Thursday, 20 October 2022
It's Rotten for Potton (1)
But A Reasonable Route Replacement
It is particularly galling to have to write blog after blog about cutbacks from th major bus groups in the UK. There are multiple agendas here. Of course companies have to remain profitable; they have to, at least, try to earn a dividend for their shareholders whose money is being used to run things. Then there are the new masters for three of the groups - all huge investment companies who will not shrink from drastic cuts or closure if they do not get the required return.
But some of the cut-back decisions seem to have a political (small "p") taste to them, by asking whether more money can be squeezed from the bone dry sponges of the tendering authorise.
Stagecoach have announce swingeing cuts in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The swinge has left the counties concerned with huge problems. Simply put, the situation asks what can be salvaged within existing budgets. And that is before the current economic shambles put further pressure on, well, anything!
But it does seem somewhat far fetched for Stagecoach to close down completely a half hourly inter-urban bus route. Such is route 72 and 73 from Bedford to Biggleswade.
fbb will use the Central Bedfordshire route map which is dated 2020 and very soon appears out of date.Potton Sunderland Road (between Moggerhanger and Sandy!). Seems unlikely! Sunderland Road is in Sandy! Another way of discouraging passengers exudes from Stagecoach's lack of care about publicity.
After Sandy, the 73 runs direct to Bigglewade, the 72 goes a long way round via Potton. citi is, as you would expect,on a rural route, the brand for local services in Cambridge.
Also in Potton you will find the 188, 189 and 190, once operated by Centrebus and now by Harberts Travel.
So, what have Central Bedfordshire Council and other operators come up with by way of a replacement for the 72/73?
For that information you will have yo wait until tomorrow.
In the meantime we can all enjoy the latest price record for a OO gauge locomotive and it is £363.
Blogger does not have a font big enough for a fbb "OUCH"!
For its centenary year, Hornby (a renaming and redevelopment of the former Triang company with no tangible link to the lads at Binns Road) offered some locos built in the same style as the good old solid Hornby Dublo of old. Die cast in metal they were very solid lumps.
This year is the centenary of the iconic (and preserved) loco, the Flying Scotsman.
... in a posh presentation box.
Aloyn the same lines, but not directly linked to he centenary, the Playtains range of toys for little kiddies is offering "The Scottish Express"!
Not for fbb - he likes to run his trans, not keep them in a display box. Any the cost is just too much.
But the "Railroad" E2 is nice ...