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JimmyMac last won the day on June 25 2013

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  1. I'm wearing a purple hoodie. My photos are still a work in progress: http://www.flickr.com/photos/_4cryingoutloud/sets/72157634302664688/
  2. Warrington's never had an open-top bus before* mainly because the railway bridges are of sufficient height for double deckers to pass through unhindered. There's a bridge in Stockport near the B&Q which has claimed a few "scalps" over the years. Those canal bridges though - well, thankfully that's rare enough to be a once-in-a-hundred-years event in Warrington. Little resale value in step-entrance double deckers, as they have to be withdrawn from public service by the end of 2016. So presumably more value in terms of goodwill as a promotional/private hire vehicle, and the lion's share of
  3. * It's a £113 million fund nationally, with funding from other partners (including the bus company), so for the purposes of this bid you need to know what the costs will be beforehand rather than leaving it to competitive tendering afterwards * Service 17 currently requires two buses, the new service will require six buses, so the operating costs will increase by 200%, hence a funding gap in the short-term - after three years it should be covering its costs * Arriva closed their Warrington depot in 2002, Stagecoach's nearest depots are in Northenden/Kirkby, so any bid by them would be
  4. New or improved bus services take a while before passenger numbers increase to a sustainable commercial level, thus any funding received to cover operating costs will only be for the first couple of years, tapering off as patronage grows. DfT used to have a dedicated fund for this - "Kickstart" - that Warrington failed to gain any funding from, so it's good to see successful bidding this time round. Details of the bid here. As well as the Birchwood-Westbrook bus service, there's also improved cycle links, work on several junctions to improve priority for public transport, better cycle faci
  5. That isn't how I read it - it implies the whole train journey as well. Sunday services is a different argument. Just wanted to correct the initial comment by Baz.
  6. So that's £12.50 versus £5 - which isn't "cheaper to drive to town, park his car and for him and his wife and two kids to get the train to Liverpool than it was for them all to catch the bus to town and back from Callands" by a long shot! Care to revise your original post? Oh, I agree totally. I was very annoyed when the council withdrew subsidy for Sunday evening services in 2010 and voiced my opinions very strongly at the time. What we're left with is essentially what can be run commercially with only one shift. I'd like to see buses continue to at least 7pm or 8pm on Sundays (as a
  7. Going back a few years to when I had a Savercard, however WBT did offer to set up a standing order and post out my monthly season ticket as it expired: it pays to ask. Keep an eye out for this though: smartcard season tickets coming soon (and hopefully online renewals)?
  8. Don't know where he lives and which college he goes to (and so which bus services he would catch) but a Day Rover on Network Warrington only costs £3.90 - and students can buy a town weekly ticket for £6.75 - which would be a lot less than a fiver a day.
  9. Your mate mustn't have been aware of the best deals on offer - which I'm pretty sure I have pointed out to you in similar threads, Baz! Callands to Warrington (bus) Family Day Return ticket (up to 4 people travelling together, at least one under 16) £5 Warrington to Liverpool (train) 2 x adult Off-Peak Day Return £10.60 2 x child Off-Peak Day Return £5.30 Total £15.90 With a Duo ticket, two adults could travel for £7.95. With a Friends & Family railcard, you might be able to get the fare down to around £7.90 but you'd have to purchase the railcard in the first place, whic
  10. You're right, Paul. However, the "No" vote told some terrible porkies during the campaign, and aren't exactly magnanimous in victory - so I can understand their frustration. I was a last-minute weak "yes" voter. I don't have a problem with the concept of a congestion charge, but had some major concerns about the proposals and whether we were getting enough bang for our bucks. Plus, I thought some of the Yes campaign's arguements were a bit misleading - although that may have been down to grassroots misunderstanding and poor reporting rather than any genuine intention to deceive.
  11. Cardboard cutouts of bicycles (and even washing machines) are unlikely to result in oil or mud getting onto people's clothes, and also tend to lack sticky-out bits. There simply isn't any reasonable space to put a (non-foldable) bike on a bus or a tram - you're going to end up with it blocking either an entrance, a wheelchair space or the aisle. If you want to take a bike onto a bus or a tram, consider getting a foldable one. Besides, I can imagine the squeals of protest from people if Metrolink were to create an itemised list of what couldn't be carried on board, such as washing machines.
  12. I have never seen a bike on a bus in Manchester - and I live there. Got any evidence for your assertation? I'm not sure I've seen any bikes on the Metrolink either, if I'm honest - a quick Google confirms that only foldable bikes are allowed on the trams. I *have* seen a bike on a bus in Austin, Texas - most of the vehicles there have a bike rack on the front of the vehicle that can carry several bikes. I don't think this would be allowed in the UK, due to PSV or road safety regulations. The closest you'll get is the handful of leisure routes in areas of outstanding natural beauty which pu
  13. They aren't proposing to teach children about the mechanics of sex aged five. They're proposing to teach children about families and relationships, which can only be a good thing in order to put the sexual element into context at a later date.
  14. I'm sure the denizens of Heatley Mere would enjoy the odd flutter on the gee-gees - after all, they've probably made a bit of a punt buying new build houses in the present economic climate... oo-er... You can never have too many hairdressers, Kate. Or perhaps a nail bar and beauty shop would be good. A sandwich shop - that's a growing market sector too
  15. Woah, woah, woah. Heatley Mere is closer to Lymm than Partington, surely? For practical purposes, Lymm extends all the way up Rushgreen Road as far the Bollin in my mind - and that's from someone who has a nan who lived up Pepper Street. But even so, the development is closer to the centre of Lymm village than it is to the centre of Partington. Exactly. Personally speaking, if I lived on the estate I'd welcome at least one takeaway. Two may be overkill though. I bet the residents would be even unhappier if it was a Tesco Express that was opening - you'd get even more noise and parking
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