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June 28, 2020

Route 14 between Macclesfield and Langley returns to the normal Monday to Friday service level tomorrow. The frequency is less frequent on Saturdays but it is good to see services like this being enhanced again as the lockdown eases.

June 27, 2020

Routes 391 and 392 between Macclesfield and Stockport returned last Monday with a new operator, Go Goodwins. The Monday to Friday service is hourly from morning until early evening while the Saturday service is less frequent and finishes earlier so the timetable needs extra perusal. As before, Tytherington, Bollington, Kerridge, Poynton and Middlewood all get served with the routes being operated alternately.

August 8, 2019

Bus routes are changing in Liverpool city centre next year in order to improve the living environment so here are some links in advance of that upheaval.

 Bus re-routing proposals – Liverpool City Centre

Have your say on bus route changes in Liverpool City Centre

Better Roads

Liverpool City Centre Connectivity Scheme – Phase One

Improving air quality in Liverpool

December 28, 2018

Here is the Merseyside bus service level summary for the week of New Year’s Day:

30 December 2018: Normal Sunday service.
31 December 2018: Some operators will run a Saturday service with an early finish. All buses will be finished by approx 2000.
1 January 2019: New Years Day timetables.
2-5 January 2019: Services return to normal.

December 20, 2018

Here is the Merseyside bus service level summary for the Christmas week:

23 December 2018: Normal Sunday service.
24 December 2018: Some operators will run a Saturday service with an early finish. All buses will be finished by around 20:00.
25 December 2018: Merseytravel’s free Hospital bus services are running. No other services will operate.
26 December 2018: Special Boxing Day timetables.
27-28 December 2018: Some operators will run a Saturday service.
29 December 2018: Generally a normal Saturday service.

October 4, 2018

England’s South West Coast Path is a lengthy walking trail that takes in parts of the counties of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. Handily, there are bus services that help hikes along its length if you do not fancy walking the whole 630 miles since that would take at least a few weeks. Here then is a list of useful bus routes:

21: Georgeham – Barnstaple – Bideford – Westward Ho!

21A: Ilfracombe – Barnstaple – Bideford – Appledore

40: Swanage – Wareham – Poole

95: Truro – St Columb Major – Wadebridge – Camelford – Bude

164: Totnes – Kingsbridge – Salcombe

217: Bude – Crimp – Hartland

219 Bude – Kilkhampton – Hartland

606: Kingsbridge – Salcombe

A1: Penzance – St Buryan – Treen – Lands End

A5: Newquay – St Mawgen – Constantine Bay – Padstow

L1: Redruth – Helston – Mullion – The Lizard

U4: Tremough – Helston – Penzance

August 9, 2018

Over these few months, Derby will be seeing a fair deal of rail travel disruption while the system is upgraded. Derby’s main train station sees a partial rebuild while track and signalling replacement also takes place in the surrounding area. With all that is happening and how long it is just as well that there is a dedicated website telling you about what is planned and how it affects rail travellers.

August 5, 2018

It is amazing to see that the railway gets its own chaplaincy service in the form of the the Railway Mission. With what can happen, any such support has to have its place and surely must be most welcome when it is needed.

May 4, 2018

Recent ponderings have taken me across the Atlantic as I wondered what you could see as a visitor to the U.S.A. without having recourse to a car. So far, the following has come to my notice and more may arise yet. Many are bus companies and there are one or two train companies too. Maybe compiling this list will help some to realise that there is more to bus and train services in the U.S. than they may have realised.

American Intercity Bus Riders Association

Holidays by Rail

Amtrak

Alaska Bus Guy

Alaska Railroad

Alaska/Yukon Shuttle

Arizona Shuttle

BoltBus

C&J

Capital District Transportation Authority

Capital Transit

Central Oregon Breeze

City Sights

Coach USA

Concord Coach Lines

Current Transportation Solutions

Dalton Highway Express

Dartmouth Coach

Denali Overland Transportation Company

Eagle Transit

Estes Park Shuttle

Flattop Mountain Shuttle

Glacier Valley Transit

GO Transit

Grand Canyon Railway

Greyhound

Hawaiian Airlines

Helping Hands Express

Interior Alaska Bus Line

Jefferson Lines

Kennicott Shuttle

Las Vegas Monorail

MACS

Massechussetts Bay Transport Authority

Megabus

Montana

Montana and North Dakota Intercity Bus Status

Mountain Line

New Jersey Transit

Newark Airport Express

New York by Rail

Oahu Transit

On the road in America: travelling in the US without a car

People Mover

Peter Pan Bus Lines

Plymouth & Brockton

Quick Shuttle

Rimrockin’ down the highway

Soaring Eagle Transit

START Bus

Salt Lake Express

Stage Line

Sunshine Transit

The Magic Bus

The Park Connection

Toole County

Top scenic USA train routes

Trailways

Trailways of New York

Trans Canyon Shuttle

Valley Transit

YARTS

West’s Transportation

March 16, 2018

Bittern Line

Conwy Valley

Penistone Line

January 26, 2018

It is true to say that frequent train services operate between Manchester, Leeds and York and that National Express run an hourly service between Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds but this not stop Transdev adding their own alternatives. After all, trains can get full and peak time travel is more expensive while National Express prefer the pre-booking model so there might be something to having another hop on service at a more reasonable price. Previously, Transdev, operated the York to Leeds route using its Coastliner operation but CITYZAP replaces that and the Leeds to Manchester route follows the M62. Low floor buses are used instead of coaches so that could an added benefit for those with mobility issues. The services run all days of the week from morning until early in the evening time so any day’s core hours see an hourly service. Outside of these, you always can make use of those aforementioned other services. It will be interesting to see how Transdev’s innovation works out but it sounds as if it could deserve success and it hopefully will see that come its way too.

January 18, 2018

Quite a range of bus services around Merseyside will change from next Sunday and here are the details organised by route number:

3A/3B Huyton – Halewood – John Lennon Airport

3A and 3B journeys (apart from 0417 trip) no longer serve the Jaguar Land Rover Factory, and instead call at Speke Morrisons.

4 Liverpool ONE – Dingle/Sefton Park circular

Frequency has increased during peak times.

15 Liverpool – Huyton

Saturday daytime frequency is reduced to 12 minutes. Sunday times have changed.

18 Liverpool – Croxteth Park circular

Sunday times have changed.

31 St Helens – Parr

The times have changed.

34/34A St Helens – Newton-le-Willows or Leigh

Some journeys retimed.

38/38A St Helens – Rainford circular

Journeys are retimed.

47 Liverpool – Crossens

Some times have changed.

49 Crossens – Woodvale

Some times have changed.

52/52A Liverpool – Netherton/Old Roan

Monday to Saturday daytime times are changed.

62 Allerton (Penny Lane)- Bootle, North Park

Some times are changed as the route is still diverted via Pighue Lane and Rathbone Road due to the closure of Mill Lane/Edge Lane Junction.

82/82C/82D Liverpool – Liverpool South Parkway or Speke

Route revised in Liverpool city centre. Some times have changed

89 St Helens – Liverpool John Lennon Airport

The Monday to Friday daytime times have changed.

139 Liverpool – Prescot

Journeys no longer run between Prescot and St Helens (see Route 289). Times are changed.

140 St Helens – Bold Heath or Rainhill Station

The Monday to Saturday daytime timetable now has 2 journeys that are extended to start/finish at Bold Heath (School Lane).

166/188 Belle Vale – Halewood or Halewood – Belle Vale or Garston circular

HTL Route 166 & 188: The times have changed and now serves Garden Lodge Drive, Springwood Avenue, Mather Avenue, Heath Road, Greenhill Road and Long Lane
Merseytravel Route 166 & 188: The times have changed and now serves Springwood Avenue, Mather Avenue, Heath Road, Greenhill Road and Long Lane, and Garden Lodge Drive on Saturday daytime journeys.

224 Liscard – Weatherhead School via Poulton

The 0751 journey has been retimed to start 8 minutes earlier

289 St Helens – Prescot or Kirkby

Route 289 is extended via Rainhill to St Helens to replace the withdrawn section of Route 139. Saturday Route 290 is withdrawn but replaced by Route 289 journeys running from St Helens through to Kirkby bus station. Times are changed.

300 Liverpool – Southport or Lydiate

Some times have changed.

320 St Helens – Ashton-in-Makerfield or Wigan

Some minor re-timings on Monday to Saturday journeys

375/385 Southport – Wigan

Revised timetable

432/433 New Brighton – Liverpool

Some times have changed.

437 Liverpool – West Kirby

Some times have changed.

500 Liverpool – Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Some times are changed.

600 Garston – Archbishop Blanch School

0755 journey departs Garston 5 minutes earlier.

611 Dovecot – Broadgreen School

Journey retimed 5 minutes earlier.

630 Woodchurch High School – Moreton Cross

Merseytravel journey withdrawn. Commercial Al’s Coaches duplicate journey remains.

663 Thingwall – Wirral Grammar

Times changed during journey

745 Carmel College – Platt Bridge

Revised running times

781 Billinge – Rainford High School

Timing point changed to Red Cat Lane

783 Moss Bank – Rainford High School

Revised running times

784 Haresfinch – Rainford High School

Timing point changed to Red Cat Lane

786 Rainford High School – St Helens

Revised running times

897 Huyton Industrial Estate – Kirkby Admin

Route change in Huyton, now serves Stretton Way, Ellis Ashton Street and Link Road on services travelling towards Kirkby Admin.

X3 Liverpool – Kirkby/Knowsley Industrial Park

One afternoon journey in each direction withdrawn

January 16, 2018

Arriva’s withdrawal of Monday to Saturday Macclesfield to Wilmslow (and vice versa) journeys on service 130 near the end month has seen D & G Buses partly replace them with ones running between Macclesfield, Wilmslow and Manchester Airport. One of the things that bedevilled Arriva’s combination of different journey lengths were delays on their Manchester to Macclesfield ones. Having a different company offering the shorter journeys means that they could be more timely than the longer ones and may offer a more reliable service. Arriva still will cover more of the day though and will continue to offer a Sunday service until their contract ends as a result of council spending cuts. Still, it will be interesting to see how D & G’s offering will fare after their attempt with a Wilmslow to Handforth service on route 378 ended in failure. Some say that ticket machine problems could have contributed and I see High Peak having the same difficulties on their Macclesfield to Buxton service.

January 15, 2018

Lancashire has been having a consultation on cutting some of the £8m per annum that they spend on funding bus services. It ends on this Friday (2014-01-17) after being open for more than a month. The survey is online so now’s anyone’s chance to ensure that nothing really important is lost with evening and Sunday services under threat.

December 23, 2017

Yesterday, the RMT and TSSA unions were to have a 24 hour stoppage that would have affected Virgin train services on the West Coast Mainline. In the event, that industrial action was cancelled at near enough the last minute. This dispute is about pay and there may be stoppages during January yet. From the information that Virgin has posted so far, there is little sign of that now so we will have to see what happens in 2018.

December 23, 2017

Earlier in the year, I wrote a post regarding the creation of Borders Buses to replace First’s operations in the Scottish Borders and those of Perryman’s Buses. The parent company, West Coast Motors, is also taking over services operator by another company, BARC Coach Hire of Peebles, to add to the strength of its holding that straddles the Scotland-England border. This means that Borders Buses will operate the following services from 2018-01-03:

54 Galashiels – Balmoral Road

74 Galashiels – Netherdale

90 Peebles – Eastgate

91 Peebles – Biggar

93 Peebles – West Linton

P32 Peebles High School – Traquair

Of these, only service 91 has seen my patronage and that was a result of my walking the John Buchan Way from Peebles to Broughton on Easter Monday of this year. Timetables will not change and their greater availability on an operator’s website has to be a good thing.

December 23, 2017

It seems that Welsh independent bus operators are having a rough time of it over the past few years. GHA collapsed last year and D. Jones & Son suffered the same fate last Sunday. Also, deficiencies in maintenance found after a coach crash in France mean that Express Motors is set to lose its licence at the end of the year. If this continues, bus industry nationalisation could move a step closer in Wales; ironically, it is in Scotland where the idea of nationalising bus services has been mooted by Scottish Labour for their part of Britain. That follows all the running being made by the idea of nationalising Britain’s railways in recent times.

December 23, 2017

Like other places, the Republic of Ireland sees its share of service changes over the festive season and Transport for Ireland posted its own summary. It is not alone for Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and Irish Rail all have done the same. Christmas Day is about the only day when no services run with both St. Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day in Britain) and New Years Day seeing a level of service that should be available in its near neighbour on those days as a matter of course. Of course, British traditions are slow to sunder…

December 23, 2017

There has been a consultation regarding bus service reductions so we knew that Sunday journeys on service 130 between Macclesfield and Manchester are to cease. From the last Sunday in January, another set of changes is coming our way. These affect Monday to Saturday services with service frequency now set to be near hourly across the whole day rather than half-hourly for much of it. This ends any semblance of half-hourly service operation after nearly 15 years. Still, the spread of journeys from early morning to mid-evening is maintained and that is a bonus. In the end, extra journeys only were seen between Macclesfield and Wilmslow with these being affected by late running of the Manchester to Macclesfield journeys. If the route was split at Wilmslow, the different route lengths may not have been so incompatible and that likelihood of two buses running together may have killed the improved frequency. Local authorities really need to do something about bus prioritisation if we are to address the precarious financial state of bus service provision in these testing times.

December 17, 2017

CrossCountry train services have been affected by industrial action over the last few weeks with a number of 24 hour strikes. More are to come in December with 23rd, 24th, 27th and 31st as planned dates. The cause of the dispute centres around rostering and Sunday working rather than forthcoming changes in duties like those affecting Northern or Merseyrail. The industrial relations disputes seem to be spreading with Arriva Northwest’s bus operations suffering a continued impact because of a dispute over pay.

October 21, 2017

While I associate autumn bus service changes with September, there are some companies that do them in October and Stagecoach Manchester is among them. Mostly, the alterations are about maintaining punctuality but there are some due to low patronage and loss of Transport fro Greater Manchester (TfGM) contracts too. Here then is a list of what is changing:

Service 7: Stockport – Ashton

To improve punctuality, Monday to Friday journeys will be re-timed.

Service 15: Flixton – Manchester

To improve punctuality, Saturday morning journeys re-timed.

Service 23, 23A: Stockport – intu Trafford Centre

Monday to Saturday daytime services re-timed to run every 30 minutes. Together, they provide a bus every 15 minutes between Stockport and intu Trafford Centre.

Service 24: Stockport – MediaCityUK

Unfortunately owing to low patronage, it has become necessary to withdraw service 24.

Service 33: Wigan – Manchester

Monday to Saturday evening journeys will operated by Diamond. Sunday timetable revised.

Service 34: Bryn – Manchester

Buses will no longer serve the bus stop on the A6 at Westwood.

Service 43: Manchester – Manchester Airport

To improve punctuality, Monday to Saturday journeys will be re-timed.

Service 50: MediaCityUK – East Didsbury

By customer request, an additional late journey will be introduced Monday to Saturday at 00:10 from MediaCityUK.

Service 53: Cheetham Hill – Salford Shopping Centre

Service will be operated by First Manchester.

Service 56A, 57A: Bank House – Manchester

This service has been discontinued by TfGM.

Service 129: Middleton – Hollin circular

Daily evening and Sunday daytime service introduced following the award of a TfGM contract partially replacing service 156.

Service 156: Manchester – Middleton

Service curtailed to run between Manchester and Middleton only. Travel between Middleton and Hollin will be provided by new service 129.

Service 203: Stockport – Manchester

To improve punctuality, Saturday and Sunday morning journeys re-timed.

Service 219: Ashton – Manchester

To improve punctuality, Monday to Friday peak time journeys re-timed.

Service 250: intu Trafford Centre – Manchester

Early morning journeys before 06:00 revised to provide additional journeys. Monday to Friday, buses will leave Manchester Piccadilly at 05:09, 05:34 and  05:59. From intu Trafford Centre buses will leave at 05:47, 06:12 and 06:37.

Service 255: Partington – Manchester

To improve punctuality, Monday to Saturday early morning journeys will be re-timed.

Service 256: Flixton – Manchester

To improve punctuality, Saturday morning and Sunday daytime journeys will be re-timed.

October 21, 2017

One of the other companies changing bus times in October is High Peak and only a few of their services are affected. The following are the service changes:

Service 61: Buxton – Glossop

The peak timetable is revised to improve reliability and the 19:20 weekday journey from Glossop to Hayfield is withdrawn following changes to the 202/341 service.

Service 65: Buxton – Sheffield

This service will wholly be operated by High Peak Buses and the timetable will be revised to improve reliability. Also, the service will be branded as Peaks and Dales and two refurbished buses will operate on the route with modern interiors and free Wi-Fi.

Service 193: Buxton – Wardlow Mires

This service will be withdrawn following changes to our 65 service. Journeys on service 193 will be included as part of service 65 and numbered 65A.

Service 202/341: Glossop – Hyde

Following Derbyshire County Council’s re-tendering of the service, route 202 is being dropped with service 341 being extended to compensate. High Peak no longer will be the operator with Stotts taking over from them.

Marple Shopper Services 303, 304, 305

These services will be withdrawn following a review by TfGM.

Service 394: Glossop – Stepping Hill

This service will be revised to improve reliability at peak times.

Service P1: Poynton – Hazel Grove

This service will be revised to improve reliability at peak times.

October 20, 2017

Yesterday, Arriva Northwest operated next to none of its buses because of a 24 hour strike by drivers and engineers and others are planned for 2017-11-06, 2017-11-08, 2017-11-13, 2017-11-20 and 2017-11-27. Both of these are on weekdays so the stoppages will affect commuters so other alternative travel or work arrangements will be needed while others will need to look at their plans too. In all my time living in Cheshire, this is the first time that I recall this happening and it is about pay rises as these things so often are.

September 23, 2017

Liverpool Lime Street is being upgraded this autumn. More details on Network Rail website.

September 3, 2017

Stagecoach Manchester are revising their bus services in North Manchester, Oldham & Tameside South Manchester & Stockport, Salford & Wigan and the list of affected services is at the bottom of this entry. On service 86, the 04:55 journey from Piccadilly to Chorlton is withdrawn and service 634 no longer will be operated by Stagecoach. Service 85A is being withdrawn and journeys are replaced with route 85, which runs via Alexandra Road South to Arrowfield Road instead of via Withington Road and Whalley Range. The last Monday to Saturday evening journeys on service 313 will be 22:20 from Stockport and 22:46 from Grove Lane while Sunday evening journeys stay as they are. To end on a more promising note, service 118 frequency will be increased to four per hour (every 15 minutes) on Sundays so their are more buses serving North Manchester General Hospital.

North Manchester, Oldham & Tameside
7, 56, 57, 81, 112, 118, 216, 219, 221, 231, 236, 237, 347.

South Manchester & Stockport
7, 11, 11A, 15, 23, 23A, 24, 42, 42A, 42B, 50, 53, 85, 85A, 86, 101, 102, 103, 111, 142, 143, 168, 171, 172, 179, 192,
201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 250, 255, 256, 309, 310, 312, 313, 330, 345, 358, 368, 370, 372, 374, 375, 380, 381, 383, 384.

Salford & Wigan
34, 38, 50, 540, 600, 621, 628, 630, 634, 658.

September 1, 2017

The usual September overhaul of bus services that I have seen in Cheshire also extends to Merseyside as you will see from the list below. As it happens, I always wonder if this type of thing is often better done six months earlier in the year so that lengthening hours of daylight help to bed in any innovations with more success. Still, I reckon that the trigger usually is the start of new academic year in schools, colleges and universities so there is some sense to the timing. All the changes are in order of service number regardless of Mersey side region so you may see the same service number reused in different places.

1/2 Liverpool – Chester
Monday to Friday times are changed.

1/1A/1B/1C Moreton Circulars
New group of circular services introduced by Merseytravel, to be operated by A2B Travel. Route 1 runs from Moreton Cross via Leasowe rail station, Leasowe Ross Avenue, Moreton Shore to Moreton Cross – hourly, Mon to Sat daytime. Route 1A runs from Moreton Cross via Leasowe rail station, Reeds Lane, Moreton Shore to Moreton Cross –hourly, evenings and all day Sunday . Route 1B runs from Moreton Cross via Borrowdale Road to Saughall Massie, Bermuda Road, Curlew Way (replacing the 901) and Town Meadow to Moreton Cross- hourly Mon-Sunday and Route 1C runs from Moreton Cross in the opposite direction to Route 1A – hourly, evenings and all day Sunday.

10 Liverpool – St Helens
Evening and all Sunday journeys no longer serve Liverpool ONE bus station but now start at Victoria Street stop VE, at the far end, past Crosshall Street. Times are changed.

10/10A New Brighton – Arrowe Park Hospital
Route 10 is curtailed to run between New Brighton and Liscard (Victoria Central Hospital) only. Times are changed. Route 10a times are changed. Both services now operate on Mondays to Fridays only, the Saturday service is withdrawn.

12/13 Liverpool – Stockbridge Village circulars
Daytime service returns to a combined 6 minute frequency.

14 Liverpool – Murdishaw
The 0857 schooldays only journey from Belle Vale is withdrawn. The main service is unchanged.

15 Liverpool – Huyton
The Mon-Fri daytime frequency is increased to every 7/8 minutes. Mon-Sat journeys now start from Sir Thomas Street. Times are changed.

16/17 Moreton – Clatterbridge Hospital
A new schooldays only journey (17S) is introduced from Moreton Cross at 0745 serving Bebington High School and Wirral Grammar School replacing school journeys on Routes 650 and 652. The main timetable is unchanged.

18 Liverpool – Croxteth Park
Saturday frequency reduced to every 12 minutes and the Sunday frequency is reduced to every 20 minutes. The Monday to Friday service is unchanged.

19 Liverpool – Gilmoss
Monday to Friday: From Liverpool – the evening 1953 journey is withdrawn. From Gilmoss – a new early morning 0713 journey is introduced. The main service is unchanged.

20/21 Liverpool – Tower Hill/Northwood
Monday to Friday daytime frequency returns to every 10 minutes. The rest of the timetable is unchanged.

26/27 Sheil Road Circulars
Monday to Friday times are changed. Saturday and Sunday service is unchanged.

37 St Helens – Eccleston
New hourly Sunday daytime Merseytravel service introduced, to be operated by Huyton Travel. The Monday to Saturday service is unchanged.

38/38A West Kirby – Bromborough
One daytime journey per hour and all evening and Sunday journeys are extended from Bromborough Retail Park/Riverside Park to Mill Park via Bromborough Cross, Acre Lane, Plymyard Avenue and Eastham Village. Times are revised.

38A St Helens – Rainford
The times of the evening and Sunday Merseytravel journeys have changed.

44X Crossens – Walnut St/Formby
Schoolday only journey from Ainsdale (0820) to Southport (0845) is re-introduced. The main service 44 is unchanged.

52/52A Liverpool – Netherton/Old Roan
Monday to Saturday evening journeys are retimed. Sunday daytime journeys now run to Netherton only, no longer extending through to Old Roan, while the evening journeys are retimed.

53 Liverpool – Crosby
Monday to Saturday frequency returns to every 6/7 minutes. Times are changed.

60 Bootle – Aigburth
Monday to Friday daytime frequency reduced to every 12 minutes. Saturday times are changed but Sunday service is unchanged.

60 St Helens – Windle Hall Drive
A new Monday to Saturday journey is introduced, leaving at 1735. Main service is unchanged.

76 Liverpool – Halewood
Saturday daytime frequency is reduced to hourly. Monday to Friday and Sunday service is unchanged.

79/79D Liverpool – Netherly/Halewood
Monday to Friday frequency increased to every 5 minutes. Times are changed.

81/81A Bootle – Speke
Monday to Friday daytime frequency returns to every 20 minutes. Times are changed.

82/82D Liverpool – Liverpool South Parkway/Speke
Combined frequencies reduced. 82 is re-routed in Liverpool city centre. Now comes into Liverpool via St James Street and Park Lane, omitting Great George Stree, Berry Street, Renshaw Street and Hanover Street.

83 Prenton – Liverpool
Route 83: the 0635 (Mon-Fri) and 0800 (Sat) journeys are withdrawn.

84/85 Clatterbridge Hospital – Raby Mere/Heswall
Both routes are revised with Route 84 now running between Heswall, Clatterbridge Hospital, Poulton Lancelyn, Bromborough and Mill Park to Raby Mere and new Route 85 running the same route to Mill Park then extending to Eastham Ferry. The service operates an hourly frequency, with the extension to Raby Mere and Eastham Ferry offered every 2 hours.

86/86A/86D Liverpool – Garston/ Liverpool JL Airport
Service frequencies return to the pre-summer level.

88/88A West Kirby – Heswall/Neston
Routes are curtailed to run between West Kirby and Heswall only. Route 88a journeys now operate every day. Some times are changed.

90 Birkenhead – Prenton Circular
Service now starts from Birkenhead bus station, now longer serving Woodside and is also rerouted to serve the Holmlands Estate off Woodchurch Road. Times are changed.

91/92 Birkenhead – Prenton
Hourly Saturday daytime service introduced. Operated for Merseytravel by A2B Travel.

106 Liscard – Moreton Cross
Now runs as a circular service between Liscard and Wallasey Village via New Brighton. No longer serves Leasowe, Moreton, Wallasey Road, Cliff Road, Mill Lane or St Georges Road. Operates to a 70 minute frequency.

110 New Brighton – Clatterbridge Hospital
Early morning journeys are renumbered 410.

111 Parr – Lea Green Station
Journey now operated for Merseytravel by Huyton Travel. Times are unchanged.

112 New Ferry – Poulton Lancelyn
Service is withdrawn.

113 New Ferry – Heswall
Service is withdrawn.

118/119 New Brighton – Mill Park
Monday to Saturday evenings and Sunday service is withdrawn.

124/125 Wallasey Circulars
Services are rerouted and are extended from Seacombe Ferry to Woodside and no longer run as circulars. Route 124 now runs via Wallasey Village, Breck Road, Poulton Road, Seacombe to Woodside. Route 125 now runs via Warren Drive, New Brighton, Liscard, Liscard Road, Seacombe to Woodside. All times are changed.

137 St Helens – Billinge
Service now operated for Merseytravel by Huyton Travel. Times are unchanged.

145/146 Various – Eastham Ferry
Route 145: Most journeys are withdrawn, with just a few early morning journeys remaining. Birkenhead – Eastham Ferry Route 146 is withdrawn.

154 Birkenhead – Prenton
Service is withdrawn.

155 Birkenhead – Higher Tranmere
Service is withdrawn.

156 St Helens – Ashton
The Monday to Friday 0620 is retimed to leave at 0630 (as the Saturday journey). The main service is unchanged.

175 Heswall – Irby Circular
Service is now operated for Merseytravel by A2B Travel. Times are unchanged.

203 Woodside – Seacombe Ferry
See 403/413 info below.

218 Woodside – Mill Park
See 418/419 below.

254 Bold (Travers Entry) – Warrington Interchange
New schooldays only journeys introduced by Link Network. Leaves Bold at 0750 serving St Gregory’s School (0835), then returning from St Gregory’s at 1505 arriving back at Bold at 1551.

286 Eastham Ferry – New Ferry
Service is withdrawn.

293 Woodside – West Kirby
Service is withdrawn.

300 Liverpool – Lydiate/Southport
Monday to Friday times are changed. Saturday and Sunday service unchanged.

352A Orrell – St Helens Bus Station
New schooldays only journey introduced by Link Network. Leaves Orrell Water Park at 0852, arriving at St Helens bus station at 0919 for Winstanley College.

403/413/423/203 Woodside/Birkenhead – Seacombe
Route 403 is withdrawn (the section of route between Wallasey Village and Seacombe Ferry is replaced by new/revised routes 408/409 – see below). Route 203 journeys are replaced by additional Route 423 journeys. Seacombe – Liverpool Route 413 is unchanged. Route 423 is rerouted and no longer serves the Sandrook Estate, is extended via Seacombe to Birkenhead bus station and some times are changed.

408 Woodside – Wallasey Village Circular
New Monday to Saturday half hourly daytime service introduced by Arriva. Runs via Birkenhead bus station, Four Bridges, Seacombe, Poulton Road, Breck Road, Wallasey Village, Liscard, Seacombe, Four Bridges, Birkenhead bus station and back to Woodside (although it is rerouted at the moment due to the work on Four Bridges).

409 Woodside – Wallasey Village Circular
Service is rerouted to run in the opposite direction to Route 408 – see above. Times are changed.
410/110 New Brighton – Clatterbridge Hospital
Route 410: Saturday service frequency is reduced, with buses offering a 15 minute frequency between New Brighton and Birkenhead and a 30 minute frequency through to Clatterbridge Hospital. Evening journeys no longer serve Woodside and some times are changed. Route 110: Early morning journeys are renumbered 410 and are retimed and early Sunday morning journeys will no longer serve Woodside.

411 Woodside – New Brighton
The late evening journeys are now operated by Arriva, with some minor changes to times.

418/419/218 Woodside – Mill Park
Route 419 is withdrawn. Route 218 journeys are renumbered 418 and the new 418 route now runs a circular route between Birkenhead bus station and New Ferry via Laird Street, Beechwood, Arrowe Park Hospital and Woodchurch Road. Times are changed.

487 Liverpool – Neston/Parkgate
The Monday to Friday schooldays only journey from Neston to Birkenhead bus station is withdrawn. The main service is unchanged.

492/495 Woodside/Birkenhead – Noctorum circulars
Evening and Sunday journeys are extended through to serve Arrowe Park Hospital. Daytime service is unchanged.

607 Upton – Storeton Lane
The 1555 schooldays only journey is now operated for Merseytravel by Arriva.

608 Ridgeway High School – St. James Church
The 1525 schooldays only journey is now operated for Merseytravel by Arriva.

621 Upton Station – West Kirby
The 0815 schooldays only journey is now operated for Merseytravel by Arriva.

630 Woodchurch High School – Moreton Cross
The 1525 schooldays only journey is now operated for Merseytravel by Arriva.

635 Weatherhead School – Town Meadow Lane
The 1537 schooldays only journey is now operated for Merseytravel by Eazibus.

650 Ridgeway High School – Wirral Grammar School
Journey withdrawn but replaced by new Route 17 journey – 17S from Moreton Cross at 0745.

652 Moreton – Wirral Grammar School
Journey withdrawn but replaced by new Route 17 journey – 17S from Moreton Cross at 0745.

657 Hindley – Gathurst
0755 schoolday only journey for St John Rigby College is now operated for TfGM by Greater Manchester Buses South. Times are revised.

666 St Julies – Childwall Valley Rd
The afternoon schoolday only journey now leaves the school at 1535.

673 Barnston – West Kirby
The 0804 schooldays only journey is now operated for Merseytravel by Arriva.

702 Oxton – West Kirby
The 1600 journey is now operated for Merseytravel by Arriva.

705 Thingwall – Noctorum
The 0725 schooldays only journey is now operated for Merseytravel by Arriva.

712 Ridgeway High School – Bebington station
The 1700 schooldays only journey is now operated for Merseytravel by Arriva.

713 Hard Lane – Queens Park School
Now operated for Merseytravel by Hatton’s Travel.

716 Cowley hill School – Elton Head Road
Now operated for Merseytravel by Hatton’s Travel.

718 Sutton Manor – St Cuthberts School
Now operated for Merseytravel by Hatton’s Travel.

741 Southport – All Hallows RC School
Schooldays only journeys operated by Preston Bus on behalf of Lancashire CC. The morning journey leaves Southport at 0720 (arriving 0835) and returns at 1500 (arriving 1618).

780 Prescot – Rainford High Technology College
Morning journey now leaves Prescot at 0733 (arriving 0835) and returns from the College at 1525 (arriving back at Prescot at 1627)

781 Seaforth Station – Crosby
Journey now leaves Seaforth station at 0751, arriving in Crosby at 0806.

787 Liverpool South Parkway – Hope University
0805 schooldays only journeys now operated for Merseytravel by Selwyns Travel.

821 Netherton – Liverpool
Journey now operated for Merseytravel by Avon Buses. Times are unchanged.

892 Bootle – Kirkby Admin
The 0611 journey is now operated for Merseytravel by Avon Buses.

901 Leasowe – Moreton
Service is withdrawn.

X3 Liverpool – Kirkby/Knowsley Industrial Park
Monday to Friday late morning/early afternoon and all day Sunday frequency is reduced to hourly.

August 29, 2017

There are a lot of bus service changes on the way in Staffordshire in addition to a selection of road works and the end of summer season services for 2017. Regarding the former, Bennetts Lane near Bramshall will be closed for roadworks from 11th to 15th September 2017 with D&G service 841 diverting along A518 and Old Knotty Way to Uttoxeter and a shuttle bus service operating between Bramshall Inn and Uttoxeter Bus Station. Until 17 November 2017, St Peters Bridge in Burton will be closed for essential repair work so Midland Classic services 2, 4, 9/19, 18, 21/21E and 22 will be diverted via Stapenhill Road, Burton Bridge and High Street. The remaining service change details follow.

From 29th August 2017

  • Service 819 (Midland Classic, Hill Ridware – Lichfield): Revised timetable and minor route changes.
  • Services 810 / 811 / 812 (Midland Classic, Burton – Lichfield): Revised route and timetable, including the introduction of new 809 Schoolday only journeys.
  • Services 821 / 822 (Midland Classic, Lichfield Circulars): Revised timetable and minor route changes.
  • Service 1 (Midland Classic, Burton – Tutbury) – Revised route and timetable. Route extended to Tutbury, but will no longer serve Meadow View in Rolleston or Athelstan Way.
  • Service 2 (Midland Classic, Horninglow – Stapenhill): Revised timetable.
  • Service 9 (Midland Classic, Burton – Ashby): Revised route and timetable.
  • Service 10 (Midland Classic, Burton – Rough Hay): Revised timetable.
  • Service 11 (Midland Classic, Burton – Anglesey Road): Revised timetable.
  • Service 17 (Midland Classic, Burton – Stretton) – Revised route and timetable. Princess Way, Hillfield Lane and James Brindley Way will no longer be served.
  • Service 19 / 19B / 19C (Midland Classic, Burton – Ashby): Revised route and timetable.
  • Services 21 / 21E (Midland Classic, Burton – Swadlincote): Revised timetable.
  • Services 22 / 22S (Midland Classic, Burton – Swadlincote): Revised timetable and minor route changes.
  • Services 401 / 402 / 403 (Midland Classic, Burton – Uttoxeter): Revised timetable.
  • Service 406 (Midland Classic, Uttoxeter Circular): Revised timetable.
  • Services 810 / 811 / 812 (Midland Classic, Burton – Lichfield): Revised route and timetable, including the introduction of new 809 Schoolday only journeys.

From 31st August 2017

  • Seasonal service X60 (Notts Derby, Derby – Twycross Zoo) finishes.

From 1st September 2017

  • Seasonal service X32 (First Potteries, Hanley – Alton Towers) finishes.
  • Seasonal service X52 (Notts Derby, Nottingham – Alton Towers) finishes.
  • Seasonal service X63 (Notts Derby, Derby – Drayton Manor Park) finishes.

From 2nd September 2017

  • Services 1 / 2 / 2E (Arriva Midlands, Huntington – Walsall): Revised timetable.
  • Services 1B / 1C (Arriva Midlands, Stafford – Baswich): Minor timetable revisions.
  • Service 3 (Cannock – Walsall): Revised timetable.
  • Services 3 / 3E (Arriva Midlands, Tamworth – Coton Green): Revised route and timetable. 3A is cancelled and replaced by an increased frequency on service 3.
  • Service 5 (Arriva Midlands, Stafford – Telford): Minor timetable revisions.
  • Service 6 (Arriva Midlands, Stafford – Rickerscote): Minor timetable revisions.
  • Service 8 / 8A (Arriva Midlands, Park Side – Moss Pit): Revised timetable.
  • Service 9 (Arriva Midlands, Bridgnorth – Wolverhampton): Revised timetable.
  • Service 10 (Wolverhampton – Telford): Revised route and timetable, including new X4 Schoolday only journeys between Perton and Wellington.
  • Service 35 (Arriva Midlands, Lichfield – Walsall): Revised timetable.
  • Service 60 (Arriva Midlands, Cannock – Lichfield): Revised timetable.
  • Service 61 / 62 (Arriva Midlands, Cannock – Lichfield): Revised route and timetable, including the introduction of Schoolday only 61S and 62S journeys.
  • Services 70 / 70A (Arriva Midlands, Cannock – Wolverhampton): Revised timetable.
  • Service 74 (Arriva Midlands, Stafford – Cannock): Revised timetable.
  • Service 110 (Arriva Midlands, Tamworth – Birmingham): Revised timetable, and route around Ventura Park.
  • Service 115 (Arriva Midlands, Tamworth – Hurley): Minor timetable revisions.
  • Service 164 (Arriva Midlands, Hanley – Market Drayton): Revised timetable, and revised route around Newcastle.
  • Service 825 (Arriva Midlands, Stafford – Lichfield): Revised route and timetable, including the introduction of 826 Schoolday only journeys between Stafford and Rugeley.
  • Service 836 (Arriva Midlands, Stafford – Great Wyrley) is cancelled.

From 3rd September 2017

  • Services 1 / 1A: Service 1 is a new half hourly service operating Monday to Saturday between Park Site and Meir. Service 1A is a new hourly service operating daily between Wood Lane, Audley and Meir. Both will be operated by D&G Bus and replace the cancelled 73 / 74 and Orange ONE services.
  • Service 2: New half hourly service, operating Monday to Saturday, between Clayton and Birches Head. The route will be operated by D&G Bus and will replace the cancelled section of service 9.
  • Service 4 (National Express WM, Castlecroft – Fordhouses): Revised timetable.
  • Service 6 / 6A (National Express WM, Wolverhampton – Wobaston): Revised timetable
  • Service 9 (D&G Bus): Revised route and timetable. The service will operate from Biddulph to Newcastle only, with the Clayton section replaced by a new service 2.
  • Service 10 (National Express WM, Perton – Wolverhampton): Revised timetable.
  • Services 14 / 14A (D&G Bus, Hanley – Stafford): Revised route and timetable.
  • Service 17 (D&G Bus, Hanley – Bradwell) will be cancelled and replaced by the revised 94 / 94A service.
  • Service 73 / 74 (D&G Bus, Audley – Newcastle) will be cancelled and replaced by the new 1 / 1A service.
  • Service 85 (D&G Bus): Revised route and timetable. Route is extended from Crewe to Nantwich and from Newcastle to Hanley and 85B journeys are cancelled.
  • Services 94 / 94A (D&G Bus, Newcastle – Congleton): Revised route and timetable, with most 94 journeys diverted via Bradwell to replace the cancelled service 17.
  • Service 255 / 256 (National Express WM, Wolverhampton – Merry Hill / Stourbridge): Revised timetable, with 255S journeys cancelled.
  • Orange ONE (D&G Bus, Newcastle – Meir) will be cancelled and replaced by the new 1 / 1A service.
  • Service X51 (National Express WM, Cannock – Birmingham): Revised timetable.

From 4th September 2017

  • Service 3B (Central Bus, Tamworth – Coton Green): Revised timetable.
  • Service 4 (Central Bus, Tamworth – Silverlink): Revised timetable.
  • Service 16 (Central Bus, Tamworth – Kingsbury): Revised route and timetable, with new 16A journeys via Welford Road in Dosthill introduced.
  • Service 22 (First Potteries, Newcastle – Longton): Minor route revisions.
  • Service 25 (First Potteries, Hanley – Keele): Revised timetable.
  • Service 327 (Midland Classic, Horninglow – Branston): Revised timetable.
  • Service X55 (Central Bus, Tamworth – Lichfield): Revised timetable.

From 11th September 2017

  • Service 12: New Monday to Friday service from Stafford to Doxey, operated half hourly by Select Bus.
  • Service 15 (People Movers, Tamworth – Hurley): Service cancelled.
  • Service 66 (People Movers, Tamworth – Dordon): Service cancelled.
  • Service X39: New daily service between Derby and Burton, Centrum to be operated by Midland Classic.

From 18th September 2017

  • Service 3B (Central Bus, Tamworth – Coton Green) will be renumbered as service 3 with a revised timetable.

From 25th September 2017

  • Service 3 (First Potteries, Hanley – Crewe): Revised timetable.
  • Service 11 (First Potteries, Hanley – Newcastle): Revised timetable.
  • Service 25 (First Potteries, Keele – Hanley): Revised timetable for start of Keele University term.
  • Service 227 (Kinver – Stourbridge) will be operated by Diamond Bus, with the same timetable as the current Hansons service.
  • Service 228 (Kinver – Brockmoor) will be operated by Diamond Bus, with the same timetable as the current Hansons service

August 12, 2017

Here is the latest news of bus service changes from the Cheshire East website. The forthcoming timetable for service 130 adds later departures between Wilmslow and Macclesfield on Monday Friday evenings and leaves me wondering if the route is now shared between their Wythenshawe and Macclesfield depots. If so, let’s hope that these attract decent and growing usage since the service finishes up to early at the moment and there is a paucity of evening peak time journeys that looks set to be addressed.

Monday 4 September 2017

  • 43 Network Warrington PC0001977/101 Partington – Lymm – Little Bollington: commercial registration cancelled, service withdrawn.

Sunday 3 September 2017

  • 78 D&G Bus PC1090231/75 Nantwich – Rode Heath: D&G have registered to change their commercial journeys on the 78 service. The D&G commercial journeys have been shortened to start or end at Coppenhall instead of operating from or too Rode Heath and Scholar Green. There are no changes to the evening and Saturday journeys paid for by Cheshire East Council.
  • 130 Arriva PC0002598/290 Macclesfield – Manchester: route and timetable revised with service improvements.
  • 1A, 1B D&G Bus PC1090231/96 Crewe – Nantwich: registration cancelled, service withdrawn. See new 85, 85A service for replacement.
  • 61 D&G PC1090231/39 Hankelow – Brine Leas High: timetable revised.
  • 72 D&G Bus PC1090231/106 Nantwich – Whitchurch: timetable revised.
  • 73 D&G Bus PC1090231/105 Nantwich – Whitchurch: timetable revised.
  • 85, 85A D&G Bus PC1090231 Nantwich – Crewe – Newcastle – Hanley: route and timetable revised. Now incorporates 1A, 1B sections of route covering Dunwoody Way, Rolls Avenue, Business Park, Macon Way as well as being extended to Nantwich and Hanley Monday to Saturday.
  • 94, 94A D&G Bus PD1128125/74 Newcastle – Congleton: route and timetable revised.
  • 863 D&G PC1090231/101 Wrenbury – Sound – Brine Leas High: route and timetable revised. St Thomas More and South Cheshire College section of route withdrawn.

July 9, 2017

Though I had thought these ended for good in 2014, it appears that bus services are being operated by New Adventure Travel on 2017 Summer Sundays that get you between Swansea and the Gower. All started running from the end of May (2017-05-28) and continue until the start of October (2107-10-01). These timetables are below:

114 Swansea – Rhossili via Bishopston, Pennard, Oxwich & Port Eynon

116 Swansea – Rhossili via Sketty, Dunvant, Gowerton, Penclawdd, Llanrhidian, Llanmadoc, Llangennith and Reynoldston

118 Swansea – Rhossili via Sketty, Killay and Parkmill

Also, here are those for the weekday services for reference so you can leave your car after you instead of trying to negotiate often narrow roads:

115 Llangennith – Port Eynon

116 Swansea – Llangennith

117 Killay – Oxwich – Port Eynon – Scurlage

118/119 Swansea – Rhossili

Let’s hope that all these see good patronage for this is an attractive part of the world that often gets thronged with motor traffic. On one of my visits there, that was the cause of buses being delayed for hours. The Gower deserves better than this.

May 16, 2017

Stagecoach has lost out heavily in recent Highland Council bus service contract tendering for the Isle of Skye and there are service cuts too. Ali’s Taxis may have become one of the beneficiaries of the upheaval but it does mean that the number of journeys between Broadford and Elgol have taken a hit along with others.

April 29, 2017

It is only now that I am getting to share some bus fare information from my Yuletide trip to Mallorca. Here are a few example fares so you get an idea as what prices are like:

Adult Single from Palma to Palma Airport: €5.00

Adult Single from Palma to Port d’Andratx: €5.55

Adult Single from Palma to Sóller via coastal route: €3.98

Adult Single from Sóller to Palma via tunnel route: €2.65

April 21, 2017

The coming Sunday seems to be a day when bus companies are introducing changes to their bus networks around Greater Manchester. Both First and Stagecoach are doing so with the latter shortening its service 378 to operate only within Greater Manchester and not into Cheshire East as at present. Otherwise, we are talking about tweaks rather than any upheavals.

April 19, 2017

From next week, Stagecoach no longer will operate service 378 within Cheshire East; instead, it is sticking to serving Greater Manchester. That leaves a gap that D&G Buses are going to fill with Monday to Friday daytime hourly service between Wilmslow and Handforth Dean. There currently is a Saturday service so it will be interesting to see if that direct connection gets restored.

April 11, 2017

After a weekend spent on the Isle of Man, here are some bus fares that may allow your budgeting should you decide to do the same as I did:

Adult Day Ticket: £7.00

Adult Return between Douglas and Castletown: £5.00

Adult Single between Douglas and Laxey: £2.70

Adult Single between Douglas and Onchan: £1.30

February 5, 2017

In addition to the NoWcard smart travel pass, there is also the NoWStar smart card in operation across Lancashire and Cumbria. While these undoubtedly are good things to have, there remains something to be said for all England smart travel cards in place of the regional versions that we are seeing. After all, the Oyster card has been a big success around London and Ireland’s Leap card got extended across the whole country. There is a place for joined up thinking even some reject the concept.

January 30, 2017

Transpeak

Introduced new stop on Duffield Road in Derby. The 1605 journey from Manchester to Derby on weekdays re-timed.

Services 185, 186, 442, 190

Changes made to peak weekday journeys to Harpur Hill together with afternoon and morning journeys on services 185 & 186. Services 442 & 190 now provide extra peak time journeys through Harpur Hill and Fairfield. Through tickets are available and a combined timetable will be made available shortly.

Service 68

Journeys now start from and end at Buxton Market Place.

Service 69, 69A & 69B

Morning journeys now operate five minutes earlier.

January 30, 2017

The Nottingham City Transport Navy 3 service has been improved as follows:

  • Monday to Saturday daytime buses increased to run up to every 20 minutes
  • More peak time buses and earlier buses to Ruddington – every 20 minutes
  • More early evening buses – with buses up to every 30 minutes until 20:00
  • Reinstatement of Sunday buses between Ruddington and Clifton

January 30, 2017

Some early evening journeys on Crewe town service 12 (Leighton Link) run up to 10 minutes later and there will be an extra Sunday evening journey to and from Leighton Hospital on service 12E. Service 99 between Congleton and Macclesfield will see service reductions so that overall reliability is improved.

January 28, 2017

First Greater Glasgow’s weekend Night Bus network recently came to my notice. There are eleven services in total so it covers much of the city between midnight and 04:00. Anything that gets folk home safely after a night out has to be a good thing.

January 28, 2017

The following changes affect Arriva bus services between Northwich and Winsford from tomorrow (information from Arriva website):

Service 29
Monday to Friday journeys from Winsford Town Centre will be revised to operate hourly to Over St Johns Estate, not serving Grange estate (See 29A).

Saturday service will serve both the Over St Johns estate and the Grange estate in one direction only.

New Service 29A
Service 29A will operate an hourly service to the Grange Estate, however will not serve Over St Johns.

Moulton and Davenham will no longer be served by service 29/29A, except for dedicated morning and afternoon
journeys.

January 12, 2017

Thankfully, Derbyshire County Council has shelved its plan to cut funding to all subsidised bus services. There still may be some rationalisation but the good news is that planned wholesale cuts are to be no more. What follows is the news item from the council website’s public transport section:

Bus passengers in Derbyshire are to keep services paid for by us as plans to cut public transport funding are reviewed. It had been proposed to withdraw funding for around 144 subsidised services from October 2017. Following consultation where more than 90% of respondents said they disagreed with the plan, we have now agreed to provide £3m to continue funding some of these services.

The future of individual services has yet to be decided but we will be working closely with operators to see if some can be run commercially. We will also continue to review the whole of the bus network, streamlining less well-used services by reducing their frequency and joining up other services to reduce duplication.

November 22, 2016

Mallorca has a reputation in line with sunshine holidaying but it does have another side, one that offers opportunities for coastal and hill walking. While you can hire a car, there also is an extensive public transport network. For getting about Palma de Mallorca, there are bus services operated by EMT. When it comes to travelling elsewhere on the island, there are interurban bus and train services operated by TIB. There also are heritage train services between Palma and Sóller operated by Ferrocarril de Sóller on whose website you can book journeys and there is that of Valsóller Services. All in all, this looks like an island well connected by public transport that has plenty of trails to be followed by hikers away from the summer season when temperatures surge too high.

November 17, 2016

Here is a list of British airlines:

British Airways

November 17, 2016

Here is a listing of British airports:

Aberdeen

Edinburgh

Glasgow

London Heathrow

London Stansted

Southampton

Manchester

July 21, 2016

It appears that Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way has been great for promoting its western coastline so we no get Ireland’s Ancient East as the brand used to promote its antiquities. Just like it has for the former, Bus Éireann now is advertising the part of its network that allows you explore the latter. Here are links to timetables for those bus services:

2: Dublin Airport − Dublin − Arklow − Gorey − Enniscorthy − Wexford

4: Dublin − CARLOW − Waterford − New Ross

40: Rosslare Europort − Waterford − Cork − Killarney − Kerry Airport − Tralee

65: Galway − Athlone − Cavan − Monaghan − Belfast

70: Galway − Athlone − Mullingar − Dundalk

72: Limerick − Birr − Athlone

100X: Dublin − Dublin Airport − Drogheda − Dundalk

109: Dublin − Navan − Kells − Cavan

111 Athboy – Trim – Batterstown – Dublin

111A: Athboy – Delvin − Granard − Cavan

111X Clonmellon – Delvin – Athboy – Trim – Dublin

115: Dublin – Kilcock – Enfield – Mullingar

120: Dublin − Edenderry − Tullamore

133: Wicklow − Rathdrum − Avoca − Arklow

163: Drogheda − Donore

182: Drogheda − Ardee − Monaghan

190: Drogheda − Navan − Trim

215: Cloghroe – Blarney – Cork City Centre – Ballinlough – Mahon Point

245: Clonmel – Ardfinnan – Ballyporeen – Mitchelstown – Fermoy – Cork

366: Lismore − Cappoquin − Dungarvan − Waterford

370: Waterford − New Ross − Duncannon − Wellingtonbridge − Wexford

X1: Dublin − Dublin Airport − Newry − Belfast

X7: Dublin Airport − Kilkenny − Clonmel

X8: Dublin Airport − Dublin − Cashel − Cork

February 24, 2016

Reading about about Canadian explorations raised hopes more for my not needing a car than those south of its border with the U.S.A. It still is a big country so service frequencies are not like we know in the U.K. Even so, I am collecting up some websites that help with such journey planning in case they help. Again, many are bus and train companies but there are other helpful portals in the list too.

Alberta Bus

AMT

Banff Airporter

Barrie Transit

BC Transit

Brampton Transit

Brewster Travel

Burlington Transit

Coach Canada

DRL

Durham Region Transit

GOTransit

Grand River Transit

Greyhound

Guelph Transit

HSR

Keewatin Railway Company

Marine Atlantic

Martime Bus

Metrobus

Metrolinx

Milton Transit

MiWay

Niagara Falls Transit

Newfoundland & Labrador Local Transportation

Oakville Transit

OC Transpo

Ontario Northland

Orangeville Transit

Orléans Express

Peterborough Transit

Red Arrow

Saskatchewan Transportation Company

St. Catherine’s Transit Commission

Toronto Transit Commission

TransLink

Triplinx

Union Pearson Express

VIA Rail

York Region Transit

December 24, 2015

The start of 2016 is set to see these bus service changes in Cheshire:

2016-01-20

Service 9/9A (Routemaster Buses)

Service reverts to the previous route.

2016-01-16

Service 8: (Routemaster Buses) Crewe – Wistaston

Commercial service withdrawn.

2016-01-11

Service 20 (Routemaster Buses) Crewe – Ruskin Road – Kingsway – Beech Drive

Route and timetable revised.

2016-01-04

Service 8 (Routemaster Buses) Crewe – Wistaston

New Monday to Saturday commercial service to replace withdrawn Arriva service 8.

Service 9, 9A (Routemaster Buses)

Timetable and route revised to link with new Routemaster 8 service.

Service C84 (Routemaster Buses) Chester – Crewe

New commercial service part replacing withdrawn Arriva 84 journeys to/from Chester.

2016-01-03

Manchester Bridge, Crewe roadworks from 3 January to 6 April. D&G service 8, 8A will run to a revised timetable and will operate in a clockwise direction around the Sydney and Elm Drive estates.

2016-01-02

Service 8 (Arriva) Crewe – Beech Drive – Crewe

Service withdrawn

Service 8 (D&G Bus) Crewe – Beech Drive – Crewe

New Monday to Friday commercial service to part replace withdrawn Arriva service 8.

December 15, 2015

It does appear that rail services in the north of England are facing a transformation that begins from next April when Arriva takes on the Northern franchise and First continues with Transpennine Express without the involvement of Keolis. Only time will tell how it all goes but here are some links in the meantime:

Next Northern Franchise Owner Announced

Massive boost to rail services brings Northern Powerhouse to life

Northern franchise improvements

TransPennine Express franchise improvements

Arriva Rail North

Northern franchise awarded to Arriva

Transforming TransPennine Express

FirstGroup plc welcomes award of TransPennine Express rail franchise

Some of the above take the form of press releases while others provide further information. There may be time yet for me to provide some commentary of my own to follow the above but my hope is that these will be useful for now.

December 3, 2015

From 2015-12-19 the following Cheshire bus services will be withdrawn:

RR3 Disley – Macclesfield
X20 Middlewich – Cheshire Oaks
X81 Winsford – Hanley

From 2015-12-21, the following Cheshire bus service changes will come into place:

27X Macclesfield – Knutsford: service withdrawn, registration cancelled.
36 Crewe – Haslington – Sandbach: service now only operates during school term time. 12:25 from Crewe withdrawn. 11:55 from Sandbach withdrawn.
39 Macclesfield – Congleton: service number changed from 39 to 87 to avoid number clash on network. New 07:00 journey from Congleton added. 18:00 journey from Congleton withdrawn. 12:00 journey withdrawn and 13:00 journey added.
44 Crewe – Nantwich: service now only operates during school term time.
38 Crewe – Congleton – Macclesfield: most of the extra commercial journeys introduced on 2015-08-31 have been withdrawn.
88 Knutsford – Wilmslow – Altrincham: timetable revised with some journeys added or extended.
130 Macclesfield – Manchester: timetable revised and runs on Sundays only.

October 9, 2015

From next Sunday, Arriva will be altering some services around Crewe, Northwich and Winsford. Service 85 from Winsford to Winsford Industrial Estate is to be withdrawn with some Monday to Friday morning and afternoon journeys on service 29 from Northwich to Over St. John’s getting re-numbered 29A and re-routed to replace it. The Saturday service frequency on route 29 is changed to be hourly. Saturday timetables also are revised for service 6 between Crewe and Brookhouse and service 8 between Crewe and Wistaston Green. Otherwise, service 84 between Crewe and Chester will have its route revised in Chester to start and finish at Chester Railway Station with some timetable revisions too.

October 5, 2015

These are some changes to bus services in Greater Manchester:

Service 43A
High Park to Carr Lane
Replaced by service 43 for evening and Sunday journeys with the Russell Road section of route no longer being served.

Service 46
Russell Road to Carr Lane
Service is re-routed from Carr Lane to operate via Duke Street and Shakespeare Street (omitting Cemetery Road), before going via Lord Street, London Street, Sussex Road, Norwood Avenue (omitting Hoghton Street, Manchester Road, Hawkshead Street and Tithebarn Road). Journeys in the opposite direction reverse this route.

Services 43 and 46 will each revert to a 30 minute frequency.

Service 44
Crossens to Formby
Evening and Sunday service will be increased to operate every 30 minutes between Crossens and Formby but will omit Walnut Street in both directions.

August 16, 2015

In June, First Potteries announced that they were consolidating their operations in the Stoke-on-Trent area to just one depot at Adderley Green. The one at Newcastle is to close and a widespread network overhaul is to come. There is a summary on the website dating from July along with a service by service change summary. A few existing services are being withdrawn while others see route changes and there are frequency improvements. There is one new route and another two being introduced on trail following feedback from local communities. Let’s hope that things remain steady after all this change that comes not so long after a previous attempt to reinvigorate the First Potteries bus network.

July 2, 2015

Transatlantic 175 Transport Guide

May 21, 2015

Last September we lost Cheap Evening Return train tickets around Greater Manchester but their summertime counterpart on the Derwent Valley line has returned for 2015. The price for a return fare is £3 for anyone starting from Derby, £4 for anyone starting from Long Eaton and £6 for anyone starting from Nottingham, Beeston or Attenborough. The line is operated by East Midlands Trains so that may explain so such a venture survives while Northern Rail dropped theirs about my neck of the woods. Let’s hope those sunny summer evenings coax folk out to this southeastern corner of the Peak District National Park.

May 21, 2015

One of the useful features of the Arriva bus services app (not the ticketing one and that is clunky anyway) is the provision of live bus running information. With how volatile traffic can be around south Manchester, this is useful when it comes to cutting down on waiting times at bus stops, an especially good thing in the winter season. There is an online version too for when you like to check things with a computer. For whatever reason, you can do the same thing graphically or just watch buses go around your town, a minority interest in the eyes of many.

May 21, 2015

East Midlands Trains has introduced a number of service improvements for the line between Nottingham, Newark and Lincoln. Here is a summary of the changes in the timetable:

  • 25 additional trains every weekday between Newark Castle and Nottingham
  • Faster journey times on 17 Nottingham to Lincoln services
  • 14 additional daily stops at Hykeham

May 14, 2015

Saturday week sees new early morning journeys between Oban and Glasgow from the weekend after next, that of the Spring Bank Holiday as it happens. There is to be departure from Glasgow Queen Street at 05:20 and one leaving Oban at 05:20. The latter allows the next departure from Oban to be 08:57 like what is the case for Monday to Friday services. That change makes a day walking trip from Oban more convenient while some early starters may feel the same about the early morning Glasgow service, be they either walkers, island hoppers or both.

May 14, 2015

From the coming Sunday, some services will be seeing improvements. The Partick to Cumbernauld route will see hourly calls to Duke Street, Alexandra Parade and Barnhill. Hourly services between Paisley Central and Glasgow Central as well as between Newcraighall and Edinburgh Waverley are set to be introduced.

April 16, 2015

First Potteries has announced more changes to follow those made at the end of March. Route 101 now becomes route 10, for instance.

March 27, 2015

The Cheshire East Council bus timetable page has changed from a previously more comprehensive collection of information to one that links to timetables on operator websites and it has left out Monday to Friday service 87 between Macclesfield and Congleton too. Thus, it is useful to have an archived copy to see how things used to be. The bus service changes page is a shadow of its former self too so I hope that changes over coming months.

Update 2015-04-16: The changes page has got a little more tidying so the information looks better and is clearer too.

March 18, 2015

On the last Sunday of the month, Lothian Buses are introducing a number of service changes. Most are minor but some services such as on route 43 are seeing withdrawals. On a more positive note, others like service 5 are seeing frequency increases. There route changes around Penicuik and Tranent as well as NightBus improvements. Put together, there are a lot of changes so a look on a bus time planner might be no bad idea even with the summary information that is available.

February 4, 2015

With the way that Cheadle gets clogged with traffic, a new road between the A6 and Manchester Airport may be what is needed and there is one coming, at quite a cost though.

February 3, 2015

There are changes coming to First’s services around Stoke-on-Trent later in February, partly due to the withdrawal of financial support for service 37 to Lymedale Business Park. There are changes to other services being slipped in too so their details are worth a look.

January 9, 2015

You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.
Law GL(GP)A sect 15

Until today, I had thought it was completely illegal everywhere in Britain but there is a private members bill being debated in the U.K. parliament today that extends the London prohibition elsewhere in England and Wales. Foe me, wonders never cease and it is good to have organisations like Living Streets campaigning on behalf of us pedestrians.

January 9, 2015

From next Sunday, D&G are taking over the following services from BakerBus:

Service 9 between Biddulph & Hanley

Service 17 between Newcastle & Bradwell

Service 74A between Newcastle & Audley

Service 94 between Biddulph & Newcastle

Service 99 between Biddulph Moor & Newcastle

Service 101 between Hanley & Stafford

Services 423 & 424 between Mow Cop & Leek

Most of the above will be taken over with only timetable revisions. Major one include renumbering of the 17 as the 17 and 17C along with the last journey of the day from Mow Cop to Leek only running on college days. Service 74A gets a revised route while the service 99 get minor route tweaks too. BakerBus service 26 between Newcastle and Meir is being cancelled. It is Sunday evening services on route 101 that D&G will be operating instead of BakerBus.

January 8, 2015

Quite a number of bus services are changing next Sunday and the details are on the Merseytravel website.

December 16, 2014

Bus pass funding must be costing local authorities a good deal of money so it is not surprising to see Devon County Council reviewing how it does things in order to save money. The sums involved are not large yet there is a lot of good comments made on the page that are well worth reading. If people thinking thoughts like these were to be united, the easy option of cutting bus services might not have been so easy for councils to take.

December 14, 2014

They were revoked at the start of September but it has taken time before I removed entries for Cheap Evening Return fares from my sample U.K. train fares page. Here they are for sake of posterity (along with the dates when I reckon that I last encountered them in brackets at the end of every entry on the list):

Glossop to Manchester: £2.05 (2013-04-06)

Knutsford to Stockport: £3.30 (2014-02-11)

Macclesfield to Manchester: £4.45 (2014-02-11)

Manchester Airport to Manchester: £1.95 (2012-12-29)

Stockport to Macclesfield: £3.30 (2014-01-07)

Wilmslow to Alderley Edge: £1.15 (2014-02-11)

Wilmslow to Stockport: £2:25 (2014-01-07)

They were good while they lasted so the cost train travel has gone up with their demise. The world has changed a lot since I first discovered these in August 2000 on the way home from Buxton.

December 12, 2014

Today, PassengerFocus’ update email dropped into my inbox with a few interesting headlines. One of these regarding a report that they had done on bus service punctuality. This is not the only item they have on the subject since there is a sample action plan too. With the way that traffic levels and incidents affect the timeliness of buses, it all makes interesting reading and that this is a busy time of year with long nights and often challenging weather conditions makes it even more so.

December 5, 2014

Connect 88 service between Knutsford, Wilmslow and Altrincham has its own website. You have to wonder if the GHA Gold branding is set to be applied to other services that they operate. Only time will tell…

December 4, 2014

Northern has added extra journeys from Manchester Victoria to and from both Preston and Wigan. They started doing this in mid-November and goes on until the last Saturday before Christmas.

November 23, 2014

Gwynedd Red Rover Day Ticket

This is a multi-operator day ticket that is valid across Gwynedd and Anglesey in Wales along with a number of services in Conwy (19, 43, 64, 68, 75 and 84) and service T2 and T3 in the Trawscymru network along with trains on the Conwy Valley railway between Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Snowdon Sherpa bus services are covered by the ticket too.

November 14, 2014

Anyone that ever read Barry Doe’s column in Rail magazine will not that using more than one set of tickets for a train journey can save you money. An example is a day trip to Edinburgh made using an off-peak return between Macclesfield and an off-peak day return between Preston and Edinburgh. That combination has saved me a significant amount of money in the past and all that matters is that a train stops at a station where such a changeover is to be made. Recently I spotted a website called Split Your Ticket that has other such combinations for you to try. To my eyes, the list is not as yet exhaustive but has to be worth a look. After all, an off-peak return rail fare between Macclesfield and Edinburgh has increased by around £30 in fourteen years.

Update 2014-11-17: Since writing the above, I have discovered TrainSplit.com from Raileasy. It seems to be more what I expected from Split your Ticket in that there is a searchable database that can yield some savings on day return fares as I discovered with journeys between Macclesfield and the likes of Edinburgh and Berwick-on-Tweed, to name but two.

October 24, 2014

Bus services operated by First Leeds are set to change as follows from next Sunday. Thankfully, we are mainly in tweaking territory here apart from the service X84 Sunday extension to Skipton being suspended for the wintertime. Forthcoming timetables are available too.

Service 10 Leeds – Temple Newsam
Dates of operation have been extended – this service will continue to run on Saturdays & Sundays, with last day being Sunday 7 December.

Service 49 Bramley – Leeds – Monkswood Gate
A revised timetable will be introduced, to improve early evening reliability.

Services 50/50A Horsforth – Leeds – Seacroft
A revised timetable will be introduced, to improve early evening reliability.

Service 64 Middleton – Leeds – Aberford
A revised timetable will be introduced, to improve reliability, with most journeys from Thorpe Lane (Middleton) running up to four minutes earlier towards ASDA.

Service 74 Horsforth – Leeds – Seacroft
A revised timetable will be introduced, to improve reliability, with most journeys from Middleton ASDA running up to four minutes earlier via Hunslet, towards Leeds.

Service 508 Halifax – Shelf – Odsal – Farsley – Kirkstall – Leeds
To resolve problems with timekeeping and to improve reliability we’re introducing a completely revised timetable. Between Halifax and Odsal, this service will be better co-ordinated with services 681/682.

Service X14 Leeds – Armley – Swinnow – Pudsey
A revised timetable will be introduced, to improve reliability.

Service X84 Leeds – Otley – Ilkley – Skipton
A revised Sunday timetable will be introduced, with buses running between Leeds, Otley and Ilkley. The Sunday service to Skipton will be withdrawn for the winter period.

October 24, 2014

Most of the changes being made by First Manchester on 2014-10-26 are punctuality improvements. Service 42 is an exception to this with an increase in its Sunday frequency. The forthcoming timetables are available too.

Service 42 East Didsbury – Manchester
Sunday frequency increased up to eight buses an hour so that there is a bus every 7/8 minutes.

Service 58 Rochdale – Middleton
Monday to Friday punctuality improvements.

Service 59 Rushcroft – Manchester
Monday to Friday punctuality improvements.

Service 63 Brookhouse – Manchester
New times will apply for evening journeys, to improve punctuality, with buses running up to five minutes later.

Service 64 Oldham – Manchester
Monday to Saturday punctuality improvements.

Service 81 White Moss – Manchester
Increased the frequency between White Moss and Manchester, with buses running up to every 20 minutes. Otherwise, there are no changes to times of buses on services 81/81A between Holts/Derker, Oldham, Moston and Manchester.

Services 88/89 White Moss/Blackley Circular – Manchester
A revised timetable will be introduced, with buses running every 20 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays.

Service 154 Cheetham Hill – Bury
Monday to Friday punctuality improvements.

Service 163 Bury – Middleton – Manchester
We’ll be making some minor changes to Monday to Saturday evening journeys to improve punctuality. Mondays to Friday 19:22 departure from Piccadilly Gardens sees extra time added throughout the journey. On, Saturdays, the 1755 departure from Piccadilly Gardens sees revised times at some stops while the 19:22 departure from Bury gets revised to set off at 19:17 and extra time is added throughout its journey and the 20:22 departure from Piccadilly also sees extra time added throughout route.

Service 348 Carrbrook – Ashton
Monday to Saturday punctuality improvements.

Service 350 Oldham – Saddleworth – Ashton
Monday to Saturday punctuality improvements: some journeys will terminate at Micklehurst, rather than Hey Farm, serving Mansfield Road and Micklehurst Road.

Service 533 Egerton – Bolton
Minor changes to times at some stops, to improve punctuality and times of buses from Egerton and from Bolton will not change.

August 22, 2014

Sunday bus services from Swansea to Gower will continue until 26th October 2014 due to higher than expected usage during the summer. There are three of these:

114: Rhossili via Blackpill, Bishopston, Pennard, Parkmill and Port Eynon

116: Rhossili via Sketty, Killay, Gowerton, Llangennith and Reynoldston

118: Rhossili via Sketty, Killay, Parkmill, Reynoldston and Port Eynon

Timetables are as follows:

14 (Monday to Saturday service from Swansea to Pennard Cliffs) & 114

116 & 118

This good news was announced in August though it took a visit to Swansea and Gower along with my downloading two of First’s apps (the mobile ticketing one has yet to serve south Wales) to alert me to this. New Adventure Travel operate the equivalent Monday to Saturday services since the start of August and I expect these to be year round affairs. First very noticeably has updated its Swansea fleet since my last visit in August of 2012 and NAT also appear to favour newer buses too so maybe an improvement is in train down there.

August 21, 2014

Northern Rail are introducing a Monday to Friday evening peak time from 16:01 through to 18:30 where off-peak tickets will not be valid from the 8th of next month, increasing the cost of travel for anyone commencing journeys at those times. Much is made of the fact that season ticket holders are not affected by the change so it is occasional travellers who will notice the change more than most.

Unfortunately, the abolition of Cheap Evening Return fares would be abolished are becoming reality even though there is no mention of them In Northern Rail’s information of the introduction of the evening peak period either. Also, it took some probing of those manning the company’s Twitter account before they confirmed this for me and the intervention of someone else was needed to make that happen. Make of that what you will…

There is a petition set up for signing by Campaign for Better Transport for anyone who feels strongly about the change. Fare rises are a sensitive subject as you’ll notice whenever the annual regulated fare rises are announced and, for 2015, it is to be 3.5% in England, which is lower than recent years. Finding other increases appearing elsewhere though changes undermines any relief that such news might bring.

July 23, 2014

The changed bus timetable around Stoke-on-Trent has been on its second day but here’s what has changed in case you have not met up with it yet:

Service 1 (Newcastle – Longton – Hanley) – Revised route with an extension to Newcastle to replace the cancelled service 26.

Services 3 / X3 – New Monday to Sunday services between Keele, University Hospital, Hanley, Kidsgrove and Crewe, replacing services 20, 20A & 25

Services 4 / 4A – New Monday to Sunday services between Hanley, Newcastle and Audley / Kidsgrove, replacing services 34 and 34A.

Services 7 / 7A / 7B (Hanley – Kidsgrove / Biddulph) – Revised route and timetable.

Services 8 / 8A / 8B (Hanley – Newcastle / Endon / Brown Edge) – Revised route and timetable, incorporating service 98.

Service 9 – New Monday to Sunday service between Hanley, Tunstall and Newcastle.

Service 17 (Newcastle – Bradwell – Hanley) – Service cancelled, to be replaced by revised service 22

Service 20 (Hanley – Kidsgrove – Crewe) – Service cancelled, to be replaced by new service 3

Service 20A (Hanley – Kidsgrove – Talke Pits) – Service cancelled, to be replaced by new service 3

Service 22 (Hanley – Newcastle – Dresden) – Revised route and timetable, replacing service 17 to Bradwell and operating via Festival Park.

Service 24 / 24A (Hanley – Newcastle) – Service cancelled

Service 25 / 25A / X25 (Hanley – Newcastle – Keele) – Services cancelled, to be replaced by new service 3

Service 26 / 26A (Newcastle – Hanley) – Service cancelled, to be partly replaced by an extension to route 1.

Service 34 (Hanley – Audley) – Service cancelled, to be replaced by new services 4/4A.

Service 34A (Hanley – Kidsgrove) – Service cancelled, to be replaced by new services 4/4A.

Service 72 (Clayton – Newcastle – Park site) – Revised timetable.

Service 98 / 98A (Newcastle – Brown Edge) – Service cancelled, to be replaced by revised service 8/8A/8B.

Service 99 (Sandbach – Biddulph – Newcastle) – Revised timetable, with a reduced service to Biddulph and one journey extended to Sandbach.

Service 99A (Newcastle – Kidsgrove – Mow Cop) – Service cancelled. To be replaced by new service 7A.

Service 101 (Stafford – Stone – Hanley) – Revised timetable.

July 8, 2014

Congleton Carnival Procession will take place between around around 1100 – 1300 on next Saturday. Delays and diversions for bus services can be expected as follows:

Service 38 will be diverted via the Clayton By-Pass.

Service 42 will operate as far as the Fire Station roundabout and commence from KwikSave.

Services 90 & 91 may be subject to delay and some journeys may not be able to operate.

Services 92 & 99 will be operating via Mountbatten Way in both directions.

July 7, 2014

One of the latest ways that Ireland has come upon with promoting its western seaboard is branding it as the Wild Atlantic Way. That may suggest a long walking route but the reality is nearer to being a long distance motor touring one and Bus É has gone to the trouble of highlight what bus routes it has that serve parts of Ireland’s Atlantic Coastline so that you can sample what’s there without needing to have your own car. In fact, there is a hop on/off ticket that you can order. There is something to that thinking so here’s a list of the services that they highlight so you can survey the various timetables in one place:

13: Limerick – Adare – Listowel – Tralee
14: Limerick – Kerry Airport – Killarney
40: Rosslare Europort – Waterford – Cork – Killarney – Kerry Airport – Tralee
51: Cork – Limerick – Shannon Airport – Galway
52: Ballina – Westport – Castlebar – Galway
64: Galway – Ireland West Airport Knock – Sligo – Derry
226: Cork – Cork Airport – Kinsale
236: Cork – Bandon – Bantry – Glengarriff – Castletownbere
237: Cork – Clonakilty – Skibbereen – Goleen
275: Tralee – Dingle
275A: Dingle – Ballyferriter – Dunquin
279: Killorglin – Tralee
350: Galway – Kinvara – Doolin – Cliffs of Moher – Ennis
401: Salthill – Galway
424: Galway – Carraroe – Lettermullen/Carna
440: Athlone – Westport
440: Westport – Achill Island
445: Ballina – Killala – Ballycastle
458: Enniskillen – Sligo – Ballina
S2: Sligo – Strandhill
480: Derry – Donegal – Ballyshannon – Sligo
490: Donegal – Killybegs – Glencolumbkille

July 2, 2014

Here are some websites letting you in on public transport arrangements for Le Grand Départ in Yorkshire over the coming weekend:

Transdev
First Leeds
Arriva Yorkshire
DalesBus
North Yorkshire County Council
West Yorkshire Metro
Travel South Yorkshire
Transport for Greater Manchester

To my surprise, Greater Manchester also is not far from the line of the route of the second stage and it passes through both the Yorkshire Dales and Peak District national parks. The race even passes close to me so I am tempted to go and see though other places are tugging at me too if there is a little sunshine. Hopefully, the above help you whatever your intentions regarding the event are.

May 27, 2014

BakerBus are set to lose their Monday to Saturday evening journey contract to GHA from the first Monday in July (2014-07-07) so that last evening journey from Biddulph to Macclesfield is set to go at the same time. GHA are taking over service 77 between Congleton and Kidsgrove, another Cheshire East Council contract, from the same date. No timetables are changing though, only operators.

It is not all bad news for BakerBus though since they won the contract to operate the soon to be discontinued evening journeys on Macclesfield local services 9 and 10 on Friday and Saturday evenings from the first weekend in June (2014-06-06) onwards. It would be better if Monday to Thursday evenings gained the same reprieve but anything has to be better than nothing at all.

May 21, 2014

Éire not has a single place for transport planning that includes not only services on offer by the state-owned operator of buses, coaches and trains, C.I.É., but also other operators in the country. It is Transport for Ireland and also has mobile phone apps to go with the website.

May 21, 2014

The Wye Valley AONB are funding a summertime Sunday and bank holiday bus service between Hereford, Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth that serves a part of the lower Wye valley that has not seen a Sunday or bank holiday service for ten years. The operator is First and the route number is 34. The four return journeys between Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth and it is the first southbound and last northbound ones that extend to Hereford for connections with train services. Let’s hope the service gets the support that it so deserves.

May 4, 2014

Recently, I caught up with an announcement from Ireland’s National Transport about the future of Limerick city’s Colbert Station. It is a joint bus and rail station and the former section does look like an afterthought added to the south of the former. The plan is to move it to the other side of the train station and have it gain a more purposeful look about it. The current bus station then would become a car park and current car park in front of the train station would be made into a pedestrian plaza. Anything that spruces up what does look a more down at heal part of the city has to help and a disused service station offers some space that can be pressed into service. While the architects’ plans do toy with the idea of building extra floors over the new bus station, that thankfully is an exploration rather than a definite intention. You have only to look at some rail and bus stations in the U.K. to see why that might be a bad idea.

April 14, 2014

Yorkshire may be getting a taste of the Tour de France in July but Ireland is having a flavour of the Giro d’Italia in May. As a result, there is a mixture of special additional services and alterations to normal services in Northern Ireland between the eight and eleventh of May inclusive.

April 5, 2014

There are three seasonal bus services staring on Holy Thursday in Northern Ireland and they continue until the end of September too. Here they are:

252: Larne to Coleraine

402: Coleraine to Carrick-a-Rede

405: Mourne Rambler

The first two of these are coastal services sampling the delights of County Antrim’s coastline and the third one allows you to enter County Down hill country. All are worth savouring.

April 3, 2014

A community company calling itself Western Dales Bus is addressing a need for bus services around Sedbergh, Dentdale and Wensleydale that cannot be served by a commercial bus company. Volunteers drive a minibus provided by Cumbria County Council that works journeys connecting with trains on the Settle to Carlisle railway line.

A Saturday service is offered year round between Dent train station, Sedbergh and, with one return journey, Kendal. Summertime sees a similar offering running to its own timetable on Sundays and bank holidays too. On the extra days, there are extensions to Hawes too. This summer service started from 2014-04-01 and it’s good to see its like returning and 2014 is its third year if I remember correctly. Nevertheless, I believe this is the first year that a community company is doing the honours and I hope that they do well because this is lovely and quiet part of the world.

April 2, 2014

Aside from gaining the TfGM contract for evening journeys on service 247 between Altrincham and the Trafford Centre or tweaks to times for services 18, 19 and 263, there also is some chopping in the form of the complete dropping of service 16 between Altrincham and Manchester as well as curtailments of early Saturday morning journeys on service 130 between East Didsbury and Manchester city centre. More details are on the Arriva website if you need to know more.

April 1, 2014

Arriva has announced the bus services that they will operating as part of the Sunday and bank holiday DalesBus network on their website. It all starts on Easter Sunday (2014-04-20) and there is the omission of 2014-07-06 due to the Tour de France. Aside from that special occasion, these are useful options for getting out of places like Wakefield, Leeds, Dewsbury and Selby into countryside that is a world away. Wharfedale, Nidderdale, Wensleydale and Swaledale get the connections and Arriva are but one part of this effort.

March 10, 2014

There are more changes to Cheshire East bus services from the end of April. Early morning Monday to Saturday journey on High Peak service 58 between Macclesfield and Buxton are being tweaked as follows:

Current 06:40 from Buxton to leave 10 minutes earlier at 06:30

Current 07:45 from Buxton to leave 3 minutes earlier at 07:42.

Current 07:10 from Macclesfield to leave 5 minutes earlier at 07:05.

Of these, only the 07:45/07:42 runs on Saturdays according to the High Peak timetable and the first Saturday departure from Macclesfield in at 09:15 and that comes as a surprise to me. It also rules out early starts from the Cat and Fiddle Inn for walking outings.

Less favourably, Saturday journeys on Arriva’s service 130 are changing due to the withdrawal of financial support from Transport for Greater Manchester. The full impact of this is as yet unknown to me but I will post details as soon as I get them. The week commencing 2014-04-27 is to see the introduction of these alterations as well as those applying to buses between Buxton and Macclesfield.

February 19, 2014

Transport for Greater Manchester have a dedicated website telling of their plans for the metropolitan county’s tram system: Metrolink Transformation Information. It amazes me now to think how tram lines there will be when, not so long ago, you were talking about two main ones. In the next few years, we will have Manchester Airport being served and the system already extends as far as Oldham and Rochdale. That was an unthinkable idea for some of us when I first moved to the north of England.

February 17, 2014

D&G are altering some of their bus services that serve Crewe as follows:

6: Leighton Hospital – Crewe – Shavington

For Monday to Saturday services, the Cliffe Road timing point is to get re-timed. Saturday journeys to be extended to and from Leighton Hospital.

9: Wistaston – South Cheshire College – Crewe – Elm Drive

Amendments to Monday to Friday service include the withdrawal of the 14:41 and 15:41 journeys from Kings Drive together with the 09:25, 15:25, 16:05 ones from Crewe. The 14:09 journey to Elm Drive gets shortened to Kings Drive and 14:39 one to Elm Drive now extends to Shelley Drive.

85: Crewe – Hanley

Route and timetable revised with extra Sunday morning journeys from Crewe. Madeley short journeys to be renumbered 85B. Some journeys now extended to serve Bridgemere Garden World.

February 11, 2014

While most of what you find on here is for any user of public transport, this is a rare diversionary item for those with a greater interest in Sussex train running and has an element of train set watching in it too. Here are two web pages showing the progress of trains around Sussex railway lines with the trains as blocks on network diagrams:

Diagrams

The codes are those for the train routes themselves, much like bus service numbering, and would make more sense to anyone with a trainspotting inclination. The same kind of person also might be interested in the RailCam website for seeing trains running on certain railway lines like you would see them if you were there yourself.

While no I am no trainspotter, these curiosities are too good to cast into a virtual waste paper basket. On the block diagrams, a lot of work has been done with Network Rail’s data feeds and these are available to anyone with a more technical computing bent that fancies either a challenge or needs to create something as part of working for a living.

Adding things like this will not become a regular habit so those who just need trains and buses to get them where they need to be need have no fear. Sometimes, the occasional deviation is healthy and that’s all this is. If anything, they allow you into the world of the dedicated railway enthusiast, if only for a little while.

February 11, 2014

As I write this, there is snow in a lot of places and North Yorkshire County Council tweeted the address of their roadside webcam page for anyone needing see how the conditions are. Looking at them now, it appears that North Yorkshire got its share of snowfall when lower levels of Cheshire like Macclesfield escaped.

February 10, 2014

Recently, I encountered a document describing Cheshire East Council’s response to the devolution of Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) administration to local transport authorities for their contracted services. Operators of council contracted services will no longer be able to claim the BSOG separately and will instead increase the prices of their tenders in order to be compensated for its loss. Until 2017, the funding is to be ring fenced but it will become part of the central government block grant to councils after then. Given the cutbacks we have seen in council spending and funding, this is a concern but there will be a general election before then so there is little point in getting too worried just yet. Maybe council tax increases will offset drops in funding before then but we are a while away from that yet.

February 8, 2014

Every Tuesday aside from any public holidays, Clowes Coaches runs a bus service between Leek and Congleton that has one morning outbound journey and one early afternoon return journey. Thought it also services places such as Endon and Biddulph, the service cannot be called regular and its forthcoming cancellation hopefully will not have very much of an impact. The service continues until the last Tuesday in April and no longer runs after that. Anyone who has uses it will need to use different means for their travel needs and I hope no one gets cut off completely.

February 7, 2014

Yesterday morning, an Arriva bus heading for Macclesfield on service 130 (there was a picture on the Manchester Evening News website showing the destination display of the bus before it was turned off and a replacement bus was seen going through Wilmslow on its way to the Macclesfield for the 10:10 journey to Manchester) was involved in an accident with several Stagecoach buses. It is something that leaves questions outstanding since the Arriva bus was leaving on time even if the timing surprised me; it was the 08:15 departure. No longer are we talking about near hourly or near half-hourly departures from Manchester Piccadilly all day because early morning Monday to Friday timings now are less regular than they once were.

Police have been working out what happened and have a definite line of enquiry. It is consistent with one witness account from Manchester Evening News that caught my eye:

“We were arriving at Piccadilly and we saw an Arriva bus pull out from the station going the other way. It was going quite fast then it hit us and the Magic Bus behind us.”

The possible cause that police are investigating is an accelerator failure on the Arriva bus and it fits in with the above. So, driver error looks unlikely although stopping a vehicle with this problem cannot be easy. It even might explain the side of the road on which the bus came to rest in another picture on the MEN website. That to some eyes would appear to be on the wrong side of the road and I have no doubt that police would explain that too if it actually were the case.

Thankfully, there were no serious injuries though travelling on a vehicle caught up in the accident cannot have been pleasant even if speeds most likely were low. Hopefully, the fifteen folk who were injured will make a full recovery. Apart from avoiding this happening again, that very much is the most important consideration.

In the past, I have been on Arriva buses that have broken down or been driven in a reckless manner (some late night journeys to Macclesfield from Crewe or Manchester come to mind) but things are much steadier on them these days and it’s best to keep it like that, mechanical failures notwithstanding. However, those previous experiences do not have you thinking good things when you first hear of accidents involving five buses.

February 6, 2014

After the Stone consultation a little while back, Staffordshire County Council is running another one now for bus passengers in its Lichfield, Rugely and Tamworth areas. The supported services on which it needs feedback are listed on the consultation page and the associated form is very open ended. Like the Stone consultation, it is difficult to see what exactly is behind this but I hope it is nothing as what lay behind a similar exercise in Cheshire East in 2012. The deadline for the new consultation is just over three weeks away at February 28th.

February 1, 2014

At the end of March, Monmouthshire County Council is taking over bus service between Chepstow and Monmouth via Trellech from Chepstow Classic at the end of March. Thankfully, the timetable is not changing but they are mounting a consultation regarding where to take things from here. Hopefully, we are talking about innovations and not cuts like other places.

January 16, 2014

On 2014-01-25 (Saturday) and 2014-01-27 (Monday), Arriva is altering a good number of its Yorkshire bus services. Mostly, it is a matter of relatively minor amendments, apart from the withdrawal of service 280 between Dewsbury and Birstal Retail Park, and they all are described in an article on the Arriva bus website. In summary, here are the services that are changing and when they are doing so.

2014-01-25

126, 127: Dewsbury - Ossett - Wakefield
128: Dewsbury - Thornhill - Grange Moor - Wakefield
202, 203: Huddersfield - Dewsbury - White Rose - Leeds
205: Dewsbury - Morley - Gildersome - Pudsey
280: Dewsbury - Batley - Birstall - Birstal Retail Park
281, 282, 283: Thornhill - Dewsbury - Batley - Fieldhead - Bradford

2014-01-27

4: Selby - Hemingbrough - Howden - Goole
7: Abbots Road - Selby - Brayton
8, 400, 401: Selby - Snaith - Goole
150: Selby - Hut Green - Pontefract - Wakefield
163: Leeds - Garforth - Kippax - Castleford
184: Castleford - Pontefract
187: Wakefield - Normanton - Castleford
189: Wakefield - Normanton - Methley - Leeds
255: Leeds - Cleckheaton - Scholes - Wyke - Halifax
402, 403: Selby - Sherburn - Garforth - Leeds
405, X45: Selby - Whitley - Askern - Doncaster
408/409: Pontefract - Askern - Doncaster
410: Leeds / Methley - Junction 32 - Pontefract
411: Castleford – Pontefract – Chequerfield
415, 416: Selby - York

January 9, 2014

The two lines that are affected are the Cambrian Coast one, between Machynlleth and Pwllheli, and problems between Llanelli and Carmarthen are disrupting services between Swansea and Pembrokeshire. The first of these is set to be shut for a few weeks because of the damage and Arriva Trains Wales have issued timetables for rail replacement bus services: Machynlleth to Pwllheli and Pwllheli to Ysgol Dyffryn Ardudwy. The West Wales should open earlier (16:00 on next Wednesday, 2014-01-15). In the meantime, they have shared a timetable for the replacement bus service operating in both directions between Llanelli and Carmarthen.

January 9, 2014

It has come to my attention that we have had Arriva Trains Wales around for 10 years and I didn’t think it was that long ago when they took over from both National Express’ Wales and Borders and First North Western. Clearly, it was so they are offering season ticket holders the chance of a £10 return ticket to anywhere in Wales on any day and at any time between 2014-01-05 and 2014-03-29, apart from when Six Nations rugby matches are taking place in Cardiff. With all the recent talk about increases in the price of season tickets, this is an eye-catching offer that only can be taken up at a train station over the next few months.

January 3, 2014

Staffordshire County Council are conducting a review of subsidised bus services in the Stone area of the county. On their website, there is a fairly open-ended form to complete that lists the affected services and you have until next Friday to complete it (2014-01-10). Let’s hope that nothing drastic is planned but the opportunity for provision of feedback should not be lost either.

January 3, 2014

The North York Moors National Park Authority has said that Moorsbus is not returning in 2014 and that sounds disappointing. Instead, the plan to have more targeted bus services in place of the network that ran during the high season every year. A campaign has been set up to bring back the Moorsbus network in some form and there was a meeting at the end of November 2013 to discuss the matter. Hopefully, something can be done to address the loss in an era when bus services appear to be in decline just like the railways were thirty years ago.

January 3, 2014

During the autumn of 2013, North Yorkshire County Council proposed considerable cuts to bus service funding and asked for public comment. Thankfully, the proposals were rolled back a little which service 74 between Ilkley and Grassington continuing, albeit with only three journeys each way a day every Monday to Saturday apart from bank holidays. To see even that when the council saying that bus services used for leisure were not a priority for council funding is a relief.

Unlike Moorsbus, there are a number of campaign groups in the Yorkshire Dales such as DalesBus, Friends of DalesBus and DalesConnect. Maybe their actions reduced what is coming and the details are in the document used for council discussions on the last Thursday before Christmas. There is a blog collecting walking outings in the Yorkshire Dales too if you would like to see what’s possible with public transport.

January 3, 2014

Amazingly, Cumbria County Council has stated that it has no statutory responsibility for funding bus services (others thankfully do admit to the need to ensure access to public bus services) and seems to be proposing the complete withdrawal of bus service subsidies altogether and going for community transport instead. That sounds extreme so I hope that those very much affected will give their views on the proposals before 2014-01-20.

December 25, 2013

A few years ago, it was possible on Sundays to get from Stockport to Derby by bus with a change in Leek. First, we lost the Stockport to Leek portion a few years ago and that from Leek to Derby was lost recently. From the end of January, the section from Ashbourne to Derby is set to return with the introduction of a new timetable for Trent Barton’s SWIFT service. Any reversal of service cuts is a good thing that we need to see more often than we do.

December 17, 2013

First are overhauling their bus fare and ticket offerings in Cornwall. Simplification and price increases are a feature of the new package though some may see reductions too. Either way, it’s a case of all change from 2014-01-05.

December 16, 2013

Worcestershire want to save £3m on bus service support and are having a consultation on this and the proposals look very severe. In the associated questionnaire, the list of affected bus services is a long one so anyone that wishes to feedback on this needs to do it by 2014-01-17. Just when is this sort of thing going to stop? As things stand, Cheshire bus services are decimated enough already and I don’t want to see that everywhere.

November 23, 2013

Apparently, GHA are to be handing over responsibility for running Sunday journeys on bus service 130 between Macclesfield and Manchester to D&G. Also, there are likely to be some adjustments with the first Macclesfield-bound journey of the day starting from Handforth and something similar happening to the equivalent journey around 18:00 too. Other changes could be in the pipeline.

September 21, 2013

Public transport promotion may not be as lively as it once was but it has not gone away either; my own efforts continue, of course. The EU does its bit too with its Do the Right Mix website. The ACT Travelwise association continues in the U.K. too.

Then, there’s Carplus who promote car sharing. That may not be public transportation as such but, with traffic volumes getting in the way of buses, it is never a bad time to challenge single occupancy car use. Otherwise, we would need to open up more busways like the one opening in Luton on next Wednesday.

There even is a website called Supemodals soliciting photos of public transport usage by running a competition with the prize of a trip to Amsterdam. Not so many have entered this already but anything trying to promote a rethink of our car use is only a good thing.

September 13, 2013

On next Monday (2013-09-16), Edinburgh gets a local public holiday and Lothian Buses mainly will be running a Saturday service. Otherwise, services X12, 35 & 45 will operate a public holiday timetable while services 61 & 67 will operate a normal weekday timetable.

Their Waverley Bridge and Hanover Street Travelshops will be open between 10:00 and 18:00 if you need to call into them. However, the Shandwick Place and Dalkeith Travelshops will be closed along with the Lost Property Office.

September 7, 2013

Northern Rail and Community Rail Lancashire are launching a Sunday train service called the Ribble Valley Rambler that runs from Blackpool to Hellifield. It starts on Sunday 15th September and connects with trains to and from Carlisle. The new service has its own dedicated website and I wish it well. Northern Rail have done their own announcement and I hope that it’s a service that I could use sometime.

September 7, 2013

North Yorkshire County Council are looking to reduce bus service subsidy from next year and have commenced a consultation. There is a summary document on their website that gives a sense of what they are thinking. They have described the plans for the respective districts as follows: Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby. There is one interesting comment about leisure use being a low priority for the council (given the presence of two national parks in their patch, it is a striking and strange statement to see) but another about retaining those used to get to and from work is more reassuring.

September 5, 2013

Network Rail have a satellite for the Scottish Borders Railway that is being reinstated between Newcraighall and Tweedbank at the moment. http://bit.ly/RDusg4

August 30, 2013

Bus Eireann operating updated service 115 timetable since Sunday. Service 118 replaced by 115A. Services 22 (Ballina to Dublin) and 23 (Sligo to Dublin) are unaffected. More details are here: http://bit.ly/12RjLfn

August 30, 2013

From the middle of September, this Bus Eireann express coach service no longer will call at Urlingford and Portlaoise in order to have reduced travel times. A replacement service between Cashel and Portlaoise is being organised. There are more details here: http://bit.ly/17oP192. The new timetable is here: http://bit.ly/17oP8Sg

August 12, 2013

Railway engineering work between Manchester Piccadilly and Macclesfield is taking place from 22:48 on 2013-08-12 to 00:35 on 2013-08-16. Late night trains will be replaced by buses and these journeys will have extended travel times.

August 9, 2013

High Peak to operate Monday to Saturday journeys on service 118. Wardle Transport will continue to operate Sunday service under contract to Staffordshire and Derbyshire county councils. However, the timetable makes it look as if there will be journeys run by Wardles even though they look close to those operated by High Peak. Has there been confusion cause by the cancellation of a council contract? Let’s hope that no damage is done in the long run. http://bit.ly/19SYFlp

August 9, 2013

High Peak are to run a partial replacement for the journeys on service 99 between Macclesfield and Congleton that are to be withdrawn at the end of August 2013: http://bit.ly/11SrPfm

August 9, 2013

New Transpeak bus timetable from start of September just involves some tweaks to help service reliability and satisfy passenger requests. The service runs between Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Derby. http://bit.ly/11Ssuh0

August 6, 2013

After what must have been a frustrating few days for users of buses in Dublin, things thankfully are going to go back to normal from tomorrow. A full service is planned.

August 4, 2013

Network West Midlands have a list of bus operators within their area here: http://bit.ly/14ybwnm. Links to operator websites are included too, a useful thing.

August 4, 2013

No Dublin Bus services tomorrow (2013-08-05) due to a strike. Implementing austerity is hard work when there are those refusing to engage with it. At least, it’s a bank holiday weekend in Éire. There no bus services today (2013-08-04) either and for the same reason.

July 24, 2013

Rush hour Monday to Friday journeys to be re-timed for bus journeys on services 392 and 393 between Macclesfield and Stockport from start of September. Forthcoming timetable here: http://bit.ly/1c3G7hr.

July 23, 2013

On time Scotrail trains slow down over Glenfinnan viaduct (famous from Harry Potter films). It’s a nice touch that allows you to savour (and photograph?) an ionic Scottish view.

July 23, 2013

The Jacobite steam train runs twice daily from Monday to Friday until the end of August and not just once a day for the whole summer as once was the case; from September, it is one return journey a day until the end of October. The Saturday and Sunday service still is one train each way between Fort William and Mallaig and continue until September 22nd. http://bit.ly/cPSOGZ

July 19, 2013

Stagecoach are offering open top double decker bus services around Lochaber, Skye & Orkney this summer. More details are here: http://bit.ly/14obfGS

July 19, 2013

Bowmans Coaches was taken over by West Coast Motors earlier this year. They even have sent over an open top double decker bus from Oban.

July 16, 2013

Prestbury Road closed for resurfacing from 17/7/2013 to 19/7/2013 in Macclesfield. Arriva bus service 4 disrupted and diverted. Not serving either Bollinbrook Road or Westminster Road stops from 09:30 to 15:30 each day.

July 13, 2013

Summer bus timetable for Yorkshire Dales is here: http://bit.ly/17Diwom. Great summary of available services on all days of the week.

July 13, 2013

New timetable for Waterford to Tramore bus services 360 & 360A in operation. Looks very frequent to my eyes. http://bit.ly/12kyD5D

July 13, 2013

Cork bus services 226 and 249 merged since Sunday 30/6. 226 to go to Kinsale and 226A to terminate at airport. http://bit.ly/14qcNMw

July 13, 2013

Most service 108 journeys between Penrith & Patterdale replaced by 508 during English summer school holidays. Bus service 508 running between Penrith & Bowness-on-Windermere on Sundays until start of September. Passes Ullswater & Patterdale. Timetable here: http://bit.ly/10GSM7o

July 13, 2013

Night bus services around Edinburgh improved by Lothian at start of July: http://bit.ly/14WXjSx

July 13, 2013

Improvement work on the West Coast Main Line – Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 July http://bit.ly/18IOYUd

July 12, 2013

Some Monday to Saturday Aberdeen to Braemar return bus journeys extended as far as Blairgowrie for Scottish Summer School #Holidays: http://bit.ly/1a5jQO