Bus bloggers were also "at it" with converted prison vans on rural services in Cornwall and a rejuvenation of the Leyland National in China. All good fun of course. There were also those who doubted the veracity of fbb's raport on the Severn Tunnel visitor centre; although why anyone should disbelieve the writings of a dedicated serious commentator on transport matters is unclear!
But the best comment on the day's "activities" was provided in a letter to the "i" newpaper, which had carried a rather weak news item about the introduction of a 30 pence piece. Here is that letter.
Meanwhile, in York, this news broke on April 1st.
There is quite a lot to read in his expurgated version of the news story that broke last Tuesday, April 1st. But it is worth spending the time!
The Government's traffic adjudicator has ruled that the scheme could not be "sensibly" described as a bus lane, meaning City of York Council has "no power to issue a penalty charge notice". The council has said the restrictions will remain in place and drivers should continue to obey them, despite the judgement, as it seeks "independent legal advice".
We know that a number of councils nationally will be concerned about this decision and the implications this may have in their area.”
In his ruling, Mr Knapp said he was cancelling the fine imposed on the driver who appealed against the decision, Nigel Rhodes. He said there was an "inherent ambiguity" in the signs advising drivers of the Lendal Bridge restrictions, because the direction sign did not include the times of the closure."The impression is therefore that the two restrictions were entirely separate, the first being a closure of Lendal Bridge, without a reference to a bus or general traffic restriction, and the second a prohibition of motor vehicles at all times,"
fbb' personal observations back in September 2013 would wholeheartedly refute Councillor Reid's last statement. There was no apparent increase in congestion in the City although congestion is always bad. Buses were obviously running more freely over the bridge but "normal" hold-ups elsewhere meant that the overall improvement in reliability was not as huge as might be desired.
The signs are awful! So much so that he AA has posted additional warnings.
Unfortunately many visitors to the City will not know what or where Lendal Bridge is, and by the time they find out, there is no easy escape. It would have been better to put up "No Through Road" or even "City Centre closed to through traffic" signs well in advance of the restriction.
Sadly, this was not an April 1st joke, but a sad reflection on a badly planned and badly executed scheme which really ought to have been made successful. Lendal Bridge is so much better with much reduced traffic.