Hundreds attend Watford 142 bus route centenary

Hundreds attend Watford 142 bus route centenary

Hundreds attend Watford 142 bus route centenary

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Watford bus route 142’s centenary was celebrated in style by the running of vintage buses between Watford and Kilburn on Sunday. 

Hundreds of people and bus enthusiasts were able to travel on authentic London buses dating back to the 1930s on the 142 and also the 158 (Watford-Harrow), 306 (Watford-Borehamwood), 311 (Watford-Shenley), 346 (Oxhey Estate) and 347 (Watford-Northwood).

Special recreations were enacted on the old School Special route 346D from Bushey Grammar School (now Queens’) to Oxhey, the hospital visitors’ route 345 from Bushey to Napsbury, and on the old Knightswood Coaches market day service from Elstree Aerodrome to Watford.

Around 20 old timers were used at the event which was based at Watford Junction bus interchange, organised by the Amersham & District Motorbus Society with assistance from Arriva the Shires, London Midland Trains and Bugler Developments.

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2:25pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Andrew1963 says...

It is amazing how technology has advanced since the 1930s, but bus design has gone backwards. Mind you the 142 and 258 still the only decent bus services in town.
It is amazing how technology has advanced since the 1930s, but bus design has gone backwards. Mind you the 142 and 258 still the only decent bus services in town. Andrew1963
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4:42pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Boosey says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
It is amazing how technology has advanced since the 1930s, but bus design has gone backwards. Mind you the 142 and 258 still the only decent bus services in town.
How would you improve the local services if they are below your standards?
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: It is amazing how technology has advanced since the 1930s, but bus design has gone backwards. Mind you the 142 and 258 still the only decent bus services in town.[/p][/quote]How would you improve the local services if they are below your standards? Boosey
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10:55pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Andrew1963 says...

I would get the Watford bus operators to accept Oyster cards to encourage the thousands of weekday commuters to consider using the bus rather than the car to get to the station and at weekends. I would give buses better access to Watford town centre by introducing a two way bus lane between Clarendon road and Watford high street station along high street. I would introduce a single cash fare (another push towards Oyster card use). I would not charge 14 year olds adult fares. I would increase frequencies mon - fir during rush hours, but this would mean reduced frequencies outside peak times. I would review bus routes, for example if you live in south oxhey how do you get to work by bus at Croxley business park? How do people get to Woodside leisure park by bus. The model should be the Transport for London services in the outer suburbs like Harrow and Stanmore.
I would get the Watford bus operators to accept Oyster cards to encourage the thousands of weekday commuters to consider using the bus rather than the car to get to the station and at weekends. I would give buses better access to Watford town centre by introducing a two way bus lane between Clarendon road and Watford high street station along high street. I would introduce a single cash fare (another push towards Oyster card use). I would not charge 14 year olds adult fares. I would increase frequencies mon - fir during rush hours, but this would mean reduced frequencies outside peak times. I would review bus routes, for example if you live in south oxhey how do you get to work by bus at Croxley business park? How do people get to Woodside leisure park by bus. The model should be the Transport for London services in the outer suburbs like Harrow and Stanmore. Andrew1963
  • Score: 4

12:47am Thu 3 Apr 14

Oxhey-Moron says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
I would get the Watford bus operators to accept Oyster cards to encourage the thousands of weekday commuters to consider using the bus rather than the car to get to the station and at weekends. I would give buses better access to Watford town centre by introducing a two way bus lane between Clarendon road and Watford high street station along high street. I would introduce a single cash fare (another push towards Oyster card use). I would not charge 14 year olds adult fares. I would increase frequencies mon - fir during rush hours, but this would mean reduced frequencies outside peak times. I would review bus routes, for example if you live in south oxhey how do you get to work by bus at Croxley business park? How do people get to Woodside leisure park by bus. The model should be the Transport for London services in the outer suburbs like Harrow and Stanmore.
Yes!
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: I would get the Watford bus operators to accept Oyster cards to encourage the thousands of weekday commuters to consider using the bus rather than the car to get to the station and at weekends. I would give buses better access to Watford town centre by introducing a two way bus lane between Clarendon road and Watford high street station along high street. I would introduce a single cash fare (another push towards Oyster card use). I would not charge 14 year olds adult fares. I would increase frequencies mon - fir during rush hours, but this would mean reduced frequencies outside peak times. I would review bus routes, for example if you live in south oxhey how do you get to work by bus at Croxley business park? How do people get to Woodside leisure park by bus. The model should be the Transport for London services in the outer suburbs like Harrow and Stanmore.[/p][/quote]Yes! Oxhey-Moron
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8:15am Thu 3 Apr 14

Cuetip says...

I love a bit of nostalgia. Brings back.

The 142 and those who worked with that bus deserve the Elysian Fields like many who have faithfully served this country from across all jobs.

I often wonder if the pride in doing a good job is going backwards as we assume the latest technology is the new god.
I love a bit of nostalgia. Brings back. The 142 and those who worked with that bus deserve the Elysian Fields like many who have faithfully served this country from across all jobs. I often wonder if the pride in doing a good job is going backwards as we assume the latest technology is the new god. Cuetip
  • Score: 2

1:19pm Thu 3 Apr 14

shalvey says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
I would get the Watford bus operators to accept Oyster cards to encourage the thousands of weekday commuters to consider using the bus rather than the car to get to the station and at weekends. I would give buses better access to Watford town centre by introducing a two way bus lane between Clarendon road and Watford high street station along high street. I would introduce a single cash fare (another push towards Oyster card use). I would not charge 14 year olds adult fares. I would increase frequencies mon - fir during rush hours, but this would mean reduced frequencies outside peak times. I would review bus routes, for example if you live in south oxhey how do you get to work by bus at Croxley business park? How do people get to Woodside leisure park by bus. The model should be the Transport for London services in the outer suburbs like Harrow and Stanmore.
Get any of the TfL buses that are based at Garston garage to pick up passengers along the St Albans Road to/from Watford Junction!
Such a waste having empty buses running along such a congested route!
Cut through the red tape!
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: I would get the Watford bus operators to accept Oyster cards to encourage the thousands of weekday commuters to consider using the bus rather than the car to get to the station and at weekends. I would give buses better access to Watford town centre by introducing a two way bus lane between Clarendon road and Watford high street station along high street. I would introduce a single cash fare (another push towards Oyster card use). I would not charge 14 year olds adult fares. I would increase frequencies mon - fir during rush hours, but this would mean reduced frequencies outside peak times. I would review bus routes, for example if you live in south oxhey how do you get to work by bus at Croxley business park? How do people get to Woodside leisure park by bus. The model should be the Transport for London services in the outer suburbs like Harrow and Stanmore.[/p][/quote]Get any of the TfL buses that are based at Garston garage to pick up passengers along the St Albans Road to/from Watford Junction! Such a waste having empty buses running along such a congested route! Cut through the red tape! shalvey
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1:19pm Thu 3 Apr 14

shalvey says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
I would get the Watford bus operators to accept Oyster cards to encourage the thousands of weekday commuters to consider using the bus rather than the car to get to the station and at weekends. I would give buses better access to Watford town centre by introducing a two way bus lane between Clarendon road and Watford high street station along high street. I would introduce a single cash fare (another push towards Oyster card use). I would not charge 14 year olds adult fares. I would increase frequencies mon - fir during rush hours, but this would mean reduced frequencies outside peak times. I would review bus routes, for example if you live in south oxhey how do you get to work by bus at Croxley business park? How do people get to Woodside leisure park by bus. The model should be the Transport for London services in the outer suburbs like Harrow and Stanmore.
Get any of the TfL buses that are based at Garston garage to pick up passengers along the St Albans Road to/from Watford Junction!
Such a waste having empty buses running along such a congested route!
Cut through the red tape!
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: I would get the Watford bus operators to accept Oyster cards to encourage the thousands of weekday commuters to consider using the bus rather than the car to get to the station and at weekends. I would give buses better access to Watford town centre by introducing a two way bus lane between Clarendon road and Watford high street station along high street. I would introduce a single cash fare (another push towards Oyster card use). I would not charge 14 year olds adult fares. I would increase frequencies mon - fir during rush hours, but this would mean reduced frequencies outside peak times. I would review bus routes, for example if you live in south oxhey how do you get to work by bus at Croxley business park? How do people get to Woodside leisure park by bus. The model should be the Transport for London services in the outer suburbs like Harrow and Stanmore.[/p][/quote]Get any of the TfL buses that are based at Garston garage to pick up passengers along the St Albans Road to/from Watford Junction! Such a waste having empty buses running along such a congested route! Cut through the red tape! shalvey
  • Score: 0

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