Passenger Focus

Boxing Day blues?

Looks like buses and coaches will be taking up the slack on Boxing Day outside London when there are very limited rail services operating. Increased bookings for National Express coaches reflect the desire to avoid engineering works and replacement buses on the West Coast and other places. The bus industry seems oddly reticent about trumpeting […]

My Sunday trip down to Sevenoaks much better. Despite the bay platforms being closed, due to the on-going engineering work, lots of Southern, Southeastern and Network Rail staff around at strategic points. Passengers being given help, talked through maps etc. Even more important as no Thameslink services so quite a few bemused people trying to […]

Margate mystery

While the headline grabbing statistic is that Waterloo is Britain’s busiest station as you work down the list some interesting questions arise. Margate is the 735th in the list. Yes, its quite a way from London, some 74 miles, so not exactly prime commuting territory, but it is sizeable town – 54,000 souls. You can use […]

Emerging from Tunbridge Wells Hospital last week having just visited my dad I started to work out how to get home. Been in a bit of a rush earlier so had not really thought too much about the route. Had taken train to Tunbridge Wells and took cab – thinking bus in early evening might […]

Interesting presentation from Poole Borough Council about how they have a contract with Clear Channel whereby the advertising revenue off bus shelters funds the real time information inside the shelters – there is some Better Bus Funding money involved in the capital renewal of the shelters as well, but the advertising revenue covers the council’s […]

Getting to and from Euston to St Pancras is horrible. I know that it is not a mass experience but you do see the odd poor devils hauling their luggage up the narrow, potholed pavements and through the poisoned air of the Euston Road. Some will catch the bus. Others will descend to the inconvenient […]

So, the pundits were wrong. A Stagecoach/Virgin bid is successful after all. The headlines, even discounting the bits like new trains that have already been announced, look impressive. So does the premium that will be paid to the Government. For everyone’s sake let’s hope this is achievable. The best thing is getting some certainty. The […]

Much debate at the moment about how to ensure rural areas have some transport provision as local authority cuts bite on tendered services. I tried to summarise some of the issues in a recent article for Transport Times: read here It is good therefore to see a great initiative in Yorkshire. The Little White Bus, […]

The two most fiercely contested bits of space on Britain’s transport system must be the wheelchair/buggy space on buses and the space for cyclists on roads. Both present really knotty problems about how to allocate the space available most fairly. Good to see TfGM raising awareness of the issues with this advert. While I am not […]

At the risk of stretching the interest of regular readers I must return to the rebuilding at London Bridge. Sunday saw me attempting my regular run down to Sevenoaks to see my dad. A forensic examination of the National Rail Enquiries website and using the journey planner seemed to indicate no problems with the service. […]