From Sheffield Roy, pictures of the last T M Travel journeys on Service 65.
Nippy Nips No More
Steve Burd, Stagecoach boss in Northampton then explained the problem.
Shortage of buses?
Shortage of staff?
Major road works?
None of these. Apparently the bus stop NaPTAN code for Catch Yard Farm Estate did not work and so Stagecoach's registration went phut.
Stagecoach submit their registrations electronically via the over complex, over engineered, over costly system adopted to make life difficult by The Traffic Commissioners.
Sorry folks, you can't have your buses because the confuser is confused!
Weird Happenings 2
Hot news from Birmingham.
To speed up the buses, Travel West Midlands are ...
... closing nearly sixty bus stops that are "little used"
But surely if these stops are "little used", then the rarity of a passengers will hardly delay the service? Generally Birmingham Corporation's lovely circular bus stops ...
... did tend to be close together. This encouraged folk to catch the bus because the stops were nearer their homes and places of work.
Here are some that are removed from the 45 and 47.
So this one stays ...
... this one (Breedon Road) goes ...
... and this one stays.
Looks pretty arbitrary to your author but maybe local knowledge supports the plan.
But then fbb was always well aware that bus services would run so much better without all those pesky passengers wanting to travel.
Weird Happenings 3
Hot news from Sheffield Supertram.
About time too! Trams are often packed to the roof, even off peak, so an improved service is long overdue.
Sounds a good plan.
And how is this improvement to be achieved?
BY REDUCING THE FREQUENCY!
Monday to Friday off-peak and all daytime on Saturday the previous 10 minute headway extends to every 12; harder to remember and longer to wait. Good news indeed.
Yes, it is hard to believe - but the same twaddle is being promulgated by the PTE for whom Stagecoach runs the tram on a contract.
fbb found Supertram on-line, (which no longer has its own web site), after a struggle; but when he searched for news of this change, this appeared.
Now that would be a major improvement in the service - all the way to Northampton.
fbb was looking for a quote which had appeared earlier, but had since disappeared from the Stagecoach pages. But, no worry, the PTE prints the quote.
That's where fbb has been going wrong all these years. Fancy not understanding that more people will travel if you run less buses or trams. This should be a major part of any college or university Transport Management course. It is truly revolutionary.
Or truly weird.
Of course, Hallowe'en used to be about rejecting the devil and all that he stands for. Sadly, commercialism and "letting the kids have a bit of harmless (?) fun" has turned it right round. Hallowe'en now seems to exalt the world of evil and the occult, however lightheartedly.
Why pumpkins? They were originally designed to scare off evil spirits, based on several spooky folk tales.