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    First Bus Refurbishments

    Just an observation on First’s refurbishments. The B9TLs which were refurbished in Glasgow for mainly the 61 but some others were done for other routes, they received wooden floors and purple grab poles. I find it odd that First don’t tend to have a scheme and stick to it. If the B9TLs were to...
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    First Greater Glasgow

    I was hoping with the new buses coming that the 9/9A would be one of the first routes to be considered for new buses or at the very least a reshuffle of stock so that we see even E300s or E200MMCs dominate the route. The B7RLEs are so tired inside and they had a cheek to brand the buses without...
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    First Greater Glasgow

    Out of interest does anyone know how well the 206 does? It seems to always get a full sized single so I’m wondering if this route is safe? I’m not too familiar with Dumbarton routes?
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    First Greater Glasgow

    This feels like a rather inappropriate time to be asking about LEZ in the middle of a global pandemic but with routes being withdrawn I get that this will free up some buses. However won’t this just allow the oldest buses to retire - Glasgow still have 33120 running around along with some...
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    First Greater Glasgow

    I‘ve always found the X8 to be jumping especially around peak time. It’s the quickest way to Silverburn from the City Centre. Perhaps times have changed but I remember not being able to get a seat on a decker not so long ago.
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    First Greater Glasgow

    I agree. They obviously have a logical reason for withdrawing routes they wouldn’t do it if they were successful and well used. At the end of the day it is a business and they have to run an economical service. The 32 is busy mainly towards the forge but the route is very minor. You could easily...
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    First Greater Glasgow

    They were nice when they arrived refurbished in about 2013 but being used mainly on the 60/60A for years has saw them deteriorate quite rapidly inside. They are pretty loud on board too I was never really a fan.
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    First Greater Glasgow

    I noticed they’ve been using the 03 B7TLs on dupes too. Saw a few on the 2. These were amongst the nicest buses to come from London.
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    Lothian Buses and ECB Discussion

    Thought I’d make a separate thread for this. First Glasgow have a few services which are mainly motorway based for example the X1, X3, X8, X11 and the 500. FIG use a variety of different vehicles on motorway work but mainly B9TLs were used and now E400MMCs. Both of these vehicle types can also...
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    First Greater Glasgow

    Not sure what merging the 61 with the 2 and 60 would do. The 61 is a busy route on its own. The only affiliation it has with the 60 is that they both serve the Maryhill corridor. Other than that they go virtually different paths. As for the 2, it would need to be re routed to serve Sandyhills...
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    First Bus Refurbishments

    I wish First were more uniform with their interiors. I really like the interior of First Cymru’s B9s with the half fabric/half leather. It breaks up the all grey and adds a bit of colour to the interior - it just works well and goes really well with the pink grab poles. I wish they would go back...
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    First Bus Refurbishments

    Just looking to find out as a matter of interest - what level of budget First have for refurbishing their buses. I have noticed a real variation on buses which do get a midlife refresh and others which have the same interior for most (if not all) of their virtual life. Particularly in Glasgow...
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    First Greater Glasgow

    Perhaps unpopular opinion but I hope one good to come out of this pandemic is just which services are vital and which are just dead routes. Routes like X1, X2 and 32 being suspended for this length of time. Are these routes really necessary for the network? Could the 38B be merged with the 38E...
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    First Greater Glasgow

    Is the plan to keep as many deckers on the routes which have recently been upgraded to extra capacity (ie, 201, 240, 2, 3 etc)? Now that it’s fully possible to have deckers on ‘the One’ services with a little route alteration - could the 1 be changed to deckers permanently? It seems to get the...
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    When will Scotland return to some sort of normal?

    People couldn’t keep away from beaches and as an example were heading to Luss in numbers after the slightest bit of lockdown was lifted. I can’t imagine the vast majority of people will stay in doors all that much longer. Working from home sounds good but it’s not practical for everyone so...

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