January 24th, 2012
ARRIVA the SHIRES: AYLESBURY GARAGE – DRIVER NOTES
A BRIEF OUTLINE OF THE MAIN CHANGES TO SERVICES AT AYLESBURY
From Sunday 5th February
Service 4: the frequency is reduced from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes [reduced from 18/20 to 22/24 in peaks] but the route is extended via service 9 to and from Stoke Mandeville Hospital, New Wing. This means that from Church Square through to Stoke Hospital, both the 4 and the 9 will follow the same route and observe the same bus stops as each other, i.e. as the 9 does now. There will now be a couple more minutes to do a round trip.
Service 9: frequency reduced from every 15 to every 20 minutes off peak [in peaks reduced from every 18/20 to every 22/24 minutes] but the routeing will remain unchanged and there will be 5 minutes more to do a round trip.
Service 16: a major revamp of the route and the timetable by Bucks CC, but the contract re-awarded to us, with a withdrawal between Marsh Gibbon and Bicester; and a reduced timetable but now to a more regular pattern giving an hourly service between Aylesbury and Waddesdon with most journeys extended to Steeple Claydon and every other journey to Marsh Gibbon. Many journeys run via Quainton but only one return trip diverts to Westcott. Routeings west of Grendon Underwood are still varied! Saturday service is two-hourly to the same basis. All journeys west of Quainton will be operated by the Bicester/Steeple rota.
Service 17: withdrawn without replacement
Service 18: contract re-awarded to Langston & Tasker, still between Bicester and Buckingham but with peak journeys to and from Aylesbury. Saturday service withdrawn.
Service 55: the service has already been extended “unofficially” from Amersham Hospital to Chesham Broadway but will become a normal service and journeys will be operated by duties on the Main, Steeple and Trainer rotas. Route learning to eb arranged!
Service 60: the afternoon journey that runs on schooldays only from Buckingham School to Aylesbury will be withdrawn. To replace this, a normal return service trip has amended times to transport the schoolchildren and will be done by the night rtoa drivers.
Services 100 and 150: revised routeing in Milton Keynes. Coming off the main A5 as now into Portway and right at the bus only turn into Elder Gate. Coming past the station, turn left into Midsummer Boulevard [immediately before the Bus Station] and across at the roundabout, observing stop X3 outside Chiuquto, which will be the new stop for the Rail Station [note that until about March 8th we will still be using the temporary stop opposite the Station in Elder Gate]. At this point, destination display should be changed to the service number for the return journey and to show Aylesbury.
Then continue along Midsummer Boulevard to the second set of lights and turn right into Saxon Gate, then left into Avebury Boulevard and as now to the main Shops stop. On leaving the Shops, turn left at the lights into Secklow Gate, then left again at the next lights into Silbury Boulevard and keep going straight ahead until the roundabout with Grafton Gate, turn right here and then left at the next roundabout onto Portway and then back onto the A5. Thus we no longer serve the Food Centre area.
A map is available.
Service 280; more running time on most peak journeys in at least one direction. Off peak and weekends unchanged.
Service 300: on Monday to Friday increased frequency from every 20 minutes to every 15 minutes [17 to 20 minutes in the peaks] with more peak running time on many journeys. Apart from two morning peak journeys into Aylesbury and two evening peak journeys out of Aylesbury, all journeys on Monday to Saturday are withdrawn from Ellesborough and Butlers Cross, and will now run via the “main road”, i.e. past Little Kimble Station to make them more direct and reliable. Check dutyboard on peak journeys to see if you operate via BUTLERS CROSS [now in capitals on dutyboard!].
Service 613: This service on reaching the St.Mary’s School roundabout in Fairford Leys will now double back along Coldharbour Way and along Oxford Road and Whitehill to the Royal bucks hospital then into Bicester Road and as service 16 to Waddesdon School. Reverse of this routeing in the afternoon.
New timetables have now arrived for the 2, 4, 4/9, 9, 16, 50, 60, 61, 100/150, 280 & 300. The 55 and 500 should not be far away.