27 December 2009

November Review

We blogged 23 times during November. Details can be found below.

1st: During October, the London Evening Standard newspaper took the bold step of removing its price tag altogether, though despite this, we point out an irony that sees first-class train travellers go without their hitherto complimentary copies.

2nd: Islwyn Borough Transport, the UK's smallest council-owned bus company, agrees to sell to Stagecoach.

3rd: We blogged during October about whether or not strike action works in the long run. A Grimsby-based bus driver writes with his thoughts, following his recent pay offer.

4th: Having made reference to bus and coach trade magazine routeone producing its magazine online for free during the Royal Mail's postal dispute, we offer details of a similar free-to-view online rail magazine: The Railway Herald.

5th: With Christmas approaching (on platform 2!) and with two of its Class 390 Pendolinos being repaired, we detail Virgin Trains' additional services, hauled by Class 90 traction and its Pretendolino carriages.

7th: The guessing game is over, for it was today that an agreed handover date was set between National Express East Coast and the government's Directly Operated Railway company - Friday the thirteenth!!!!

8th: We take a look back at developments within the bus industry during 1995.

10th: Our September Review is posted.

11th: The LEYTR Stig drops the bombshell that Oyster Pay As You Go is not always the cheapest option!

13th: We suffer deja-vu, photographing some of the last NXEC trains from Bridge 202 in Essendine precisely 2 years after we did the same for GNER.

14th: The Competition Commission has ruled that Stagecoach must sell its recently acquired Preston Bus operation. Stagecoach lashed out, calling the decision 'perverse and irrational'.

15th: With news that a rail fare in Britain now exceeds £1,000, Arriva's CrossCountry franchise make our Quote of the Week, for what must be one of the most pathetic one-liners to ever emanate from the industry.

17th: With bendy-bus operation on one of London's most frequent services gone over the weekend, rigid-decker operation on Service 38 dawns this route's place in the record books as the most frequent bus service in the country.

18th: To illustrate just how one seemingly lone voice can make a difference, we summarise the continued complaints made by a Dundee-based bus passenger that ultimately lead to one of the 'big five' being hauled in front of the Scottish Traffic Commissioner and receiving a fine of over £22,000.

20th: High Speed 2 Limited is a company set up by Lord Adonis to report to him its findings for the best potential route for a new high-speed railway line in mainland Britain. Yet thanks to the continued leaks and obvious tip-offs by those within HS2 Ltd, we're pretty sure of what the findings will be!

22nd: Two Class 43 HSTs collided at the Neville Hill rail depot while undergoing shunting manoeuvres overnight. Our photos show up-close images of the significant damage.

23rd: We pause to look at some of the finest modern rail images produced by freelance transport photographer Paul Bigland.

24th: We review the first decade-and-a-half for First in South Yorkshire. Not everyone agreed with our review, though all agreed it was at least a fair summary. See what you think by clicking here.

25th: We detail one of those laughable stories where, through a basic error, a very costly and time-consuming error has ensured. This time a station platform was built too close to the railway line at Axminster.

26th: An early LEYTR 2009 Award is given for the Transport Mnemonic of the Year.

27th: Council-owned Plymouth Citybus agrees to sell to Keith Ludeman's Go Ahead Group. This means there are only 11 council-owned bus companies remaining in the UK.

29th: We review our entries for October.

30th: New Transit journalist James Dark looks at why First's UK bus operation is coping less well with the recession than its contemporaries. We add our own thoughts along this vein, too.