Wednesday, 15 July 2015
The Battle of York 
You Could Have Gone by Train ...
... from Copmanthorpe station (closed 1959) on the main East Coast line south of York; to Haxby (closed 1930) on the Scarborough line.
But nowadays it is a No 13 bus. Its terminus is on Station Road ...
... whence it wiggles via Flaxman Croft before taking the main road into York.
Currently there is a bus every hour Monday to Saturday with nothing on Sunday. Just at the edge of the village centre, however, Yorkshire Coastliner runs every 30 minutes via Hallcroft Lane.
North of the city the 13 runs via subsidiary roads in Wiggington where the every 10 minute service 1 is king, before crossing the railway and turning at West Nooks.
Service 14 provides evening and Sunday journeys to Haxby.
At one time the northern terminus was Monks Cross shopping centre, then in 2012 things were swapped around.
Services 13/13A: Copmanthorpe – York – Monks Cross
Service 13 will have a new route. Between Copmanthorpe and York the route is unchanged, it will then operate from York via the current route of service 12 to Haxby. It will operate hourly, Monday-Saturday daytime.
Later the timetable was increased again by adding in the 13A giving an every 30 minutes service at the Haxby end.
The company said the consultation exercise was held online and directly with customers at a number of public drop-in sessions, and customers' comments had contributed to the changes, which come into effect on August 2. "The review has included examining routes to ensure that buses go where customers really need them."
fbb loves this sympathetic word "consultation" which usually means "we'll discuss the changes with you and do what we want anyway." In the case of the 13, to ensure that the buses go where people really want them, First will withdraw completely from the route from 2nd August.
A replacement will be run on tender (?) by Connexions aka Harrogate Coach Travel.
Which leaves us with a question. Assuming Connexions have squeezed a bit of de minimis tender money out of York City council, how can they run a bus every 30 minutes when First can't manage one every hour? We must assume that Connexions costs are lower (lower wages? lower overheads?) but surely not that much lower? Or are the First Bus financial aspirations simply too high?
Answers in a plain envelope with a £20 note to the usual address, please.
And a University PS ...
Too Much Excitement?
... and a mysterious hat on the logo. No idea why!
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, Professor Koen Lamberts (he's Belgian and it's from a Dutch/Flemish word meaning "bold" or "daring" - fbb) ...
... said: "The University is committed to promoting sustainable travel and transport. We are, therefore, extremely pleased to work with First to facilitate an efficient, sustainable and integrated University bus service for students, staff, visitors and members of the community."
Will he be going by bus?
Next York blog : Thursday 16th July