... don't hold your breath!
Once upon a time you could catch a Portsmouth Corporation bus from Portsmouth to Hayling Ferry ...
... then the Hayling Ferry to Hayling Island ...
... and a bus thence to the more populous (less un-populous) parts of the Island. But the rise of the motor car, the opening of the M27 and, possibly, a change of demographic on Hayling Island all combined to reduce through business and thus see the withdrawal of the Hayling Island bus section of the multi-modal service.
First Bus, successors to Portsmouth Corporation still run along the Hayling Ferry road, but in recent times no further than Eastney.
But, in a surprise move, the link is restored.
First Bus has extended its service 15 every hour all the way to the ferry ...
... and a new operator, Portsmouth City Coaches is providing the Island link.
The "new" company is a Phoenix from the ashes of Emsworth and District which had its licence revoked, but subsequently de-revoked. The launch was accompanied by the Great and Good of Hayling and Portsmouth ...
... and a Southdown bus showing an appropriate heritage destination.
Going For (New) Gold in Sheffield
Regular readers may remember that Stagecoach's "Gold" X17 now runs from Barnsley to Matlock via Sheffield and Chesterfield. It is now gaining brand new buses one of which is seen on its first day out at the Woodseats Library stop.
Rumours abound that the "old" Gold buses will re-appear on service 50/50A between Chesterfield and Sheffield via Eckington.
Rail Review Reviewed
Just a reminder that DaFT (Department For Transport) has announced a "root and branch" review of the Rail Industry, as covered by a headlaie in a respected industry journal.
Everyone agrees that our complex (and ludicrously costly) system is rubbish; but there is little agreement about what alternatives might offer some improvement.
Jezza has announced that, when his party is in power, he will re-nationalise the system ...
... although his supporters seem to be going in the wrong direction with their BR logo!
Didn't Tony promise the same in his first election campaign?
Once again, don't hold your breath!