I went a bit further north today. All the way to Accrington with a side trip to Rawtenstall using my free bus pass. The buses up there have card readers, unlike Stagecoach South West. You stick your pass on the ticket machine, tell the driver where you are going and take the ticket. It even has the pass issuing authority printed on the ticket. Smart. I just hope Torbay don’t get the bill for all the travelling I did. There are a few local bus services in the area. I used The Lancashire Way to get to Accrington with a stop in Haslingden where I lived 25 years ago. Like Manchester it is covered in white stuff but unlike Manchester all the schools seem to be open.
I have been reading the Herald Express while I have been away. It would appear Torbay Council is, like most councils in the UK, about to run out of grit for the roads but unlike most councils has an unending supply on the doorstep, well on the beach actually. At last Torbay Council have got something right.