Lothian Buses and ECB Discussion

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I saw the ultimate in broken roller displays today at Heriot Watt with 131. The thing was displaying Pencaitland on route 56 when it drove in, which confused the hell out of me, with a wonky 6 stuck halfway between 6 and 7.

Eventually realized it was actually the 45... These things need to be fixed or done away with.
Lothian need to sort that. That shouldn’t be allowed. I can take a slight error - I saw a 113 in Tranent the other day, Edinburgh-bound but displaying Pencaitland - but the completely wrong number and a destination not related in the slightest to the route is unacceptable. You have no way of knowing what bus that’s even meant to be.
 
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SpeedbirdA350

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Why are things going so bad for lothian just now.
I don't agree nor see your point. Bus 181 caught fire - fires happen. Bus 308 hit a patch of black ice and skidded - happens more than you think and is down to weather. Bus 19 was caught up in RTC but we have no details on so can't comment. Or have I missed your point?
 

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I don't agree nor see your point. Bus 181 caught fire - fires happen. Bus 308 hit a patch of black ice and skidded - happens more than you think and is down to weather. Bus 19 was caught up in RTC but we have no details on so can't comment. Or have I missed your point?
Lothian have had a streak of bad luck lately tbh.
 

nessapean

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Just doesn't seem to be a great year for lothian. Lots going on and if you look at the complaints on social media they're not doing well with the public. I k ow there's driver shortages all over but lothian seem to be very short just now.
 

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at least they could use some of the branding there:lol: (if it gets fixed which id assume it will)
Indeed, i'd guess it will be fixed. I was wondering though what the cause of the fire was, perhaps the Euro 6 exhaust system? Certainly it seems the source of the Fire was in that area.

Perhaps adding to the bad luck i see sister 184 has crashed in to a gazebo in Linlithgow... Ohh wait it's the X38 Launch event :P
 

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25 has been diverted around the research road at Heriot Watt, no reason given. Wonder why?
This is a regular thing the past few nights due to heavy delays around the entrance to Heriot Watt. 25, 35 and 63 all diverted around the research park to maintain reliability. No bus stops missed so no major problem.
 

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Just doesn't seem to be a great year for lothian. Lots going on and if you look at the complaints on social media they're not doing well with the public. I k ow there's driver shortages all over but lothian seem to be very short just now.
There was a bit of a fuss over a strike earlier in the year which didn't happen. No obvious signs that they are struggling to with drivers, still popular, still raking in money. I think it's possible to make too much out of a few angry people on twitter and a few small crashes.
 
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Apparently 5 of the Gemini 1 B7's have been refurbished.
2 People both saying they saw them refurbished.

But I believe they may be lying. I believe its false now as I checked LVF and the vehicle they said was out all year
 
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Colin M

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Apparently 5 of the Gemini 1 B7's have been refurbished.
2 People both saying they saw them refurbished.

But I believe they may be lying.
It's more likely to be the Gemini 1 B9TLs as they B7TLs all seem to be in the process of being withdrawn and sold.
 

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Apparently 5 of the Gemini 1 B7's have been refurbished.
2 People both saying they saw them refurbished.

But I believe they may be lying. I believe its false now as I checked LVF and the vehicle they said was out all year
Probably B9 Gemini 2's.

However the parallel hybrid B7's may be ready.
 

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There was a bit of a fuss over a strike earlier in the year which didn't happen. No obvious signs that they are struggling to with drivers, still popular, still raking in money. I think it's possible to make too much out of a few angry people on twitter and a few small crashes.
Longstone alone are about 45 drivers short.
 

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its the last day of the wrap, it will either get a new one or a repaint
Judging by the reaction on various social media platforms to this news, you'd think there'd been a death in the family. Some of the gushing over Hamish by the frothers over the last few years has been on a par with winners' speeches at the Oscars.

I don't recall any mass mourning happening in 1995 when Atlantean 658 was painted back into fleet livery after spending ten years as an overall advert for the Daily Record and Sunday Mail newspapers, but we didn't have social media back then. It was repainted without any fuss or fanfare.

Frothers, take note!
 
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Judging by the reaction on various social media platforms to this news, you'd think there'd been a death in the family. Some of the gushing over Hamish by the frothers over the last few years has been on a par with winners' speeches at the Oscars.

I don't recall any mass mourning happening in 1995 when Atlantean 658 was painted back into fleet livery after spending ten years as an overall advert for the Daily Record and Sunday Mail newspapers, but we didn't have social media back then. It was repainted without any fuss or fanfare.

Frothers, take note!
it is a mad overreaction. i dont even like the livery that much i liked the fact it had a name more
 

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Judging by the reaction on various social media platforms to this news, you'd think there'd been a death in the family. Some of the gushing over Hamish by the frothers over the last few years has been on a par with winners' speeches at the Oscars.

I don't recall any mass mourning happening in 1995 when Atlantean 658 was painted back into fleet livery after spending ten years as an overall advert for the Daily Record and Sunday Mail newspapers, but we didn't have social media back then. It was repainted without any fuss or fanfare.

Frothers, take note!
It's a bit of fun, a way to raise the profile of a charity partnership, something that seems to have gone down well with the public.

There are people on here desperate to find any evidence of people complaining about Lothian on Twitter (which, given that people complain about anything and everything on Twitter, is hardly surprising)... now there's complaints that people are saying positive things about the bus company on Twitter... they really can't win!

In a world of corporate liveries and poor customer communications, we have an example of a bus company that have generated lots of positive reactions from passengers and the general public, added a bit of colour, generated a bit of a "buzz"...
 

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