Monday 4 February 2019
Return to Rossendale (NOT)
The plan for today's blog was to begin a look at the railways of Rossendale, the preserved East Lancashire Railway and possibilities of a re-opened national rail route.
But circumstances are such that an abbreviated blog has become necessary. The reason is simple - your elderly blogger is simply too weary (there are less appealing words!) to concentrate on a dull blog. Back in January the fbb's started a new Christian meeting, monthly on Sunday afternoons. Independent of any church denomination it meets in Seaton Town Councils premises.
Very nice, very comfortable and very cheap!
The meeting is called ...
... and consists of a 45 minute informal Christian get together followed by afternoon tea - sarnies, home made cake and a cuppa. The first week there were 12 attendees, yesterday 17. In a delightful small town touch, the premises were opened up and closed by Seaton's recently elected mayor.
There were sandwiches to make, and all the equipment, chairs and tables have to be set up. The meeting went very well and was much appreciated.
But a VERY tiring day.
So just a few bits and bobs, with a hopeful return to Rossendale tomorrow.
Snow, Snow, Thick Thick Snow
Headline news last week about cars and lorries stuck on Bodmin Moor ...
... and students trapped overnight at Callywith College (near Bodmin) ...
... because all the buses were cancelled. The contract was awarded to Plymouth Citybus (GoAhead) operating an extensive network. (click on the map for an enlargement)
Was this block cancellation an over-reaction? Other operators struggled on to provide their customers with the best possible service.
Here is Yorkshire Coastliner (Transdev) ...
... making its way across the moors and here, in less happy circumstances, is Rosso (Transdev) having come to a temporary grief in a precipitive slippiness.
Of course, bus companies must operate responsibly BUT; once upon a few decades ago the philosophy was "we must get our customers home" and, usually they did.
There are numerous proposals in and around Leeds to encourage public transport with a raft of bus priority schemes. One is for the A61, trackbed on the prestigious 36 from Ripon via Harrogate to Leeds.
Some proposals have not gone down a bundle with motorists and the local press.
More than 1,800 people are fighting against plans to create two new bus lanes in north Leeds.
They have signed a petition which implores Leeds City Council to scrap plans to install two bus lanes on the A61 in Alwoodley.
The council wants to create a southbound bus lane, that runs between Crescent Gardens and Alwoodley, and a northbound bus lane, that runs between Sandmoor Lane and Alwoodley Lane.
If the plans are given the go ahead, drivers will be restricted to using one lane on each of the carriageways and traffic lights on these roads will give priority to buses.
The article is illustrated by a picture of an Arriva bus, none of which run on the road concerned.
Meanwhile, Harrogate Buses (Transdev) ave organised a series of "drop in" sessions to meet and consult (and hopefully offset some of the opprobrium).
Four sessions are planned.
Well done Transdev.
Those Were The Days
Party tickets on the Underground? When were they last offered?
Back to Rossendale tomorrow.
Delayed Rossendale blog : Tuesday 5th February