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by bringstybeast
18:51 Saturday 29th June 2019
Forum: Fleet Discussion
Topic: First Group to be split and sold off.
Replies: 62
Views: 5510

Re: First Group to be split and sold off.

Stagecoach and Virgin have been barred from making franchise bids on two counts. a) Failure to run the East Coast franchise at a profit mainly because of over enthusiastic predictions of increase in passenger numbers which never materialised, leading to heavy losses and inability to pay £2 Billion ...
by bringstybeast
23:55 Thursday 27th June 2019
Forum: Fleet Discussion
Topic: First Group to be split and sold off.
Replies: 62
Views: 5510

Re: First Group to be split and sold off.

If Worcester were to be cherry picked for advance sale - then in practice it would be to either Rotala or Stagecoach. Although geographically close by, it's not a natural fit to bolt on to NXWM, and then even with Stagecoach - it's either a distant output of United Counties, or Cheltenham & Gloucest...
by bringstybeast
09:15 Wednesday 26th June 2019
Forum: Fleet Discussion
Topic: First Group to be split and sold off.
Replies: 62
Views: 5510

Re: First Group to be split and sold off.

I think there are some parallels between FirstGroup and Brexit(!) in so far as investors are now so fed up they just want an ending, and there really isn’t much confidence that the board will be able to deliver. Yesterday, votes against the board ranged from 15% to 45%, including the three largest i...
by bringstybeast
09:05 Tuesday 25th June 2019
Forum: Services, Routes and Timetables
Topic: Worcestershire's future passenger transport
Replies: 26
Views: 2710

Re: Worcestershire's future passenger transport

In terms of population Gloucester is about 30% bigger. Where Worcester struggles is the fact that all routes start end or pass through Crowngate which strangles the routes, 2 ways in, one way out and built for mini buses. The lay out of the approach roads doesn't help as they are narrow with tight ...
by bringstybeast
22:27 Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Forum: Fleet Discussion
Topic: Double Deckers
Replies: 7
Views: 1540

Re: Double Deckers

If we're going down the route of speculation, should be noted that there should be at least some Bristol Geminis getting freed up before the end of the year. The cynic in me thinks these better fit the age profile of recent transfers in! (Personally, I think the older B9s run better)
by bringstybeast
20:05 Friday 17th May 2019
Forum: Services, Routes and Timetables
Topic: TRACKING !
Replies: 32
Views: 6395

Re: TRACKING !

Maybe not weird. Could be that Midland Classic’s machines have similar or consecutive serial numbers and just been misassigned/mistyped on bustimes. Pretty sure that First, and Midland Classic, will know exactly where all their buses are! (And doubt they refer to bustimes for that information!)
by bringstybeast
20:48 Tuesday 5th March 2019
Forum: Services, Routes and Timetables
Topic: New Forest Services
Replies: 16
Views: 7973

Re: New Forest Services

With the proposed changes to the 24 and 31 would be expecting the council to see efficiencies and cut the 713 and 746 by the end of the year. But that all might change now Stagecoach have the whole network again...
by bringstybeast
16:20 Friday 22nd February 2019
Forum: DRM Bus
Topic: Basking in the sun
Replies: 0
Views: 2781

Basking in the sun

Happened to come across a big pink ‘un this afternoon going slow enough that even I could get a photo...
by bringstybeast
18:04 Saturday 9th February 2019
Forum: Services, Routes and Timetables
Topic: Disabled and pensioner concessionary passes under threat
Replies: 8
Views: 1311

Re: Disabled and pensioner concessionary passes under threat

As a non-pensioner - my obersvation was that the leisure use significantly increased once it came in nationally. So, using a summer 420 as an example - Hereford council would be paying X amount for 40-odd “Brummie” pensioners (on a really busy day) to have a day out. They’d take up all of the fixed ...
by bringstybeast
10:27 Wednesday 6th February 2019
Forum: Fleet Discussion
Topic: New round of disposals and transfers-out.
Replies: 84
Views: 17123

Re: New round of disposals and transfers-out.

Rich82 wrote:
05:45 Wednesday 6th February 2019
https://flic.kr/p/QQTKQP 67664 seen in Hanley Repainted although not very clean at all
Surely they’ve not put the fares up already! (Or should that read from £0?)

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