For those who live with the man on the Clapham omnibus

Southend Bus Map

Southend Bus Map

Last night’s Public Transport and Buses Working Party meeting was a genuinely interesting meeting, if somewhat surreal at times.

It was short – proceedings were accelerated by the need for some members to be elsewhere later in the evening.

The most interesting bit was on the number 29 bus petition. This was started by the former Westborough Labour councillor Mike Royston.

Apparently the bus companies have said it will cost £90,000 to lay on two extra buses – money they are not prepared to spend. It does not look like the Council has it either. However, all is not lost as the portfolio holder, Cllr Terry, wants a thorough review of bus services in the borough. This may mean that those for whom the number 29 is a vital lifeline may get good news eventually. However, I have to say I am not optimistic – in an age of austerity I just cannot see where the money will come from.

There was an item on real time bus stop information. This is a welcome addition; those waiting for a bus will be re-assured by the information as to when their bus will arrive.

I also got a pitch in for my wish of a decent bus service that navigates between Station Road in Westcliff-on-Sea and Southend University Hospital, via Hamlet Court Road. Travelling east-west in Southend-on-Sea by public transport is relatively straightforward and pleasant, with regular services. For those who wish to travel north-south it is not straightforward, and not regular either. Even the man on the Clapham omnibus would be moved to complain.


3 Responses to For those who live with the man on the Clapham omnibus

  1. Did we already have this a few years ago? What happened to the old system?

  2. paulryderblog: We have had electronic signs for some time, but these were not ‘real time’. Rather, they just displayed the timetable.

  3. Rob Brown says:

    The live bus timetables in Ipswich are very good (even if just to expose how often Ipswich Buses run late). It is helpful when deciding whether to walk or take an alternate route on the bus. However what is the cost of rolling it out in Southend, would that money be better spent on improving or expanding the services on offer?

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