Friday 7 October 2022
Running Round Rennes (4)
The fbbs used to have one; it was mud coloured! They gave it away to a Church fund raising auction and it took Church helpers a whole evening to get it started after languishing unused for a fair few weeks! But our mini Metro is in Rennes! (Maybe the fbb's was a "Clubman"??).
But before we embark on a remarkable odyssey of public transport delight, an apology. In his weary incompetence with yesterday's blog, you aged compiler forgot to include an example of Rennes bus timetables. Unlike many "horaires francais", these are vey similar to our UK standard fare.
Some of the frequencies suffer from "production-led" scheduling with buses running at "not quite" every thirty minutes - but the C1 runs every 7-ish Monday to Friday daytime so, no real problem.
Other "outer suburbs" routes are much less frequent ...
Rennes Metroline a runs from about 0500 to 0130 with a Monday to Friday daytime frequency to dream of.
Opened on 15 March 2002, Line A is based on the Siemens VAL (Véhicule Automatique Léger) technology. The 9.4-kilometre (5.8 mi) Line A runs roughly northwest to southeast from J.F. Kennedy to La Poterie via Gare de Rennes (served by Gares metro station), with fifteen stations (thirteen of which are underground).
Unlike line b which we observed, briefly, earlier, one of only two above ground stations is at La Poterie (eastern terminus) ...
Although the final station is underground, accessed by stair, escalator and lift, the terminus is enthusiastically described on-line.
Dans la rue commerçante, le regard est attiré par une étrange dalle de verre, encadrée par des bancs au dessin très pur. En descendant dans la station de jour, l'impression première est celle de quelqu'un qui passe derrière la toile d'un tableau. Sous le « tableau de verre », tant pour la salle des billets que pour les quais, le traitement est sobre, car tout doit concourir, dans la station, à la mise en valeur du verre et de la lumière. Un escalier conduit directement au quai.
Le voyageur est accompagné par un rayon de soleil qui se reflète sur un mur « miroir » laqué. Les autres murs sont en béton brut, avec un coffrage très précisément dessiné. Une lasure claire, satinée et légèrement bleutée, les recouvre. Le sol est constitué de carreaux de grès cérame gris.
The trains are also mini but can carry 170 passengers!line b will follow over the weeknd.
Meanwhile a look at fares.
If you are an occasional user there is a one trip ticket.
All fares are valid on bus and metro, there is no "penalty" as with some of the UK's tram systems where you pay extra to include trams on a day ticket.
Contrast And Compare
Stagecoach in Northampton publicises forthcoming changes.
Devon v. South Yorkshire, Contrast & Compare
Stagecoach based in Exeter have been following the pattern of many Stagecoach companies nationally in cutting their commercial services and withdrawing from tendered routes. The County Council has now published a list of all the changes including timetables for many of the replacement services.
There is a huge amount of detail to review, probably too much for an occasional and transient blog - but fbb hopes to cover some of the main developments in about a week's times.
Next Variety blog : Saturday 8th October