The week that was

What a long week it’s been!122 mile round trip to work every day this week as I’ve been over to High Wycombe depot supervising the installation of cab radios for drivers to communicate with the depot while out on the road. 

 This has been my project to implement at Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and now Wycombe. As of course the buses are not available during the day it’s meant I’ve had to be at each depot through the night while the radio company install them in each bus…… You don’t realise how hard it is to keep warm in the early hours when you aren’t doing anything!

  
It’s been weird working at night and having the daytime to do stuff, my PT sessions at the gym were moved to afternoons for the week but I couldn’t get my head round the fact I shouldn’t be at work lol. 

Quite a productive week as I managed to collect a couple of vending machines to refurb and hopefully site in the near future….

Also, I’ve seen these labels to put on machines and have decided to partly Nick their idea and give all my machines names! 😀

  


Showbus 2015

So, today we’ve been to the yearly bus rally, Showbus.

I took one of our electric Streetlites, 5007.

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I have to say this is probably one of the poorest organised Showbus events I’ve been to.  We were lucky with “only” waiting 40 minutes to get parked up, some buses had a three hour wait!

There seem to be quite a number of buses getting stuck in the soft ground too. If it’s held at Woburn Abbey again next year I think I’ll give it a miss…..

 

Anyway, 5007 did us well and only used 30% charge for the whole day. 🙂

and to end the post, here’s a picture of Professional Matt eyeing up an ice cream van 😂

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Arriva Bus App updated

The Arriva Bus App was updated a few days ago, Seems to be more accurate than the previous version.

The system works with the ETM (Ticket Machine) doing all the work, Which means that we no longer have to have seperate RTPI equipment onboard the bus.  The ticket machine polls in to the Arriva server every 22 seconds telling it where it is in the world and the server cross references this against the published timetable and works out from that if its Early, Late or On time.

 

You can now select that it shows you the last known position of the bus, Rather than its estimated location… A much better option as you now know that the bus was actually at the place on the map.

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All that needs to happen now is to get more ETM’s polling in to the system accurately.


Bus Driver of The Year

A day spent at arriva’s regional finals of Bus Driver of The Year, Sadly the entrant for MK didn’t get through to the next stage.

MK Depot arrived in style by bus. (Although I'm not sure why it's parked in the Car Park) Thanks to "markkirk85" on Flickr for use of the photo

MK Depot arrived in style by bus. (Although I’m not sure why it’s parked in the Car Park)
Thanks to “markkirk85” on Flickr for use of the photo

Slightly different bus to travel on..

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Changes to Bus Stops in CMK

The main City Centre stops by The Point had a bit of a switch around on Sunday with services stopping at different stops in an attempt to stop some of the congestion, Mainly caused by the out of town services unable to pull into the stop outside McDonald’s properly and then blocking the road…

 

Picture of coach not quite fitting on the old stop at McDonald’s Copyright of MK_Tom on Flickr

Below is the new map and stopping arrangements.

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April Service Changes

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Today saw various Service and stop changes in Milton Keynes.

The latest MK Council Travel Guide can be downloaded here or picked up from Council Offices, Libraries and the Arrive Mkube office in CMK

 

Route 1:

Revised route and timetable. Journeys will not serve Granby and will terminate at Newport Pagnell. For replacement services to Olney and Lavendon see services 21 and 321. For replacement service to Granby see service 19

 

Route 2:

Revised stops at The Point, Central Milton Keynes

 

Route 4:

Revised stops at The Point, Central Milton Keynes

 

Route 5A:
Replaced by changes to route 5 and new route 6.

Route 5/6:

Replaces routes 5/5A via Fullers Slade and Stony Stratford

 

Route 7:

Revised timetable

 

Route 8:

Revised timetable.

 

Route 11/11A/12/12A:

Revised route and timetable

 

Route 13:

Revised stops at The Point, Central Milton Keynes

 

Route 17:

Revised timetable

 

Route 18:

Revised route and timetable

 

Route 19:

Revised route and timetable. Journeys to operate via Granby and extended to Milton Keynes Central Rail Station. Evening and Sunday journeys operate to Bradville via Bradwell Common and Heelands

 

Route 21:

New route operated by Redline, between Central Milton Keynes to Lavendon via Newport Pagnell and Olney. Please note that services will depart Milton Keynes Central Station from stop Y3, and not stop Y5 as displayed in the timetable below and in the updated Milton Keynes Travel Guide.

 

Route 23:

Revised stops at The Point, Central Milton Keynes

 

Route 24/25:

Revised route and timetable.

 

Route 28:

Red Rose now operating this service on Sundays and Public Holidays, in addition to Mondays to Saturdays

 

Route 30/31:

New operator, Red Rose, minor revisions to timetable

 

Route 33/33A:

Revised timetable with new terminus in Northampton and revised stops at The Point, Central Milton Keynes

 

Route 37:

Revised route and timetable. New operator, Vale Travel.

 

Route 40:

Revised stops at The Point, Central Milton Keynes

 

Route 41:

Revised termini in Northampton and Bedford.

 

Route 50:

Revised stops at The Point, Central Milton Keynes

 

Route 51:

New Monday to Friday lunchtime shuttle between Tilbrook and Kingston.

 

Route 52:

New route between Milton Keynes Hospital and Bedford via Central Milton Keynes and Cranfield

 

Route 80/X80:

Revised stops at The Point, Central Milton Keynes

 

Route 89:

Revised timetable with new terminus in Northampton.  Revised stops at The Point, Central Milton Keynes

 

Route 99:

Revised stops at The Point, Central Milton Keynes

 

Route 101:

Replaced by route 321.

Route 150:

Revised timetable

 

Route 197:

Revised timetable. Please note that service 197 also operates a return journey from Biggleswade to Central Milton Keynes on Saturdays. Services on Saturdays depart from Biggleswade at 0912 and from Central Milton Keynes (The Point, stop H3) at 1400, and do not serve Toddington, Henlow or Langford.

 

Route 300:

Revised stops at The Point, Central Milton Keynes

 

Route 321:

New route operated by Britannia Bus Ltd, between Olney and Steeple Claydon via Newport Pagnell, Central Milton Keynes, and Buckingham.

 

Route 602:

Revised route and timetable

Route 603:

Revised route and timetable

 

Route 605:

Revised route and timetable.

Route 607:
Revised route and timetable.

Route 673:
Aylesbury schools service, not previously included.

Route 750:
New Aylesbury schools service.

Route C1/C10:
Revised route and timetable.

Route N5:
Service withdrawn. Partially replaced by additional journeys on routes 5 and 6.

Route X4:
Revised timetable with new stops in Northampton.

Route X5:
Revised timetable.

Route X7:
Revised timetable with new stops in Northampton.

Route X31:
Revised timetable.