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  1. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    To quote the famous Wazoo saying - it had more rattles than mothercare The thing that I find annoying is the panels are being done on n/s and o/s - it's all the panels at the front and cab which rattle to pieces
  2. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    They should all be back on the road soon I'm led to believe
  3. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    I think the PVR of the normal discover network is now 11, so the 12 ex airport B7s should be fine for this. However saying this I'm led to believe that 66726 is staying where it is for the moment, so not sure if this will be upgraded for Euro6. There are 8 59 plate B7s and 6 required for svc...
  4. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    The last I heard was 66942 was heading for Bath and getting a Euro6 upgrade, along with most of the rattly panels being replaced. It's been away since February when I last drove it I'd like to think we would get a couple of the Bath ones. I've suggested that 66720 should stay in Mendip Xplorer...
  5. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    They're doing it on a 3 week on, 3 week off. So I'm back on 10th May. Since Wells is quite a small depot, there's more in work than off on this 3 week rota (some drivers are off for a full 12 weeks if they're considered to be high risk), so some drivers are having to work longer than 3 weeks...
  6. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    32008 was dreadful. I drove it once. Got it to Bath and it died. Its extremely tired, but apparently better than the other pink panther (32004). 32009 was pretty good. Not the fastest up hills. The last time I had it, I was on 173 - when it came into Bath bus station for me to take on, my face...
  7. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    I'll probably get told off for writing this (policies, etc), but despite 376 still making a good profit, because of all the reliability problems and Coxley roadworks, the profit is much lower than it once was. It still justifies new fleet though (whenever they can afford it).
  8. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    Firstly, hello Wazoo, hope you're well. 126 could be run with Streetlites fairly easily in winter, however school loadings can be quite a lot and in the summer the loadings off peak can be quite high. Its better to use something older which won't be affected by the emission zones really for 126...
  9. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    The 55 plate B7RLEs are mostly going into training from what I'm led to believe. Not entirely certain whats happening with the 54 plates, but some of the older ones will be for 126.
  10. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    Trust me Excel won't be receiving new fleet anytime soon. 376 turns a rather good profit, unlike Excel
  11. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    30871, 30877 and 32008 were all dreadful. 32009 was actually quite nice. All of them very tired and I know from experience as a passenger the ride is rather bumpy.
  12. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    1) I'm not too sure why you expect to have 7 year old buses refurbished - internally none of the E400s need a refurbishment. In an ideal world they could do with next stop and USB points, but they don't need it. 2) Wells hasn't been short of engineers particularly - they're just taking holiday...
  13. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    Few points of order on this. Firstly, the arrival of the 12 plate E400s were not rushed. Generally most of them received vinyls and were repainted in plenty of time. I understand that there were a handful of engineering issues with some of them too which had to be sorted before leaving...
  14. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    One Streetdeck had USB charging points. So Wells has never had a full fleet of USB point buses.
  15. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    Wow. Just makes me realise just what I was like a few years ago. Well firstly, let me just reassure everyone that 126 is staying the same as it currently operates. The Strawberry Line brand is the new 126 brand. This was due to come in for April, but obviously due to various issues, it can't. 3...
  16. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    So where exactly have you heard this info from about 126 going to Weston? The last I heard we (Wells) would be getting some 54/55 plate B7RLEs for the two boards of 126 and Weston would get another, all in a new brand for 126. The likelihood of Weston doing the whole 126 is very slim. 126...
  17. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    Yeah just found. https://www.firstgroup.com/bristol-bath-and-west/news-and-service-updates/christmas-and-new-year-bus-services-201920
  18. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    Where did you find that info?
  19. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    In terms of renumbering, I don't like seeing it personally, but I think it'll happen, so each corridor can fit in with a brand. I think there will be a new brand for east Bristol and sometime next year a brand for South Bristol.
  20. THarris123

    First South West and Wales discussion

    The original bid was for 110 buses: 30 for Metrobus 25 for 42-45 26 for 48/49 8 for 17 13 for 6/7 8 float 77 due in next 6 months, so presumably still for each of these routes, but different numbers?

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