Sunday, May 17, 2015

Back to the Future on the Buses

Changes proposed by Thamesdown Transport see lots of what was old will be new again.

From the 31st May, the changes will include :

- The 1/1A will now resume it's previous cross-town routing, linking Covingham and Nythe with Middleleaze and Grange Park, which will see the number 2 vanish. This gives East Swindon a 10 minute frequency again, after it being cut down to 15 minutes, then upped to 12 minutes when it's been the number 2. Evening services will go back to a half-hour frequency.

- 13/14 are rerouted after 6pm and all day Sunday via Regent Circus for the new cinema.

- The 15 sees the last service from Wichelstowe withdrawn.

- The 17 and 18 see changes to give Penhill back a 10 minute frequency to Park North and the Park South service is reduced to half-hourly and extended to Coate Water.

- The 20 will be withdrawn as it does not cover it's cost. Strangely, for a bus that doesn't have enough passengers to pay for itself, the withdrawal of it is predicted to cause car park chaos for the GWH staff forced to drive.

All in all, the changes see lots of improvements, or a return to previous service levels, with some commercial flair by rerouting to take advantage of new destinations, but the withdrawal of the 20 is a necessary move, unless Swindon Borough Council want to increase subsidies, don't blame the bus company for it's loss.


Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 265

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10. There's so much dirt on all 7 of them, he can make them do what he likes.

9. We should say "no way" to it.

8. You could go to Primark, they've always got those pants, so cheap.

7. I'll fight you right now.

6. Haribo is never as satisfying after you've been eating it for a few minutes than before you started.

5. I did my best, but it wasn't enough for Sarah, she can go and work in Norwich if she wants then.

4. You'll just have to change twice like everyone else.

3. They need a load more casuals, I'll text Steve's number to you.

2. There's more heads of state in town than Lid Dems now.

And the number one overheard phrase on Swindon's buses from last week is...

1. He got back in and his column sounds like the toady kid at school no-one liked.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 264

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10. We've got all manner of sleeves here.

9. It was so bad, I wasn't sure if it was the flu or if it was a hangover.

8. You know when someone eats a McDonalds all their life and they're really skinny even though they eat so unhealthy?

7. They've taken everything, there were no legs left.

6. How much do you weigh after your hols?

5. It had gone all fizzy, it tasted disgusting.

4. How do you expect me to use these without the instructions?

3. You can't get there direct from Bristol so we're going to Juliana's mum's place.

2. It turns out I owe them £400, total con.

And the number one overheard phrase on Swindon's buses from last week is...

1. Bus full of Tories, I mean, it's even painted blue.

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 263

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10. Come at me fast and with purpose.

9. Coconut water is more overrated than a Green Party soundbite.

8. He's making a complete pig's ear of it.

7. Andy's not got a chance of hearing me over those headphones.

6. I think you're gonna make it, you've got three minutes,

5. The number 1 is your best bet, it's going half-hourly soon.

4. Did this bus even turn up yesterday?

3. It was so late that by the time we got to the main junction everyone who got on thought we were the next one.

2. Have you got two 10 pences I can borrow?

And the number one overheard phrase on Swindon's buses from last week is...

1. They said the future was paperless, I'm afraid I didn't get that memo.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Do the Mechanics Have Enough Volunteers?

In the recent saga of the Mechanics' Institute, things seem to have shifted to the Mechanics' Institution Trust taking control of several Railway Village buildings, but not the one they want, the Mechanics' Institute itself.


- The Baker's Arms pub (that closed in 2012 after a police raid) is empty and is being eyed-up by the trust as a cafe.

- The Central Community Centre has been given to the trust as the council has been getting rid of it's community centre in recent years.

- The old Railway Museum cottage has been recommended to be given to the trust by the council to run.

- An allotment plot has been given to the trust to run.

The trust was awarded £30,000 by the People's Health Lottery, which saw the hiring of a Community Development Officer in April last year. But a recent interview saw the adver talking to a community development co-ordinator, with no mention of the officer that had been appointed the previous year. A Facebook post on the Central Community Centre page dated 19th September 2014 announces the departure of the Community Development Officer as "the trust have decided to go in a different direction and reshape the Community Development Co-ordinator post". 

What were the differences that caused the job to be filled by the daughter of long-time Mechanics' campaigner Martha Parry?

Plus, does the trust have enough volunteers to run the pub, the community centre, the cottage, the allotment and have people working on getting control of the Mechanics' Institute itself?




Sunday, April 26, 2015

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 262

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10. I wouldn't call that a crowd, more an annoyance.

9. She was on the last one last night, she looked a right state.

8. There's no more room, next one's right behind.

7. Oh no, look at that, it's all over the seat, move.

6. You looked better with the black one on, that one's going to get dirty so quickly.

5. He text and said how he couldn't stop thinking about me, bit desperate.

4. Do you go right at the shops, or straight on and across the roundabouts?

3. There's going to be a buffet lunch, I'll go if it's decent.

2. Martin keeps that hat on no matter what time of year it is.

And the number one overheard phrase on Swindon's buses from last week is...

1. I mean, you don't know who he's shagging when you're stood next to him.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 261

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10. So what does that matter? He's still got my phone,

9. I pay you 260 quid, then you pay me back for what you owe after the last lot.

8. She lives way over Moredon, I always get lost on the way.

7. That's not fun, it's just what you've got to do.

6. Upstairs is the way to go.

5. Standby for something sarcastic and not very funny.

4. Away we go to the shops.

3. James didn't bring those tissues, just use her sleeve.

2. I wouldn't do that, there's too many by the doors.

And the number one overheard phrase on Swindon's buses from last week is...

1. He caused a tailback all along Great Western Way, top way to get everyone to vote.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 260

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10. Keep that quinoa for Jess, she's a fan.

9. I've never heard such a racket in my life.

8. Let's make sure it works, otherwise what's the point of wearing these shoes with it.

7. I went in and got my tins, and all my frozen stuff, it's so cheap, you'd never believe it.

6. Si thinks I need just let Connor find his own way, but it's driving me nuts.

5. It was nose to tail all the way back to the roundabout, I was an hour late at the end.

4. No, they can't go under Whitehouse Bridge, wish they'd just lower it.

3. She didn't press the bell, moaned at me, but then stayed on until we came back round the loop.

2. The wind was so strong it blew the carrier clean out of her hand, landed in the drain.

And the number one overheard phrase on Swindon's buses from last week is...

1. If this keeps up, it'll be quicker every time to just walk, bloody, sodding joke.

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