Nationalised Railway Company SOLD!
Sunday 5 March 2023
Abellio is Dutch State Railways in a thin disguise. The company owns (singly or with others) several rail companies in the UK, plus a bus operation in London. With the decline of the rail business and the growth of ownership by the "Operator of The Last Resort" (a k a nationalisation) the attraction of UK rail to overseas investors has begun to fade.
So a Management Group has bought the lot!
We Shall see. The web site has the sort of guff that you would expect.
Under its new name, TUK remains committed to playing a vital, long-term role in the future of UK rail and bus services, ensuring that it delivers on passenger needs and provides a sustainable, safe, and reliable travel experience. The company will also continue to provide its voice and extensive knowledge to help shape the debate on UK rail industry reform, focusing on driving innovation and working with all governmental and industry bodies to shape and implement a future-ready, low-emission UK transport network.
The deal is led by Managing Director Dominic Booth, who has decades of experience running public transport services in the UK.
D&G Arrives, Arriva Departs & Goes
The Arriva "proposed" pull-out from two depots in the North West was announced together with a "consultation".
Arriva has already cancelled the registrations and work is in hand in the company's former area to provide a smooth transition to replacement services. So no "consultation" - its a done departing deal!
fbb has asked for a full set of timetables from D & G and as soon as these arrive he will aim to write a "contrast and compare" blog.
fbb thanks correspondent Adrian for this information.
New Bus Service For Seaton - Shock
Since the fbbs decamped from the Isle of Wight to fbb mansions in Seaton, Devon, there has been very little change to the town's main bus services to Exeter, Axminster and Honiton.
The Jurassic Coaster ceased to run between Lyme Regis and Exeter (First Bus Withdrawal).
Stagecoach 9A was extended from Seaton to Lyme Regis
Stagecoach 9A was withdrawn between Seaton and Lyme Regis
Service 20 between Seaton, Honiton and Taunton has had various operators and a few timetable tinkerings.
Axe Valley Travel has improved its service by running its Axminster to Seaton service through to Beer.
But in one month's time (Actually Monday 3td April) Seaton gets its first genuinely brand NEW SERVICE in many a long year.
And an odd thing it is too.
The route follows the current and unchanged service 20 (Dartline i.e. Go Ahead) from Seaton to Honiton then zooms non stop down the A30 ...
The new service (X30) has not, so far, had any publicity in Seaton - indeed it was correspondent Richard who alerted fbb to its appearance in the dark depths of Traveline.
Surely this route is being paid for by the conglomeration of industries on the developing tech park?
fbb would love to do the first bus on the first day, but pre-existing commitments mean that it will have to be sometime in the first week - possibly the Tuesday.
Will fbb be the sole passenger yet again?
Cartographic Compilation Commission
If it is of any help, here is a more geographically accurate version based on very old maps.
No prizes for identifying the location - but fbb will doubtless reveal a little more in due course.
New Stock for New Castle & Sunderland
Brutalist or Beautiful in Brum
The iconic block house signal box at New Street station is now closed with all signalling transferred to somewhere exotic. China perhaps?
Not quite yet - but anytime soon!
Notwork Rail is offering tours before the innards are ripped out and it is turned into a Costa Coffee shop. (fbb hopes that idea is a joke, but you never know!)
Proposal for Porcine Pilots?Actually, fbb cannot think of any part of these proposals that has any chance of ever happening at any time in the future.
It's All On Line No 486
West Northamptonshire's web site offers details of bus service changes from March.
Yippee! Sadly it is from March 2022.click on the timetable below for an enlargement).
On Saturday last, Roger French blogged about the new not very autonomous bus at Didcot, that hotbed of transport modernity. Tomorrow fbb takes a deeper look at where it operates and the background to the service and its locality.
Next Business Park blog : Monday 6h March