John Keegan and I attended the Lancaster Bus User Group meeting at the excellent Carnforth Railway Station Heritage Centre.
In a busy agenda there was a presentation by a company called Glasdon Group Ltd. on their concept design of Bus Shelters. They told us about one such shelter, in Manchester, which cost £30,000 and provided free Wi-Fi connection, a graphic display of the current bus arrival time status and other things that I am sure we would (in happier times) have found most useful in our Bus Shelter.
We took the opportunity to report on the hand constructed fell stone and antique reclaimed timber facility of which we are proud. They were impressed, especially that we had two local notice boards in it.
In an item related to Stagecoach Service Review we were able to expound some of our concepts on the possibility of a review for the old 81A route. This met with a surprisingly warm reception, as it coincided with a possible re-instatement of the 81B route through Wennington, Tatham and Wray, because of the difficulties in those villagers getting to Kirkby Lonsdale. The Chairman had been discussing this with Stagecoach recently.
It was agreed that at the next meeting, on the 11 May in Lancaster, an Agenda item specific to the 81 Service will be included.
It is good to be able to report on a positive reaction. We must encouraged a maximum supporting attendance at this meeting.