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15:39, 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.

13:04, 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.

13:04, 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.

12:14, November 9, 2018

This page is up and running again after a plugin update. While it is difficult to see how much more can be cut at this stage, I will keep it in place to capture any more such developments. After all, public transport usage has been taking a hit for several reasons and lack of dependability is one of those.

13:04, October 4, 2018

England’s South West Coast Path is a long walking trail that takes in parts of the counties of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. Handily, there are bus services that help with 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:

1: Penzance – Sennen Cove

7: Penzance – Sheffield

21: Georgeham – Barnstaple – Bideford – Westward Ho!

21A: Ilfracombe – Barnstaple – Bideford – Appledore

34: Redruth – Helston – Mullion – The Lizard

40: Swanage – Wareham – Poole

56: Newquay – St Mawgan – Constantine Bay – Padstow

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

164: Totnes – Kingsbridge – Salcombe

217: Bude – Crimp – Hartland

219 Bude – Kilkhampton – Hartland

U4: Tremough – Helston – Penzance

13:05, 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.

13:07, 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.

13:07, 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


Alaska Bus Guy

Alaska Railroad

Alaska/Yukon Shuttle

Arizona Shuttle


Capital District Transportation Authority

Capital Transit

Central Oregon Breeze

Coach USA

Concord Coach Lines

Dalton Highway Express

Dartmouth Coach

Denali Overland Transportation Company

Estes Park Shuttle

Flattop Mountain Shuttle

Glacier Valley Transit

GO Transit

Grand Canyon Railway


Hawaiian Airlines

Helping Hands Express

Interior Alaska Bus Line

Jefferson Lines

Kennicott Shuttle

Las Vegas Monorail


Massechussetts Bay Transport Authority



Montana and North Dakota Intercity Bus Status

Mountain Line

New Jersey Transit

Newark Airport Express

New York by Rail

Northern Counties Interlocal

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


Salt Lake Express

Stage Line

Sunshine Transit

The Magic Bus

The Park Connection

Top scenic USA train routes


Trailways of New York

Trans Canyon Shuttle


West’s Transportation

13:09, 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.

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