|Canterbury Bus Station from the City Wall|
|Stagecoach Olympian 16792 at Chartham terminus|
|Stagecoach 16501 R501 UWL at Sandwich|
Anyway after wandering around Canterbury for a bit - really lovely City - and taking many other pics of which more in a second post over the weekend, I witnessed an Olympian exodus all out of service clearly heading for school work. I thought that was it when yet another Ollie came in on the 89 to the old mining village of Aylesham. I wasn't sure if it was coming back but Aylesham has a station so no worries. As it happens it did come back, and this Ollie was probably the best of the three I went on today. 16760 R760 DRJ was another bus new to Manchester, and has seen service at Eastbourne and Folkestone before moving to its current home in Dover. I must thank the extremely friendly driver who stopped especially for me to take this pic - the sun had been a nightmare all day photography wise and this was undoubtedly my pic of the day. Aylesham has changed since I was last there 30 years ago but again some of the roads the bus had to get down looked like cul-de-sacs!
|Stagecoach 16760 R760 DRJ at Aylesham|
As a side note I was researching the train fare to Canterbury on the Southeastern website last night. Now I know train companies have been criticised for not showing all alternatives but the concept can be taken a little far. The website told me I could catch a train at 0822, take 59 mins to get to Canterbury for a return fare of £15. Not bad these days. However it also told me I could get the same 0822 train, travel via Ebbsfleet and Ashford on the HighSpeed network, get to Canterbury 30 mins later than the first option and pay the princely sum of £38.40. Well thanks for the choice, Southeastern but I decided to pass!
As a second side note with regard to Ipswich P&R I have been asked to point out that it is Suffolk County Council who want to close it, not Ipswich Borough Council who want to keep it open. In which case why don't IBC take it over? Could it be its not making money which is why SCC want to close it but IBC are making out of the tender so want it to stay open? Would that be a cynical view? Of course if IBC finally sorted the ridiculous traffic flow problems in Ipswich (not to mention the huge amount of empty shops, finished the Waterfront and made Ipswich a more attractive place to shop) then more people might use the P&R to get there! Revamping Tower Ramparts and calling it a fancy name won't be enough!