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Brylaine Travel / Re: Brylaine Happenings 2021
« Last post by plebb11 on May 12, 2021, 01:03:11 AM »
The tender states route 10, but avoid confusion with stagecoach route 10 brylaine opted for route 30, PC coaches are not obligated as a commercial service to accept ticket issued by brylaine, however brylaine is obligated too under contract to Lincolnshire county council
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Brylaine Travel / Re: Brylaine Happenings 2021
« Last post by Coast_Hopper on May 11, 2021, 10:20:36 PM »
Here is the new timetable due to start in june

Just spotted this timetable that is supposed to start in June gives the service number 10 which is PC Coaches, there is no service 30 from Brylaine
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Brylaine Travel / Re: Brylaine Happenings 2021
« Last post by Coast_Hopper on May 11, 2021, 10:03:52 PM »
Whilst the PC timetable only states their service with no mention of honouring tickets issued by Brylaine

Also to note the Southrey stop needs to be booked at least 2 hours in advance
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Whippet Coaches / Re: Whippet Happenings 2021
« Last post by Spoddendale on May 11, 2021, 07:43:43 PM »
Saw two Levantes at the Whippet premises at Swavesey today decked up for Flixbus.

BL17 XAX was in full Flixbus livery. Previously it carried fleet number NX19 but is now FX19.

BV67 JZT was still in base white with green Flixbus fleetnames. It had previously carried fleet number NX31 although the NX prefix had been removed from the fleet number stuck on the glass by the door.

http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/50761998
http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/50761994

David
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Other Long Distance Services / Re: FlixBus UK
« Last post by Spoddendale on May 11, 2021, 07:37:07 PM »
Got a photo today of two Levantes at the Whippet premises at Swavesey.

BL17 XAX was in full Flixbus livery. Previously it carried fleet number NX19 but is now FX19.

BV67 JZT was still in base white with green Flixbus fleetnames. It had previously carried fleet number NX31 although the NX prefix had been removed from the fleet number stuck on the glass by the door.

http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/50761994

David

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Cambridgeshire County Council / Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Last post by HughT on May 11, 2021, 06:28:53 PM »
Nothing positive - I've been through the site in the middle of the day a few times without spotting anything. Whereas my wife was down there on her own ca 3 weeks ago, early afternoon, and came back reporting a sighting. Sadly, she didn't think to take a photo...
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Cambridgeshire County Council / Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Last post by Spoddendale on May 11, 2021, 05:57:22 PM »
I went over to the West Cambridge site today to hopefully catch sight of something but to no avail.

Does anyone know when or where is the best time to see something?

David
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Cambridgeshire County Council / Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Last post by TCD813 on May 11, 2021, 05:45:45 PM »
The Facebook group "Odd Things About Cambridge" has a picture of one of the Aurrigo vehicles running around the West Cambridge site.

Originally these were supposed to run on the busway between Trumpington, Addenbrookes and the Railway Station in the evenings, I think in 2019?

Yes, Ascendal, Whippet's parent were supposedly going to trial them.
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Cambs & P'boro Combined Authority / Re: Mayoralty and plans for bus services
« Last post by TCD813 on May 11, 2021, 05:43:27 PM »
Problem now is the new Labour Mayor will face an uphill struggle working with/against a Conservative Government. The Mayors job should be a non political post with candidates hired through a normal job application process in accordance with the professional qualifications to do the job. I don't see that a doctor fulfils that criteria, or for that matter the other two failed candidates. Hence why I did not vote for any of them.

I can't really agree, John. The devolution deal under which the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority was established is rule-governed, so not open to too much interference by central government. It was established under a Conservative government, and involves District Councils which are under Conservative, Labour and LibDem control and Cambridgeshire County Council, which was under Conservative control until the latest elections. Under the agreement establishing the Combined Authority, Labour-controlled Cambridge City Council obtained – from a Conservative government – significant powers and funding to build council housing. The mayor has other powers relating to housing, but not to over-rule Cambridge city.

The deal to establish the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority established a directly-elected mayor. This is a political job to represent the local electorate and lead the authority in economic development of the region, not just transport. An appointed mayor, imposed by central government wouldn't have been seen as legitimate.

The people who need professional qualifications are the officers. The Bus Strategy Manager, Oliver Howarth, has those, and relevant experience, in spades. He has had senior positions in a municipal operator, and for a major group operator, as well as having run his own, independent, bus company.

There have been difficulties between the former mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and the Greater Cambridge Partnership. [Some details here, and here.] Whilst these bodies do overlap somewhat in responsibilities, the disputes were seen by many observers as an attempted 'power-grab' by Palmer. He appeared to want to absorb the Greater Cambridge Partnership into the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, but the Conservative central government didn't support this as both authorities were established under legal agreements, and government ministers made it clear they expected the two bodies to work together.

Back in 2013, the Greater Cambridge Partnership was established under a Conservative government, requiring collaboration between the University of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire County Council (then under Conservative control, now with no majority) South Cambridgeshire District Council (then under Conservative control, now LibDem-controlled) and Cambridge City Council. The collaboration continues, notwithstanding changes of political control.

I suspect that relationships between the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and the Greater Cambridge Partnership run more smoothly under Mayor Johnson.
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Stagecoach in Cambridgeshire / Re: Stagecoach Cambridgeshire happenings 2021
« Last post by TCD813 on May 11, 2021, 09:47:22 AM »
The 'missing' comments which previously displayed below are now moved to a new topic: Mayoralty and plans for bus services.
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