UNO Who Competes In Northampton P.S.
Sunday, 10 October 2021
fbb reported that UNO in Northampton would be re-introducing a service in competition with Stagecoach in the southern development area and the eastern development area. The latter began when fbb was nobbut a lad and is well developed with housing surrounding the village in which he was brought up. UNO's 17 competes with part of Stagecoach 16 which now provides a ten minute service to where the old man used to live.GREEN BLOB) which was post war council housing; and later on Orchard Hill (RED BLOB) in a property subsequently extended by new owners but originally designed by Uncle Edgar. Orchard Hill and properties round the "village green" were pretty much all there was apart from some older cottages near the church.
Modern development has swallowed the fbb training ground completely.
Stagecoach runs via Billing Brook Road (aerial view left) and along the bottom of the Google Earth view and on to Ecton Brook. UNO performs a loop along Fishponds Road (right by the trees where be the fish ponds) and so back to town via Billing Brook Road.
UNO 17 starts tomorrow! And a timetable has been published.
Or has it?
... then further round the loop at Billing Brook Road turning circle.
But now look at the bottom panel of the timetable above. After the three early "short workings" you can get TO Fishponds road (e.g. at 0958) but there are no buses FROM Fishponds Road on the top panel for the rest of the day. UNO buses must drop into some black hole and re-appear later at Billing Brook Road non-Turning Circle.
Of course the 0958 in the bottom panel should appear before the 1005 from Billing Brook Road in the top panel.
It's a loop innit! And there is an almost unbreakable rule in the bus industry that you MUST show loops badly to confuse your potential passengers.
Well done UNO.
Buses Before Houses PS
Those with a good and incisive memory will note that fbb extolled the virtues of Sheffield Transport in running buses to the Norfolk Park estate as it was being built and as the residents moved in. There was a bus service there ready for them unlike Transport for London's 497 which was nearly ten years in its snail-like gestation.
Serendipitously, your aged author received yet another book from a generous chum. He will review it in due course, but therein was a picture of this embryo bus route to Nortfolk Park, service 122.
Blaydon Races P.S.
fbb was due to finish his series of blogs on Monday last; but due to Covid, supply chain problems, Putin and his gas, the Conservative Party Conference, the petrol shortages, fears about a lack of turkeys for Christmas and the overriding exigencies of the unprecedented international situation ...
Also Forgetfulness In Operation!
Now the planners of the new Stanton Cross housing (labelled far right on the county map) had a jackpot idea. So they have built a new access road across the Midland Main Line ...
What buses serve these useful Intermodal stops?
What buses are planned to serve these stops?
Three rousing cheers for the "commercial model" that runs the UK's bus services.
Maybe that is why Stagecoach left the station off the Wellingborough map!
A Tease From First Kernow!
So which campuses (camnpi?) are to be commencted - or are already connected?
A rebrand of the U1 to U4 group at Falmouth?
Races Racers Blog : Monday 11th October