October 17th 2014 saw the NBfWY splitting its day into two, with visits to Brighouse and Hebden Bridge in the Calderdale region of West Yorkshire. Between 09:00-13:00 the bus stood outside Brighouse Barclays Bank, where the public climbed aboard and shared views and opinions. This was also for myself another chance to talk to the First team about the bus. It was a pleasure to met Driver Andy again, who remembered me form a recent visit to the KBMT. In fact the whole team were happy to wax lyrical about this vehicle.
It was soon time for a quick, well quick-ish departure for Hebden Bridge and a spot of lunch, before 14:00. As the next stage of the day was spent in a quite corner of Hebden Bridge, but the general public were still eager to see LT2. As Mr. Haworth (Halifax/Hudds MD) arrived before the bus so did a team from First tech, which were doing articles for the groups internal website. LT2 arrived on Carlton Street, just off Crown Street in Hebden, balloons and leaflets ready, its was all go.
It was here that I first met another of the First team, a gent from First's PR team, we talked about the bus and its function in today's transport environment. This later led me to be asked for my views by one of the First Tech team for spot to camera. Soon just like all good things the visit came to and end, with LT2 reversing out of Carlton Street and heading for Halifax. I managed to grab a few more shots as LT2 sped towards the M62, which was flowing on a Friday afternoon around home-time!. Yes folks. Finally I arrived just near Hunslet Park for a couple more shots as LT2 was parked up for a well earned rest.
Half term week was looming and again the NBfWY was going out and about, this time in Huddersfield, with a visit to the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on the 21st October. Local Newspaper the Hudds Examiner was also there to record the moment. Then on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th the bus visited Huddersfield Library and St. Georges Square. Both locations proving a hit with the public and transport enthusiasts, as the Library location was very busy from 10:00-16:00. Driver Dean, whom I met at Eureka was on duty on the Monday. While on Tuesday driver Andy was doing the honors, I missed this one due to being at work.
First still have there dedicated NBfWY page up on their main website, so you can place your views online. It is here that the latest information regarding places to see the bus will be posted, also on the NBfWY twitter feed.
Update:- The NBfWY tour continues in Leeds, Shipley & Bradford during the first week of November 2014. Tues 4th Seacroft Tesco's car park from 13:00-16:00, a busy Weds 5th sees the bus at Hunslet Morrison's from 09:00-12:00. Then it's up to the White Rose Centre, near Morley from 13:00-16:00 for a little retail therapy. On Thurs Nov 6th the NBfWY has a little trip out to Shipley Market Place from 10:00-14:00. The on Fri Nov 7th the tour continues at Bradford Five Lane Ends Morrisons.
Here are my personal views on bus activity in my area and beyond