Buses on Mondays And Thursdays
Thursday 18 August 2022
Newbiggin Where? (3)
The Cumbria Council bus map looks encouraging with three services shown as running from ...
..., Tebay to Kirkby Stephen, 570, 571 and S3. But this generosity is not the effulgence of omnibological profusion that it might seem at first glance.571, according to the company timetable, is run by Cumbria Classic Coaches on Mondays.
Then there is the 570.
But it isn't.
There may be a reason for that - as we shall see.
The company is proud of its service for weddings etc. and has a superb fleet of classic vehicles. (There is a clue in the company name).
Indeed, the trips would all be lovely rides, even on a boring old single decker "modern" (?) vehicle.
For the record, Classic now operates what little is left of the former Stagecoach 106 which used to be hourly six days a week. (If fbb's memory is reliable on the frequency).
In recent years it has staggered to survive. Currently Classic ...
... runs on two days a week, Tuesdays and Fridays, with just two round trips Tebay to Penrith with one to Kendal.
Meanwhile, back at Newbiggin on Lune ...
... despite the non appearance (presumed) of the 570 on Thursdays, you have a better service from ...
The train connections at Kirkby Stephen are NOT well explained and really need more work, especially as some of them look very much like pointless missed connections!
But, as well as Kendal, you can go to Kirkby Stephen for shopping and a leisurely lunch.
And, once you work it our or take advice, there are some good train connections for the fleshpots of Carlisle or Leeds.
There are four more S routes in the Western Dales network.Saturdays from Dent (with train connections at Dent station (which is miles from Dent) including early evening links from railway to Sedbergh in the Summer,
There is no S2.
S3 runs (Wednesdays Summer only) from Dent station to Hawes.
S4 (Fridays) links Dent Village with Kirkby Stephen and Brough.
S6 (Tuesdays) links Kirkby Stephen and Penrith.
These volunteer-driven community minibus services are a sensible way to provide buses to a few needy passengers, car-less in a rural area.
IF you can recruit the necessary drivers. IF?
If you are in the area, do remember that these routes also take you through some really glorious scenery.
Coaching Confusion Cascades Complaint
Setra is now owned by Daimler and the company has recently revealed its latest and, some would say, most stylish coaches.
But whilst looking at coaches, what is different about this Irizar?
CASCADESAnd pity "the lads" at Stagecoach's Worksop bus depot as they were obliged ...
Tomorrow we add a P.S. to Newbiggin on Lune.
Next Nostalgia blog : Friday 19th August