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Offline dennisdart

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #150 on: April 24, 2018, 05:00:38 pm »
Recently arrived Enviro 300 27520 (GX06DZB) was on the 5 this morning and Cambridge training dart 34422 (KV53EYY) remains on loan and was on the 51.

The following info is from a driver friend of mine so please don't take this as gospel.

All the MAN's and Solo's are to be withdrawn in the next couple of weeks being replaced with Solo Sr's and Enviro 300's transfered from Kings Lynn and Stagecoach south east. Also to be withdrawn are the 53 and 55 reg darts which will be replaced by Enviro 200 MMC's from Kings lynn.
Some of the Darts will be going to Peterborough as MAN replacements.





If all this happens the Bedford fleet might not look as much of a rag bag anymore but still in need of further dart replacements

The Steven Knight website - fleet ramblings - contains similar information.



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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #151 on: April 24, 2018, 05:11:26 pm »
The vehicle shortage in Bedford deepens - the afternoon X5 turn (1541 Bedford -> Cambridge & 1725 return) has now been cancelled in advance on the last three working days, 20/23/24 April, presumably because there's nothing in the garage that is serviceable. My first comment about the Enviro 300s was flippant, but seriously, if they go, send them out! 

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #152 on: April 24, 2018, 06:19:02 pm »
The Steven Knight website - fleet ramblings - contains similar information.

Just seen that. Maybe there's some truth in what the driver told me as steve knight's site is normally very accurate

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #153 on: April 24, 2018, 06:58:39 pm »
Think it was the obvious destination from day one that the Solo SRs will go to Bedford along with the MMC200s, surprised though the Enviro 300s are going to Bedford, would have thought they would replace the MANs at March

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #154 on: April 24, 2018, 07:22:02 pm »
 70%of the Bedford fleet is fit scrapyard that's a fact,
as for E300s possible use on the 99 the current coaches are 10 years old.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #155 on: April 24, 2018, 07:29:04 pm »
Think it was the obvious destination from day one that the Solo SRs will go to Bedford along with the MMC200s, surprised though the Enviro 300s are going to Bedford, would have thought they would replace the MANs at March

I'm surprised as well as I thought Enviro 300's would be ideal to replace Peterborough's MAN's. Now it looks like they'll be replaced with Darts from Bedford. I hope they don't get 34773 (KX55UDE), that one is a shed.
Bedford's MAN's replaced the far superior Volvo B10BLE's, they're ok on town services but not really suitable for interurban work

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #156 on: Yesterday at 02:39:23 pm »
Another proud day for Stagecoach after work yesterday. I got outside to the stop for the 1707 6 into town but immediately thought that something was up as all the departures were just listed and I have come to realise that unless the clock is counting down then there is a good chance there is no bus coming. Five minutes later 27520, 27522 and 17484 all appeared in convoy heading to Brickhill so I interpreted this to mean these were the 1707, 1719 and 1731 into town so I would be stuck at the rubbish bus stop for at least 15 more minutes. Nice to see two of the buses completely empty but in service nonetheless. I don't suppose it occurred to anyone to send one to Brickhill out of service and to turn one around short to head back into town to reduce the fester time of the unfortunate souls wanting to get into town after work?

So plan B was put into action by walking to Clapham Road to intercept the 1722 51. This proved to be a daft move as why should anyone expect a half hourly service to turn up when people can be left an hour without any bus at all? Fifteen more minutes of my life ebbed away and at 1736 there was no sign of the 51 so presumably the 1645 to Oakley didn't happen so the four latest arrivals have not improved the situation. At 1737 27520 and 27522 still in tandem appeared on the 1707 / 1719 6 services so at least I scooped a winner in 27520. Unfortunately 27522 got in front of us and to the annoyance of both the driver and myself parked up in the 5 bay at the bus station. This meant we got turfed off the bus outside Iceland which gave me 15 seconds to sprint for the 1741 9 with 35105 and just as I reached the doors he backed off the stand which meant I then had to storm through the town centre at my age to reach the St Pauls bus stop to intercept it. People must have thought I was running away from the scene of a crime as I sprinted past them. Another day and another hour to get home...

This morning produced another winner into work with 27523 on the 9 but I wasn't able to score 27521 as it arrived on a 6 to form a 5 so I had to do 34827 on the late 0859 6 minus the school herd for a change. I wonder what farce awaits me going home today. I can't recall this day in 2012 if there was any scenario getting home but I see I endured 33819 on a 50 and 17693 on a 9 to reach home so I didn't bother with the 6 that day.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #157 on: Yesterday at 03:51:17 pm »
I was in St Neots today and saw 5 separate X5 services. All of them were Elite coaches. Not a double decker to be seen

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #158 on: Today at 01:35:30 pm »
I was in St Neots today and saw 5 separate X5 services. All of them were Elite coaches. Not a double decker to be seen

So not just me then. This week has been the first time in months I have not seen any E400's on the X5 so I have been wondering if the so called Elite's troubles are resolved. My buses home were 19705 on the 6 and 34421 on the 9 yesterday evening and no festering in contrast to the night before. 18101 was on the 1712 or whatever 50 and 27520 on a 1 whilst an ambulance occupied the 6 bay.

Still, not to worry normal service was resumed this morning. I arrived at the bus stop for the 0847 9 and I was still stranded at 0912 so no hope of getting to work on time. We did have a guest passenger also waiting at the bus stop in the shape of a mouse. Unfortunately the little critter was stone dead. I assume it turned up for a 9 into town which didn't arrive last night and it died of boredom or a cat got to it as it hung about for a bus for too long. Five of my fellow passengers called it a day and walked into town and who can blame them?

Eventually 18423 rolled in well filled which apparently was running 20 minutes late despite the roads being barely troubled by road rats, shortly after 17484, 18418 and a Dart went past heading to Shortstown. Once again I had to marvel how these predominantly empty buses were providing an intense service to Shortstown against the flow as everyone were on the other side of the road wishing to get into town.

Typically the 0932 50 was not 18150 today but tired and dull 15607 so this was rejected for 22333 on the 0935 6 as it has swapped routes with 17484 today. Naturally I blamed the dead mouse for the late running bus today as my excuse for being late and as it is a new reason for lateness.

Other piffle noted was alien 39689 seen heading towards the garage, 19890 on the 0934 53, 27523 on a 6 and 19706 on the 0945 42.

I see on this date in 2010 I wasn't at work but I travelled on 16221, 16672, 34098, 16228, 16672 and 18106 during the course of the day but I didn't note the routes but I imagine they are mainly the 9 and 51.


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #159 on: Today at 05:49:40 pm »
So not just me then. This week has been the first time in months I have not seen any E400's on the X5 so I have been wondering if the so called Elite's troubles are resolved. My buses home were 19705 on the 6 and 34421 on the 9 yesterday evening and no festering in contrast to the night before. 18101 was on the 1712 or whatever 50 and 27520 on a 1 whilst an ambulance occupied the 6 bay.

Still, not to worry normal service was resumed this morning. I arrived at the bus stop for the 0847 9 and I was still stranded at 0912 so no hope of getting to work on time. We did have a guest passenger also waiting at the bus stop in the shape of a mouse. Unfortunately the little critter was stone dead. I assume it turned up for a 9 into town which didn't arrive last night and it died of boredom or a cat got to it as it hung about for a bus for too long. Five of my fellow passengers called it a day and walked into town and who can blame them?

Eventually 18423 rolled in well filled which apparently was running 20 minutes late despite the roads being barely troubled by road rats, shortly after 17484, 18418 and a Dart went past heading to Shortstown. Once again I had to marvel how these predominantly empty buses were providing an intense service to Shortstown against the flow as everyone were on the other side of the road wishing to get into town.

Typically the 0932 50 was not 18150 today but tired and dull 15607 so this was rejected for 22333 on the 0935 6 as it has swapped routes with 17484 today. Naturally I blamed the dead mouse for the late running bus today as my excuse for being late and as it is a new reason for lateness.

Other piffle noted was alien 39689 seen heading towards the garage, 19890 on the 0934 53, 27523 on a 6 and 19706 on the 0945 42.

I see on this date in 2010 I wasn't at work but I travelled on 16221, 16672, 34098, 16228, 16672 and 18106 during the course of the day but I didn't note the routes but I imagine they are mainly the 9 and 51.

Maybe the service problems are route specific. I had no problems this morning or evening on the 53. In the morning I had a ride into town on Dart 34534 (GX04EYH) which is going back to its home depot of Fenstanton shortly according to the driver and who seemed to like the way it drove saying it was far better than the native 53 reg Darts. This evening I had a ride home on Enviro 400 19890 (AE11FUG) both of which were punctual.

The 6 and 9 are very busy routes using some of the most congested roads in Bedford hence why they are now two separate routes as they used to cross town as one route numbered 6 or if we're talking old united counties days the 106 and 107 which used to be run with the rancid Volvo B6's and the occasional Leyland or Volvo olympian

Bedford has always had a chronic traffic problem and it shows no sign of getting any better particularly with the forthcoming closure of Bromham Road railway bridge for the electrification of the Midland Mainline up to Corby. This will cause chaos for months and bring the town to a standstill and affect routes 6, 41, 50 and 51 as traffic will be diverted along the already very congested Shakespere road and Clapham road towards the new bypass which is also very congested already