How To Encourage Bus Travel!
Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Peeved In Peterborough (1) ...
On the left is Peterborough railway station and scanning to the right (to the east) are four buildings with blue painted roofs. These are four multi-storey car parks built to serve the Queensgate shopping centre which is on the far right.
The four car parks were given the names of local worthies, namely ...
Edith Cavell - nurse, cruelly executed as a spy during WW1
Frank Perkins - of diesel engine fame
Henry Royce - chum of Mr Rolls
John Clare - nineteenth century poet
Peterborough City Council then decided to be more "efficient" and used colours to smarten up the whole car parking experience.
This was met with a certain amount of opposition by the locals, so the Council compromised and used surname and colour together ...
You might wish to find your way from railway station to bus station, only a short walk away says Wikipedia; so it must be right. If you were very, very fortunate, you might find an "onward travel" poster somewhere on the concourse.
So let's do it!
We leave the station, turning right in front of the three star Great Northern Hotel ...
Here, to offer a little encouragement for our exciting exploration, we find a white on blue sign which directs us to Queensgate Shopping Centre AND the bus station.
The Cathedral is much further east and rather well hidden ...
So, according to Wikipedia, your route takes you across the Paten Bridge, named after a worthy city resident and owner of a wine merchant's.
... and lo, you will find an entrance to Queensgate shopping centre.
Assuming you find your way past all the lovely shops desirous of ridding you of your money, you would be directed to descend an escalator within the greenhouse.
But, if we look at a recent Google Earth snapshot ...
... we see mayhem in the east!
Where buses once arrived, unloaded, loaded and departed ...
... buses there are none!
Indeed the view from the north down the eastern bays is decidedly blocked off!
Correspondent Alan (the Northampton one!) passed through on Sunday last and can enlighten us.
And will do so in tomorrow's blog.
Thinking About LEDs
fbb lies awake at night thinking of nothing else.
Here is the old man's reading lamp.
Translate this to the Peterville signal box and lights in the ceiling give a reasonable shine ...
Maybe a bodge in the form of a square of translucent white plastic will do the job.
Next Peterborough blog : Thursady 29th July