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(04/07/2017, 20:16)BusLoverMum Wrote: Does anyone have the first clue what the arrangements are for the miner's gala on Saturday? The road closures are much more widespread than in previous years because so many people are expected.

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No idea.
Last year was a shambles as far as public transport goes (or at least in our experience).
We arrived at Milburngate expecting our purple steed to come whizzing round the corner off North Road within a few minutes.
After waiting and waiting, we found out they were turning left out of the bus station.
Despite it not being within the timeframe that they were supposed to be avoiding Milburngate.

We (and many others) then marched up to the bus station to get it.

Really keen on going this year, but will probably forgo the 20 this year due to the cost implications.
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(04/07/2017, 20:16)BusLoverMum Wrote: Does anyone have the first clue what the arrangements are for the miner's gala on Saturday? The road closures are much more widespread than in previous years because so many people are expected.

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(04/07/2017, 20:50)Andreos1 Wrote: No idea.
Last year was a shambles as far as public transport goes (or at least in our experience).
We arrived at Milburngate expecting our purple steed to come whizzing round the corner off North Road within a few minutes.
After waiting and waiting, we found out they were turning left out of the bus station.
Despite it not being within the timeframe that they were supposed to be avoiding Milburngate.

We (and many others) then marched up to the bus station to get it.

Really keen on going this year, but will probably forgo the 20 this year due to the cost implications.

I'd contacted both Arriva and Go North East via social media to ask. Go North East advised me that they have no details yet, and Arriva didn't even bother to get back to me.

I'll be there this year, but won't be marching with the banner.
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(04/07/2017, 23:10)Adrian Wrote: I'd contacted both Arriva and Go North East via social media to ask. Go North East advised me that they have no details yet, and Arriva didn't even bother to get back to me.

I'll be there this year, but won't be marching with the banner.

P&R for us. An absolute no brainer.


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(04/07/2017, 20:50)Andreos1 Wrote: No idea.
Last year was a shambles as far as public transport goes (or at least in our experience).
We arrived at Milburngate expecting our purple steed to come whizzing round the corner off North Road within a few minutes.
After waiting and waiting, we found out they were turning left out of the bus station.
Despite it not being within the timeframe that they were supposed to be avoiding Milburngate.

We (and many others) then marched up to the bus station to get it.

Really keen on going this year, but will probably forgo the 20 this year due to the cost implications.
We managed to get a 22 home from the bus station, last year (we'd been elsewhere for the day - it's all too much for Big'un and has no meaning for him) but it was far more packed than in previous years and the bus station was full of lairy drunkpeople complaining because their bus wasn't on time or looked different. Getting off at home was hard for us because we were upstairs on a 57 reg lowlander with bells that didn't work properly (BVG?). Given that voer 4 times the population of Durham is expected to turn out, this year, we might give the city a complete swerve but our 22 or 58 will still be adversely affected to/from the other direction.

Milburngate being closed to traffic is every year, and we've had plenty of practice at not being able to go that way, this year! My big concern, this year, is, on top of new Elvet being closed, Crossgate Peth is closed, so the 6, X12 etc can't divert that way, plus just about every other approach to the bus station is closed, but I can't find any information about how that affects buses. I spent a good 10-15 minutes frantically googling and searching.

(04/07/2017, 23:10)Adrian Wrote: I'd contacted both Arriva and Go North East via social media to ask. Go North East advised me that they have no details yet, and Arriva didn't even bother to get back to me.

I'll be there this year, but won't be marching with the banner.
All arriva seem to care about is the bubblologist at Middlesbrough, tomorrow.
(05/07/2017, 00:22)Andreos1 Wrote: P&R for us. An absolute no brainer.
Where's that from? The Scarlet band P&R is usually £2 per adult with kids free, though would be nuts. If you're catching other buses in, I'm wondering where they start and finish. Edit, just realised there's 2 images there, one including the P&R. I'd expect extra P&R, like when Lumiere and the Christmas festival are on, but no informaton about that.

You'd think that, with a Labour Council City hosting a massive socialist gathering which even requires people who live in the area to shift their cars out of the way, the public transport would be more joined up and better communicated


Big'un wants to go South, this weekend, as we haven't visited Darlo for a while. Morning buses from home are usually OK. Still undecided whether to hang around at Hartlepool, on the way back, until a 58 shows up, or hang around at Peterlee, or maybe Dalton Park, since it's less unpleasant, for a 22, since it'll undoubtedly be an double deck odd working.
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(05/07/2017, 00:59)BusLoverMum Wrote: We managed to get a 22 home from the bus station, last year (we'd been elsewhere for the day - it's all too much for Big'un and has no meaning for him) but it was far more packed than in previous years and the bus station was full of lairy drunkpeople complaining because their bus wasn't on time or looked different. Getting off at home was hard for us because we were upstairs on a 57 reg lowlander with bells that didn't work properly (BVG?). Given that voer 4 times the population of Durham is expected to turn out, this year, we might give the city a complete swerve but our 22 or 58 will still be adversely affected to/from the other direction.

Milburngate being closed to traffic is every year, and we've had plenty of practice at not being able to go that way, this year! My big concern, this year, is, on top of new Elvet being closed, Crossgate Peth is closed, so the 6, X12 etc can't divert that way, plus just about every other approach to the bus station is closed, but I can't find any information about how that affects buses. I spent a good 10-15 minutes frantically googling and searching.

All arriva seem to care about is the bubblologist at Middlesbrough, tomorrow.
Where's that from? The Scarlet band P&R is usually £2 per adult with kids free, though would be nuts. If you're catching other buses in, I'm wondering where they start and finish. Edit, just realised there's 2 images there, one including the P&R. I'd expect extra P&R, like when Lumiere and the Christmas festival are on, but no informaton about that.

You'd think that, with a Labour Council City hosting a massive socialist gathering which even requires people who live in the area to shift their cars out of the way, the public transport would be more joined up and better communicated


Big'un wants to go South, this weekend, as we haven't visited Darlo for a while. Morning buses from home are usually OK. Still undecided whether to hang around at Hartlepool, on the way back, until a 58 shows up, or hang around at Peterlee, or maybe Dalton Park, since it's less unpleasant, for a 22, since it'll undoubtedly be an double deck odd working.

The two images:
One was the GNE family ticket.
The other is the DCC P&R.

I either pay £2 return and the 3 little Constanpolouses go free. Or I get on a few stops further up the A690 and pay £13 for a family ticket.

The other option, which slipped my mind is ANE. All trips are £1 with CTBW.
If enough people are switched on, GNE could take a hammering this weekend - not in a good way either.
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(05/07/2017, 08:40)Andreos1 Wrote: The two images:
One was the GNE family ticket.
The other is the DCC P&R.

I either pay £2 return and the 3 little Constanpolouses go free. Or I get on a few stops further up the A690 and pay £13 for a family ticket.

The other option, which slipped my mind is ANE. All trips are £1 with CTBW.
If enough people are switched on, GNE could take a hammering this weekend - not in a good way either.

Thanks for reminding me to get the new ticketing app downloaded, as I need to pop into town, tomorrow. Usually £7 return - same as a day ticket!
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http://newsroom.gonortheast.co.uk/news/d...ide-250050


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(05/07/2017, 14:39)TEN 6083 Wrote: http://newsroom.gonortheast.co.uk/news/d...ide-250050


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Someone is finally on the ball, then!
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Apparently there's extra buses on the park and ride, but this article says nothing about extra parking. From experience, Belmont is always full on a normal day

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15...ers__Gala/
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