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    Arriva Aylesbury Website www.arriva-shires.co.uk

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    The longest running source of information regarding the Arriva Aylesbury garage, and has been reporting News and events since 2005

    Website addresses http://arriva-shires.co.uk/ and

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    Email address ansellsweb@googlemail.com

    Check on site for weekly updates…you can submit your own News as well

    The Web Author Les Ansell.. Would like to thank all those who have contributed to making this website such a great success. and take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year

    Steve Macdonald writes for you

    Folks:

    I thought now would be a good time to reflect on the last 12 months in terms what I belief we have achieved and now what my impressions and thoughts are on the depot.

    2008 has been a reasonable year for the garage. My hopes on taking over were to gain stability and not to be in any worse a position than at the start of the year. I would like to think we are in a stable position, our staff levels are full, people do not appear to be wishing to leave us and overall we are running more reliable and carrying more people. It is my intention to write about the new vehicles in the January edition of the newsletter, so watch this space.

    Regarding reliability I am still very aware that there are issues regarding timings and running times and this of course is exaggerated by the time of year. our thoughts are simple, we will reassess the situation when the project is completed and the services are operating as intended. With the new real time information system now working, with the information generated we can obtain real information regarding reliability statistics.

    Going back to the overall position, we didn’t quite make it, we lost 2 school contracts and the Cheddington mini bus work, which was disappointing, but we have spent much of the year helping Milton Keynes garage and I wish to take this opportunity to all those who helped.

    Next year promises to be a greater challenge and we enter 2009 in the tender process for SR1 and GR4, we will keep you posted on the outcome, but needless to say that we intend on entering 2009 holding on to all contract work and continuously looking for new opportunities.

    2008 was a sad year in the sense that we lost Trevor Partlow to cancer and our thoughts are with his family during the festive period.

    We head into 2009 full of optimism, we should see the real benefits of the Passenger information system and the finished article in terms of bus priority and the ‘Hub’. The new vehicles will be operational and we continue to seek town centre rest facilities, so although 2009 is set to be a very difficult financial year I still feel they are exciting times for Aylesbury.

    So all that is left to say is THANK YOU ALL very, very much for your continued effort and hard work, please please enjoy the festive season and best wishes to you all and your loved ones.

    Steve MacDonald

    Depot Manager

    Ladies Nite out Photos

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    photos supplied by Babs Watson..Thank You

    New Bridge is named

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    The Bourg Walk continues to take shape

    AYLESBURY’S new bridge has been given its official name of Bourg Walk.

    The announcement made today, November 27, by County Councillor Val Letheren comes after months of consideration.
    Bourg Walk, named after Aylesbury’s twin town Bourg en Bresse in France, was first proposed by a young student teacher. The suggestion came after the Bucks Herald ran a story calling for readers to come up with possible names for the bridge. The paper was later inundated with requests from the public to call the bridge Bourg Walk – which in English means Town Walk.
    The bridge spans the railway linking Southcourt to the Town Centre – creating an impressive focal point and gateway for people arriving in Aylesbury. Bourg Walk forms part of Phase 4 of the Aylesbury Transport Hub and, although it will be in temporary use early in the New Year, will not be fully completed until spring 2009 when an official opening is planned.
    Greater Aylesbury Local Forum considered the proposed names for the bridge earlier this month. However, final responsibility for choosing the name from the 53 suggestions put forward fell to Val Letheren, Cabinet Member for Transportation, who said: "This was not an easy task. Discussions about naming the bridge have been going on for over six months. Both local press and radio were involved in canvassing people for their views, we have also talked to local residents’ groups, young people the district and town councils, and we have listened to everyone.
    "In the end I chose a name that had been suggested by a resident, was clearly popular with local people and also connected the bridge to Aylesbury Town."
    Other suggestions for the bridge included Boleyn Bridge, Courts Causeway and Freda Roberts Bridge – in honour of the long serving, and much loved, Liberal Democrat Councillor.
    "When I discussed this with Mrs Roberts, as one of the original founders of the Town Twinning scheme, she was supportive of the idea. I have every respect for Mrs Roberts who will certainly be an honoured guest when Bourg Walk is officially opened next spring," added Mrs Letheren.

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    Princes Risborough News

    One-way system given go ahead

    Courtesy of  Tom Pochciol Bucks Free Press

      PLANS to try out a one way system in Princes Risborough High Street were given the go ahead at a council meeting last.

      Princes Risborough Town Council voted to approve the scheme, which will be taking place in August 2009.

      During the trial period cars will only be allowed to travel from the Tesco roundabout, along Duke Street and High Street before exiting into Bell Street.

      Traffic will not be allowed to pass the other way.

      Luton Airport developments

      Enhancements to the Central Terminal Area

      London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL) will shortly commence major enhancements to the Central Terminal Area (CTA). You may view details on the .pdf plan below which sets out the proposals in full, which include improvements to the bus set down area, the main terminal roundabout, drop off zone facilities and short term car park.

      PDF file of map of works planned at Luton Airport

      Once completed, the CTA improvements, in conjunction with the opening of the East Luton Corridor (currently scheduled for completion by the end of this year), will deliver a significant improvement to the passenger experience for both arriving and departing passengers, as well as improving functionality for the wider airport community.

      Works will commence in early October and will be delivered in four discrete phases:

      • Phase 1 – early October to end November 2008 – construction of a new and enlarged drop off zone, using a section of the existing short term car park. Pedestrian improvements;
      • Phase 2 – early November to end January 2009 capacity enhancements to the terminal roundabout, including construction of a new bus-only lane;
      • Phase 3 – end January to early March 2009 – a new exit lane and barrier arrangement for short term car park, minor improvements to the bus set-down area and installation of permanent security measures; and,
      • Phase 4 – early March to end March – a new entrance lane and barrier arrangement to short term car park, minor improvements to the bus set-down area, installation of permanent security measures and erection of access control barriers outside Hangar 89/Navigation House and the undercroft access road.

      As you can appreciate, delivering a project of this size and complexity represents a major operational challenge. LLAOL will of course endeavour to minimise the operational impact during the course of these works, but it is likely that some localised congestion will be experienced during certain phases of the project.

      In conjunction with the physical improvements, LLAOL will be implementing new procedures to ensure that the CTA operates safely, securely and efficiently. These protocols will be communicated via airport advice notices, and where necessary, the airport community will be involved in developing these new ways of working.

      Throughout the project, LLAOL will provide regular updates to the airport community about progress. I am sure we can also rely on your support to ensure these works are effectively communicated to your customers, supply chain/visitors and employees, who will all need to allow additional time when coming to the airport.

       

      New Citaros arrive at Aylesbury

      New Enviro’s 400 also have arrived at the Aylesbury depot

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      Whats on

      Xmas Dinner and Dance  should be one of the best…with a bumper turn out by staff wishing to attend

      Pantomime Jan 2009

      Mens nite out  Jan 10th Oxford Dogs with meal

      Work related 

      13 Dec Buckingham Xmas parade 1030-1230 usual Chandos Road terminus instead of Buckingham bus station

      For Information updates

      Why not visit Martin’s info point

      For all Road works and Events concerning Work please keep an eye on Martin’s information screen situated in the driver rest facilities in the Depot

       

       

      Whats on in Aylesbury this month

      Christmas Craft and Gift Market

      7th December 2008
      More information to follow. The event will be held in Market… click here

      Lantern Procession

      7th December 2008
      Procession and Mayoral party leaves the Town Council offices… click here

      Music at Lunchtimes, St. Mary’s Church

      11th December 2008
      Vashti Hunter, cello, and Jocelyn Freeman, piano. A superb&n… click here

      CarolFest

      18th December 2008
      Traditional Carol Singing in the Market Square with the Ayle… click here

      Victorian Ice Spectacular, Kingsbury

      20th December 2008
      Festive skating in Kingsbury on both Saturday 20th and Sunda… click here

      Victorian Ice Spectacular, Kingsbury

      21st December 2008
      Festive skating in Kingsbury on both Saturday 20th and Sunda… click here

      Christmas Farmers Market and Entertainment

      23rd December 2008
      Our usual Farmers’ Market selling quality, fresh, local … click here

      Thats all

      Enjoy the festival season…but watch your drinking if you have to work the next morning

      Les Ansell

    • December 4, 2008 /  Uncategorized

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      The Bourg Walk continues to take shape

      AYLESBURY’S new bridge has been given its official name of Bourg Walk.

      The announcement made today, November 27, by County Councillor Val Letheren comes after months of consideration.
      Bourg Walk, named after Aylesbury’s twin town Bourg en Bresse in France, was first proposed by a young student teacher. The suggestion came after the Bucks Herald ran a story calling for readers to come up with possible names for the bridge. The paper was later inundated with requests from the public to call the bridge Bourg Walk – which in English means Town Walk.
      The bridge spans the railway linking Southcourt to the Town Centre – creating an impressive focal point and gateway for people arriving in Aylesbury. Bourg Walk forms part of Phase 4 of the Aylesbury Transport Hub and, although it will be in temporary use early in the New Year, will not be fully completed until spring 2009 when an official opening is planned.
      Greater Aylesbury Local Forum considered the proposed names for the bridge earlier this month. However, final responsibility for choosing the name from the 53 suggestions put forward fell to Val Letheren, Cabinet Member for Transportation, who said: "This was not an easy task. Discussions about naming the bridge have been going on for over six months. Both local press and radio were involved in canvassing people for their views, we have also talked to local residents’ groups, young people the district and town councils, and we have listened to everyone.
      "In the end I chose a name that had been suggested by a resident, was clearly popular with local people and also connected the bridge to Aylesbury Town."
      Other suggestions for the bridge included Boleyn Bridge, Courts Causeway and Freda Roberts Bridge – in honour of the long serving, and much loved, Liberal Democrat Councillor.
      "When I discussed this with Mrs Roberts, as one of the original founders of the Town Twinning scheme, she was supportive of the idea. I have every respect for Mrs Roberts who will certainly be an honoured guest when Bourg Walk is officially opened next spring," added Mrs Letheren.

      Click on thumbnail to view imageCourtesy of the Bucks Herald