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  1. Arriva Fan

    Petition to Re-Open the Douglas to Peel Railway

    Hi All, As the title suggests there is a Petition to Isle Of Man Government to show the level of support existing for a Re-Opened Douglas to Peel Railway. The petition can be found at https://www.change.org/DouglastoPeelRailway and I'd greatly appreciate it if you could sign and share on any...
  2. Arriva Fan

    Isle of Man buses and coaches.

    Not if one or two weeks of the hire is spent in Port awaiting shipment, at a Vehicle Testing Centre awaiting certification and waiting for relevant documents before being used in Service. Go-Ahead could also get their own staff to bring them to the Island, Bus Vannin would need to have them...
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    Isle of Man buses and coaches.

    Yeah, like I said I'd have loved 55 at the time but then I couldn't have driven her so it was all just a dream really. I've heard before that the 2002 batch were the best, what was it about them? That's quite an ex Bus Vannin Fleet you have close by, I'd struggle to choose who to preserve! It...
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    Isle of Man buses and coaches.

    Gura mie ayd :), it's genuinely good to have someone else who is into Bus Vannin. This is true, and perhaps why Bus Vannin have shortened their initial 12 year life expectancy. However, I don't see Mercedes going anywhere soon, so replacement parts and support should continue to be available...
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    Isle of Man buses and coaches.

    First of all, Mann is the mainland as we're not an English county like Wight. Which is exactly why this wouldn't work. Vehicles would have to be hired, tested, insured, taxed and possibly re-registered (unless an exemption was granted). Space on Sailings at the beginning and end of the TT is at...
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    Isle of Man buses and coaches.

    Ok, let's start fresh then, and I apologise if you thought I was implying you were stupid. I've made my point about why I think what Vehicles Bus Vannin order can't really be compared to UK operators due to their different operating environments and we'll leave it there. They certainly won't...
  7. Arriva Fan

    Should UK manufacturers develop more products for Continental Europe?

    Yes this is true, similar to the previous Volvo/Wright dominance on the other adjacent Island. However, this Infrastructure was all set up AFTER Bus Vannin began purchasing Mercedes-Benz Products. The preference towards Mercedes wasn't because of an existing Support Structure on the Island.
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    Should UK manufacturers develop more products for Continental Europe?

    Appalling know it all attitude, ok sure. The tone of your original reply, starting with 'And' was confrontational. My point about Bus Vannin and their operating environment being incomparable to the uk still stands. Different financing, different priorities. It should come as no surprise that...
  9. Arriva Fan

    Should UK manufacturers develop more products for Continental Europe?

    There was a debate over Citaro usage in the uk, and you brought Isle Of Man into it. The arguments against Citaro operation for the uk commercial bus operators, doesn't apply in Mann. Don't pretend it's LHD vs RHD issue suddenly, because the points being made were that Citaros are expensive to...
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    Should UK manufacturers develop more products for Continental Europe?

    They're not in the uk though, and are the Nationalised State Operator. The Manx Bus Industry is quite different from the british. In terms of mainland Bus Operatiors, the VDLSB200 Wright Commander was popular in the Netherlands. That's a fairly lightweight product, and it's surprising that...
  11. Arriva Fan

    Stagecoach Rebrand on the cards?

    A drawn skyline of the city or local landmarks with 'Stagecoach serving Ayrshire' for example could be made for each OpCo and be put in where the Adverts would go. Easy to change during a Cascade, can be taken out and replaced by an advert and might break up the white. Also relatively cheap to...
  12. Arriva Fan

    First Greater Glasgow

    77 moving over to Caledonia as well.
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    First Greater Glasgow

    Supposed to be 9/9A to Caledonia and Scotsoun will take over all Service 2 workings.
  14. Arriva Fan

    First Greater Glasgow

    With the the 9/9A transferring to Caledonia rumours maybe that will be one of the Routes upgraded.
  15. Arriva Fan

    Ways to improve the First Glasgow Network

    When the 1/1A/1B/1C/1D/1E terminate in Helensburgh, Drumchapel or Clydebank they should return to Glasgow via Expressway as Service 1. There's no point to all the variations in that direction and it would hugely simplify the timetables and 'what Bus to get to Glasgow'.
  16. Arriva Fan

    First Greater Glasgow

    There are B9TLs Branded for 'theone' working alongside E300s, so it's not unprecedented.
  17. Arriva Fan

    After Training As a Bus Driver

    Thanks very much to everyone for the replies. Does anyone happen to know the answers to the same questions, though this time with Stagecoach? Thanks again, I know it's not a Rail Career Query, but I don't think it fits in the other areas.
  18. Arriva Fan

    After Training As a Bus Driver

    Interesting, wonder if the circumstances matter. Or can you just try and get sacked haha
  19. Arriva Fan

    After Training As a Bus Driver

    Thanks for that. Quite a lot to pay back if I have to move away.
  20. Arriva Fan

    After Training As a Bus Driver

    Hi All, After Training with First to get a PCV License, how soon after qualifying can you leave the job if you have to? And if you leave before this period, what is the cost of doing so? Same question as above, but with McGill's too, if anyone knows? Thanks for taking the time to read my post.

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