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22:27, April 12, 2024

Bellevue, near Seattle, has a free electric shuttle bus service in the form of Bellhop, operated by Circuit. According to 425, they seem to be happy with how things are going so far, and the conurbation is being linked to Seattle by light rail too.

21:51, January 31, 2024

Earlier in the month, LNER announced the start of a simpler fares pilot to proceed for two years from 2024-02-05. Only three kinds of fare are available and both Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak fares are unavailable.

Flexibility continues in the form of Anytime tickets with Advance ticket being the most restricted. There is a new semi-flexible offering called 70min Flex that allows travel on any service departing within 70 minutes of the booked departure.

Thankfully, flexibility remains for walk-on passengers despite some appearing to want a book-ahead railway. Apps may be a workaround, but there is something about turning up and going that is so precious.

21:47, January 31, 2024

The RMT union has announced two two-day work stoppages for 2024-02-19 to 2024-02-20 and 2024-03-04 to 2024-03-05, respectively. Like other strikes, this again is related to pay increases that the union complains are not keeping pace with inflation.

15:16, January 25, 2024

The dispute between LNER and ASLEF over the application of the minimal service legislation has reduced enough to allow cancellation of strike action and overtime bans during the week commencing 2024-02-05. The strikes and overtime bans for every other English train operator between 2024-01-29 and 2024-02-06 remain in place.

22:51, January 21, 2024

Skiing season is well under way in the Canadian Rockies, so Golden Shuttle is offering services between Calgary Airport and Golden and between Golden and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Timetables are online too for you to check when buses depart and arrive. If they did something similar during the hiking season, that would be of keen interest to me as a non-driver.

18:31, January 20, 2024

Two D&G Bus services are changing on 2024-02-05. Bus times during the middle of the day on weekdays remain unchanged. Specific details follow.

31 Crewe - Northwich: Some morning weekday journeys run earlier, and some afternoon journeys run later, as extra time is allowed where they have been experiencing traffic congestion, particularly around Leighton Hospital and Winsford. There is now an additional weekday evening journey between Winsford and Crewe. All Saturday bus times are unchanged.

37 Northwich - Crewe: Some morning weekday journeys run earlier, and some afternoon journeys run later, as extra time is allowed where they have been experiencing traffic congestion, particularly around Sandbach and Winsford. Some early evening journeys that currently terminate in Sandbach have been extended to Crewe. Apart from one early evening journey between Winsford and Sandbach, all Saturday bus times are unchanged.

14:34, January 20, 2024

ASLEF announced strike action for the following train operators and days:

2024-01-30 - Gatwick Express, Great Northern, SWR, Southeastern, Southern, Thameslink

2024-01-31 - Northern, TransPennine Express

2024-02-02 - c2c, Greater Anglia, LNER

2024-02-03 - Avanti West Coast, EMR, London Northwestern Railway, West Midlands Railway

2024-02-05 - Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, GWR

2024-02-05 to 2024-02-09 - LNER

An overtime ban also will affect these train operators between 2024-01-29 and 2024-02-06. For LNER, there will be another overtime ban between 2024-02-07 and 2024-02-10.

18:36, December 5, 2023

Recently, I had a journey with EMR go wrong because of a train breakdown. Only shortly beyond Sheffield station, we had to turn back, and the journey was delayed by around an hour. When I came to claim compensation for the delay, the process was straightforward thanks to having PDF copies of the tickets. It also was very prompt with the money going back into my PayPal account. Though the journey had not been the best, the customer service afterwards cannot be faulted.

20:33, December 4, 2023

The RMT dispute with the English train operators has ended while other negotiations continue. The legislation for minimum service levels is coming into effect too. However, the ongoing ASLEF actions continue and more could follow. How things will look around Christmas and New Year remains to be seen. There is more hope than this time year, though.