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Discussion in 'Other Public Transport' started by philjo, 8 Dec 2011.
Notice seen on the 84 bus this morning & is also on the Metroline website:
Thanks for the update,
Well that seems like a step backwards...
Seems hardly any point Metroline continuing to operate it, unless it is enough of a money spinner to make it commercially viable. "holders showing these tickets to the driver will be able to obtain a reduced cash fare if travelling in this section of route" sounds like a recipe for complication & confusion, doesn't it.
Not really, Arriva have (had?) it in the West Midlands where NXWM ticket holders could pay a 50p supplement within the NWM zone. What it will do is cause delays
Hmm, coinciding with it running under a London Service Permit (being the last remaining bus running under a London Local Service Agreement).
It could be beneficial to some passengers if they start accepting the Hertfordshire explorer ticket all along the route - is this likely to happen (as far as I know Metroline only don't accept them on TfL routes otherwise)?
It depends. Uno do on the 614 which was also an LLSA route - however they did back when it accepted Oysters anyway!
I believe they have to pay a supplement to somebody (Herts CC/Intalink who manage the Explorer scheme? TfL? Who knows) if they accept the Explorer, as Uno do on all their LSP routes except the 'coach' services, but Arriva have recently withdrawn Explorers into London on the 724 Green Line service.
Personally I think it would help if they did, but if they wanted to they would have done it before.
Is the timetable changing with this to account for the fact that a) it will now take much longer issuing cash fares and b) nobody will want to catch it anymore into London, rather getting the 313/298?
The Potters Bar to St albans section of the 84 is always packed in the mornings during term time - many of those passengers come through form Barnet. I have often thought that it should run every 15 mins from 7:45 am to 9am as it would reduce delays. the 84 usually runs about 10 minutes late on Mondays when those traveling daily generally buy the Metroline weekly tickets. (I use my annual PlusBus ticket in Potters Bar)
Fares and ticket accpetance on the 84 seem to change more frequently than the timetable of late. With the 614 no longer accepting Oyster in London and now the 84 how long before the other four 'cross border' routes go the same way ? I thought there were plans afoot to extend Oyster to Herts not to have Herts fares extended in to London. 292 next ?
So far as I know the plans to extend Oyster in the short term are only on the train - that's a lot easier to do contractually.
The acceptence of Oyster on non-TfL buses is down to whether the operator thinks it's worth however many pence per card they get for accepting it.