want to give you an update on this. So far there have been two test events: the first Sunday 24th, with no shuttle bus service and some empty shuttle buses going to and from the stadium to gather data on timing and so on. The second, yesterday, has seen the pick up of passengers opposite Alexandra Palace Station.I have been both at the pick up point and turn around at Bedford Road.
For the pick up point I would say operations have run smoothly, although there were not many supporters and this was a first trial. There were several representative of First Bus, that runs the service, and THFC.
You may be aware that we have requested the use of electric or hybrid buses to minimise the impact on air quality and that buses to turn off the engines when idling. At first glance I can say that buses have turned their engines off while waiting in Station Road. Buses will not wait in Bedford Road , but only use the area to turn around. I could not make the bus model and have been told they were low emission but without any visible indication of what series or bus is difficult to asses if diesel or hybrid.
The turn around point in Bedford Road was a bit more problematic. Since there was no parking suspension in place, some buses have either continue through Alexandra Park, not sure where they have turned on, while some have been able to use the turn around space. For those that have used the turn around space it was clear how little space for manoeuvering and turn there is. On both days there were also events at the palace with additional dedicated shuttle buses.
I have shared some of the pictures with officers in Haringey and hope that the turning point will be recobnsidered and a more suitable space identified. A Traffic Experimental Order has been issued for all roads affected by parking suspensions for the THFC events , we are waiting for this to be published on the Haringey website, and there will be 6 months to object.
The first official match will be next Wednesday at 19:45. This will also be the first real test as the shuttle buses will operate in the middle of peak time and the area will also need to cope with the additional traffic and parking from supporters that will drive in the area to catch the shuttle bus.
We will be monitoring in this occasion too and if you have pictures or any feedback or isssue you have encountered as a result please do get in touch.