|Warminster Bus Running Day, 2005
We attended the Warmister Bus Running day today - a huge number of veteran and vintage buses dating back to 1948 running a variety of routes centred on the town. Great time had by all.
I'm all for integration of transport and for modernisation. The bus pictured here was from the old route 50 which started in (?) Bath then ran through Melksham, Devizes and Shrewton then ot to Salisbury. A route that's no longer operated ... although many of the sections are. Perhaps that's due to changing demand.
When I was in town yesteday, it stuck me the number of people who wanted to discuss the train with me and the points they came up with. So MANY people tell me that they would use the train if it was more frequent and regular; "hourly" seems the key. Alas, that would require some forward thinking and perhaps a trimming of the route to Chippenham-to-Westbury if it was to be serviced by a single train, or for it to run up from Salisbury which would be far more logical in terms of providing the increased frequency that's needed on Salisbury to Westbury too, and the through service.
Like I say, great time had by all today. Buses from all around; we joined the Bristol Omnibus at Westbury station to feed into the even, seeing various rail replacement buses there including one from a company in Ledury. I really wonder at the effectiveness of using such distant suppliers, but no doubt someone knows what they're doing
Written 2005-10-23 20:58:12
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