Falcon Fired-At Failings
Intrepid travellers came back on 1745 from Cabot Circus stop (aka the Fabric Shop stop).
End result: 2.5 hours late arrival in Plymouth.
Clearly Bristol locals and traffic needs factoring into timetabling!
The airgun incident could not be predicted, of course, but scheduling the service tightly IS a problem. Working the route from Plymouth means that getting a spare member of staff to cover the drivers' hours crisis is very tricky such a long, long way from home.
He agrees with the Council. What as surprise as they have paid him! Here are a few extracts from his report.
SNAG 2 : The tunnel at Ryde; is it big enough?
It will be necessary to ascertain that, if the track level in Ryde Tunnel is reduced to the level it was prior to the introduction of the underground stock, trams could pass through and have enough room for the catenary.
The condition of Ryde Pier is not known, but according to Wightlink no work has been carried out by Notwork Rail (NR) for a long time. However in discussion with NR it appears that work was undertaken on the Pier around 3 years ago. This work involved strengthening the deck of the Pier. This needs to be clarified.
Conclusions? Too many uncertainties. Too little money. Passenger numbers transferring from the Wightlink ferry are insignificant these days. Here is Ryde Pier 50 years ago.
fbb will now be a marked man.
Next bus blog : Monday 22nd February