Paris Proposed "Prolongement" Proceeds
Sunday 30 April 2023
That blue blob (above map upper left) is at Mantes-la-Jolie, a community about 55km from central Paris - about the same track distance as Guildford is from London. Here is its station from days past ...
... and Station Square opposite with the arrival of the evil and terrifying motor vehicles!
The caff above on the right still stands today, but with a chunk missing from wartime damage perhaps.
More recently, the station building looked like this ...
... much the same as ever. But most recently things have been happening at Mantes-la-Jolie.
The proposals would appear to show an extra chunk added beyond the original building.
Before we find out why the extension is being constructed, it is worth remembering that, being France, buses do stop outside the station. As we look in the above view, there are stops to the left ...
Surely, you cannot wait!
Then There's The Dog!
Merseyside's Route Zero?
Recent publicity notes that the Biomass Power Station companies have been advised NOT to claim "green" credentials for their business because, simply, it ain't!
fbb : Investigator of Leicester Data
fbb did promise some further blogs, looking at some of the Leicester area timetables and, notably, the disappointing way that they are presented on the otherwise excellent Leicester Buses comprehensive all-operator web site.
Unfortunately, although most of the data is backed up, work was completed in software on the laptop; which is busted and having a recuperative stay c/o No 3 son at Haywards Heath.
The 31 to Oadby needs something done to the Arriva presentation. Here is the outbound timetable (extract only) ...City Council web site.
And there are more confusion-fests like the above.
Leicester's Hop Doesn't Stop
Seaton Aldi News
Excitement is growing in and around fbb mansions as the former Co-op car park (free since the demise of the store) has bern closed and is now being refurbished.
Of course, fbb cannot wait to enhance his retail therapy experience!
With apologies for current production difficulties ...
Next Exciting Eole Extension blog : Monday 1st May
Saturday 29 April 2023
Whatever Happened In Macclesfield?
Readers may have been mystified that, about a week ago, fbb promised to tie up the consequences of Arriva's closure of its Macclesfield depot. The replacement services from D&G/Centrebus took some time to resolve as the negotiations with the bit of Cheshire doing the tendering were somewhat protracted.
These were eventually resolved and a splendid new timetable fold-out leaflet was produced.
We already know that route 10 to Bollington was a simple registration by D&G, operating commercially.
D&G's map shows some reduction in confusion.
Which leaves Arriva's route 9, a nice simple 30 minute frequency.
But what is so good is the quality of the maps and timetable presentation in the new leaflet. You might say that it is all creating desire - as some one once said!
The whole Macclesfield project seems to deserve at least one (probably more than one) chocolate peanut and the very best wishes for on-going success.
Oh, yes; the leaflet has a detailed map of the centre of Macclesfield ...
£10.50 for two passengers - £11 for a group of FIVE!
fbb Bemused By Beeline B-route
But, near that unnamed terminus on the map, you will find this ...
Lets hope that the students know what is happening.
Lothian Versus First - A Memory
fbb has reviewed McGills significant cut-backs in the Livingston area of West Lothian. Pre-McGills there was some very aggressive competition by Lothian Buses attacking First Bus. Two express services started using coaches.
Sadly, not on fbb's "must have" list!
Tomorrow we go to Paris and also back to Leicester.
Next Variety blog : Sunday 30th April