fbb cannot wait to see the promised "Underground-style" bus map, posted at "every bus stop". Your brave and resolute blogger will be in Sheffield for the day on Friday 6th April. Expect more dramatic revelations.
There won't be any, but we can always expect.
Revolutionary New Idea?
Senior Technical director at WSP Parsons Brickerhoff, John Parker ...
Rail overbuild schemes would generate household and business rates, as well as other revenue for the local authority. They would also support efforts by councils for higher densification in new housing developments.
Here is a WSP look at the approaches to London Victoria now ...
The costs of an overbuild can be high depending on span and width needed as well as the location, Parker pointed out. "A lot of that 11,000km of track is not such high value and it may be possible to do something a bit simpler that doesn't cost so much" Parker told delegates at Rail Stations and Property, organised by Landor LINKS and sponsored by law firm Burges Salmon.
Rail overbuild projects are already underway in the UK, including at Royal Mint Gardens Docklands Light Railway station ...
Whoops. There is no such station. Do they mean Tower Gateway?
... and at Twickenham rail station.
There are also plans to build a 50-storey residential block over rail tracks at Principal Place, Shoreditch, near Liverpool Street station.
Of course, the idea is not new, but Network Rail has just commissioned this WSP report and the publishers of Transport Extra have enjoyed a speaker, Mr Parker no less, at one of their many conferences.
"It would also result in pedestrian-friendly, less car-dependent environments as there are no roads. Railways would benefit through increased patronage while rail asset owners would see land values rise," explained Mr Parker.
fbb wonders which of those benefits will be uppermost in the Railways' thinking.
But worry not, there will probably be little change at Axminster.
More Megabus M16 Madness?
Megabus doesn't publish timetables as such, but an enquiry for Norwich to London for Tuesday next at an early time produces a list for that day.
Helpfully (!) Whilst Megabus will provide details (and a map) of the stops in e.g. Stratford-upon-Avon or even Stuttgart, the location at Stratford (East London) remains a closely guarded secret.
fbb might have a clue. According to Google Streetview, the alighting stop on journeys TO London is here, underneath the Agromex lorry.
All will be revealed tomorrow. But to whet your appetite, the core of the news is that Megabus M16 will soon terminate at Stratford and will not continue to Victoria Coach Station.
The implications of this and Stagecoach's advance publicity are, to coin a phrase, "of interest"!