I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

H is the new shuttle to Stafford Hospital

For a number of years the 825 has formed a straight through connection from Lichfield and Rugeley to Safford Hospital. But congestion had made the hospital end unreliable with buses turning short because they were running late and a few drivers just not bothering to complete the trip and kicking passengers off the bus. Now this service along with the 74 from Cannock only go as far as Stafford itself and those wishing to continue have to take a new H shuttle service. This works well apart from outward journeys only pick up in town at South Walls which can give one quite a walk from across the town centre if they have shopping to carry or of course frail or not very well. But it does seem to work well for Arriva has chopped the 8 Service from Moss Pit to Parkside into two and in between the bus does a trip and back on the H and travelling to Parkside picks up what was the 8 again at Gaol Square. Arriva seems to have had a shuffle of it's fleet again as I haven't seen so many Volvos recently or Solos, but this more modern Optare seems to pop up quite frequently at the moment and even though it is normally worked by a VDL it was doing the hospital run

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