Archive for March, 2010


Wednesday, March 31st, 2010



From Tuesday 6th April to Monday 12th April, part of Quainton Road in Waddesdon will be closed for “sewer connection to a demarcation chamber”.

Therefore service 16 journeys that serve Quainton will need to divert via Waddesdon High Street and A41 and then turn right into Station Road and ahead at the crossroads by the Railway Centre, returning by the same diversion in the reverse direction.

Thus bus stops in Quainton Road will be unserved for the duration.

Five for a Fiver is Back

Monday, March 29th, 2010



Unite the Union proposals for new working times

Sunday, March 28th, 2010


UK bus driver working times need to be cut on safety grounds


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25th March 2010

Unite, the largest union in the country, has launched a campaign to shave at least an hour off the driving time of the UK’s bus drivers on grounds of safety, and with no loss of pay.

100,000 Unite members are being mobilised around a Bus workers’ Charter that puts similar demands for improvements to working conditions for all workers in the sector, including ancillary staff, such as maintenance and clerical staff, and even tram workers.

Unite’s campaign is mainly aimed at bringing bus drivers into line with the rest of the European Union (EU). Ironically, UK coach and road haulage drivers currently enjoy the protection of the EU regulations.

Unite wants this anomaly ironed out and has written to Simon Posner, chief executive of the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) UK, the trade association for the industry, for talks on this issue. The CPT has responded that it will not negotiate, putting the ball back in the union’s court.

A major campaign to involve union members in winning support amongst the public is to ensue and even a national ballot across the industry to determine how Unite’s members want to act has not been ruled out.

Unite’s national organiser for the transport sector, Graham Stevenson, said: ”British bus drivers are presently driving longer than their European counterparts. This is wrong on grounds of safety because the deepening congestion on Britain’s roads makes their job increasingly stressful and hazardous.“

The British Driving Hours Regulations currently provide for bus drivers to work for up to five and a half hours without any breaks, and up to 16 hours in a whole day. To conform to the spirit of EU regulations, Unite wants:

  • a maximum single piece of driving duty not to exceed four and a half hours
  • a maximum length of driving time of no more than eight hours in one day 
  • a maximum of ten hours total working time in any one day.

The union acknowledges that employers will argue that the cost to introduce such reforms will be expensive.

But Graham Stevenson argues: ”You can’t put a financial price on the safety of drivers and the millions of passengers they carry throughout the year – the most precious cargo of all. In any case, if all operators apply the same decent rules, this will cost all of them equally – and shorter driving spells will inhibit a race to the bottom, which has finally got so bad as to force our members to say enough is enough.”

Tring – Road closure

Friday, March 26th, 2010


Road Closure, Tring

We are advised that Tring High Street is to be closed from 0930 on Monday 29th March until further notice for resurfacing. Closure should only be for a few days. The closure is between Frogmore Street and Church Yard.

Service 61, is diverted from Tring Ford Road via Icknield Way, and Christchurch Road to Western Road and normal route.

Service 500,  is diverted from London Road via Brook Street, Wingrave Road, Icknield Way and Christchurch Road to Western Road and normal route.

Some delays are likely, although the closure is scheduled to start after the morning peak period.

Oxford High Street stop revised due to Roadwork’s

Thursday, March 25th, 2010



I am sorry for the short notice, but during the switch over of phases on the High Street roadwork’s today, it has become apparent to us that stop L1 cannot be reopened as planned without having a severe impact on the traffic in the High Street.


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Red pin shows temp stop

Therefore we need to postpone the reopening until the end of the works in this area which is scheduled to be the 6th May 2010.

Therefore can you revert back to the following stops please.

280 & U1 – Use Bonn Square temporary arrangement.

Oxford roadwork’s update

Monday, March 22nd, 2010


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From first bus, Friday 26th March, the section of High street re-construction between Turl Street and Oriel Street will be completed and the bus stops at Carfax will re-open meaning service 280 can return to normal, including stopping at High street stop L1, adjacent to Turl street, to pick up. The last section of High Street re-construction will then begin – the section between Oriel Street and Old bank Hotel will the begin, again single line working controlled by temporary traffic lights and this will last until 6th May, but the 280 stops will not be affected.

All change in MK

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Bus services in Milton Keynes 2010

                                                                                                                                                 Arriva/MK Metro are currently carrying out a review of their commercial local bus services in Milton Keynes.

The review is intended to provide a more effective bus network for the city   Arriva’s main objectives are

  • To improve the frequency on some core routes
  • Standardise the routes on evening and weekend journeys to match the daytime journeys
  • Offer an improved provision of service on Sundays
  • Improve the connections with the rail station before 08.00 and after 18.00
  • Offer an improved frequency on buses between CMK and Central rail station aiming to have a bus every 2-3 minutes.

Arriva/MK Metro and Platinum MK bus for contentMilton Keynes Council are working together on MK Star project because of the potential impact on the services that MKC subsidise.

It is intended that the new network will be implemented during April 2010.

Any enquiries at this stage should be directed to Arriva Customer Services on 0844 800 4411.

More detailed information will be available in early February.


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Union Branch at Arriva Aylesbury now has blog

Thursday, March 11th, 2010


Unite Branch 450 Arriva Aylesbury  Facebook link


 Union Branch at Arriva Aylesbury  blog link

New union blog now available

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010


Trade Union Corner

Branch chairman Trevor Dixon

Branch Secretary Les Ansell

Trade Union corner has now been replaced by Arriva Aylesbury Union Branch Blog

click here to visit New Union Blog

Luton Busway Plans

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010


Home · Transport and streets · Transport planning · Luton Dunstable Busway

Where will the Busway go?

Translink parkway

The Busway will travel between Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis in both directions.

Map of route below, click on image to enlarge.

The main part of the Busway network will be the specially constructed guideway from Houghton Regis to Dunstable and Luton town centres and then will travel on roads to London Luton Airport, via Luton Airport Parkway Station.

Future extensions
Once the first phase of the Busway is up and running, we will carefully monitor the service to ensure that it meets the travel needs of local people. We will then consider other services.

Whilst an extension of the guideway to Leighton Buzzard is unlikely because some sections of the old railway line which ran on from Dunstable to Leighton Buzzard have been built over, existing express bus services to Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes will be able to use the Busway within Luton and Dunstable.

Much of the ability to deliver the new growth area (43,000 new houses and 26,000 new jobs) is based on the provision of the Busway. Major developments proposed as part of the emerging Core Strategy for the Luton and South Bedfordshire Growth Area can be served by public transport through potential extensions to the Busway infrastructure.


Contact Information

Luton Dunstable Busway team

Luton Borough Council, Town Hall, George Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2BQ
Tel: 01582 54 72 94
Fax: 01582 54 64 53
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