Much More Than Concrete Cows!
Tuesday 30 March 2021
Tinkering Via Tinkers Bridge (2) ... Or
fbb guesses that his readers would not be over-excited by a detailed history of the Milton Keynes road network, fascinating though it be. Needless to say this massive project was not designed for public transport. fbb remembers reading an early guide to the development in which was written, "Public Transport is not like it is in London so if you do not have a car, you should think of buying one."
United Counties "MK" bus services were all kick start funded by the Development Corporation because in the early days they served a whole load of open fields.
Three "top to bottom" main roads (DARK BLUE in the overlay and numbered in a V series for "vertical" and named as "Street") were the first to take shape linking new development as it spread from Wolverton in the North and Bletchley in the South. Reading from left to right they were named Grafton, Saxon and Marlborough Street.
Marlborough Street was the very first. fbb remembers catching a bus from Stony Stratford to Bletchley which, after passing a few cardboard houses at Stantonbury (above map top centre) ...
... did not meet another soul until stopping at Tinkers Bridge (circled) for the Netherfield development. Two boarded. Total loading Stantonbbury to Bletchley, 4!
In 1978 the use of MK route numbers ceased and with the progressive opening of the central area the main north south services were developed into a stretched out X-shaped network with the centre of the X being the central area. Services were numbered in a 400 series.
Thus it was that the 420 began its southbound trajectory on Marlborough Street, then "crossed over" at the Centre to continue via Saxon Street.
Meanwhile, the 400 did the opposite.
The 410 was a bit more wiggly at both ends but served the West Bletchley loop in the opposire direction.
Generally each "main line" route ran every 30 minutes often with two routes "doubling up" on busy sections to provide four buses an hour. Lakes Estate, however, only managed three buses an hour, the half hourly 420 plus a once an hour extra via Fenny Stratford and Water Eaton.
Of course, many will remember that Milton Keynes tried a Dial-a-Bus delving deep into the estates at the Bletchley end of things.
Whilst the network in the early 1980s was the best MK had ever had (or would ever have???) the demon of privatisations and deregulation was lurking on the calendric horizon. The bit of United Countries that had been branded Milton Keynes Citybus ultimately became MK Metro ...
MK Metro was sold to Arriva and we gently but inexorably move into the modern "commercial" age where the unity of United Counties total network ownership has become "main line" Arriva ...
It is not a pretty sight!
Next Tinkering blog : Wednesday 31st March
No Holding Back
You would expect the early followers of Jesus to want to remember what he did and what he said. So it should come as no surprise to know that new testament scholars (the clever people!) are very sure that a collection of Jesus' actual words was assembled soon after his death. That collection was used by the four Gospel writers which is why many of the events of Jesus' life are accompanied by similar quotes.
What is very clear is that, as the human Jesus faced up to his very human death and subsequent very un-human resurrection, he had plenty to say. He even told a timely parable about his "purpose".
In summary, a man built a vineyard (God created the world) and let it out to tenants (the people, us). He sent his servants (prophets) to keep his tenants on the right road of sticking with the owner and giving him a share of the takings (worship). But the tenants ...
The only one left to send was the man's own dear son. Last of all, then, he sent his son to the tenants. "I am sure they will respect my son," he said. But those tenants said to one another, "This is the owner's son. Come on, let's kill him, and his property will be ours!" So they grabbed the son and killed him and threw his body out of the vineyard.
“What, then, will the owner of the vineyard do?” asked Jesus.
Jesus ended his little illustration by quoting from the Bible, which for him was our Old Testament.
The stone which the builders rejected as worthless
turned out to be the most important of all.
This was done by the Lord;
what a wonderful sight it is!
Quotes from Mark's Gospel chapter 12 and Psalm 118