"along the Salt Road" !

Bus and Coach operations, new or changed services and timetables for First Midland Red Buses Limited or its predecessor, Midland Red West Limited.
DD12
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Re: "along the Salt Road" !

Post by DD12 » 13:14 Friday 24th January 2020

https://www.firstgroup.com/worcestershi ... 27-january

I think it's appropriate to record here, some last-minute changes to the S45.

I hope the changes will lead to a double-decker being needed once again on the S45 !

:)

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Re: "along the Salt Road" !

Post by DD12 » 13:48 Sunday 26th January 2020

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/18 ... s-service/

Worth posting here is a very recent article about the 144 reductions, - with the MD citing reliability problems caused by congestion.

Adam V
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Re: "along the Salt Road" !

Post by Adam V » 14:46 Sunday 26th January 2020

Since i left my job at Worcester Shrub Hill i have been using the 144 quite a lot and there always seems to be good loadings on the Bromsgrove - Brum section. There surely is a market for Diamond or NatEx to offer something between Bromsgrove and Birmingham limited stop. Seems a prime opportunity for another NatEx Platinum route. 1 bus per hour i believe not enough. Totally agree with the reliability issues already mentioned though.

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Re: "along the Salt Road" !

Post by DD12 » 14:06 Monday 27th January 2020

Apart from one, at 05.55 this morning, all northbound departures of 144s and 144As from Crowngate have been the Euro 6 Volvos.

The MD has mentioned reliability problems due to pockets of congestion on the northern section, but surely, halving the frequency alone doesn't eliminate that problem (?)

I am wondering if there is some kind of PRACTICAL way drivers can now be contacted to continue northwards beyond Bromsgrove (off-service) and turn around at a suitable point to support south-bound reliability on the northern section -- --
or perhaps continue to and from central Brum, to cover for a broken-down vehicle ?

BUT of course, then people waiting at Bromsgrove, to travel south, would have to wait an extra 15 minutes for the next one ( - IF it's on time !)
-- Does anyone know if BUNCHING of northbound 144/144A,s happens a lot in the Bromsgrove area ??

I suspect the only viable way for people living between Bromsgrove and Rubery to have a decent bus service in and out of Brum, is for them to contact National Express ( - and PERHAPS the county council) - PDQ !!

(Sorry for any duff logic !)

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Re: "along the Salt Road" !

Post by MattW » 19:51 Monday 27th January 2020

I think I saw one on a 30 around 1pm.

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Re: "along the Salt Road" !

Post by bmmoboy » 20:14 Monday 27th January 2020

There were two Salt Road liveried buses on the city today - one on 30's and another on 35's.

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Re: "along the Salt Road" !

Post by willr7 » 20:15 Monday 27th January 2020

MattW wrote:
19:51 Monday 27th January 2020
I think I saw one on a 30 around 1pm.
You are correct Matt. 69450 (WX59 BZD) was used on the 35 (Am) & then the 30 for the rest of the day.

DD12
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Re: "along the Salt Road" !

Post by DD12 » 20:46 Monday 27th January 2020

DD12 wrote:
14:06 Monday 27th January 2020
Apart from one, at 05.55 this morning, all northbound departures of 144s and 144As from Crowngate have been the Euro 6 Volvos.

...... The 05.55 from Crowngate to Bromsgrove, and back, was the ONLY DD used today on the 144 / A. ( :cry: )

..... Just two, non-Euro 6 vehicles were inserted into the afternoon northbound 144A -- departures from Crowngate, at 16.00 and 16.40.

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Re: "along the Salt Road" !

Post by Charliedaffin » 20:52 Monday 27th January 2020

willr7 wrote:
20:15 Monday 27th January 2020
MattW wrote:
19:51 Monday 27th January 2020
I think I saw one on a 30 around 1pm.
You are correct Matt. 69450 (WX59 BZD) was used on the 35 (Am) & then the 30 for the rest of the day.
I saw venus on the 30 at about 3:30

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Re: "along the Salt Road" !

Post by DD12 » 01:45 Thursday 30th January 2020

I see from the tracker that a StreetLite Max was used on a Wednesday evening 144 to and from Brum.

I think this is is a pity, as I think the green Volvos look great ( - "welcoming"), at night.

-- -- all twelve of the green Volvos were in use / available, during the day (although not necessarily all the time).

Does anyone know if a green Volvo (Euro 6 conversion) can "do" the 144 (B'ham) from early morning til late night, on one tank of fuel ??

-- or have any of our driver members ever taken them back to the garage for fuelling ??

:?:

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