the (currently) practical impracticality of integrating the ferry, train, and bus timetables in the real world, is that all the fine proposals made in the report have been bouncing back and forth between the various interested parties for years, and are currently being revived in various forms at the moment. Although it has to be said that the result is little different from past confrontations, and those on each side of the table seem to be doomed to remain hostile to any proposals made by the other, and have already seen one recent meeting end with one of the parties walking out of the meeting.

Unless the Scottish Governement does something more useful to change the operating environment and rules, then this report is little more than a paper exercise, and nothing will change.

I’m not knocking the report, it’s probably full of good ideas. The problem is that anyone who’s watched the ferries for the past few decades will have seen it all before, and nothing’s really changed – same complaints, same solutions, same endless debate.

28/06/2008 Posted by | Civilian, Maritime, Transport | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Free bus travel review

old busScottish Labour hasn’t wasted the opportunity of remembering the old song, and hinted that Alex Salmond could go down in history as the first minister who “shoved Scotland’s grannies off the bus”.

The free bus scheme for pensioners and disabled passengers began in 2006, and is now to be reviewed by the Scottish Government, with operators having already been told that fare reimbursement is to be capped.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson has said funding was to be increased, despite the review, and that in future, changes would mean less people would be eligible.

Labour’s environment spokesman, Des McNulty, told BBC Radio Scotland that the situation had arisen because the Scottish Government had not put enough money into the scheme, “We feel that concessionary travel is the biggest thing that devolution has delivered to the people of Scotland, in particular the pensioners. The retention of that scheme in its present form is a priority. Whatever restrictions are imposed will take away from its value.”

Looks like if you might just have to get older faster of you want to be sure of getting that free bus pass.

Seems to be a rerun of the free personal care for the elderly, where there will be increasing criteria to knock people out of the scheme to avoid growing numbers and increased costs.

16/06/2008 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Scottish ‘First’ for bus travellers

MyBustrackerBelieved to be the first such system available in Scotland to provide real-time information for passengers to view online, BusTracker uses satellite navigation (GPS) and Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) technology to follow some 530 buses around the Edinburgh area using real time information. The system will allow users to find out when their next bus is due to arrive, using their computer or mobile phone.

Using positional information relayed from buses, the effects of heavy traffic and roadworks can be taken into account when arrival times are being estimated, providing users with more realistic information, and showing the required route on a Google map, complete with each stop pinpointed by a marker. The site also provides details of each route as a pdf.

Developed by the Edinburgh City Council and Lothian Buses, the system will complement the success of BusTracker display screens, currently installed at hundreds of stops in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian.

Similar technology is already in use in a number of applications around the country, with GPS AVL systems in use in Scotland for several years. Aberdeen was the earliest, followed by an award winning system operating in Dundee, and across Angus.

Glasgow is also reported to have a has a slowly developing system as well, and the evidence can be seen on numerous bus shelters around the city, which sprouted antennas and digital dot-matrix displays announcing the arrival of the next three buses… and the time.

This undated document (which closes with a reference to the system being operational by 2004) from the Glasgow archives describe the system:

The Bus Information and Signalling System – BIAS

The Bus Information and Signalling System (BIAS) consists of 2 computer control systems. The first is an Urban
Traffic Control (BIAS-UTC) Computer System that will provide public transport vehicles with progression through
the City’s traffic signals on the Quality Bus Corridors. The second system tracks those vehicles using a satellite
based Global Positioning System (GPS) and provides the travelling public with up to the minute information on the
arrival of buses at those bus stops along the routes.

A three-year contract has been awarded to 2 companies to design, install and commission these 2 control systems.

The City’s partners in this scheme are West Dunbartonshire Council and the bus operator First who hope to equip
460 of their 1,000 buses with the BIAS AVL equipment initially with further expansion later.

BIAS AVL and Real Time Information System

The new system will be housed in Glasgow City Council’s Traffic Control Centre in Elmbank Street with control
terminals installed in each of First Glasgow’s Depots at Larkfield, Scotstoun and Parkhead. Each BIAS equipped
bus will have an on board computer unit (OBU) which interfaces to the bus’s ticket machine, vehicle odometer, and
a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. The on board computer holds the daily schedule for the bus and
compares its actual position on the road with that expected. The bus then transmits any deviation to the Central
Computer system via the bus radio.
The central system monitors the bus fleet’s positions and transmits the actual expected arrival to Real Time
Information signs installed at the Bus shelters along the Quality Bus Corridor.
Where the bus is running late the bus will automatically request priority at traffic signals. This will allow the bus to
traverse the traffic signal intersections with minimal delay. The BIAS UTC System will then optimise the traffic
signal timings to ensure that the transition back to normal conditions is as smooth as possible. The BIAS UTC
System uses a vehicle actuated traffic control system called SCOOT (Split, Cycle, Offset, Optimisation
Techniques), which was initially developed in Glasgow and is now in use throughout the world.

BIAS UTC System

The Urban Traffic Control system will be installed within the Traffic Control Centre and interfaced with the BIAS
AVL system. Traffic Control facilities will also be provided in the Council’s main Traffic Operations Office and West
Dunbartonshire Council offices in Dumbarton.

An overseeing Integrated Management Facility will be provided as part of the UTC system to ensure that the
system operators are given a comprehensive overview of the new BIAS Systems and Glasgow’s existing CITRAC
(Centrally Integrated Traffic Control) traffic control facilities. This common Graphical User Interface (GUI) will
present information to the operators and engineers using Graphical Information System (GIS) dual screen
terminals. On these terminals the operator can view not only the road network conditions but also monitor the
progression of the buses throughout the quality bus corridors.

Additional on-line facilities will also be provided to evaluate the overall performance of the systems and to report
faulty equipment directly to the Council’s maintenance contractors.

Meeting the Quality Bus Corridor Objectives

The main objectives of the Quality Bus Corridor initiative are to support social and economic development and the
environment. The BIAS facilities will assist by:

Giving Priority to Public Transport; Reducing bus journey times; Making the bus service more reliable and; Providing better passenger information.

BIAS will be an integral part of the Council’s Quality Bus Corridor solution to the increasing traffic congestion within
the city and its conurbation and will assist in the Council’s objectives of increasing the shift to greener modes of
transport. The first installations will be operational early in 2004.

Interestingly, your scribe lives on one those Quality Bus Corridors referred to above. Causing much local uproar and an assortment of protest meetings when it was proposed (especially from traders on the route), it developed into nothing more than a means of permitting the buses to block all other traffic when they stop to drop and uplift passengers. Instead of having to pull in to the pavement to reach the stop and allow passengers to embark and disembark, all that was done was to build out the pavement so that the nearside lane (the roadway is typically four lanes wide over the route) was eliminated. This means that buses stop in the offside lane, with the result that ALL traffic in the road stops when a bus stops, meaning it has a clear passage once the passengers have been collected or dropped off. Since their route is always clear once they have completed this service, the operators are able to report that they have gained a few minutes operating efficiency over the previous journey time.

It seem an interesting, if slightly perverse way to improve journey times for a selected transport segment, but clearly works to the benefit of the bus operators. It also avoided the complications that were being proposed initially, with various ‘Bus Gates’ and other restrictions being discussed for non-bus vehicles travelling or stopping on the route, none of which materialised in the end. Most of the shops are still there too, so there was no mass exodus of traders either.

The ‘Digital Bus Shelters’ are handy too, as you can always find out the time from them if you’re out for a walk.

15/02/2008 Posted by | Civilian, Maps, Transport | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

   

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