Archive for February, 2009

March Newsletter

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Service update

My Thanks to Neil Roughton for his contribution this month

 

Couple of very unexciting bits to mention!

 

First, Amey who are now Bucks CCs Managing Agents for Education Transport, are re-tendering all school contracts in the North of the County to commence after the Easter holidays. Thus we have had 7 of our school contracts terminated. There will now be a completely new format for tendering of school contracts so we are all on a “learning curve” with this but are of course hopeful to win back at least the same number if not more contracts at the end of this exercise. Basically rather than tendering individual runs, they are now tendering a whole school’s transport in one package. Obviously I will be working harder than ever [!!!] over the next three weeks to make sure we do as well as we can under this new format. Note this does not include our local bus services which have school runs within them, such as the 16 and 17 to the Grange or Waddesdon; or the 260 and 261 to Lord Williams or the Grange.

 

 

Secondly roadworks – as probably everyone knows by now, the latest phase of the new sewer construction in Broughton has commenced so the “Sewer Shuttle” is again up and running and the 9 is operating direct along Tring Road but serving all stops. This will last about 6 weeks. In Oxford it is hoped to have the temporary lights at Gypsy Lane finished later this week which should ease congestion. However the whole road has to be resurfaced and discussions are ongoing on how to this with the minimum inconvenience – a meeting I went to last week failed to reach agreement! The work at Speedwell Street progresses to the next stage from tomorrow – we will still divert via Thames Street coming from the Rail Station but due to a different section of road now being closed, will drivers now please serve the stop in St.Aldates OPPOSITE the Police Station when requested, as a substitute for the Speedwell Street stop. Lastly we are in preliminary discussions on arrangements for the reconstruction of Oxford High Street between Turl Street and Longwell Street – this is due to commence in June of July and take 6 months!!!

Neil

 

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Roads in the centre of Aylesbury to be closed at night

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Two roads in Aylesbury town centre will be closed at night from March 9

Report courtesy of the Bucks Herald

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TWO roads in Aylesbury town centre will be closed at night for three weeks as work on the town’s transport hub nears its conclusion.

Resurfacing work on Great Western Street and Friarage Road will shortly get under way and in order to carry this work out, it will be necessary to close off the two roads.
It is anticipated that the works will commence on March 9 and they will take approximately three weeks to complete. The work will take place between 8pm and 5.30am. During the period of closure, no access will be possible on the roads during nightime but access during daytime will be possible.
The alterative route for vehicles affected by the closure of Friarage Road will be via Friarage Road, Exchange Street, Vale Park Drive, Upper Hundreds Way, New Street, Oxford Road, Friarage Road and vice versa.

New rest room for drivers

A temporary new drivers rest room has been situated in the Bus Station  , which will be use whilst our new facilities are finished

 

Stop Press

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New shoe allocation is available please fill in the forms which have been  placed in your lockers

 

Dumpy returns

Terry Dumpleton has return to work on light duties , we wish him well on his road to a full recovery

 

New Rotas

New rotas are settling down after being revamped due to our contract changes

The Aylesbury transport Hub

The final stages of the Transport Hub should be finished within about 6 weeks  to be completely open an operational by the middle of April

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Broughton shuttles

The Broughton shuttles ( route 9 diversion ) is back while the upgrading of the Sewer continues about six weeks is possible

 

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The route 2 section operating from Bus station to Bedgrove ( which will become the revamp Red route 9 service as from 23 February will be operating a revised routing ( via Tring Road serving all stops except the last one before the Bedgrove roundabout towards Bedgrove ) whilst more sewer work is undertaken for about six weeks

A half hourly service will be operated on the red mark route on the above diagram

 

New information centre opens 18th Feb 2009

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Opens 18th Feb 2009

report courtesy of the Bucks C.C. website

Aylesburys new Travel Information Centre opens

Date: 09/02/2009


On Wednesday 18th February, Aylesbury’s new Travel Information Centre opens its doors to the public. There are major changes to the Aylesbury bus network starting on the 23rd February and the new Travel Information Centre is the ideal place for travellers to find out about these changes in advance.

Conveniently situated in the town centre next to the library, it will provide Aylesbury residents with information and advice on all forms of travel.  The information centre is at the heart of Aylesbury’s new multi million pound public transport hub. Around £14M was paid for by the Community Infrastructure scheme, which is a central government fund awarded to Buckinghamshire County Council as part of the government’s growth area funding.

The Travel Information Centre has already won an award for innovation. It aims to give the public easy access to public transport information and increase awareness about what services are available and alternatives to driving.  Real-time information screens will enable passengers to see exactly when their next bus or train is coming just like on the London Underground.  A fifth screen will report on the latest road conditions.  There are two journey planners and a wide variety of printed information including bus and train timetables, maps, cycling information and much more.  The high-tech Video Wall mounted on top of the Centre will also give valuable information about Transportation and other council services.

To start, the centre will be open Mondays to Fridays during office hours.  It’ll be manned from 11am-2.30pm giving residents face-to-face customer service.  These times will be reviewed after the initial pilot phase which runs until the 1st of April.

Outside of these times the external journey planner will be available for anyone to get the latest travel information.

Deputy leader of the Council, Bill Chapple, will open the kiosk at noon on the 18 February.  Representatives from Arriva buses and Chiltern railways will be attending the launch and Buckinghamshire County Council transportation staff will be on hand to assist with residents’ queries and will be handing out great giveaways and travel information.

Cabinet member for transportation Val Letheren said ‘The Travel Information Centre will be a great asset to Aylesbury residents, whatever their preferred method of travel.  This is one of the many ways that Buckinghamshire County Council is showing our continued commitment to providing residents with up-to-date travel information to enable them to make the best travel choice for their journey.’

 

Aylesbury new town service network as from 23 Feb 2009

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Aylesbury new town service network as from 23 Feb 2009

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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Red Route 9

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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The route 2 section operating from Bus station to Bedgrove ( which will become the revamp Red route 9 service as from 23 February will be operating a revised routing ( via Tring Road serving all stops except the last one before the Bedgrove roundabout towards Bedgrove ) whilst more sewer work is undertaken for about six weeks

 

A half hourly service will be operated on the red mark route on the above diagram

New information centre opens 18th Feb 2009

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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Opens 18th Feb 2009

 

report courtesy of the Bucks C.C. website

Aylesburys new Travel Information Centre opens

Date: 09/02/2009


On Wednesday 18th February, Aylesbury’s new Travel Information Centre opens its doors to the public. There are major changes to the Aylesbury bus network starting on the 23rd February and the new Travel Information Centre is the ideal place for travellers to find out about these changes in advance.

Conveniently situated in the town centre next to the library, it will provide Aylesbury residents with information and advice on all forms of travel.  The information centre is at the heart of Aylesbury’s new multi million pound public transport hub. Around £14M was paid for by the Community Infrastructure scheme, which is a central government fund awarded to Buckinghamshire County Council as part of the government’s growth area funding.

The Travel Information Centre has already won an award for innovation. It aims to give the public easy access to public transport information and increase awareness about what services are available and alternatives to driving.  Real-time information screens will enable passengers to see exactly when their next bus or train is coming just like on the London Underground.  A fifth screen will report on the latest road conditions.  There are two journey planners and a wide variety of printed information including bus and train timetables, maps, cycling information and much more.  The high-tech Video Wall mounted on top of the Centre will also give valuable information about Transportation and other council services.

To start, the centre will be open Mondays to Fridays during office hours.  It’ll be manned from 11am-2.30pm giving residents face-to-face customer service.  These times will be reviewed after the initial pilot phase which runs until the 1st of April.

Outside of these times the external journey planner will be available for anyone to get the latest travel information.

Deputy leader of the Council, Bill Chapple, will open the kiosk at noon on the 18 February.  Representatives from Arriva buses and Chiltern railways will be attending the launch and Buckinghamshire County Council transportation staff will be on hand to assist with residents’ queries and will be handing out great giveaways and travel information.

Cabinet member for transportation Val Letheren said ‘The Travel Information Centre will be a great asset to Aylesbury residents, whatever their preferred method of travel.  This is one of the many ways that Buckinghamshire County Council is showing our continued commitment to providing residents with up-to-date travel information to enable them to make the best travel choice for their journey.’

Social club draw February 2009

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Monthly draw numbers for February 09 as follows

 

99. J GAGNON. 32. G WOOLHEAD. 53. S BRONICKI. 8. S FRENCH.55. G GRAY.

Please note some more dates for your Diaries

Date of Southend Air Show is Sunday 24th May 09, details & list on Social Board on Monday 16th February 09.

Arriva Aylesbury has a snow day

Friday, February 6th, 2009

 

Feb 5/6th Snow chaos hits the Aylesbury depot

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Snow warning

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

SNow buses

More snow  is possible for Wednesday and Thursday please drive carefully to work and while at work

February Newsletter

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

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Expect long delays on the Tring Road

Buckinghamshire County Council warns drivers that there are likely to be long delays on the A41 Tring Road in Aylesbury, from Monday 12 January and continuing for around three or four weeks.

Thames Water are carrying out flood alleviation works. They started in Broughton Avenue and Richmond Road before Christmas and are now working in Broughton Avenue and Parton Road. They need to connect to the main sewer in Tring Road, which will require 24-hour temporary lights to control the traffic.

The section of Tring Road affected by the works is short – from Parton Road to Limes Avenue, but traffic tailbacks are expected to affect a much larger area on this busy commuter route.

Drivers are requested to avoid the area if possible or seek alternative routes. Please note that Broughton Road is closed in the middle, so diverting through this area is not a great idea. Alternatives routes in and out of Aylesbury include via Bedgrove or Broughton Lane.

Uniform issue for staff

New uniform order forms are now being placed in your lockers please fill in and return A.S.A.P.

The new issue will be AVAILABLE AROUND THE END OF MAY

Routes and changes from 23 Feb 2009

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Silver rider service is renumbered to route 1 and will be operated by Z&S  international. Timetable will remain unchanged

Blue Route 2. The Broughton and Bedgrove section will be combined with Red Red 9 route to provide through journeys to Stoke Mandeville Hospital every 15 mins

Blue route 2 will continue to provide frequent service from Bus Station to Haydon Hill and Meadowcroft

Green route 4 This route is amended to pass through Hawkslade and Walton Court. combined with Red Route 9 it will provide high frequency through these areas. Buses will continue to operate to the Coppice and ELmhurst

New route 7 operated by Z&S International a new frequent service linking Southcourt Ellen Road, Hartwell to the town centre and replacing route 4 though Southcourt

Arriva route 8 is being withdrawn

Route 54 to be renumbered to to Route 50 no timetable changes

Route 66  to be renumbered to to Route 60 no timetable changes

Route 100 and 150 Line 100 will be extended to serve theatre and Food centre areas in Milton Keynes. Additional journeys on line 150 will extend to Milton Keynes, with some running direct from Heath and Reach

Route 261 timetable changes involving Prebendal farm

Arriva Buses

Arriva buses launch revamped website at Arriva buses

Fleet list updated and correct at Jan 2009

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Arriva ( Shires and Essex) Fleet list 2009

Thank you

The management of Aylesbury garage would like to thank all staff for their efforts in maintaining our services during the latest bad weather

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Well done

£2m investment for buses in Aylesbury

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A £2 million investment in new buses for Aylesbury has been unveiled by Arriva and Bucks County Council

Bus operator Arriva the Shires and Essex have invested the money in new buses for Line 280 which links Aylesbury to Oxford via Haddenham, Thame and Wheatley and Line 300 operating between Aylesbury and High Wycombe via Stoke Mandeville, Butler’s Cross, Great Kimble and Princes Risborough.
The new vehicles, six single deck buses for Line 300 and seven double deckers for Line 280 all have the latest environmentally friendly low emission engines, offer easy access for the less mobile and for parents with buggies, there’s CCTV for customer security whilst leather seating will bring a touch of class to Line 280.
Local communities and potential converts to bus travel will be able to see the new buses for themselves and pick up timetables and travel vouchers at a series of public roadshows during the week commencing February 2.
Arriva the Shires and Essex Commercial Director Brian Drury said, "We’ve worked in close partnership for a number of years with Buckinghamshire County Council and together we have improved many local services and have introduced innovative marketing which has lead to passenger growth. That passenger growth has now allowed us to re-invest in local bus services, which is why we are able to unveil these wonderful new buses".
Buckinghamshire County Council Portfolio holder for Transportation Valerie Letheren said, "The launch of these new buses is just the start of a very exciting year for public transport in Aylesbury thanks to our investment in new infrastructure including improvements to the bus station, bus stops and the new information centre, the launch of nextBus real-time information and the benefits the Aylesbury Hub and new station boulevard will bring to bus users in terms of even better service punctuality. The vehicles currently used on Line 280 and 300 will remain in Aylesbury and will be used to bring improvements to a number
of other local services".

Courtesy of the Bucks herald

January Social club Draw

J Rodgers

P Carter

G Woolhead

G Kenny

J Gibb

Social club events list for 2009

Dates for your Diaries

14th March Family night

24th May Southend Air Show

13th June Family night

19th Sept Family night

29 July Thorpe Park

23 August Bournemouth

14th November Ladies Nite

21st November Mens Nite

6th December Christmas Shopping Birmingham bullring

12th December  Christmas Dinner Dance  at Railway Club

( same Caterers as 2008 )

Goodwood Festival Revival  date to be advised

Pantomine date to be advised

( same caterers as 2008 )

New style tickets available from 15th Jan 2009

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Is this the replacement for the routemaster in London

The design from Aston Martin-Foster

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Luton guided busway given go ahead

From Houghton Regis to Luton Airport Guided busway which has been given the go-ahead.

Guided bus route in Cambridgeshire

picture courtesy of BBC website

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Luton busway details

Phase 4 of the hub Picture Gallery

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The Hub progress  in Pictures

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