• May 12, 2010 /  Uncategorized

     

    I thank Bob Rutland for this rare glimpse in the past of Aylesbury’s Buses and Staff

     

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    Can you name them we think it is Stan ? , Thomas  Rutland and  Stan Frost

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    Can you name any from this picture

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    Can you name any from this picture

  • May 10, 2010 /  Uncategorized

     

     

    Due to road resurfacing in Chalkshire Road, service 300 will be unable to serve Butlers cross and Ellesborough areas all day on Friday 14th May.

    Between Terrick Crossroads and Great Kimble, buses will run via the A4010 and Little Kimble Station.

  • May 10, 2010 /  Uncategorized

     

    On Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th May, Tring Road in Dunstable will be closed west of the junction with Whipsnade Road for road resurfacing.

    Thus on Saturday 15th May, service 61 will be required to divert.

    Buses from Aylesbury on reaching the Travellers Rest roundabout should proceed straight ahead, then turn right at the next roundabout, about a mile further on, into Dagnall Road, The take the next left signposted for Whipsnade, up the steep hill and past the Zoo [look out for the penguins, wallabies and American Bison!]. Carry on through Whipsnade until reaching a roundabout. Turn left at this roundabout and carry on over Dunstable Downs for about two miles. At the next roundabout turn right and back onto the normal route.

    Buses from Luton proceed as usual along West Street in Dunstable, turning left at the second mini-roundabout after the Cemetery, into Whipsnade Road. Carry on over Dunstable Downs for about two miles until reaching a roundabout – turn right at the roundabout and through Whipsnade, past the Zoo and down the steep hill. At the bottom turn right and then left at the roundabout. Carry straight on over the next roundabouts at the Travellers Rest and back on normal route. Driver should make sure they wait time at Ivinghoe if required.

    Therefore through buses on service 61 will not serve Edlesborough, Eaton Bray or Totternhoe. Bedfordshire Central council have agreed to pay for a special bus to  perform a service for these villages  through to Dunstable from 0800 until 1800 – on an hourly basis with one two hour gap for a meal break. The timetable is attached. Note it operates in a one-way loop picking up towards Dunstable as normal [except at Totternhoe Church end it will need to pick up in Church Road at the junction with Castle Hill Road] but the dropping off in the order it picks up, i.e. Edlesborough first with Totternhoe last.

    Note that from these villages there is no service towards Aylesbury except by changing at Dunstable.

  • May 10, 2010 /  Uncategorized

     

    On Monday 17th May and Tuesday 18th May, Coombe Lane, between Hughenden Valley and Naphill will be closed during the middle of the day for road resurfacing.

    Service 300 during these times will be unable to serve the section of route after High Wycombe Bus Station through to Walters Ash, Bradenham Woods.

    From High Wycombe – all departures from 0913 until 1640 to divert

    From Aylesbury -  all departures from 0849 until 1620 to divert

    Diversion coming from Aylesbury is normal route through to Walters Ash then right into Bradenham Woods Lane, left at the bottom onto the A4010; bear left at the mini roundabout in West Wycombe onto the A40 and straight on into High Wycombe Town Centre, turning right at the bus only right turn from Oxford Road into Bridge Street and the Bus Station.

    Diversion from High Wycombe – turn right out of Bus station, then left into A40 Oxford Road – carry straight on until reaching mini-roundabout at West Wycombe Pedestal – here bear right onto the A4010. Carry straight on for about two miles and turn right into Bradenham Woods Lane, immediately after Red Lion pub [if it is still called that!]. At top of this road turn left and back onto normal route in Walters Ash.

  • May 10, 2010 /  Uncategorized

     

    On Sunday 16th May, Oxford High Street and Magdalen Bridge will be closed between 0830 until 1230 due to a charity fun run.

    Buses on service 280 – 0820 ex Thame; 0830, 0930, 1030 ex Aylesbury and 0910, 1000, 1100, 1200 ex Oxford will thus need to divert.

    Towards Oxford: normal route to The Plain roundabout then 2nd exit into Iffley Road, then right into Donnington Bridge Road, straight ahead into Weirs Lane, right into Abingdon Road and left into Speedwell Street and normal route.

    From Oxford Rail Station – normal route to New Road, the right into Castle Street, follow road through into Old Greyfriars Street and into Speedwell Street, right into Abingdon Road, left into Weirs Lane, ahead Donnington Bridge Road, left into Iffley Road to the Plain roundabout and then right into St Clements and normal route.

  • May 5, 2010 /  Uncategorized

    Arriva services in Blue

    Others in Red

    Bay 1

    Route 16-17  Quainton –Westcott – Claydon – Bicester

    Bay 2

    Route 61-61A Luton

    Route 500 Watford

    Bay 3

    Route 7- Buckingham Park

    Route 153-154-161

    Route 111-112

    Bay 4

    Walton Court Route 4

    Route 9 Stoke Mandeville hospital

    Bay 5

    Route 9 Bedgrove

    Bay 6

    Water Rider

    Route 7 – Lavric Road

    Bay 7

    Route 300 High Wycombe

    Route 321

    Route 60 Buckingham ( Sunday Only)

    Route 165

    Bay 8

    Route 50 Halton Camp

    Route 110 Thame – Worminghall

    Bay 9

    Silver rider

    Bay 10

    Route 60 Buckingham

    Route 51

    Route 164

    Bay 11

    Route 100 Milton Keynes

    Route 150 Milton Keynes

    Route 280 Oxford

    All tunnel services remain the same

    G1

    Service 2 Haydon Hill – Quarrendon

    Route 3

    G2

    Route 4 Coppice

    Route 5

  • May 4, 2010 /  Uncategorized

     

    5435

    All,

    After many months, the road re-construction in Oxford High Street is now complete.

    Therefore from first bus on Wednesday morning, 5th May, service 280 towards Aylesbury, will resume serving stop L1 in the High Street, adjacent to the turning with Turl Street and the temporary stop in Bonn Square will be removed.

  • May 2, 2010 /  Uncategorized

     

    Eco-friendly driving

    Starting at Aylesbury depot Mid May 2010
    Courtesy of Arriva PLC
    Eco-friendly driving gets green light to save fuel on Arriva buses

    Arriva learn Index

    An image of the EcoManager LED display

    Arriva has given the green light to fuel-saving technology which, together with changes in driving technique, will help cut exhaust emissions from its UK bus fleet.

    The company confirmed that all new buses delivered in 2009 will be fitted with EcoManager, a system developed by Arriva over the past two years together with technology supplier 21st Century, a subsidiary of TG21 plc.  A further 1,800 buses are having the equipment retrofitted this year.

    Driver training and adoption of eco-driving techniques are central to delivering the improvements in fuel consumption that the technology supports.

    Arriva has developed a training programme in tandem with trials and development of the system which began at Arriva’s bus depot in Runcorn, Cheshire, in 2007.  Training for new drivers includes advice on eco-driving techniques, avoiding harsh acceleration or braking whenever possible and improved anticipation of changes in road or traffic conditions to ensure optimum fuel efficiency.

    A dashboard-mounted LED display runs from green through amber to red depending on the level of fuel consumption.  With improved awareness drivers can maximise the amount of time their bus runs in the green and save fuel.

    Training begins with a video presentation and a coaching session for drivers to become familiar with the system.  Drivers get a monthly printout showing their performance compared to both the depot average and the best performing driver.  Individual follow-up training is available to support those who need it.

    During 2008 the trial in north west England was widened to 500 buses, and results indicated an overall fuel saving of up to12 per cent.  Based on this experience, and an assumption of fuel economy improvements of five to 10 per cent in normal operating conditions, Arriva has committed to roll-out the system and training more widely across its UK regional bus operations.

    For fleet management, the system’s ‘black box’ produces detailed reports enabling comparison between different vehicles on the same route, different driving styles in the same vehicle and a particular vehicle type’s performance on different routes.
    Passenger research also points to improved customer satisfaction as a result of smoother acceleration and braking.

    Arriva UK Bus managing director Mike Cooper said: “It’s vitally important to conserve fuel as much as possible so we can deliver value-for-money local services and for the environmental benefits it brings.

    “The key to the success of this programme is our people taking on a new way of thinking, and driving.  The technology alone can’t make the difference that the people can, so it’s great to see our drivers have taken to the challenge and are easing off the gas.

    “Giving the green light to the EcoManager roll-out should see the system installed in more than 40 per cent of our regional fleet by the end of the year – with each of those buses reducing its emissions by up to 10 per cent.”

    Peter Ward, Chairman of TG21 plc, 21st Century’s parent company said: "We are extremely proud of what 21st Century and Arriva have achieved with the EcoManager product to date and are looking forward to building on this successful partnership through a wider roll-out."

    In 2008 Arriva set itself a challenge of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions footprint by 15 per cent, like-for-like, from the 2006 level by 2012.

  • April 30, 2010 /  Uncategorized

    Aylesbury bus changes

     

    All services are subject to change without notice

    Updated Friday 30th April 1445

    SATURDAY MAY 1st 2010 – Bus Services in Aylesbury

    Due to events taking place in Aylesbury, access to a number of roads in the Town Centre will be restricted at various times throughout the day affecting bus services. To ensure passengers know where to catch their bus, the following changes will be in place all day.
    PLEASE NOTE THE BUS STATION AND STOPS AROUND THE HUB AND RAIL STATION WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY DUE TO THESE CHANGES.

    ARRIVA:

    Service 4  suspended all day.
    Service 2  will operate from Haydon Hill to Stoke Mandeville Hospital , but via Gatehouse Rd. The Pick up/set down point for the town centre to Haydon Hill will be Gatehouse Rd at Big Hand Mo’s roundabout.

    Service 9 will be split but, as above, there will be a linked service between Haydon Hill and Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

    a. Service 9 to Stoke Mandeville Hospital will load at the TA centre on the Oxford Rd.

    b. Service 9 to and from Bedgrove will operate a 30 minute shuttle service. Until 1200, Pick up/set down will be Exchange Street, after 1200 will be Tesco’s Tring Rd.

    Service 16  will operate via Gatehouse Rd and pick up/set down at Big Hand Mo’s.
    Service 60  will operate via Weedon Rd, Gatehouse Rd and pick up/set down at Big Hand Mo’s.
    Service 280  pick up/set down from the TA centre on the Oxford Road ALL DAY.
    Service 500  pick up/set down will be Tesco’s Tring Rd.
    Service 61  pick up/set down will be Tesco’s Tring Rd.

    Service 50  pick up/set down at the Gyratory.
    Service 300  pick up/set down at the Gyratory.

    Service 100/ 150 pick up/set down from The Weavers public house Bierton Rd/ Cambridge St.

    RED ROSE:

    Evening 501 and 61A will start from Tescos, Tring Road

    REDLINE BUSES:

    Water Rider  pick up/set down in White Hill

    Service 164   pick up/set down from Tesco Tring Road

    RED KITE:

    Service 164   will pick up/set down from Tesco Tring Road

    Z&S BUSES:

    Silver Rider will pick up/set down from the TA Centre on Oxford Road

    Service 165 will pick up/set down at the TA centre Oxford Road and will not be serving Stoke Mandeville. Tickets to/from Stoke Mandeville Hospital will be accepted on Arriva 9 to/from the TA centre

    Service 7 service will split in two –a. Lavric Road to TA Centre on Oxford Road b. Buckingham Park to White Hill

    STAR TRAVEL

    Service 3 suspended ALL DAY

    Service 5 suspended ALL DAY

    Please note, these plans may need to change at short notice with additional diversions and cancellations

    Due to an event taking place in Aylesbury on Saturday 1st May, some bus services have been changed.

    Any additional information will be posted here or you can follow Transport for Buckinghamshire on Twitter @tfbalerts  for all the very latest.

  • April 30, 2010 /  Uncategorized

     

    Where to catch your bus

    subject to change without notice

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