Monday, 8 November 2021

No Peace In The Hall!

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Breaking News : Hulleys are withdrawing their pioneering X57 (Sheffielkd to Manchester) from January 9th. Not really surprising considering poor passenger numbers.

A brave effort from an adventurous bus company.

Happiness in Halifax
If on building encapsulates the history of Halifax and its quality in 2021, it has to be the Piece Hall. Visitors often misunderstand its title - it is Piece, not Peace!

The earliest known reference to the new Piece Hall was a handbill dated 19 March 1774, although this no longer survives. The hall was built for "the purpose of depositing and exposing to sale the worsted and woolen goods manufactured in this town and neighbourhood". It was seen that bringing merchants and buyers together in one place would create a more competitive and efficient market and discourage fraudsters. Initially, two sites were proposed, one at Talbot Croft and the other at Cross Field (which was used in 1948 for the construction of the new bus station). 

After consideration, Talbot Croft was chosen and was purchased in September 1774. It opened on 1 January 1779, with 315 separate rooms arranged around a central open courtyard.
A video explains all!
It has been superbly restored and can be best understood from an aerial view c/o Google Earth.
A night- and daytime shot shows how beautiful the buildings now are.
Halifax bus station was rebuilt in 1989 and plans have been announced for a re-re-build. Here it is now ...
... and as planned from roughly the same angle.
It looks smaller - but that would be normal from planners who rarely understand!

Team Pennine (A Transdev Company, having taken over Centrebus) has just announced new vehicles for some of its Halifax services.

fbb will take a look in tomorrow's blog.

In the meantime, Team Pennine has been somewhat effusive in its desire to recruit more drivers. It has been using the F word.
Fortunately this is not some sort of omnibological outbreak of offensive asperity as it might seem.
Very clever!

And do you get the purple hat?

Southampton Surprise
After a brief dalliance with a route "Red 3" First in Southampton branded its city service as "City Red" and they do look smart. But imagine fbb's surprise when this picture popped up in a Tweet.

It was captioned "City Red en route to the Airport"?
Summat's not right.

Then fbb looked at the destination screen.
Apsley House was the home of the Duke pf Wellington and is situated hear Hyde Park, so not a very likely site for an airport. Apsley is a railway station near Hemel Hempstead, so ditto!
Surely the golf course would be too small?
Of course, it's a photoshop job, innit; part of a bus simulation, possibly - but not real!

fbb was nearly taken in!

More from Team Pennine tomorrow

 Next Haluifax blog : Tuesdays 9th November 

13 comments:

  1. Tramway to the beach ? Will we find out where ?

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  2. You say that the new proposed bus station in Halifax looks smaller than the existing one.
    However, you've shown only one photograph of the proposed model - others show stands on the top side.
    According to the full model, there will BE 19 Stands, which I suspect is about the same as now.

    https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/hbs/

    The new bus station will, of course, be much safer as there will be little need for passengers to cross the bus lanes.

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    1. The proposed footprint of the new bus station is, I believe, the same as the old one. However, the structure across the centre has two sets of drive in stands - 1-9 are shown and 10-19 are on the other side of "the Y" - lots of illustrations here https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/projects/west-yorkshire-plus-transport-fund/halifax-bus-station-redevelopment/

      It will be much better than the current ageing, windswept facility.

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  3. There nearly was an airport near(ish) Apsley - one of the sites considered and rejected in favour of Stansted was the appropriately named Wing, north of Aylesbury.

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    1. Andrew Kleissner8 November 2021 at 16:31

      An airport at Apsley would have been easy to connect to the West Coast Main Line!

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  4. Andrew Kleissner8 November 2021 at 11:19

    I think the mystery photo is the Central Cliff Tram in Scarborough.

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