It will of course be a wrench, as I have come to feel part of the team over these past six years and have made some wonderful friends amongst colleagues and customers and in the areas that we serve.
It really is a privilege to work with all of you and I shall miss the camaraderie and the sense of achievement when we get things right, as we have done on many occasions.
Still, it’s time for me to move on and find something to do elsewhere that will keep my cogs turning but give me a bit more time to do my own thing.
Besides, the business needs constant regeneration as we face the challenges of the world after Covid.
I am just the latest in a run of MDs in this business. When I first arrived, I was constantly asked how long I’d be staying. We need continuity, people would say! Well, by next May I will be well into my seventh year in the job.
I like to think that working as a team we have achieved a good deal over recent years. I am proud that together we have raised the reputation of First West of England and earned respect from the community we serve. The general public, as well as local leaders nowadays regard us an important player in local life, con-tributing to making the West of England a place where people want to live, work and enjoy themselves.
There are many months until May, so it’s very much business as usual meantime, with lots to be done. We still have to get through the here and now of the pan-demic and navigate a path to emerge from it in the best possible state. I look forward to working with you all through these critical weeks and months.
Keep going and thanks for all your efforts!
A reminder (you'll need it soon!) that buses to Shiregreen were 150 and 151 and then became 47 and 48 but the route did not change. The 150/47 ran OUT via Bellhouse Road and BACK via "Sicey Avenue" whilst the 151/48 ran OUT via "Sicey Avenue" and BACK via Bellhouse Road.
The only notable change to the 47/48 was when thy became cross city continuing to Herdings - but fbb will spare his readers the complex details.
Shiregreen became served by the First Bus' former tram route 75 (remember?) and its close buddy, the 76. It no longer ran "the back way" into town but followed the main road via Burngreave ...
A minor confusion is added by Stagecoach whose competitive service 88 blasts down the full length of Sicey Avenue, a service which predated the "Partnership" and remained with Stagecoach.
In case you wondered (can't think why you would) Traveline shows information in the same way as Travel South Yorkshire - two totally separate routes with no hint of their loopiness. The "every stop" version of the return version of the 75 does, however confirm that the loop is complete and simple (?).
Thus it was that fbb needed to prepare this new timetable for GoTimetable Sheffield.
We will see what happened in tomorrow's blog - the final episode of this Tale of Tragedy and a broken man!
Readers who have lost the will to live may yet survive!
Meanwhile, Buses For Trams
Here is SN53 AEX in its original attire for Edinburgh City services ...