Saturday 18 May 2024

Happily Working in High Wycombe (4)

275s : Route Survives!

The first photo evidence of route 275 shows its operator as Wycombe Bus the Oxford Bus "brand" that took over the High Wycombe operations of Bee Line, itself a privatised chunk of Thames Valley.

Now fbb makes no claims of irrefutable accuracy in this brief look at the route, but we do know that Oxford Bus sold Wycombe Bus to Arriva. So it is no surprise to see them on a 275.
Neither is it any surprise to see Arriva depart and Red Rose arrive! From photographic evidence, Red Rise have held the tender fotr some time and have operated every possible type of bus they have ever owned on the route!
In a reversal of the fortunes that have beset route 40, the 275 is now in the capable hands of Carousel.  
This early picture shows an unbranded bus that looks both familiar, but unfamiliar for Carousel. It previously appeared in Plymouth ...
... but originally earned its keep on the streets of London.
Carousels 275 looks like this:-

From High Wycombe, the full route ambles round Chinnor ...
... before joining the A40 for the run into Oxford.
It is not frequent ...
... and there is no Saturday or Sunday service.

Chinnor is worth a visit. It offers a massive old chalk pit ...
... a cement works and a preserved railway (to Princes Risborough) ...
... plus a truly gorgeous windmill.

And "The One" Is Fun!!

Readers really need to ask an expert about the convoluted history of Carousel's service 1 because fbb has only fleeting memories over the years. 

But, like much of High Wycombe's transport, it has its origins in the on and off relationship between Arriva and Carousel. At one stage competitive and them chummy. there was a time when both operators shared the route and used the same logo, albeit in different colours.

Here Is an example of Arriva's "The One" ...
... and Caroline's slightly less unchanging branding ...
... with confirmation that "red" and "blue" were used to distinguish the two operators. 
fbb can fund no record of whether fares were fully inter-available - but it looks that way.
But now the route is entirely Carousel.The hourly bus through to Hemel Hempstead is shown as such on the Herefordshire "Intalink" timetable ...
... but there are four buses every hour Monday to Friday at the busy end; with a 20 minute frequency on Saturdays
On Sundays you get an hourly 1A all the way! The 1S is a schooldays only variant. 

Here is the map to clarify things???
The !B diverts via Penn Street, where newer housing has developed a very small community, and Winchmore Hill ...
... which, just off the bus route, has more of a village feel to it. It is NOT the Winchmore Hill of London!!

The 1 strikes off independently via the leafy Stanley Hill in Amersham ...
... but all come together again at the station.
And so onwards to Chesham and Hemel Hempstead.

The route via Pond Park demands a more detailed enlargement.
It passes no Pond and no Park. But there is a stop at the end of Pond Park Road ...
... but the road leads to no Pond or Park either.

The stop at the en or Pond Park Road is called "Fire Station" ...
... and there isn't one of those, either!
What a tangled web we weave to confuse our bus passengers.

Hemel Hempstead is Straightforward
Just remember ...
... The railway station is at Boxmoor NOT Hemel Hempstead. Riverside is Debenhams ...
... where you can enjoy a saunter alongside the babbling waters of the river Gade ...
... as it passes under the crazy roundabout.
It is called a Ring Junction ...
... and you can go round anyway you like whilst treating the six small roundabouts as - well - roundabouts.

Marlowes is the closest thought to the original Hemel town centre ...
... and roughly where the original London Transport Green Bus bus station stood.
That, of course, is back in those halcyon days when public transport made sense and was easy for the passenger to understand and use.

They had paper maps ... 
... and paper timetable books.
What's more, back then, you did not need a wifi signal or have to charge your batteries to access the information.

Sigh!

Weekend Variety blogs will follow on Monday and Tuesday - running a little late, for operational reasons.

 Next Carousel blog : Sunday 19th May 

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