New Display of Buses From Amersham Station – But How Easy is it to Read?

A new display has recently appeared at Amersham station which appears to show the next buses departing from outside the station (well from Hill Avenue). 


I say appears to show as having white text on a light green background is very hard to see. I am actually visually impaired which does not help, but is this combination of colours for displaying useful information easy for anyone to read quickly?  

The poor choice of colours for text and backgrounds is a pet hate of mine. To be easy to read for everyone, be it on electronic displays or printed material, the text and background need to have different contrast. Light text on a dark background is probably best although dark text on a light background can work. I would also suggest that designers should take account of the lighting conditions the display will be set in. An electronic display positioned in bright sunlight is often very hard to see as it is not bright enough. But a too bright display in a dark location can cause too much glare.  Sometimes though an electronic display just won’t be able to cope with all conditions.  The electronic LED bus number and route displays can often be hard to see in bright sunlight and also be too bright in the dark creating glare making the small text hard to read. In many ways for buses a well lit old fashioned paper roller display can’t be beaten for ease of seeing. 

As an aside, the next buses details now being shown at Amersham station will show just how few buses there are in the evenings and on Sundays!

Old Murder Mystery in Amersham – Can Anyone Help?

I have received an email asking if I can help with a possible old mystery about a murder in Amersham many years ago.  The writer tells me “I recall that a popular woman GP was murdered in the woods above Old Amersham, her name might have been Davison.  On the widely held belief that a murderer always returns to the scene of the crime, my father was allocated the night watch, which he spent up in a tree, my guess quite high.  Probably to his intense relief the murderer did not appear and I believe was never caught.”

Can anyone remember this case and what the outcome was?  A Google search has not revealed anything, but it was probably reported locally.

Woodside Road Amersham Changing

Amersham’s Woodside Road has never been the busiest shopping street, but there are some really good shops along it.

However, I noticed a planning application number CH/2015/1424/FA

for 51 Woodside Road Amersham Buckinghamshire HP6 6AA – Change of use of ground floor from retail (Use Class A1) to mixed used retail (Use Class A1) and three residential units (Use Class C3) with fenestration alterations


I believe this application relates to where Majestic currently is.  I understand they will be moving to the new development on Hill Avenue.  Long established Schiller kitchens recently closed, so along with the planning for residential use may mean this part of Woodside Road is in for some changes.

The Metro Lounge Amersham

Work is well on the way in converting the old Entertainer shops on Hill Avenue into a new cafe / bar to be called Metro Lounge

A web page has appeared at

It is part of a chain

The description says 

“‘The Lounges’ are informal, neighbourhood food led cafe/bars open all-day everyday where families, friends, and locals can come for a coffee, a drink, or something to eat in a relaxed comfortable environment. The interiors are comfortable, inviting, and a bit eccentric.”

Hopefully a nice addition to Amersham