The "New" Service 25
Thursday, 2 March 2023
Red Rose (A Lovely Girl - But Helpful)
A reminder that the old 25/25A served the areas covered by the "new" 24 and 25. The 25/25A was replaced with an hourly 250 and this is now obliterated and we have a new 24 similar to the old 250 but much less frequent, and a new 25. The new 25 follows the old 25A (pay attention at the back) but only as far as Heyford Park (formerly RAF Heyford) and Lower Heyford village..
Traveline tells us it is run by Red Rose whose HQ is in Aylesbury, but their services roam far and wide. But the web site is of s much better standard than Grayline of 24 fame.
The company has a lot of work in the Watford area, mainly stuff tendered for Hertfordshire Council. Like the mystifying 346/346A to Carpenders Park.
Many of the Watford routes were once in the hands oif London Transport's green ("country") bus district, later transferred from London Transport to the National Bus Company.
The company also runs the 501, a Sunday variant replacing Arriva's Monday to Saturday 500.
We are told that the 25 is running temporarily just every hour, but an improved frequency will materialise later in the year.
For the time being, Heyford Park, now bereft of noisy jets with after burner firey take off ...
There is a selection of fairly closely packed houses on an estate to the south of Camp Road, camp as in military camp.RED) ...DARK BLUE) disguised as an office block cun nuclear bunker ...LIGHT BLUE).
The bus zooms straight down Camp Road making no attempt to penetrate the estate, surely an encouragement for car usage? Indeed, a cursory glance via Streetview suggests that the estate roads are pretty much unsuitable for buses. Well done Mr Architect!of course, plenty of parking for cars.
But Rose's buses are bright and distinctive ...
No. he didn't think so.
Presumably the route is heavily subsidised by somebody's money? So what happens when that subsidy runs out? Will Heyford Park generate enough fares revenue to make the route commercially viable.
Unlikely - ever!
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