Stagecoach’s managing director agreed the number of buses running to Woodstock is unworkable in the long term, and the two companies will come together to discuss potential solutions.
Irrelevant piece of local colour : Northampton correspondent, Alan, has actually shopped at Binns!
H Binns, Son & Co. was a chain of department stores based in Sunderland with its origin in a small drapery business started in 1807.
The company continued to expand by acquisition of stores in other towns:
In early 1953, House of Fraser made an approach to purchase Binns Ltd, which initially met with opposition from the board of directors, however, after a bitter takeover process in April 1953 Hugh Fraser was appointed Chairman of the company.
... every hour taking just 23 minutes.
This is the "coastal" route from Middlesbrough (with some through trains from Nunthorpe) often operated by the dreaded Pacers.
Nowadays, however, the "main" service is Tyne and Wear Metro ...
... every 12 minutes with a running time of nearly half an hour ...
... although, because it is a "metro" system, you are not permitted to see the secret timetable. These trains run through the centre of Newcastle and on to the Airport.
What about fares? A single journey from Sunderland to central stations in Newcastle is an "all zone" trip ...
... at £3.30 single. For a return price, you use the all-day ticket at £5. You pay exactly the same on the proper train.
Plans are being made for a major upgrade of the metro system and possible expansion with shiny new trains ...
... but, as the destination above indicates, it won't happen in a hurry!
But you could go to Newcastle by bus and, until recently, that was the sole prerogative of GoAhead.
We will examine bus options and the intrusive newcomer in tomorrow's blog.