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Gloag's Revenge?

Is Ann Gloag, perhaps, exacting her revenge on the people of Thanet by raising bus fares?

The prices of Stagecoach bus tickets has gone up again despite relatively stable fuel and insurance prices of late. This increase is well above the rate of inflation and follows closely on the closure of Manston and the bankrupting of another bus rival.

Ann Gloag made her fortune with Stagecoach and then brought Manston airport for a pound and turned down Seven Million times what she paid for it. She did that because some people in KCC and TDC might have given her the impression that she would be given the freedom to build houses there which would be worth a lot, lot more (to her, not us).

Having lied to us (whether deliberately or retrospectively by changing her mind) about intending to run the airport for several years questions are also being asked regarding the cosy relationship her bus service has with the local council. For example how can we trust Gloag's company to deliver fair value for money with her buses?

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Getting about Thanet over Christmas and New Year

The Thanet Star guide for Christmas and New Year to Buses, Trains and Taxis.

This is a follow up to our overview of bus services and offers looking at bus times, train times and taxi prices over the holiday period.

Monday 23rd

Buses today are running but they follow the School Holiday timetables. They seem to be a bit busier than normal and delaies are reportedly common. Give yourself a bit of extra time to make any bus trips today.

Trains are running as normal today and taxis are charging the normal rate.

Tuesday 24th (Christmas Eve)

Trains will run as normal but will finish early. If you are hoping to get the last train home please make sure you double check your times at the station.

Buses again follow the School Holiday timetables but finish early. Loop and Breeze routes will both finish running between 8pm and 10pm with most stops last being serviced just after 9pm.

The last bus to Canturbury (from Margate) is 1945 (7:45pm)
The last bus back from Canturbury to Margate is 2040 (8:40pm)
The last bus to Margate from Birchington is at 2023 (8:23pm)
The last bus to Birchington from Margate 2109 (just after 9pm)

If you are out enjoying the revelry please remember to keep a little extra back for your cab fair as taxi's after 11pm (2300) are liable to be a bit pricey.

Cab prices are normal from but 7pm to 11pm they move to Time and a Half and from 11pm onwards right up to Double Time.

Wednesday 25th (Christmas Day)

No buses or trains running. Taxi Firms will be charging double time. Be safe and enjoy yourself.

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Is the QEQM now disability unfriendly?

Disabled Only
According to the Thanet Gazette new car parking arrangments are now in foce at the QEQM Hospital that could negatively impact on the lives of many disabled people.

Blue badge holders have a specific parking area near to the hospital entrance and outside of the barriers. The Gazette tells us.

So let me get this right. Disabled people will no longer be able to take their car close to the building but have to park by the entrance and walk up to the hospital. A little unfair don't you think?

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Fix my (dangerous) street

It's time to fix this problem before it kills someone.

Residents of Dane Valley have started to speak up regarding a dangerous junction that has come close to claiming the lives of a number of people.

We are calling for a mirror so positioned that someone coming out of Tenterden Way can actually see what is coming up the road before making a right hand turn. Rather than, as at present, make the right hand turn blindly and guessing you are not crossing in front of oncoming traffic.

You can sign the petition on the Kent County Council Website.

What happened to my mum's car

While I say "started" it's more like have renewed calls for KCC to sort it out. Back in July 2010 Rosemary (that's my mum) put a request on Fix My Street to see change after she and my sisters almost met their end at a known problem junction.

This request was promptly ignored.

This time, owever, it will not be ignored. When 1000 people sign the petition it will be debated by a full meeting of the council. Hard to ignore then, eh.

Sign the petition on the KCC Website.

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Fixed and improved.

Along with the improvements to the road surfaces that I triggered I can also happily report that a certain road sign has also been repaired.

Now if I can get some attention to the rather deadly corner as well I shall be most pleased.

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