Sunday 31 December 2023
fbb has commented before on the excellent CHRISTmas Day network of services operated in Edinburgh by Lothian Buses, still owned by Edinburgh Council and therefore, one must presume, keen to offer support to its residents!
But there is more.
The two "country" operations of Lothian buses also publish a festive timetable and have buses running on Christmas Day. The first batch (Lothian Country) are for an area where the upstart has now seen off the incumbent with the pull-out of McGills (formerly First) from routes where Lothian has competed.
Here is a route diagram ...
and here is the diagram for Lothian East Coast Buses ...
Ah but, we hear you cry, everybody knows that Scots place more emphasis on New Year than Christmas!
Actually they don't; they just have two knees-ups with much celebration each time!
But Edinburgh's New Year's Day services are just the same as on CHRISTmas day with an excellent set of routes serving the city and out of town buses identical to the above.
And Seasons Greetings from all at First Glasgow!
Joy or Jeopardy in January?
We know that Lothian Buses has cornered the market for travel between the city and Edinburgh Airport. Service 100 Airlink ...
For a very long time service 100 has been the service to take.
That domineering approach has always applied to its city tour business as well.
But along came First Bus, intent in giving Lothian a bloody nose in response to competition on the Livingston routes. Needless to say, First's very first Bright Bus leaflet is still on line for anyone to find ...
But, to the point, fbb.
From January 1st Bright Bus (i.e. McGills in an orange skin) ...
The buses are not super-posh, being recycled single deckers from McGills take-over of First.
... with oodles of luggage space and "leather" seats?
So, it's a gamble!
Can McGills establish a "presence" quickly enough and before their budgeted "investment" runs out? Lothian are good at this game as McGills have already found in the Livingston area.
Next Pot Pourri blog : Monday 1st January 2024
Saturday 30 December 2023
Antipodean Adventure Part 4
The globe-trotting pair called in at Singapore on the way to NZ and Oz, as you do. The above is just one of the spectacular terminals at Changi Airport. But if you look closely behind the waterfall you might just spot ...
The shuttle runs from the Airport via Expo to Tanah Merah where it connects with the full-sized GREEN MRT route. This video shows improvements at the "junction" which may presage extending proper trains into the airport, although current thinking is that this improvement is not due until 2040.After Expo station ...BLUE line at Expo and via proposed routes on the BROWN line and the LIME GREEN line all still at the planning stage.
The MRT is not ancient like London's Underground. After much political kerfuffle, the first five stop section (map below ) opened in 1987, followed quickly by the extension into the city centre .
... on the end of the eastern section .
On the west a branch was added  which ultimately joined to the north of the North South line..
All of that was opened in just THREE years although work had been going of for many years earlier. This, then was the network in 1990.click on the above map for an enlargement)
There must be more money in Singapore than in London or, perhaps, a better focussed political will to do right by the people and for the environment.
Of course trains are fully automatic with platform doors ...
By No 1 son and wifey did have a complaint (and not "Delhi Belly"!!). Whilst the full line diagram was consistent throughout the system ...
North could be any which way!
Trains are simple in style ...
Tomorrow we go to Edinburgh. And there is other stuff.
Next Airport blog : Sunday 31st December