First South West and Wales discussion

Discussion in 'Buses & Coaches' started by Ivo, 27 Feb 2012.

  1. THarris123

    THarris123 Established Member

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    Is that the U1 in Bath or Bristol?
     
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    Think Swifty is saying that these are low height so FTV33s contention that they must be for the new U1 (not Metrobus) isn't correct and that the U1 will be receiving new fleet next year, indicating a stop gap til then.
     
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    It has also proven that Bristol City Council gave into First over metrobus!
     
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    Well it's good that dual door buses are returning to the Bristol streets again. But why only for those two services aimed primarily at university students? Could do with some buses like this on the busy cross-city services(not that there is many cross-city services left here now) like the 75 & 76 to speed up loading/unloading times at the busiest stops, including in particular The Haymarket!
     
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    I wouldn't trust people in Bristol getting on via the 2nd door and not paying! You see it enough in London, but I wouldn't trust anyone in Bristol, if they think they could get away without paying for a bus they will!
     
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    Perhaps because those routes have a relatively limited number of stops of suitable design?

    The Metrobus routes have stops designed for dual doors and it is straight forward enough for the P&R.
     
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    Am I tight in thinking that it is only the Ashton bridge that is dictating lowheight DDs for metrobus?

    So whoever has got the Hengrove/North Fringe (m32) services could use a normal height DD?

    Separately, the First press release mentions buses for metrobus M2 - does this mean they hav got the M32 routes, or is the M2 going to be te Ashton P&R?
     
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    Metrobus is specifically designed to allow boarding and alighting via as many doors as the vehicle has. All ticketing will be done off the bus (and by contactless payment card, no cash), the majority is intended to be by SmartCard, ignoring the massive success that First have had locally with Mobile Tickets, but such is the will of the public sector.

    177, "Bristol to Midsummer Norton". Classic work there on TravelWorst. Was that another job by the work experience kid?
     
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    Bath Uni service U2 ran Mon to Fri during term time only from end Sept 2016 until early this June. Its frequency was gradually reduced as the academic year wore on and presumably demand was less. Bath Uni term starts on 23 Sept 2017. My question is would something have appeared on VOSA if the service was being cancelled and not operating this next university year? Thanks for any opinions on this.
     
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    Look at Travel West link above. It states about u2. Also interesting to note frequency on u5 reduced.
     
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    First Aberdeen is going the same way. I dont understand is why the demand will reduced over the year?
     
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    U5 First Bath – Bath Spa University Monday to Friday term time frequency reduced from every 10 minutes to every 12 - 15 minutes.

    Following requests from students, the Monday to Saturday night time frequency of buses is doubled from every 60 minutes to every 30 minutes, with last departures at 0240 from Bath Spa University and 0310 from Bath Bus Station. This also includes a later last journey from Bath Spa University and Bath Bus Station.

    U6 First Bath Spa University circular Frequency increased from start of University term from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes during peak hours. At off-peak times the frequency will be every 20 minutes and there will be no gap in the service around lunchtime (there is currently a gap in the service to facilitate a driver meal break).

    The presumption would be that they are taking a vehicle off one for use on the other?

    More importantly, will the fleet on the U5/U6 remain the same ex Leicester B7TLs or be replaced by new fleet? ;)
     
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    Yes I know full well. I'm getting my cheque book out.
     
  14. TheGrandWazoo

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    During the academic year, there is a natural attrition of people with people leaving. That can be anywhere around 10% though it is mainly first year students so less impact on services.

    Also, you have a natural surge at the start of the financial year as people have more money to spend so demand is reduced - not spending on their tickets but affecting their reason to travel.

    Then you have people who have essentially finished formal classes by March and are busy writing dissertations for submission by April and then are finished.
     
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    Good man!
     
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    Cheers for that, Although Aberdeen doing it from january. Any other places doing this?
     
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    Liking the branding on the 8 streetlites. It had looked a bit clumsy before, with the dark green front just painted over the original livery, but they have fixed it up a bit and looks good.
     
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    Thanks THarris-I hadn't seen that. So U2 is continuing so must have been commercially successful. I also wonder what will run it. Of the five B7TLs repainted purple and wi-fi'd for the service, 32001/2 went topless at Weston, 32007 remains in Bath and 32014/5 went to Weston. But then as W reg perhaps 007/14/15 are due to depart for pastures new soon?
     
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    Remember that the B7TLs weren't repainted/refurbished for that service but the U1 along with 32003/6.

    However, fair point as to wonder what may operate the U2 in future. Will the W regs soldier on or will something else be tarted up?
     
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    The U2 is supposed to be being operated by singles.
     

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