Multi Modal (Dis)Integration
Monday, 22 May 2023
Bemused By Border Buses (1)
It was back in 2010 when TrentBartonKinch Skylink services via East Midlands Airport were withdrawn from East Midlands Parkway railway station. Now fbb vaguely remembers that publicity for this relatively new station made much of its bus link to the airport. But with the farewell to Skylink came a replacement but "dedicated" taxi service.
But fbb started digging into that poor quality link as he read Roger French's latest experience on yet another Demand Responsive minibus service which took him from the Parkway station to Clifton tram terminus.
So let us first look at geography. East Midlands Parkway was designed to provide a railhead for the almost contiguous area of Greater Derby and Greater Nottingham.RED) just west of Kegworth. The complex junctions with the M1 are a joy to behold! Well, they are if all you have yo do is behold them; they can be baffling if you are negotiating them at road level!
The M1 is running north to south (and vice versa!).
Adjacent to the A453 a short beep towards Nottingham we can see the eight cooling towers of the power station and the location of Parkway.BLUE) running from Nottingham via Long Eaton to the Airport then continuing to either Coalville ...
These routes are very much the stopping service to the Airport and to the villages.
The other Skylink runs between Derby, The Airport, Loughborough and Leicester. It appears on the above map in ORANGE and is shown in isolation below.
Liveries for the Derby and Nottingham services have varied iver the years. The latest is a dark and distinguished black and blue.
There is another service which appears as Fly 15.
... which no longer run.
Occasionally buses run from Parkway for special events.
But fbb was keen to find out what he could catch (in theory) from outside the station today. There is a massive layby for all the buses.
To be continued.
Roger French reminded fbb that "comments" on the proposed crackpot withdrawal of London Travelcards have to be sent to TfL by tomorrow. Haveyoursay@tfl.gov.uk
Next Notts and Derby blog : Tuesday 23rd May