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Discussion in 'Buses & Coaches' started by Alex 2901, 15 Apr 2016.

  1. WM Bus

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    The platinums on the X1, X2, X20, X22, 23, 24, 126, 529, X3, X4 and X5, all have USB Sockets.
    The platinums on the X10, X12, X51, 997, 934, 935, 936 and 937 don't.
     
  2. JordyWM

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    I’ve seen quite a few platinum buses on the 255 recently, plus crimson ones. Have all the old ones been withdrawn?

    Plus the 1 also now seem to be crimson. Are they different buses or just repainted?
     
  3. Class 172 Fan

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    The hybrids on the 1 and 22/23 have been repainted crimson. The 22/23 ones are now allocated to the 61/63.
     
  4. Alex 2901

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    Now allocated. Along with Wolverhamptons hybrids. 6/6/6 split on there now, 6 Platinums, 6 hybrids and 6 Tridents.
    Saturdays see Tridents replaced by B7RLEs.

    Same buses, repainted.
     
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    Only at present due to the reduced pvr's as a result of Summer Timetables, I expect the 255 to be back to majority Trident's from 2nd Sept
     
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    I've used the X4 and the X5 for three weeks last month and never saw a single USB socket at all, the only thing that they seem to have over the regular routes is wifi and a audible next stop announcement.

    Which brings me to my next question, when will or is NXWM likely to roll out the audible next stop announcement technology onto their Red buses?
     
  7. WM Bus

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    You probably have just never noticed them then.
    They are definitely there and found under the seat infront of you.
     
  8. Alex 2901

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    Next lot of tender changes, from October 28th:

    Diamond
    Lose - 12, 14, 19*, 250, 251, 287, 303 (Bilston)
    Gain - 64 (West Brom)
    Retain - 74 (Walsall)

    Igo
    Lose - 64 (West Brom)
    Gain - N/A

    Midland Classic
    Lose - N/A
    Gain - 53 (Erdington)

    Travel Express
    Lose - N/A
    Gain - 303 (Bilston)

    NXWM
    Lose - Unconfirmed
    Gain - 3A (Walsall), 19*, 287
    New Routes - 23 (replacing 14, 250, 251)

    Arriva Midlands
    Lose - 3A (Walsall)
    Gain - N/A

    All in all, this has turned out to be one of the most interesting tender rounds yet, with some very surprising results, especially with Travel Express going onto one of my locals, which i am not happy about, and Midland Classic making an entrance into the West Midlands...
     
  9. Class 172 Fan

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    Great. Means I lose my direct bus from work to home (250/251).

    Bloody NX.
     
  10. Alex 2901

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    Most of the 250/251 is staying, the only bit that isn't is the Merry Hill-Amblecote-Stourbridge section
     
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    Last time they did that (when Hanson's tried to run the 250 as Stourbridge - Wollaston - Brierley Hill - Merry Hill only) reliability was shot to pieces.

    As an aside, do you know what route it will take in Brockmoor (i.e. will it go Leys Road, Moor Street to Hawbush Road or will it be going Norwood Road and Moor Street) and will it still be serving the High Park Avenue/South Road end of Wollaston/Norton.

    If not then there will be several unhappy pensioners...
     
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  12. Alex 2901

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    I believe the 23 will be exactly the same as the 250 to Merry Hill Centre, then as the 14 to Fatherless Barn, then through the Hayley Green/Hasbury area into Halesowen.
     
  13. WM Bus

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    Interesting to here that they have won the 53 from Igo. Operating in areas of East Birmingham that they have never operated in before.
    Do you know if there will just be an operator change? Or are there any changes to the route/timetable as well.
    Does anyone know what they’ll be using?
     
  14. Alex 2901

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    As its a short notice contract, i believe it'll just be an operator change. As for vehicle type, I'd imagine it'll be E200s
     
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    Who's taking over the 12 bye any chance
    And is the new 23 going to fatherless barn-merry hill or am I wrong
     
  16. Class 172 Fan

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    As per up thread the 23 will replace the 14
     
  17. walsall buses

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    thanks
     
  18. Alex 2901

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    The 12 is being withdrawn due to very low passenger numbers.
    The new 23 will be Halesowen to Stourbridge, via Fatherless Barn, Merry Hill & Wollaston
     
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    Thanks for that
     
  20. Anthony ross

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    Is select bus services linked to midland Classic In any way
     
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    Not as I no they two different companies
     
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    I believe they are linked in some way through Julian Peddle, not 100% sure on that though.
     
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    Reports are that Diamond have registered a number of journeys on the 250/251 commercially. Where that leaves the 23 I'm not sure...
     
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    I’m travelling to Birmingham in November for a week between the 3rd and 9th and ill be Downloading the national express app to purchase my ticket on for the duration of my trip does the ticket have to be scanned on the buses or do I just show the driver thanks in advance
     
  25. Class 172 Fan

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    Just show the driver
     
  26. walsall buses

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    PD0001374/487 Registered (Short notice)
    DIAMOND BUS LTD
    Route: Wednesbury Bus Station to West Bromwich Bus Station via Hill Top
    Service number: 64
    Service type: Normal Stopping
    Effective date: 08 Oct 2018

    PD0001374/447 Registered (Short notice)
    DIAMOND BUS LTD
    Route: Stourbridge bus Station to Stourbridge Bus Station via Brockmoor
    Service number: 250 (251)
    Service type: Normal Stopping
    Effective date: 28 Oct 2018
     
  27. Class 172 Fan

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    250/1 been registered as partly commercial
     
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    And taking over igo's 64 early due to driver shortages
     
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    It's replacing the 287 and being renumbered 28 and replacing half of the 250 route with 3 buses being used with Euro 6 buses
    http://wmbusphotos.com/forum/index.php?topic=11.3120
     
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