But "Gannin" To Blaydon - Eventually!
Friday, 1 October 2021
NOT Gannin Along The Scotswood Road
Historically, the A69 strode purposefully along the communities on the north bank of the Tyne until it got to Corbridge, where it crossed the river and met the A695. The A695 was the Scotswood Road, also on the north bank but much nearer the river (ideal for Gannin Along to get to Blaydon). It crossed the Chain Bridge ...
... as far as Hexham where it fizzled out, leaving the road to Carlisle via Brampton as the A69 all the way.
The A69 as far as Hexham is much improved ...south bank. So here we see ...GREEN) links with the A1(M) (BLUE) near Birtley and provides a super smashing western by-pass for the city.GREEN) zooms off upper left whilst the A695 (RED) serves Blaydon.
Some 40 years ago, when the Great Britain Bus Timetable last appeared (Shame!) it showed a joint service 685 by Northumbria (a k a Arriva) and Stagecoach along the full length of the A69 between Newcastle and Carlisle.
Arriva is continuing its national policy to make finding bus timetables a real challenge; but after some sweaty moments comes up with a really daft timetable.
Joint service? What joint service?
Arrive certainly does NOT want you to even consider catching a Stagecoach bus, so misses them out.
Thankfully, Stagecoach shows the whole timetable.
But the buses are smarter!
Whilst Go Ahead may be good at route branding, their web site is poor on maps. There is no network map and most routes are accompanied by unhelpful Google based "live" maps that are often beyond comprehension.
Go Ahead's "fast" buses to Hexham are graced with a "proper" route map, but very much simplified.
To balance running time somewhat, the X84 does its bit of fast running between Corbridge and Hexham. The "live" map is baffling.
The simple map stops at Hexham, so what is that extra "diversion" not shown on the "normal" map.
It doesn't matter how much you zoom in, the map is devoid of anything useful. But fbb, knowing no fear and, as ever, dispensing with a safety net, has worked it out.
But take a look at a timetable extract.
The 0820 from Newcastle has its time shaded and served St Andrews Cemetery BEFORE Hexham and this is explained in a shaded note.
But Priestpopple? Confused again? How foolish of you. EVERYBODY knows that Priestpopple is one of the main streets in Hexham. And it is where the bus station WAS until it closed.
But it is not where the bus station IS. It is now on Dene Avenue which is a little further east and thus a little further from the town centre facilities ...
At least the timetable says "Bus Station".
But none of these routes go via Blaydon. So in the next episode (sometime next week - see below) we will look at buses to Blaydon - and that will be fun again.
This weekend (Sunday and Monday afternoons) is the fbb's "Afternoon Tea" Christian meeting and we are linking Harvest with the Old Testament Story of Cain and Abel.