Oh yes, bus timetables. Alan recently collected a full set.
But that would be asking too much!
And Talking of Leaflets?
The 135 etc are pink, not blue. Why?
Whilst service 135 runs from Sheffield via a tortuous route round the north of the city it is joined by 136 and 137 at the Rotherham end. These are developments and (reductions) of the former Rotherham trolleybus route to Kimberworth.
fbb travelled on the last service trolleybus to Kimberworth yonks ago.
Somerset Schools Savings Scheme
Always desperate to save money, councils are wont to try to get the lowest possible tender price for school services. But running a bus to the Wackford Squears Academy for 0845 and back at 1545 means you need flexible part time staff and, obviously, ties up a vehicle all day with hardly enough spare time to earn any "daytime" money.
It can be bad business for the bus operator.
But how goes it when bus operators are not prepared to be beated into unprofitably and back out of schools work or (common these days) simply go bust/close down because there is no money to be made?
So Somerset has a cunning plan.
A fleet of five low-emission coaches will be hitting the roads of Somerset this week.
Somerset County Council has decided to run the coaches on a number of school routes to help address a lack of competition in the market and reduce costs.
Following the loss of several large bus/coach operators in recent years, particularly in the Sedgemoor area, the price for daily school contracts had risen significantly.
The five coaches have Euro 6 engines – the most environmentally friendly diesel engines currently available – in keeping with the Council’s commitments to reducing carbon emissions.
By leasing the coaches and running the routes in-house, Somerset County Council hopes to inject competition back into the market, improve sustainability and reduce costs back to a more reasonable level.
Will it work? Unlikely - but it may be cheaper than coping with a poor response to tendering.
The school routes being served by these coaches are C721, C726, C732, C733 and C938, serving Hugh Sexey’s Middle School, The Kings of Wessex Academy and Wedmore First School. The 59-seat, fully seatbelted vehicles will be used for other SCC transport purposes and will also be available for private hire outside of school transport times.
A Puzzle Picture
Public Transport Experience takes you down some strange and memorable roads. Sometimes the memories are related to the buses and their routes, but occasionally it is the buildings that evoke!
Here is a picture from Roy in Sheffield.
Without a moment's hesitation the answer jumped up from the subconscious messpot that is fbb's brain. It was, he replied electronically, the Express Dairy. fbb has no idea why he should remember that building.
The dairy building was very distinctive but Broadfield Road itself was then, an is now, a non event, carrying only the inner circle bus route and its many and varied successors; shown below, the purple squiggle between Lowfield and Nether Edge.
The building still stands (obviously) and maybe has some sort of listed status. It is now occupied by a range of small businesses.
Express had some special narrow milk floats that could operate along the "roadways in the sky" of Hyde Park and Park Hill flats.