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A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« on: October 07, 2017, 05:44:52 PM »
This new operator of service 7A between Babraham P&R and Whittlesford appears mainly using an ex-Stephensons ALX200 Dart still in their livery complete with "eyelashes" around the headlamps and a rather scrappy set of vinyls across the destination glass. Not exactly high quality.

However today in use was Andrews Y853GCD, an ex-Brighton Dennis Trident.

Offline Stamford

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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2018, 11:56:47 PM »
Two former Abellio London E200s, LJ56VSX/VSY, have arrived via Ensign. At least one, still in red livery, has been in use on services 31 and 75.

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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2018, 08:57:53 AM »
They also have a ex first 52 plate solo.

For a tiny company there trying hard. Good luck to them.
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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2018, 03:48:20 PM »
I am sorry to say that running buses in various 'as acquired' liveries without proper destination displays is not 'trying hard'. It is the result of tendering at a low price and then trying to run at an even lower cost in order to try and make a few bob......

Offline alanv

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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2018, 05:08:54 PM »
The time scale was such that I suspect that a vehicle from Ensign was the easiest option.
As the contract is I assume only until next April when the responsibility passes from the County Council to the Mayor, short term thinking rules.
Also with councils like Northamtonshire and East Sussex axing non mandatory sending the future prospects are not bright.
As an aside does Cambridgeshire have a joint venture with Northamptonshire regarding the My Bus Trip app which provides passengers with free direct access to real time bus information via their mobile phones.

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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2018, 12:24:32 PM »
I am sorry to say that running buses in various 'as acquired' liveries without proper destination displays is not 'trying hard'. It is the result of tendering at a low price and then trying to run at an even lower cost in order to try and make a few bob......

No worse than the "new whippet " then really.

But fair play taking the huge financial risk to give people a life line of a bus service.  And they seem to be getting passengers numbers up.
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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2018, 08:35:46 PM »
No worse than the "new whippet " then really.

But fair play taking the huge financial risk to give people a life line of a bus service.  And they seem to be getting passengers numbers up.

It's not a 'huge financial risk' if they tender a reasonable price..... It's their bid - no one is forcing them to quote that price!!

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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2018, 09:50:20 PM »
It's not a 'huge financial risk' if they tender a reasonable price..... It's their bid - no one is forcing them to quote that price!!

Okay bud chill your beans. 
 I depends how you work out your quote by not just the route price but takeings of passengers.  And so forth. And being able to invest in better buses ie there new e200s with said profit. Also keeping in financial standing with the traffic manager.  And so forth. I'm going to leave it there as I feel I could say the sky is blue and you say it's yellow.
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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2018, 05:46:57 PM »
On a slightly different topic now, has anyone seen any of the ex Whippet  Caetano bodied Dennis Dart SLF's lately ?    I know they sold one on, but I think that leaves them with two still in the
fleet.

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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2018, 07:16:49 PM »
They also have a ex first 52 plate solo.

EO02NFJ as seen at Trumpington Park & Ride today

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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2018, 08:31:12 AM »
Working destination equipment and something approaching a consistent livery would be nice to see. You could be forgiven for thinking that the 7A and 31 are joint run by First and Ensignbus at the moment with that Solo and E200 running around.


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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2018, 08:41:10 AM »
I take your point. But I have a friend who lives in Newton and who is totally dependent on the bus service (topped up with the occasional lift - otherwise a taxi). She couldn't care about the livery - she's just delighted that the County Council managed to find an operator prepared to take on the contract. And that she still has a bus to take her to hospital and/or the shops in Great Shelford. (And remember, when Whippet gave up the 18 there were no takers originally for the contract, until A2B eventually stepped in...) Yes, smarter, newer vehicles would be nice, but at least these services are still operating.

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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2018, 02:38:51 PM »
The lack of destination equipment is actually breaking the law under PSVAR too.....

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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2018, 05:32:30 PM »
https://www.flickr.com/photos/busnutolly/43833233035/in/datetaken-public/

now re-painted into temporary livery (ish) and PSVAR compliant. No pleasing some people!!!

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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2018, 01:43:45 PM »
Good luck to Brian Clifford and his fledgling A2B Bus & Coach. he has stepped into the breach left by Whippet after they left Cambs County Council in the lurch by cancelling tendered services at a very short 1 months notice. Luckily A2B were able to step in at 2 days notice (it took time for CCC to re tender) and take on the 31 and 75 services.
Whippet I might add did not help matters by removing timetables and bus stop flags from these routes leaving passenger in a dilemma as to whether the services were still running.
« Last Edit: October 14, 2018, 07:57:05 PM by John Wakefield »

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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2018, 07:54:46 PM »
Well done A2B for stepping in at such short notice :-)

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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2018, 12:31:46 PM »
A2B Fleet

A2B fleet appear to currently be as follows:
KX57FMF
EO02NFG
LK03NKM
LJ56VSY
SN03WMP
NA52AWF

MX54KYN and YX60DXA are on SORN so look withdrawn
LJ56VSX is untaxed so looks withdrawn
LX51FGG scrapped 10/17


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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2018, 05:28:12 PM »
NA52 AWF is one of the smartest vehicles currently serving Cambridge...it's very shiny indeed!

https://flic.kr/p/29cwrfA

Perhaps it's also fair to point out that since A2B were awarded the contract, the 75 service from Wrestlingworth - Orwell - Cambridge has seen a huge growth in patronage...so much so I believe SN03 WMP was actually bought to cope with the extra pax onboard, what with it being such a large vehicle. Whippet never seemed to manage to make this service work but the peak journey's both directions often see a full bus now...proof it can be done and long may it continue.

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Re: A2B Bus and Coach Ltd
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2018, 10:02:59 PM »
I'm sure we all wish them only luck; which anyone trying to set up a bus operator in today's environment needs plenty of!