Where IS Islington?
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
Not 12 Minutes Past 8? (2)
The above map extract is from the very first series of Ordnance Survey maps published between 1807 and 1874. The main road "shape" in unchanged today,
Next up, as they say, is the very grand edifice of Islington Town Hall (not yet built in the original OS map's day).
It would be fair to say that the "centre" of Islington stretches from The Angel to the new wiggle.
Knowing that the 812 bus route was originally funded by Islington Borough, we could start our review of the route by seeking out its terminus somewhere along the A1.
Well it doesn't! It runs "round the back" and calls at Tolpuddle Street off the main ORANGE road in the modern map above.which it isn't)!! Of course the stop opposite is called ...which it isn't) Chapel Market (which it still isn't)! Chapel Market is the next parallel road south ...ON Chapel Market and the buses went that way.
You wouldn't want Transport for London to rush into a hurried decision to change a bus stop name, would you?
fbb suggests "Tolpuddle Street Sainsburys". But, of course, that would be helpful and TfL don't want that at all; which is why they do not produce timetables of any network maps. Anyway, they wouldn't consider such a revolution for the 812, were it to continue, because it is not a proper red bus route.
Surprisingly 812 is on the flags.
... although to find the tube station from the Tolpuddle Street stops might be a challenge for the uninitiated. Thankfully, it would appear that Islington still has a good "spider" map ...
There is another nibble that does not appear on the Mike Harris map, but is shown on the HCT version
TO BE CONTINUED when fbb has drawn a map!
More details to follow - possibly!
Big Rail News
ABELLIO UK MANAGEMENT BUYOUT
Just received at fbb mansions.
A new UK-run transport company is set to operate four of the country’s rail passenger services and over 50 London bus routes by the end of this year.
A management buyout from the state-owned rail company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen will pave the way for a new UK-based company to take over all Abellio UK’s existing services, serving millions of rail and bus passengers in London, Liverpool, the Midlands and East Anglia. The new company will be called Transport UK Group Limited.
... who has decades of experience running public transport services in the UK, this deal has been widely welcomed by industry partners and experts. Completion of the buyout deal is subject to formal approval from partners including the Department for Transport, Transport for London and Merseytravel as well as regulatory consent from the Office for Rail and Road.
After 20 years in the UK Nederlandse Spoorwegen has decided to withdraw from the UK market to focus on domestic service provision within, and international railway services to and from, the Netherlands.
Mr Booth has done quite well since his early days as manager of Island Line.
More details follow.
'Twas a tad frantic yesterday evening so apologies for a certain discontinuity in today's blog.
Next 812 blog : Thursday 25th August