• April 29, 2010 /  Uncategorized

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    Protests planned for Aylesbury town centre – Saturday 1 May

    Date Published: 29/04/10

    Advice for town centre businesses and residents who live in the town, or who are planning to visit the town on the day

    English Defence League protesters are expected to arrive in Aylesbury from noon on Saturday, mainly by train and coach. They will be escorted by police first to a ‘muster’ area and then on to Aylesbury Market Square. The protest is expected to run from around 2.30pm until 4.30pm, when the protestors will be escorted back to their coaches and trains. The town should be mainly cleared by around 7pm, although any of these times could be subject to change.
    Many shops will be open for at least the morning but some are choosing to close for the whole day. Spectators are urged to stay away during the protest. Pubs, bars and restaurants are expected to open as usual on the evening of 1 May.
    AVDC, Thames Valley Police and other partners are working together to make sure that the planned protest – and any counter-protests – are well managed and peaceful. Plans are in place to minimise the disruption and make sure the town remains accessible throughout the day.
    However, details of the event, and any other event planned by different groups for the same day, are subject to change. Town centre businesses, as well as residents who live in the town, or who are planning to visit the town, are advised to be flexible around their planning for Saturday.

    Road closures/traffic disruption
    • Market Square will be closed to vehicle access from 7am onwards but there will still be pedestrian access.
    • Walton Street will be closed to vehicles travelling from the gyratory/Magistrates’ Court towards the town centre from 7am.
    • Although the exact time is unknown, at some point in the morning the inner ring road between the Exchange Street roundabout (junction of Walton Street and Exchange Street) and the Hen and Chickens/Big Hand Mo’s roundabout (junction of Oxford Road A418 and Gatehouse Road) will be closed.
    • There will be vehicle access to the town centre but motorists are advised that there may be congestion and motorists are advised to follow diversions. Delays are expected on all town centre roads. If possible, they should be avoided.
    Thames Valley Police will review the road closures on an ongoing basis and restrictions will be lifted when safe to do so. This is expected to be some time in the early evening, however this is subject to change and residents are advised to monitor the Thames Valley Police website and local radio for updates.

    Travel information
    • Aylesbury railway station will be open as normal.
    • Aylesbury bus station will be closed from 7am, with services starting and finishing further out. Bus travel details are available from www.transportoncall.co.uk.
    • Taxis and private hire vehicles will not operate from 6am on Saturday 1 May until 6am on Sunday 2 May.

    Sources of information
    Both residents and businesses are advised to be flexible around their planning for Saturday, as details of the event (and any other event planned by different groups for the same day) are subject to change.
    Town centre businesses and residents who either live in the town, or who are planning to visit the town on that day, are advised to refer to the following sources of information for further updates:
    • listen for updates on Mix 96
    • follow the police twitter page – twitter.com/TVP _Aylesbury
    • check the police website www.thamesvalley.police.uk (see link below)
    • call the police non-emergency number 0845 8 505 505, which will have extra staff manning the phones.

    Statement by AVDC and Aylesbury Town Council:
    Aylesbury Vale District Council and Aylesbury Town Council are united in opposing the proposed English Defence League (EDL) visit to Aylesbury town centre. We have a clear message to send out to the EDL and its supporters:
    1. We didn’t invite the EDL to our town and we are disappointed that they have chosen to come here.
    2. We urge communities in Aylesbury and the Vale to ignore the protest, to stay away from the event and not to be provoked. We want to allow the police to manage the gathering.
    3. We are aware of the level of violence and disruption associated with recent EDL events in Birmingham, Stoke and other places where the Unite Against Fascism have also held counter activities. We are very concerned at the distress the planned protests may cause to members of the public and the economic damage it may cause to local businesses in our town.
    4. We are proud that the communities in Aylesbury work together to create a harmonious and peaceful town and we do not want any group or individual trying to jeopardise that.
    5. We do not have the power to ban the protest. Neither do the police. We are working closely with the police to do all that we can to protect and support local people, our businesses and Aylesbury town centre.
    The links below take you to a range of ‘Frequently Asked Questions and Answers’ for residents and businesses based on the information currently available.

    Recommended external websites

    *N.B External links are selected and reviewed when the current page is published. However, the AVDC is not responsible for the content of external websites.

    Thames Valley Police news

    http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/new…

  • April 29, 2010 /  Uncategorized

     

    Courtesy of Thames valley police

    Road access restrictions due to 1 May protest – Aylesbury

    Thursday 29 April 2010, 12:18pm

    Due to the protest planned in Aylesbury town centre on Saturday, Thames Valley Police is putting in place a number of emergency road access restrictions.

    Supt Richard List, Aylesbury’s police commander, said: “Saturday will see unprecedented events in the town centre. We have been working very closely with the local authorities over the past weeks and advise you to monitor the Thames Valley Police and Aylesbury Vale District Council websites for updates.”

    Details of the access restrictions are:

    • Market Square will be closed to vehicle access from 7am onwards but there will still be pedestrian access.
    • Walton Street will be closed to vehicles travelling from the gyratory/ Magistrates’ Court towards the town centre from 7am.
    • Although the exact time is unknown, at some point in the morning the inner ring road between the Exchange Street roundabout (junction of Walton Street and Exchange Street) and the Hen and Chicken/ Big Hand Mo’s roundabout (junction of Oxford Road A418 and Gatehouse Road) will be closed
    • There will be vehicle access to the town centre but congestion is anticipated and motorists are advised to follow diversions. Delays are expected on all town centre roads. If possible, they should be avoided.
    • Thames Valley Police will review access issues on an ongoing basis and restrictions will be lifted when safe to do so. This is expected to be at some time in the early evening, however this is subject to change and residents are advised to monitor the Thames Valley Police website and local radio for updates.
    • View protest updates on Twitter (opens new window).

    Buckinghamshire Communications Team
    (01296) 396001

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    On police advice. Further road closures might be required on Saturday May 1st 2010

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  • April 28, 2010 /  Uncategorized

     

     

    Leighton Buzzard High Street will be closed for a May Fare on Sunday 2nd May and PH Monday 3rd May thus service 150 will run via West Street instead. Buses on service 150 on both days will serve temporary stops by the British legion in West Street instead of the High Street.

    Oxford – note that the normal road closures due to may day should not affect the 280 this year as being a Saturday we have a later start and all roads should be re-opened by 7 am – in time for the first 280 to reach Oxford City Centre.

  • April 28, 2010 /  Uncategorized

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  • April 27, 2010 /  Uncategorized

     

    Starting at Aylesbury depot Mid May 2010

    Courtesy of Arriva PLC

    Eco-friendly driving gets green light to save fuel on Arriva buses

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    An image of the EcoManager LED display

    Arriva has given the green light to fuel-saving technology which, together with changes in driving technique, will help cut exhaust emissions from its UK bus fleet.

    The company confirmed that all new buses delivered in 2009 will be fitted with EcoManager, a system developed by Arriva over the past two years together with technology supplier 21st Century, a subsidiary of TG21 plc.  A further 1,800 buses are having the equipment retrofitted this year.

    Driver training and adoption of eco-driving techniques are central to delivering the improvements in fuel consumption that the technology supports.

    Arriva has developed a training programme in tandem with trials and development of the system which began at Arriva’s bus depot in Runcorn, Cheshire, in 2007.  Training for new drivers includes advice on eco-driving techniques, avoiding harsh acceleration or braking whenever possible and improved anticipation of changes in road or traffic conditions to ensure optimum fuel efficiency.

    A dashboard-mounted LED display runs from green through amber to red depending on the level of fuel consumption.  With improved awareness drivers can maximise the amount of time their bus runs in the green and save fuel.

    Training begins with a video presentation and a coaching session for drivers to become familiar with the system.  Drivers get a monthly printout showing their performance compared to both the depot average and the best performing driver.  Individual follow-up training is available to support those who need it.

    During 2008 the trial in north west England was widened to 500 buses, and results indicated an overall fuel saving of up to12 per cent.  Based on this experience, and an assumption of fuel economy improvements of five to 10 per cent in normal operating conditions, Arriva has committed to roll-out the system and training more widely across its UK regional bus operations.

    For fleet management, the system’s ‘black box’ produces detailed reports enabling comparison between different vehicles on the same route, different driving styles in the same vehicle and a particular vehicle type’s performance on different routes.
    Passenger research also points to improved customer satisfaction as a result of smoother acceleration and braking.

    Arriva UK Bus managing director Mike Cooper said: “It’s vitally important to conserve fuel as much as possible so we can deliver value-for-money local services and for the environmental benefits it brings.

    “The key to the success of this programme is our people taking on a new way of thinking, and driving.  The technology alone can’t make the difference that the people can, so it’s great to see our drivers have taken to the challenge and are easing off the gas.

    “Giving the green light to the EcoManager roll-out should see the system installed in more than 40 per cent of our regional fleet by the end of the year – with each of those buses reducing its emissions by up to 10 per cent.”

    Peter Ward, Chairman of TG21 plc, 21st Century’s parent company said: "We are extremely proud of what 21st Century and Arriva have achieved with the EcoManager product to date and are looking forward to building on this successful partnership through a wider roll-out."

    In 2008 Arriva set itself a challenge of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions footprint by 15 per cent, like-for-like, from the 2006 level by 2012.

  • April 26, 2010 /  Uncategorized

     

     

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  • April 24, 2010 /  Uncategorized

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    May changes

    Bus

    3rd May 2010

    51 – On a Mission 
    Aylesbury – Prebendal Farm – Southcourt – Stoke Mandeville Hospital 
    New service calling every 30 minutes Monday to Friday.

    10th May 2010

    Silverrider 1 – Z & S International 
    Aylesbury – Fairford Leys 
    This service which is currently contracted to Buckinghamshire County Council will be become a commercially run service by Z & S International. The route, timetable and fares will remain the same.

    Greenroute 4 – Arriva the Shires 
    The Coppice – Aylesbury – Walton Court 
    Timing changes to late afternoon and evening journeys.

    Redroute 9 – Arriva the Shires 
    Bedgrove – Aylesbury – Stoke Mandeville Hospital 
    Timing changes. This service will no longer call at Station Boulevard from the Hospital.

    Line 60  – Arriva the Shires 
    Aylesbury – Winslow – Buckingham 
    Minor timing changes throughout Monday to Saturday.

    61 – Arriva the Shires 
    Aylesbury – Tring – Dunstable – Luton 
    Minor timing changes throughout Monday to Saturday. 1555 journey from Aylesbury will run via Lalleford road in Luton.

    305 – Carousel Buses 
    Beaconsfield – Seer Green – The Chalfonts – Gerrards Cross – Uxbridge 
    This service will now be fully operated by Carousel Buses. Timing changes will occur throughout the service. On Monday to Friday certain journeys from Beaconsfield will extend to Uxbridge, with the last two terminating at Gerrards Cross. Two extra journeys will run on Saturday between Beaconsfield and Uxbridge. The last two journeys from Gerrards Cross on Monday to Friday (last one from Uxbridge on Saturdays) will terminate at High Wycombe.

    327 – Chiltern Rambler Community Action Dacorum 
    Hemel Hempstead – Berkhamsted – Luton – Whipsnade Zoo – Tring – Hemel Hempstead 
    This Summer Sundays only service, will start again on 30th May finishing on 26th September. Previously ran by Centrebus this will now be operated by Community Action Dacorum the timetable has changed with the bus now leaving Hemel Hempstead in the morning at 0920.

    Line 500 – Arriva the Shires 
    Aylesbury – Tring – Hemel Hempstead – Watford 
    Timing changes throughout the service Monday to Saturday. Except one return Monday to Friday peak journey this will no longer call at Cow Lane in Tring. Monday to Friday peak time journeys will also call at the Cassio Campus in Watford.

    583 – Redline Buses 
    Hedgerley – Slough – Wexham Park – Langley – Iver – Uxbridge 
    This Monday to Saturday service will now be run by Redline Buses. Some timing and route changes will be made to journeys on Monday to Friday. The Saturday service will remain unchanged.

    For more information call 0845 2302882 or email tfb@buckscc.gov.uk