Monthly Archives: June 2014

Frank Pick talk in York, 7 October 2014

A talk by Oliver Green, author of ‘Frank Pick’s London: Art, Design and the Modern City’.

Frank Pick, a former pupil at St Peter’s School in York, became Managing Director of the London Underground in the 1920s and commissioned its internationally famous modern architecture, posters and graphic design.

7pm Friday 3 October 2014, Memorial Hall, St Peter’s School.

Frank Pick Talk Poster1 and Frank Pick Talk Poster2.

Tickets FREE from



London Bus Museum Members News, June 2014

The June 2014 edition of Members News is now available.

Chris Wheble has undertaken the editing. If you have any news for inclusion please send to Chris c/o

Text should not exceed 100 words and photos may be included.

In this edition:

  • Our Routemasters in service in London
  • Bus operations report
  • Triumphant trip to Brighton
  • Restoration update
  • Membership & Volunteers
  • Publicity Distribution
  • Away events Diary

You can read it in the Members’ Area of the web-site or download direct  here:

Ian Jackson
Web-site Editor

More cycle racks and less parking ‘will revive struggling high streets’

The Times, Kaya Burgess, 24 May 2014.


Struggling high streets should do away with car parking spaces and replace them with pedestrianised zones, cycle lanes and bike racks to boost business, according to transport experts.

Mary Portas, the retail expert, recommended in 2011 that cheaper car parking was key to reviving the high street. Chris Boardman, the former Olympic cycling champion and policy adviser to British Cycling, disagreed yesterday, offering instead a “counter-intuitive” solution.

“It is well evidenced that replacing car parking with cycle access or pedestrianised zones doesn’t hurt business,” Boardman said. “Stats show cyclists spend less per visit, but they visit more often.”

British Cycling said: “Evaluations of pedestrian improvements in Coventry and Bristol show a 25 per cent increase in footfall on Saturdays and predict £1.4 million in benefits respectively.”

Boardman said that retailers should be shown how the number of shoppers can be boosted by moving car parking spaces off streets to nearby car parks.

The addition of protected cycle lanes on 9th Avenue in New York led to a 49 per cent increase in retail sales, compared to a 3 per cent uplift for shops on other local streets.

He explained: “New York used paint and planters to mark out cycle lanes for a six month trial, which didn’t cost much, and told local retailers if they didn’t like it, they would remove it.”

The Times accompanied Boardman yesterday as he took his local MP for West Wirral, Esther McVey, on a cycle tour.

Martin Key, of British Cycling, said: “Shops tend to over-estimate how many people drive to them. And you can have 10 bike spaces for each parking space.”

Adrian Lord, an infrastructure expert, said: “Those who arrive at high streets on foot or by bike tend to spend more, over time. This is especially true of local shops rather than big supermarkets. With cars, people are often looking at their watches because they have only 10 minutes left on the meter.”

Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, last year criticised some councils for having an “anti-car dogma”. Boardman said: “It isn’t ‘anti-car’ it’s ‘pro-people’.”

In West Kirby, Boardman’s home town, he wants to remove car parking on The Crescent, a parade of shops, and create a pedestrianised zone with cycle parking for a six month trial. It would cost £12,000.

Andrew Smith, a butcher at AI Roberts, said: “It would be perfect. It would bring more people in. Restaurants could have tables outside. People are scared of change, but they would adapt.”

Nicola Hulley, who runs a clothes shop, said: “It would be good for business, though we would need to be able to unload our stock.”

McVey, the local Conservative MP, said there would need to be car parking for elderly or disabled people and that such schemes need consultation and advanced warning.

“You wouldn’t want someone to go to the butchers and all of a sudden realise they can’t park outside, so they drive up the road to a supermarket,” she said. “People have to know in advance, have a trial period and, if it does work, that would be brilliant as it would work for everybody.”


Learner held on suspicion of carjacking

The Times, John Simpson, 24 May 2014.

A learner driver has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out a carjacking on his instructor during a lesson.

The young man allegedly pulled over, punched his instructor and got out of the car when he was asked to pay off outstanding debts during a lesson in Handsworth, Birmingham.

When his instructor, 56, also left the car and tried to call the police, the younger man allegedly returned and began punching and kicking him before demanding the keys to the driving school’s Nissan Note and driving off in it. He is accused of stealing his instructor’s mobile phone.

The alleged victim was not seriously injured. Police said that the car had not been recovered.

A 22-year-old man was arrested at home at 6am yesterday and was being questioned by detectives from West Midlands police.

Detective Constable Darren Wilkie said: “The man owed money for earlier lessons and when the instructor asked for payment, his student responded aggressively. The instructor suffered just cuts and bruises but was understandably shocked.”


Parking Overseas

Letter to The Times, 6 May 2014.

Are awkward parking fees simply intended to encourage us all to pay by card instead of coins?

Sir, Linda Zeff (letter, May 2) wonders if awkward parking fees are to encourage us to pay by card instead of coins. Last week in Wembley I tried to pay for my parking by phone. I inadvertently texted my location and duration to the wrong recipient and had a text confirmation stating that I had been charged $720.25. When I phoned up to query this, I was told I had paid for several weeks’ parking at an airport in Canada. Luckily, they promised me a refund.

Rachel Freedman
London NW3