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Boxing Day Bus Loadings?

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Most places seem to have no service on New Year's Day. A few years back trentbarton ran a limited service on New Years Day but only on the main routes (indigo, rainbow one etc) but the boxing day service was also limited to main routes on special timetables rather than the Sunday service like last year.

Oddly, many places in the South which don't have the best bus services in the country do have a Sunday or similar service on New Year's Day.
 
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Buses of Somerset. No services on 25/26/27 or 28th December !!
good of you to point this out, giving the the opertunity to change it :D

The chances are that it was the same person just a bit too merry who in error stated there would be no services on 27th or 28th and then mis-spelt this word.

I genuinely believe there will be Sunday type services on both days. If there are genuinely no services, they need not have split Christmas into 25th/26th and 27th/28th.

As an aside, given that the 28th is in lieu of Boxing Day being a Saturday, it's a pity that the 28th will generally not be a Saturday service.

I know this isn't strictly 'Christmas and Boxing Day', but I find it pretty pathetic that Nottingham (and I'm guessing other places too) has no service on New Year's Day. I needed to go somewhere a couple of years back and by sheer luck the places I was travelling from and to were along the tram route. Anyone not near the tram line would need a taxi.

There is also the anomaly that on Boxing Day we have limited buses and hardly any trains, while on New Year's Day we have hardly any buses but near normal train services.
 
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Merseyside has buses

Stagecoach have
Cheshire - Limited timetables will operate on services 1/X1, 1/1A (Blacon), 5, 16 & 53.
Lancashire - Limited timetables will operate on Preston services 1, 3, 111, 125 & X2.
Merseyside - Limited timetables will operate on services 1/X1, 10A,14,17,19,20/21,41,53,82,86,471/472 & X2.

Arriva have
Special daytime services operating from approximately 8am to 7pm.
Arriva Merseyside Boxing Day timetables

Merseytravel haven't published there Christmas/New Year booklet yet, but unlike the last couple of years, no Merseyrail services are operating on Boxing Day
Regarding loadings, not this year for obvious reasons, but in previous years boxing day turns out to be one of the biggest earners of the year on Merseyside.

I worked boxing day in my first year as a driver at Stagecoach on route 1 via Cheshire Oaks, never again!!

As probably mentioned the Christmas day timetables are now out, and yet again the 118X (now disguised as the H1) is running again this year - the 3rd year in which it runs on Christmas day since the 2017 bus review where the 118 route itself was withdrawn the other 364 days a year!
 

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Regarding loadings, not this year for obvious reasons, but in previous years boxing day turns out to be one of the biggest earners of the year on Merseyside.

I worked boxing day in my first year as a driver at Stagecoach on route 1 via Cheshire Oaks, never again!!

As probably mentioned the Christmas day timetables are now out, and yet again the 118X (now disguised as the H1) is running again this year - the 3rd year in which it runs on Christmas day since the 2017 bus review where the 118 route itself was withdrawn the other 364 days a year!
The oaks is bonkers isn't it on Boxing Day. They know it's the same each year and yet the timetables are sill created to be tight and not take in the normal traffic.

118X or H1 is similar to that of the H2 and H3 (194/195) where the actual service was removed many years ago and Merseytravel can't be bothered to review the services. IF these routes are important enough for Christmas Day, why aren't they important enough for other days of the year? (or if they aren't good enough for the rest of the year, why are they running on Christmas Day).
Interestingly, Rock Ferry is opening this year to run these Christmas Day buses. Normally they are ran by Gillmoss who then pay drivers to drive buses under the Mersey to run these Wirral services.
 

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Stagecoach have pulled their Boxing Day services in Kent due to Tier 4 restrictions
 

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Keighley has had a volunteer-run network for around 20 years, with the town council paying for publicity for it. There's 3 hourly broadly circular routes for 5 or 6 hours. I've seen people doing small pub crawls, visiting the hospital and family (and a few enthusiasts as they're usually interesting vehicles on it). Leeds and Huddersfield usually have a couple of volunteer services too.
Sadly this year none of the Huddersfield volunteer services were running including the H11 from Scholes to HRI, neither was the Yorkshire Tiger 233 from Huddersfield to Denby Dale. The Leeds ones are still going ahead.
 

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In the Scottish Borders, no services were running today (usually, a restricted Sunday service runs on Boxing Day).
 

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Buses on Boxing Day? What sort of weird world is this? :D
You haven't been to Peterborough then as Boxing Day you have no trains but buses and New Year's Day you have trains but no buses or it was the case a few years ago.

Very much a topsy turvy world, can't comment on the buses but I do remember the trains on New Year's Day from 6am to lunch time having just enough passengers to valid the use of a Class 153 between Peterborough and London with room to social distance too.

Of course that might have changed but my memory is coming up to 5 years old.
 
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