Worcester's DD usage.

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by DD12 » 19:39 Monday 23rd September 2019

MattW wrote:
17:50 Monday 23rd September 2019
One on an early x50 this morning, in Pershore just before 0700.
It was the same one Matt !

https://bustimes.org/vehicles/35631

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by DD12 » 19:20 Saturday 5th October 2019

Feck !! -- I've just seen on the tracker that a DD (33404) has been used all afternoon on the 417 !!
I've been working-on the back of my house, including painting, ( - which I HATE doing), and there's no way I would have done, if I'd thought that particular DD trip was going to be available !
I thought there was NO chance of it ever happening again, as I recently saw two single-deckers sharing the load of seasonal workers, -- one of which was on a contract basis.

MIDLAND RED never bought low-height double-deckers, and the norm was ( - and is) 14' 6", but our Tridents are 13' 10", which helps a little bit, - through the trees !

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by AdamH » 19:51 Saturday 5th October 2019

I’m told 33404 is to be repaint sometime soon before departing for Essex. You may have missed your last chance there.

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by DD12 » 20:05 Saturday 5th October 2019

AdamH wrote:
19:51 Saturday 5th October 2019
I’m told 33404 is to be repaint sometime soon before departing for Essex. You may have missed your last chance there.
Thanks for the warning about the repaint Adam, - I have suffered having my favourite DDs (33401-5) looking scruffy for a long time, and then, when we are just about to lose them, to have any of them repainted will be like rubbing salt in the wound !!

33404 has been a regular on the 32 recently, and has looked splendid in the September sun !

( - The others have been in Barbie livery for 15 years !)

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by AdamH » 20:34 Saturday 5th October 2019

DD12 wrote:
20:05 Saturday 5th October 2019
33404 has been a regular on the 32 recently, and has looked splendid in the September sun...
Yes, spotted it two days in a row while driving home from work. Still puts a smile on my face.

It needs to survive a few more weeks to make it’s fifth anniversary in that livery.

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by DD12 » 20:14 Wednesday 16th October 2019

The latest service changes have dealt a blow to my OTT enthusiasm for DDs --
most of them have been removed from my local service 32.

More importantly, the 365 that serves Hanley Castle School, has gone down to a single-decker.
The morning S23 has gone down from two single-deckers to one, and I believe there have been no DDs going up the London Road during the AM peak, to the Sixth Form college.

All this implies to me a significant reduction (and downward trend) in "customers" that should be "almost captive" or guaranteed -- IE - scholars and students !!

On Monday, all eleven DDs were in service by 07.30, which is new to me, ( - but this may have been introduced before the new T-Ts ) -- IE - before four of them going onto the S1-S4.
The catch with that was demonstrated this morning with a DD arriving at Crowngate
24 minutes late before doing the S3, which therefore was equally late arriving at the school.
Also, as reported in another thread, someone decided to try and run the 37 with just one bus (a DD) which isn't working, and this afternoon resulted in a 32, and the 32S being 24 mins late.

I hope these problems will be sorted ASAP, as I don't want First to lose any DD work, and ASTONS could easily take the S1- S5 !

I'm pleased to see First are using a DD on the afternoon S5, and some late afternoon 45s !!

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