Southern Vectis general manager Matt Kitchin said: "In our December 2013 survey, customers were very clear about the enhancements they would like to see on this popular service and we have listened to them. We are proposing to introduce a number of changes to Route 1, including brand new double and single decker buses. This would mean more seats during busy journeys. The changes are due to come into effect in March 2015, so now we want to know what our customers think of our proposals."
Never undertake a consultation unless you are sure that you will get the answer you want.
Now you can't. The new old one is quite separate from the new red one; like it always was in the traditional days of the the 1 and 1A. The company makes much of the extra capacity on the new double decks, but those extra seats now roll along every 15 minutes instead of every 7/8.
And there are still four buses an hour to interact with the hourly ferry.
fbb predicts that at the next rethink there will be two 20 minute double deck services to the Co-op and some peak hour express journeys for the Pontoon. All numbered one, of course.
Back to the future indeed.
A Northampton Bombshell (Literally)
Today's the day that the former Greyfriars bus station is to be blown up. As the hapless councillor Mackintosh said about a year ago, "we will take the bus station down brick by brick so there will be no road closures and no disruption"
Today, then we have a massive "exclusion zone" (yellow roads on map), residents are being evacuated from properties all around the area and the Grosvenor shopping centre will be closed "for the duration".
Letters have been set to all residents and businesses in the exclusion zone to explain what the arrangements will be on the day and what they will need to do. Businesses within the exclusion zone, which includes the Grosvenor Centre, will be closed but will be able to open as soon as the demolition is complete and the all clear given. The roads will be cleared up and opened shortly afterwards.
The Grosvenor Centre and Mayorhold multi-storey car parks will be closed from 6pm on Saturday 14 March, but will also reopen as soon as it is safe to do so after the demolition. Wellington Street, Upper Mounts and Campbell Square car parks will also be closed on Sunday 15 March and will reopen later in the day.
So no disruption, then.
fbb hopes to bring pictures tomorrow and the actual demolition will be available live on-line by video link. If you can see anything for the dust!
So nothing can possibly go wrong?