Monday, 28 January 2013
Sunday, 27 January 2013
It would appear from information received (thanks Ben) that Pimlico isn't going to close until Fleet Street opens again next month. Even then it will be a mess, the only way round would be for the buses to go down the lower end of Union Street and I'm not sure that is possible. Other than that the buses will have to go along Tor Hill Rd to Lucius St from Castle Circus and down Belgrave Rd to the Strand but that will leave Union Street with out any bus stops. We will just have to wait and see.
Saturday, 26 January 2013
UTILITY COMPANY Wales and West Utilities Works Reference 3815NATURE OF WORKS Due to position of gas main START DATE 28-Jan-13 COMPLETION DATE 08-Feb-13 LOCATION OF WORKS Street Name Pimlico House Name or No. junction of Market Street Local Area Name Torwood Town Torquay TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS TIMING OF RESTRICTIONS 24 HOUR CONTACT Road Closure All Day
This is going to make a complete mess of Torquay's already messed up bus services.
In case you aren't too sure where Pimlico is, it's the road that links the top of town, ie Union St, with the Post Office Roundabout. 12, 31,32, 34 plus local link services use this road. I can not find anything on any web site suggesting what if any diversions might be in place from Monday.
Good luck to all who travel on the buses effected and the poor drivers too.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Buses coming out of Newton will have a fairly straight forward drive to get back on the existing road somewhere near the turn off to Coffinswell. Not sure about a bus stop at Aller Brake Rd though. The problem the 12 will face will be at the Scott's Bridge end where they will have to get onto a roundabout full of traffic coming of the bye pass and heading into Torquay. Coming from Torquay the 12 will have 3 roundabouts to get round, left at the first and right at the next two. Again no sign of a bus stop at Aller Brake Rd
Lots of tree gone as I have said to speed traffic up by a few miles an hour and a long time for drivers to make their way through the road works that will appear in the coming months. I shall watch with interest and my camera.
A link to the plan can be found here
Just found out that the bus stop at Penn Inn heading for Torquay will be bagged up until Easter.
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Even when traffic is allowed through there will still be work continuing until some time in June.
Saturday, 19 January 2013
Wednesday lunch time in Sydney and the temperature was 28 degrees which was exactly the same temperature in London when I arrived there on Thursday morning. The difference was the Sydney value was in Celsius and the London one was in Fahrenheit. Big difference. I had 4 hours from getting off the plane at Heathrow till my train left at 10 am. I wasn't in any hurry and was even slightly miffed when the plane landed 30 mins early. Now those of you who have taken plane rides know, just about everyone stands up the moment the plane lands and starts getting their hand luggage down from the rack. Me, I never bother because you can't go anywhere till they have got your bag out of the hold so I firmly believe it is better to remain seated in a nice warm plane than standing at the luggage carousel slowly freezing. Anyway there was a technical problem with the door and it took 20 minutes before anyone left the plane and we still got through passport control and beat our luggage to the carousel. 6;15 before I went through customs and I could have been smuggling anything because there was only one person on duty and he was already searching some one else's bag. Long slow cup of coffee in the airport before walking out into the cold London morning just to see how cold it was. And it was cold. Then down to catch the express train to Paddington. A bit of luck here, I had just missed one and had a 15 min wait for the next one, in the nice warm station. Got to Paddington and found a café with free
wi-fi. Full English breakfast, two cups of coffee, several emails and an hour and a half later I re emerged into the cold. Back to the station and a look round for the warmest place to sit.
Now at Paddington they don't tell you which platform your train is going from until ten minutes before it goes. I was in coach A which means it is either the first coach you come to or the last. Finally it was announced, Platform 3, miles away. Guess which coach appeared first. That's right H. Even more miles to walk. I had just sat down at the very front of the train when it set of dead on 10 am. 3hours 33 later it arrived in beautiful Torquay. Too cold to wait for a number 12 and there were 4 taxis waiting so a taxi home. A bit of luxury now and then is OK.
In 35 hours I had travelled half way round the world and gone from just a bit too hot to much too bloody cold but I was home. It's always nice to get home.