NEW TITLES FROM STEVEN KNIGHT MEDIA – 18th February 2015
HERE TO THERE NEWSLETTER – 1st FEBRUARY 2015
Happy New Year to those of you we’ve not spoken with.
A full announcement on our range etc. will happen next week, but in the meantime;
* Exclusive to online members and Facebook – new website design a day early!
* Scottish Bus Fleetlists
* Extended hours for our Customer Services Team
* DABF Now on Twitter & Facebook
* Results of DABF Members Choice Awards
NEW LOOK HERE TO THERE PUBLISHING WEBSITE
We’ve been hard at work with our brand new website behind the scenes. As a sneak peak for our Online Newsletter Subscribers and Facebook friends, you can access our brand new website, one day early! Just go to http://www.heretotheregroup.com today – where you will see the new website in fully working order. The Online Shop is still to be finished, but the link will take you to an article with a link to the old site. Important to announce that the website address is not changing. HereToThereGroup.com was a free domain that came with the hosting, so I use it for live-testing-before-we-go-live material, Tomorrow (depending on your time zone!) you will see http://www.heretotherepublishing.com now pointing to the new website. We would welcome your feedback on this move.
SCOTTISH BUS FLEETLISTS
A new full set of Scottish major operator fleetlists, correct to end of January 2015 has today been uploaded for free download.
Many thanks to Chris Forbes who has allowed these fleetlists to be used here. These lists are free of charge, and come to you with our compliments. You can download these in Microsoft Excel format, or Adobe Acrobat format, whichever you prefer.
EXTENDED HOURS FOR OUR CUSTOMER SERVICES TEAM
We have some good news from our Customer Services team in Ely, who will be expanding their opening hours from Friday this week (6th February 2015). They are now to be open seven days a week and later in the day during the week.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (except English Bank Holidays);
08.30 to 19.00
Saturday and Sundays;
08.30 to 17.00
They will be there between these times to take payments, pass messages, take orders and much more. The later Weekday and all Weekend opening starts from Friday 6th February 2015.
DABF NOW ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK
You can now follow us on Twitter @DABusForum (DABF was already taken!) or http://www.facebook.com/dabusforum too. These new pages don’t replace the Forum, but are intended to supplement it. These pages are also useful for checking if the Forum has gone down, for example.
DUNDEE AREA BUS FORUM MEMBERS CHOICE AWARDS
Following several years of reading posts like “decision of the year”, I kept thinking “I should work with that…” and we have now! The first, inaugural Dundee Area Bus Forum Members Choice Awards for 2014, reflect the wide range of moments. The moments refer from the best to the worst! Certificates are being prepared for the operators who won, but we cannot stretch to a cash prize!
Dead Mileage Killer of The Year (a service introduced to save the bus running empty – National Express Dundee Services 198/199 from the depot to take staff to their buses for Fife school contracts.
Stray of The Year (a bus away from it’s normal route) Stagecoach East Scotland Wellwood (Fife) based Trident/ALX400 17423 abandoned it’s Kingdom schools work for a day on Tayway 73/73A (Ninewells Hospital – Arbroath), complete with conductor.
Service Change Of the Year Stagecoach East Scotland expanding Service X7 beyond Dundee to/from Perth. This not only replaced the 333 on an increased level of service, but brought the first 14m Plaxton Elite Interdeck coaches of the length in the UK. (Megabus vehicles similar are 15m long).
Vehicles Of The Year The trial use of the New Routemasters (New Bus For London aka Borismasters) by Stagecoach East Scotland on Tayway. Services 73/73A are the only regular passenger service routes in the UK (Except one heritage route in London) where conductors are on the bus, and take fares.
Marketing Campaign or Innovation of the Year National Express Dundee’s open day at Dock Street depot last Summer. This popular event, believe it or not, was the first once since 1993.
Most Improved Operator Of The Year National Express Dundee.
Overall Operator Of The Year Stagecoach Strathtay division of Stagecoach East Scotland.
Rant Of The Year (from a member) Ross/Tayside Transport.
Dundee Area Bus Forum is an Internet group, for bus enthusiasts, and industry professionals alike. We cover the buses of Angus, Dundee, Fife, Perth & Kinross, and parts of Aberdeenshire & Stirling. We do cover all operators in our area, or those who operate services or contracts therein. We were originally founded as a newsgroup back in 1999, and took the current form in 2005. We became part of Here To There Publishing Ltd in 2011. This is a transport timetable publishing business set up by our founder. We can now be found on http://Twitter.com/DABusForum and on http://Facebook.com/DABusForum . Each of our 147 members had the opportunity to bot, on a one-member one-vote policy. These were set as a series of polls, which had a shortlist that could be added to. These can still be seen on the Forum. From Monday 9th February 2015, the Forum will be open to all, but you will still need a username to post messages, or send Private Messages.