01 October 2009

August Review

We blogged 29 times in August - not bad considering we were separately away for numerous weeks at a time. A summary can be seen below:

1st: At the start of August, we were mid-way through detailing the LEYTR Top 'n' Tail jaunt, and had uploaded Part 4 (of 5), as well as adding further complications to July's Routeing Guide entry, as well as reporting on Nottingham being given the go-ahead for its controversial Workplace Parking Levy.

2nd: We spotted a straightforward Bendy-vs-Rigid comparison table on another site and thought it worthy of reproduction.

3rd: Brand new Tube trains started to appear on the Victoria Line during August and contributing writer 'GWB' asked if all the hassle weekend travellers have had to endure was worth it. We also uploaded our June Review.

4th: With New Transit magazine still in its infancy, we spot a way to receive a genuine £35.60 discount each and every year.

5th: Furniture store DFS opted for a novel way to advertise on London Underground, while at the same time another Underground-style event was happening: the re-make of The Taking of Pelham 123 had been released.

6th: Passenger Focus - the bus industry's newly appointed 'champion' has released its first meaningful report into the English National Concessionary bus pass scheme.

7th: Go-Ahead's chief executive Keith Ludeman gives us a quote of the week.

9th: We uploaded the fifth and final part of our LEYTR Top 'n' Tail jaunt - John o' Groats to Land's End in a slightly unusual fashion.

11th: Contributing writer 'DB' review's Wrightbus' relatively new Electrocity single-decker.

12th: The funny of the week was this YouTube clip of a freak coach fire at Wembley. Specifically, watch at 1:52 for the ultimate act of optimism.

14th: Eastleigh-based bus operator Velvet chooses Bluetooth technology to target its customers.

15th: A recent push with bus add-on scheme Plusbus was made this summer, with most train websites offering this handy feature by the end of the year. We review the situation during August.

16th: We visited the Scottish Bus Museum's open weekend today.

17th: The Competition Commission has decreed that Stagecoach's purchase of both Eastbourne Buses and neighbouring competitor Cavendish Renown has lead to a "substantial lessening of competition". Whatever will it decide? (Deadline is 27 October.)

20th: Following a query from the uninitiated (someone with very little interest in public transport!) we seek out why the logo that epitomises the nationalised British Rail is still used seemingly everywhere in today's privatised rail industry.

21st: Having returned from our summer frolic in lowland Scotland, we provide the first half of our endeavours.

22nd: First's secret is officially confirmed: it plans to introduce the Greyhound brand to the UK from 14 September.

23rd: Uploaded today is the second part of our recent trip to Bonnie Scotland.

24th: With all talk centred on Crossrail of late, we review Thameslink and the massive improvements it will make to thousands of commuters and leisure travellers alike, once completed.

25th: Contributing writer 'Banshee' elaborates on why the EC Drivers' Hours can be problematic, even in their current state.

26th: Having seen an article in a recent edition of RAIL magazine, we delve into the archive for further details of what was named Operation Smash Hit, back in 1984.

27th: You might think that National Express would want to keep a low profile at the moment, but a recent TV advert for their coach business shows that they're retrenching in style!

28th: Hundreds of thousands of residents in the south-east are looking forward to the introduction of the full timetable for Southeastern's Javelin, high-speed trains in December, but we learned that their drivers are being instructed to run them, under normal conditions, at a reduced 140mph.

29th: Although the DfT's High Speed 2 Company is currently looking into the business case for the line that shares their name, Network Rail launched itself into the fray, publishing its vision for High Speed 2.

30th: Having read the letters page of the second edition of New Transit, we were a little dismayed to see they published no letters critical of their revamp.

31st: Having acquired a factory in north London at a snip of its listed value, easyBus plan to expand and run all their operations in-house.