Over the last couple of weeks I have become increasingly disillusioned and depressed with the whole blogging scene in this region. The petty squabbling, accusations, possessiveness and unfairness has left me wondering if I want to carry on with this. So as from now I'm going back to how I started this blog - ie reporting my traveling experiences and own opinions and views on the public transport system as a whole.
I will not be joining in the clamour for news, or using the word "exclusive" just to have a dig at another blog. As from now I couldn't care less if a vehicle has a new advert, or a panel replaced, or if it is seen a nanometre off route. I will not be tweeting management every 5 minutes wanting to know when something is coming back from repaint, or transferred, or anything else. If I hear news I will report it. I will report news I see on other blogs,but not for at least 24 hours after that blog has reported it. I will not use, or even ask to use other blog's pics. I will go out and take my own and of course will happily publish any sent to me, as I will any news anyone cares to give me - so if you don't want it published don't tell me not to then publish it yourself.
Over the next few days I'll be reporting on my trip to Scotland this week. The couple of days in Edinburgh brought some hard truths home to me - the first being just how uttely awful the public transport system is in East Anglia. Now I know Edinburgh is a big city, with a population of 495,000. However according to the Norwich City Council website there are 376,000 people in the Norwich Travel To Work area, yet the public transport couldn't be more different. I walked to Waverley Station at 6am on Thursday and I lost count at the number of buses I saw. I walked back at 0030 that evening and lost count at the number of night buses I saw. There is now a tram system, of which more in a future post. A day ticket covering both buses and trams (except airport) is £3.50 - exactly half that of an Anglian day ticket and how many Anglian routes can you get on after 7pm or at 6am. How many First services in Norwich run to midnight? In Edinburgh they clearly want people to use public transport so they make it convenient, reliable, cheap and accessivble. Here they can't even sort the lights out in Lowestoft and seem happy to see buses running half hour late.
So boys - young and old - you can have the news and argue over who is first with a pic. I simply can't be bothered anymore with that, so will concentrate on reporting my own experiences and attempt to do my bit to nudge the powers that be into improving the system here for everyone.