February 28th, 2009
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!!!
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Roads in the centre of Aylesbury to be closed at night
Two roads in Aylesbury town centre will be closed at night from March 9
Report courtesy of the Bucks Herald
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
New shoe allocation is available please fill in the forms which have been placed in your lockers
Terry Dumpleton has return to work on light duties , we wish him well on his road to a full recovery
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
The Broughton shuttles ( route 9 diversion ) is back while the upgrading of the Sewer continues about six weeks is possible
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
Opens 18th Feb 2009
report courtesy of the Bucks C.C. website
Aylesburys new Travel Information Centre opens
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.’
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