So the PTE has tendered a replacement service using some money it hasn't got.
Splendid Shelter Souvenir
There are two former tram shelters still standing in Northampton. One is at the Cock Hotel (A508, north of the town centre) ...
Wessex From First ...
... is, apparently, the latest "brand" from First Bus Wessex, Dorset and South Somerset - not a name that trips easily off the tongue off a potential passenger. The web site has this as a header ...
Basically, nobody wants to know; but some uneducated passengers are becoming aggressive towards those not dressed like a gangster. Boss Marc Reddy writes:-
I have written to Dorset Police, Hampshire Police and Thames Valley Police to ask them to support us and to provide some occasional high visibility enforcement. Dorset Police have advised they will assist if they have local resource capacity. Hampshire Police have advised us that if there is an issue on the bus as a result of a non-exempt customer refusing to wear a face covering then we should call 999 and ask for police assistance, and Thames Valley Police have not yet responded to my letter. Overall this is quite a disappointing response.
If only people realised how relatively useless a cloth mask is ...
But, yet again, political fear for the economy is the deciding factor, not the limited effectiveness of face covering. Remember viruses (viri?) can and will go through cloth and round corners.
fbb favours Martin Luther's advice in a previous epidemic, "Wash your hands and pray!"
Less contentiously, the bulletin is thrilled with Roger French's effusive blog about the Travel Shop at The Hard Interchange (Portsmouth).
Erm, where can you obtain them?
Perhaps there is a lavish display in the station? Maybe not - the trains are run by a completely different company (?) and relationships are far too complex to allow for comprehensive bus publicity. There was none when fbb last visited.
Rapid route equipment renewal - or not! An opportunity missed.
More Fear Factor!
Once you have bravely boarded your bus, in mask and socially distanced, having first assured yourself that all is "safe" and your journey is really necessary you need be in no doubt as to the potential dangers that lurk aboard.
Stagecoach in Northampton has plastered its stops with notices of terror ...
But Boris has, effectively, ended fbb's worries. As an obese elderly person he is a dead cert for the hot oven treatment at Whimple ...
Running Late : Running Early?
fbb is grateful to Fran, a Church chum, who hand delivered his birthday card on Saturday 25th. Thanks, Fran, for the king thoughts and best wishes.
Sadly, it is five months late - or, happily, it is seven months early.
It looks a bit "Jinty"-like but with its typically low-slung smokebox number plate.
Puzzle Picture 1
Puzzle Picture 2
Temporary repair has been effected by copious gaffer tape and one of Mrs fbb's universally useful clothes pegs.
It does mean the machine cannot easily be closed, but, heyho, it works until fbb can sort out a better fix.
Stagecoach New Livery
The bus appeared on his local Northampton route a couple of days ago. with a subtle change of red, it could evoke the much respected Nortrhampton Corporation Transport livery of old ...