Goodbye 22, Hello 2!

Well yesterday (Saturday) was the last day of Route 22, My Favourite route at Metro šŸ™

Luckily I was able to swap duites with Professional Matt, who had a whole day of 22’s, So that I could do them one last time šŸ™‚

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(Please don’t ask about the waving of cucumbers, Its a long story and If I went into detail you’d think I’m even weirder than you do currently)

 

But Today was the start of the new, Improved route 2 which takes over the Westcroft end of the 22.

A slight difference with this route, Firstly it doesn’t go round Tattenhoe, and secondly (And a rather brave decision) the bus goes through Oxley Park Estate.

Now, Anyone thats been to Oxley Park before will realise that it’s still currently being built, which means the roads are still half finished, Coupled with the fact that most of the houses are rather expensive, as are all the cars parked outside these said house, This doesn’t really seem like good bus territory!!

Anyway, I decided to go for a couple of rides round with Professional Matt today to see what it was like, and I think it’s going to be rather interesting in the evenings with parked cars, Lots of bemused faces from residents as we went past, and one even flagged us down to find out why we were driving through. He didn’t seem too impressed when we told him it was a 30 minute service until 2230 at night, 7 days a week! I took a load of photos of the route which are below.

 

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Road with no houses 1

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Unfinished (and assumed unadopted) road

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The bus randomly goes through the Local Centre Car Park, This is by the Tesco Express

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Road with no houses 2

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Road with no houses 3

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Struggling to get the bus past double parked cars, Lucky it was just a minibus

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Another shot of the Local Centre Car Park the bus goes through

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More double parked cars

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Professional Matt stopped in another sort of Car Park the bus goes through


13 Responses to Goodbye 22, Hello 2!

  1. A fair while, one would expect, as it’s paid for with planning gain. Though I can see the route having to be split so smaller buses can be used.

  2. Does the 2 run every 20 minutes down these empty roads in Oxley Park? This section could be linked up to the 300 to provide a frequent new cross town route which serves very few people. Not sure if the Council Tax payer will be happy how money for public transport is being spent.

  3. Hayfeaver Sufferer: “Slimline” Solos would do – perhaps some of those could be acquired? Metro don’t seem to have been stingy in buying new vehicles of late. Or perhaps some 17-seater accessible minibuses of the sort used by MKCT (or on the old D1/D2)?

  4. Fair point, and if it were possible to keep the buses on the set routes then it would work well, esp since its tight on the newport side with the solos too, however, theres not a hope that they`ll stay on the right route. I think once the people realize they cant jus park where they feel like, then even full size solo`s will be fine. I done one of the first evening runs in a solo, and once one or two car were shifted, was easy enough.

    Although, is it me, or do all new estates seem to have tiny roads?!

  5. since 22 changed to 2, the bus stops are not clear. so could you please tell where should one wait for the bus around Oxley Park. Thank you and I’m still enjoying my bus ride

  6. It’s more the lack of car parking off-road, which was intentional on the part of the planning regulations to discourage car use! Trouble is it doesn’t do that, it just encourages obstructive parking.

  7. yeah, it does. I have a mate who lives on monkeyston park, he has a car, as does his 2 sons. So they got 3 cars, and one drive. Its a 4 bed house, so they must expect the people in such a house to have minimum of 2-3 cars. however, is think even in oxley park, a bit of common sense and moving about, it will be possible to have a free flowing road wide enough for a bus. Also, if a bus cant get thru, what would happen if a fire engine or ambulance needed to get down the road?!

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