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Thursday, 27 January 2022
The Sorry Tale Of Ashton Vale (3)
The 24 is the only "normal" bus that serves the footy stadium at Ashton Gate ...
... with a stop on Duckmoor Road (by the tower blocks) and a back way in via Raynes Road and the car park.
There would be an expensive crunch if double decks tried to use Ashton Drive.
No problem, quoth First, we will go into the estate via "a different route"! Surely not over that narrow bridge on South Liberty Lane, we hear our readers cry?
Absolutely, replied First, we will use the new back way in.RED), then the A4174 (GREEN). There is a road junction there (thankfully) but the signs do not mention Ashton Vale ...
So here is the route map of the new 2019 service 24.
Hmm. There do not appear to be any stops (black dots) for the 24 at or near the Park and Ride, so - probably not such a positive offer!
And, surprise, the residents of Ashton Vale were exceeding dischuffed about losing their bus along Ashton Drive because that is where their local shops are!
There is a small parade of shops at the eastern end of Ashton Drive at its junction with Winterstoke Road.
There is only one shop in the "forgotten" estate itself.
A small digression may be apposite?
Back in the late sixties, when fbb was an enthusiastic young teacher and his chum and future brother-in-law worked for Sheffield Transport Department, fbb was often told of debates going on in the traffic office - that part of the Department that planned the timetables.
On several occasions the discussion revolved round timetable reductions to "save a bus", and thus to save costs. The problem that occurred was that, having "saved a bus" (or several buses) the service at peaks or at school times was found to be inadequate and extra buses had to be put back in to the schedules.
When the costs of these extras, often at overtime rates, was added in, it turned out that there were no savings at all - and in one memorable case the service "reduction" cost more money that its so-called too-costly predecessor.
Did this apply to First's re-routed 24?
Good question. We will explore First's second attempt at sorting out Ashton Vale in tomorrow's blog.
More Electric Buses
You could buy all 14! They are on offer from Cavalex Models, yet another company producing high class models with a small production run.
And only (?) £189 each (or more from some retailers)!
Yet again, the mind boggles!!
Next "Forgotten" blog : Friday 28th January