Worcester & Droitwich 30 October 2019.

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TimBrown
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Worcester & Droitwich 30 October 2019.

Post by TimBrown » 14:42 Wednesday 30th October 2019

I made a bus journey this morning over to Droitwich to record a few of the named 'Salt Road' buses. and took these shots in Worcester en route:
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Plus a couple of 35157 with Worcester City vinyl graphics:
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This Streetlite max was my transport to Droitwich and again on the return to Worcester:
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Kev's golden Primo is seen arriving in Crowngate and later on departing from Victoria Square Droitwich for Worcester:
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The following pictures taken in and around Victoria Square Droitwich:
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Local town service buses;
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MattW
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Re: Worcester & Droitwich 30 October 2019.

Post by MattW » 15:22 Wednesday 30th October 2019

Nice pics Tim. That Primo looks cool!

TimBrown
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Re: Worcester & Droitwich 30 October 2019.

Post by TimBrown » 18:20 Wednesday 6th November 2019

I had a trip out today Wednesday 6 November 2019 and caught the 10-45 Johnsons 150 service from Worcester to Redditch which now takes an hour and 21 minutes to the Kingfisher bus station; this service also takes almost 30 minutes from the Alexandra Hospital and runs around places I had never been to before. Patronage to Inkberrow was poor (only 4 passengers) and the bus never carried any more than 10 passengers throughout. I intended taking some more pictures of the named Salt Road Volvos at Bromsgrove but it started raining as soon as I arrived, so I took some shots from Crowngate 'tower steps' instead, definitely not my best because the light levels very low; just a day in the life of record!
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Took this picture specially for Mr DD12!
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A good load waiting to board Kevs Primo.
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An ex First Bus Kidderminster Dart working from Redditch back home.
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This was the only shot taken in Redditch of an Optare Solo in Diamond's new livery.
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TimBrown
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Re: Worcester & Droitwich 30 October 2019.

Post by TimBrown » 12:07 Saturday 9th November 2019

I took these back in September (4th) 2019 and didn't post them as I was miffed about withdrawal of Saturday 37 service.

The grapevine news is that Worcestershire County Council are going to support the Saturday 37 which will resume working from 23 November 2019 and they will also co-operate with First Bus on new initiatives to encourage bus use. Good news for a change!

These taken in Barbourne before going to GP for blood test;
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These in Crowngate a little later in the day;
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DD12
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Re: Worcester & Droitwich 30 October 2019.

Post by DD12 » 13:47 Saturday 9th November 2019

TimBrown wrote:
12:07 Saturday 9th November 2019
I took these back in September (4th) 2019 and didn't post them as I was miffed about withdrawal of Saturday 37 service.

The grapevine news is that Worcestershire County Council are going to support the Saturday 37 which will resume working from 23 November 2019 and they will also co-operate with First Bus on new initiatives to encourage bus use. Good news for a change!

These taken in Barbourne before going to GP for blood test;
Worcester 4 Sept. 2019 003.JPG
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These in Crowngate a little later in the day;
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Good news above, thanks Tim.
Perhaps First will now preserve the WR network, with no further cuts ?

As for the CC "co-operating", -- what chance of getting Lowesmoor sorted ??

I'm pleased to see on the tracker that First are now dispatching a variety of vehicles from Crowngate on the 37/ 32S, thus restoring punctuality / reliability (as far as traffic jams allow) !!
:)

TimBrown
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Re: Worcester & Droitwich 30 October 2019.

Post by TimBrown » 14:10 Saturday 9th November 2019

DD12 wrote:
13:47 Saturday 9th November 2019
Good news above, thanks Tim.
Perhaps First will now preserve the WR network, with no further cuts ?

As for the CC "co-operating", -- what chance of getting Lowesmoor sorted ??

I'm pleased to see on the tracker that First are now dispatching a variety of vehicles from Crowngate on the 37/ 32S, thus restoring punctuality / reliability (as far as traffic jams allow) !!
:)
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I fervently hope that Worcestershire County Council listen to First Bus management and set about making the city a more bus friendly place; I get the impression that this hasn't exactly happened in the past! I do have reservations as to the timescale that the County Council help will last and hope the promised initiatives will lead to increase patronage, especially if it weans car owners on to the bus. In an ideal world we would have a half hourly service throughout the day (no vast gaps in peak periods!) on the 37, with some good fare deals and price cuts from the driver and not just for i-phone owners.

I feel that the company changed the running cards to forestall the attention of Traffic Commissioners for all the late running over the whole system and not just the 37!

IF a management buy-out goes through in the near future as hinted at recently, I wonder what changes are being planned by the Managers in preparation for this eventuality?

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