Thursday 9 January 2014

Archway extricates / Airport express at risk / Reekie rovers

Lancashire villagers can breathe a sigh of relief as the 80 between Preston and Fleetwood will be revived from Monday. The Blackpool Gazette reports that Archway Travel are stepping in to run the service, which last ran on 20th December after Classic Bus North West collapsed. The timetable has not yet been published, but the service will be run commercially for initially three months. The service will finish at 2030 on weekdays, 1700 on Saturdays and there will be no Sunday service.

Cardiff's city to airport express bus is being reviewed, just months after it was launched. Wales Online reports that passenger numbers are far lower than expected, while the service is being subsidised by taxpayers to the tune of £470,000 a year. Wales's transport minister, Edwina Hart, has commissioned a report to gauge whether the T9 service is performing as well as it should.

Two friends from Edinburgh are doing the city's equivalent of the Tube Challenge today to raise money for charity. The Edinburgh Evening News describes how they plan to use all but three of Edinburgh's bus routes in one day. You can follow their progress live on Twitter.


  1. It was madness to put on a 20 minute service to the airport the flights are far less frequent than that. They could half it to every 40 minutes but even that would struggle most journeys might manage 3 or 4 passengers

    It would probably be better to provide a subsidised minibus service that you have to prebook

  2. Cornwall proposes a cut of £1M to its public transport budget

    A total review is need in England with regard to bus services. The current system simply does not work. Buses now mainly carry people around for free as the fare paying passengers disappear due to high fare and cuts to services


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