Sunday, 30 June 2013
Saturday, 29 June 2013
I expect there is a good reason but for the world, I can not imagine what it is. Do you know?
Does anyone know or did somebody in a council office somewhere just tick Monday 1 July in his diary without the least idea why?
Friday, 28 June 2013
Last Thursday afternoon a number 12 heading to Newton departed Cary Parade stop. 10 metres up the road it stopped at a set of red traffic lights. Stagecoach encourage their drivers to stop at red traffic lights. While the bus was waiting a 'lady' approached the bus door hoping the nice bus driver would let her on the bus. The driver quiet rightly refused, you can not have people getting on buses at traffic lights, it's dangerous and if you let one on you would be expected to let everyone on. (Why not, do any with bus stops).
Anyway the female person, having watch protesters lying down in the road in front of riot police decided to try that trick with the bus and lay down in the road in front of the bus. Me; I would have sat there all day sooner than let her on the bus on the grounds that if she got away with this stupid behaviour then other might try the same trick.
But, as the Herald Express put it, in order to defuse the situation the driver opened the door and let her on the bus.
Full story here
Fleet Street should, correction will be open to buses both ways some time today, Friday 28 June.
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Sunday, 23 June 2013
One item of news about Torbay you might have missed in the excitement, Millions of quid are going to be spent doing up our 3 mainline train stations. Paignton, Torquay and Torre stations are to get a make-over. Work should start in September and be finished for late spring next year. Goody.
Saturday, 22 June 2013
For the duration of the closure the following diversions will apply:
Normal route will apply through Fleet Walk to the Harbour. When leaving the Harbour, services will exit via Fleet Walk, Abbey Road, Tor Hill Road, East Street, Newton Road and follow the normal diversion route over the Ring Road to Preston.
Normal route applies until Headland Park Road where buses will turn left and follow the diversion over the Ring Rd, Shiphay Lane, into town using Fleet Walk, picking up normal service at Cary Parade.
PLEASE NOTE FLEET WALK WILL BE OPEN IN BOTH DIRECTIONS ONLY FOR THE DAY OF THE MARATHON.
Monday, 17 June 2013
Friday, 14 June 2013
Also somehow involved is the ex London Green Line bus, used in the catering section if the downstairs layout, stove, fridge and sink, is anything to go by.
Concrete is all it's cracked up to be though. Hope these cracks don't get any bigger.
Monday, 10 June 2013
Sunday, 9 June 2013
Don't wait at the bus stops near the Central Cinema in Abbey Rd, not if you want to catch a 12, 12A 31, 32 or 34. Finally, 19 days after the council said buses would stop coming up Fleet St it will happen on Monday 10 June. Actually this is 123 days since the council first indicated that buses would be back in Fleet St going both ways, but that was when the work first started. Roadworks anywhere and in particular in Torbay have a history of taking longer than planned so why don't the council put penalty clauses in their contact so when a contractor over runs by not weeks but months as has happened here we get some or even all the money back.
So where do you wait for your bus? You can either undertake the long uphill walk to the Casino at the top of Abbey Rd or walk down hill along Fleet St to Cary Parade for the 12, 12A, 31 or 34 or over to the Harbour for the 32. Please don’t blame Stagecoach for this inconvenience, write to your MP or the council instead. Stagecoach must have spent thousands, if not tens of thousands in extra fuel while this farce has been going on never mind the extra strain on their drivers and the poor passengers.
Word is, if the contractors haven’t finished the work by 30 June, this year, they will just walk away and leave everything as it is until the summer season is over. People will travel for miles just to marvel at how a simple job can end up being so screwed up.
Thursday, 6 June 2013
I do hope Torbay Council never find the money to rip up the rest of Fleet St, so far it just hasn't been worth it.