Ward Walk – February 2018

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In the south-west of the New Meadows.
Neighbours wanting to smarten the neighbourhood enjoying the Centrelink buses now they stop along Meadows Way (near “ng2”); a pleasant nine-month old dog; and the new housing, including on Bosworth Walk, awaiting snagging works for pavements, fencing and planting.

Meanwhile, uniformed officers dealing with a difficult situation nearby recently, received recognition from the Chief Constable.
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Planning committee – Broadmarsh bus station

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The no. 11 service that serves The Meadows is once again under threat, because London Road congestion has increased and made the service less reliable and less attractive.
We need a new and dedicated tram route to serve the A52 east of West Bridgford, but at best, it is fifteen years away, as presumably is the Broadmarsh tram stop.
The buses need to succeed to relieve our roads. We need to support the buses.
Since the early seventies, Nottingham City Council has had a proud and effective record of putting buses first.
Today’s committee will no doubt be work at getting the proposed changes right for the buses.

My specific requests are –
– fundamentally, expressing clear views and ambition for the viability and effectiveness of bus services;
– at a basic, understanding fully the conditions by which the new bus station is deemed to have sufficient capacity;
– being ambitious for bus services infrastructure, supporting the buses serving the Broadmarsh, Canal Street and the city centre loop;
– taking extra care to use highways infrastructure to enforce against car drivers queueing in lanes used by public transport and other service vehicles.

Expanding …
Panelling off bus bays from waiting passengers offers advantages for customers and operators, but there seems little doubt that even with the use of customer information technology, the capacity offered is at the limit for the services previously using the station.
Planning committee should send a clear signal that space for the buses to allow passengers to interchange is an expectation.

Bus services still need support

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Nottingham has seen an 8.1% increase in the number of bus miles since 2013/14 as is one of only 28/88 authorities that have seen an rise. There was a slight decrease in the number of overall passengers over the same time period (-0.2%) but this does not take into account the tram extension, so although bus passenger numbers fell slightly public transport usage is still on the rise.

Nottingham Post coverage


Electric buses using super-capacitors

By being re-charged in a quick way, and frequently, a new kind of electric bus is running in Nottingham’s twin city of Minsk.
Environmentally friendly cos they are low weight, but challenging to operational use cos they need re-charging so frequently, and can you always know that jams won’t stop them reaching recharging stations in time?
The buses are made in Minsk, although the super-capacitors come from China.

Full council November 2016

Buses & municipal enterprises, “I, Daniel Blake”, Midland Main Line, pharmacies, and garden waste recycling featured.

Buses & municipal enterprises.
A motion condemning clause 21 of the Buses bill, which the council remains concerned might still impact on our ownership of Nottingham City Transport.
And we reminded Nottingham Conservatives that they would have sold NCT off.
Brian Parbutt celebrated the drive within NCT that meant bus travel use grew from 2001 on as the company decided to focus on growing their custom.
Even if Nottingham isn’t affected directly, we’d like the ability of councils to own bus companies elsewhere.  When standing for South Derbyshire, I was disappointed with Arriva.
What’s weird is that with the municipal bus companies showing the way, you’d want to make it against the law.
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I raised the film with a question cos Nottingham people had helped do the research for the movie; and asked about the effectiveness of our social security system.
Graham Chapman declared the system was not fit for purpose.
34,200 in Nottingham seeking Jobseekers Allowance had been sanctioned.  2,000 seeking ESA sanctioned.
Only a small fraction of the decisions upheld after the full process.
Particular concern for people who are mentally ill.
Pharmacies motion.
Concern about a 6% budget cut to pharmacies based in the community.
Midland Main Line.
I wrote a question highlighting the lack of assurance, given over a promise to electrify the line by 2023, when sought in the House of Commons last week.
The Conservatives recycled a question about garden waste not being collected for recycling from November to March inclusive.
The answer remains the same too – previously the 5 months collections only accounted for 18% of the waste at a cost of £70,000 extra per month.
The cut was made in the 2011 budget, and the cuts in government support have increased since – with a £25 million cut expected next year.
Meanwhile, (from memory), Nottingham Conservatives have not moved an amendment to re-instate the service in the 5 budgets since 2011

L9 electric bus service

One of the “L” (for local) bus services subsided by Nottingham City Council, the L9 passes by my home Mapperley estate but it was the first time I’d got to use the electric bus service.
And, yeah it’s quiet.  So quiet you could have a proper phone conversation with your Mum – save everyone else could hear it too.
Operated by Nottingham Community Transport. Reaching the neighbourhoods that can’t support a social service. Takes the Robin Hood Travelcard.  And the bus I caught had a fair patronage.
Just another reason Nottingham is Britain’s best bus city (save London, which ain’t in Britain anymore – you know it ain’t, it really ain’t).

Trip to Northampton

Cos you don’t just travel to see a football match. IMG_4194b0492h Sixfields view of tower
Even so, surprised by the tower; surprised that I’d not noticed it before; surprised that it’s for testing lifts; surprised that it’s a listed building. But the National Lift Tower is handsome.
Had plenty of time to see it whilst walking back, cos a Stagecoach bus had left the Sixfields bus stop half-empty with plenty of football fans leaving the ground wanting to get on.
A reminder too of how much more extensive Nottingham’s bus stop information displays are.
Northampton’s railways station hall is being completely rebuilt, so hard to appreciate.
Leaving Northampton, you realise again just how quiet and smooth electric trains can be; a point often overlooked when we talk about electrifying Nottingham and the Midland Main Line.
Still a pleasure to arrive at Nottingham Midland without having to stop outside the station and wait.
And the station now has a Morrison’s supermarket, nothing that special, but it builds on a nearby Tesco’s and a Sainsbury’s a block away.
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Lilacs Leopards introduce Joni Mitchell

… but only in the world of BBC 4.
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Dropping off to sleep late Thursday night, and a filmed news report is introduced between “riding through the desert on a horse with no name” and Joni Mitchell’s “big yellow taxi”, no doubt cos of the park & ride’s big parking lots, and the clip is of the lilac leopards.
Lilac Leopards and zone & collar is a reminder of Nottingham radical’s tradition in this area, and although re-worked and modernised, a good deal of zone & collar is in place.