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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All the MAN's and Solo's are to be withdrawn in the next couple of weeks being replaced with Solo Sr's and Enviro 300's transfered from Kings Lynn and Stagecoach south east. Also to be withdrawn are the 53 and 55 reg darts which will be replaced by Enviro 200 MMC's from Kings lynn.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: April 25, 2018, 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: April 25, 2018, 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: April 26, 2018, 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: April 26, 2018, 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

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #160 on: April 27, 2018, 01:23:40 PM »
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


The issue with route 9 is the Rope Walk roundabout where the traffic in three lanes coming out of town is one huge bottleneck at peak times and in respect of route 6, Clapham Road roundabout is also a fiasco. The situation worsened when the footbridge from the school to the playing fields in Manton Lane was removed and traffic lights put in so the kids now keep stopping the traffic to cross the road plus you have all the parents vehicles going in and out of the school grounds. Also the Manton Lane industrial estate generates a lot of traffic so that between 5-6pm both lanes in Manton Lane are static. There must also be a problem on route 5 as these turn into 6's so to have three heading for Brickhill the other day shows they were late arriving from Elms Farm. The only time the timetable works on these routes is when the schools are closed otherwise they are worthless bits of paper in peak times.

What grates is that when we left the town centre to move to our current location it was all one route from Shortstown to Brickhill which meant that if you bought a single it cost £1.50 whatever the price was at the time. However, when it became two routes 9 and 6, a £1.50 ticket was only valid to the bus station so when you changed buses it was another £1.50 to the office, as the through single ticket was no longer available so a bit of a rip off. The reason given for splitting the route into two was that buses were getting lost in the traffic as the route was too long and the idea sold to us was that routes 6 and 9 would be standalone which is currently still the position with the 9 as the same four vehicles go round and round on it all day in theory.

However, don't be fooled because instead of just having the same buses working the 6 all day they decided to interwork them with the 5 so in essence it is now a through journey from Brickhill to Elms Farm and is no different to when it worked from Brickhill to Shortstown. All that happens is the route number changes from 6 to a 5 in the bus station. If it was route 6 throughout you could buy a single Brickhill to Goldington for £2.30 but because it changes route number you can only buy a single to the bus station so you would have to spend another £2.30 to go to Goldington as technically a different service so what would happen is the driver would issue you with a day rider for £4.50 thereby getting more money out of you. A cunning way to fleece people by turning one route into two. Anyway, I digress the same issues of late running that dogged the Brickhill to Shortstown service have affected the current 6 and 5 in exactly the same way and it doesn't work. The buses should stick to route 5 all day and different vehicles should stick to route 6 all day.

For the record the Dart on the 9 yesterday was 34834 to complete the picture but my bus home on the 9 was 17484 with 27520, 27522 and 27523 all doing their through journeys from Brickhill to Elms Farm on the 6/5. Thankfully this morning the 0847 9 was on time, despite the mouldy mouse still being in situ, with 22333 back on its preferred route whilst 17484 was back on the 5 and 6 so they rectified their allocation mistake of yesterday. All I can look forward to now is the bus fares rising and the disruption to come on the 6 to and from work with the diversions and the prospect of beating my personal record of 42 minutes waiting for a bus.

Going back in time on 29 April 2010 my bus to work on the 6 was 14054 and on 28 April 2011 I headed up north to intercept 14000 on the 0730 850 service from Higham Ferrers and got off at Sainsburys to walk to work.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #161 on: April 27, 2018, 05:37:27 PM »
From the info on Steven Knight Media's site I can tell that just 11 Darts will survive the fleet changes those being the ones new for 'Mars' branded services (Now the 71/72/73) in 2006, those being 34825-34835 (KX06LNV/JYH/J/K/L/N/O/P/R/S/T)

At least all the ones transferring to Peterborough have had their seats retrimed fairly recently as have most of Bedford's darts. 34771/73 (KX55UDB/E) could really do with a repaint before transfer. 35103-06 (AE06WXO/P/R/S) had a repaint when they transferred in from Peterborough and still look smart

I'm happy to see the back of 34773 (KX55UDE). I feel sorry for Peterborough having to put up with it.  It's broken down on three separate occasions when I've travelled on it
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #162 on: April 28, 2018, 12:29:45 PM »
noted today enviro 200 36045 (AE08NVV) back in service.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #163 on: April 28, 2018, 12:51:45 PM »
noted today enviro 200 36045 (AE08NVV) back in service.

This one had been dumped in the corner of the yard at the depot for months. I wonder what was wrong with it.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #164 on: April 29, 2018, 08:03:27 AM »
Are they the two going to Wisbech Town services

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #165 on: April 29, 2018, 05:36:05 PM »
Enviro 200MMC 37432 (SN16OPW), Optare Solo SR's 48023/25(YJ15ANR/V) plus another in Coast Hopper livery have now arrived at Bedford depot.
I've been told that 5 now withdrawn Optare solos have been sent to Biggleswade for storage already. It didn't look like there was much room for much else when I walked past earlier.

I wonder how long it will take for vehicles to be repainted out of Coast Hopper livery and into service. Surely Bedford can't paint that many vehicles in a short space of time

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #166 on: April 29, 2018, 06:33:41 PM »
They will probably allow a month, a couple could go to Chesterfield

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #167 on: April 29, 2018, 06:34:35 PM »
It would be good if you can get a picture of the yard in Bedford

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #168 on: April 29, 2018, 09:00:08 PM »
Just had this list emailed to me from my friend at Stagecoach in Bedford

Vehicles arrived so far are as follows

Enviro 300 27645/47 (GX10HCA/KYZ)
Enviro 200MMC 37431-39 (SN16OPV/W/X/Z/ORC/F/G/H/J)
Solo SR 48023/25/31-36 (YJ15ANR/V/YJ66ARZ/ASO/U/V/X/Z)

27642-44/46 (GX10HBU/Y/Z/HCC) and 48024 (YJ15ANU) are also expected


Departed for Peterborough

Darts 34771/73 (KX55UDB/E) 34835 (KX06JYT) 35104 (AE06WXP)


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #169 on: April 29, 2018, 09:48:40 PM »
Just had this list emailed to me from my friend at Stagecoach in Bedford

Vehicles arrived so far are as follows

Enviro 300 27645/47 (GX10HCA/KYZ)
Enviro 200MMC 37431-39 (SN16OPV/W/X/Z/ORC/F/G/H/J)
Solo SR 48023/25/31-36 (YJ15ANR/V/YJ66ARZ/ASO/U/V/X/Z)

27642-44/46 (GX10HBU/Y/Z/HCC) and 48024 (YJ15ANU) are also expected


Departed for Peterborough

Darts 34771/73 (KX55UDB/E) 34835 (KX06JYT) 35104 (AE06WXP)

So the two Enviro 300s will probably enter service tomorrow along with the three Solo SRs in corporate livery which means four darts have gone to Peterborough, once the remaining coasthopper buses have been painted more transfers or withdrawals will take place

In terms of the Enviro 300s the only one I could see was 27642, not sure where the other ones are, I am sure there is 6 in total, 27643???

48024 must have been the one round the back

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #170 on: April 29, 2018, 09:50:57 PM »
So the two Enviro 300s will probably enter service tomorrow along with the three Solo SRs in corporate livery which means four darts have gone to Peterborough, once the remaining coasthopper buses have been painted more transfers or withdrawals will take place

In terms of the Enviro 300s the only one I could see was 27642, not sure where the other ones are, I am sure there is 6 in total, 27643???

48024 must have been the one round the back

There are 6 expected including 27643

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #171 on: April 29, 2018, 10:19:09 PM »
Sorry my bad, you actually wrote that, misread the -

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #172 on: April 30, 2018, 07:56:51 AM »
In the 30 seconds I had in the bus station this morning I observed Enviro 300 27647 (GX10KYZ) on the 5, loaned training dart 34422 (KV53EYY) on the 72 and Solo SR 48033 (YJ66ASU) on the 7 still in full Coast Hopper livery with branding! it should now read along the Bedford coast!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #173 on: April 30, 2018, 01:43:21 PM »
19890 on the x5 the 13:40pm back to Bedford and Oxford
this photo is a 53 reg Trident what I'm on and its 18058 yes it is Chris johnson

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #174 on: April 30, 2018, 02:41:50 PM »
In recent times the 0626 X5 to Cambridge has been an E400 on Saturdays but I was treated to 54311 on it this weekend to make a plus 15 at St Neots onto my train north. It arrived in the rain at the bus station 3 minutes late so not a good start on a tight plus. It soon became apparent why it was late arriving as every time we stopped the door would not close before departure. This pantomime after every stop had the driver exclaiming these vehicles are the biggest load of xxxx£££&&&** (words to that effect) he has ever had the misfortune to suffer. I did wonder why he didn't fail it at the garage as I assume he was 3 minutes late arriving at the bus station because the door wouldn't shut so he could have spared us all this grief. Needless to say I found myself sprinting uphill for my train as once again Stagecoach had me jumping through hoops on a plus 8 having lost 7 minutes with the door fiasco. The amount of running their services have had me doing this year would make people think I had taken Usain Bolt's place as a sprinter.

Which brings me onto how us mug passengers get treated on the return home. At 1810 my train home from Doncaster due off at 1818 was shown as a minute late at 1819. Then somebody thought it would be a jolly wheeze to put a light engine into the same platform my train was due from. This meant we left 9 minutes late so my plus 9 onto the train from Peterborough to St Neots was now a zero. I needed to be on the 1916 train to make the 2013 bus to Bedford to also make the 2115 9. We were due to arrive in platform 1 at Peterborough but sensibly we were re-platformed into 3 to draw up alongside the 1916 for a cross platform leap. However, just as we came to a stand the 1916 departed only to then stop at the junction further up to allow the train I had got off to overtake. So why couldn't the 1916 local remain in the platform in the first place? It was a deliberate act of sabotage purely done to wind us up. Then you have a Tory cretin on the Peston show on Sunday morning saying nobody wants the railways to go back to the bad old days of being nationalised. No doubt this fool drives everywhere and doesn't use public transport because he should be told that in the days of BR connections were held and something like what happened to me did not happen. The further insult they then heaped on us was to delay the next train at 1946 by 7 minutes for a fast train from the north that wasn't even stopping to get in front of it. You couldn't make it up.

This meant I had to do 54318 on the 2043 X5 to Bedford and walk home in the rain as we arrived at 2123 easily missing the 2115 despite leaving St Neots on time. How 4 minutes was lost is anyone's guess as there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. Quite why the X5 is not routed into St Neots station is a mystery especially as services from Cambridge normally sit around the Market Square for 4-5 minutes in which time a station visit would make no difference to the timing. You have to marvel at how all trains from Peterborough arrive at xx08 and xx38 whilst all buses to Bedford depart at xx13 and xx43 when it takes 10 minutes to walk from platform 4 to the Bedford bus stop that got moved further away from the station not so long ago. Effectively you are condemned to a rancid 25 minutes fester at an unsheltered bus stop when it is raining like on Saturday. No consideration is afforded the travelling public whatsoever. My alternative move home from the north on the 73 was torn away by removing the last two services from Biggleswade so I have to pay even more to get home on the X5 which doesn't take me anywhere near where I live unlike the 73.

I should complain about this latest fiasco but what good will it do? Last year I raised the subject of the X5 arriving at Bedford at xx16 when the last two 9's leave at 2115 and 2215 so you are on a minus 1. I got a response from Stagecoach telling me that they would look into it so what happens with the timetable changes? The 2115 and 2215 9's still leave at the same time but they changed the arrival times of the X5 to xx19 so now I am on a minus 4. Absolutely brilliant. I wanted the departure times of the 9's put back not the arrival times of the X5. Just how dumb are they? They have to be deliberately taking the mick. In future I should take a taxi home every time I miss the 9 and send the bill to them. Nobody puts my blood pressure up as high as Stagecoach who every week find a new way to rattle me.

Like a lamb to the slaughter I turned up for the 0847 9 this morning for the new dawn of higher fares for the same old garbage and I was not let down. Eventually 22333 rolled in 8 minutes late owing to the fact many people had overlooked the fare rise and then had to fiddle about in their bags finding the correct money so longer waits ensued at each stop. Then the bus station was awash with Grasshoppers proclaiming I was in Hunstanton or was it Holkham nudist beach? Two specimens identified were 48035 on a 2 and 37438 on the late 0915 51 which I was going to do but winner 27522 rolled in on the 0923 6 so I did that. I had intended doing the 0911 but now that Stagecoach have increased both the fares and the number of buses they have to use, the 0911 was cold fresh air. 19893 did a 53, 19891 arrived on a 51 and 19890 was on a 5. Another stranger in the camp was the now rare sight of gold 15739 on the 0932 50 which reminds that on this date in 2012 my gold bus to work on the 50 was 15746 and after work it was 34824 back to Bedford.

I observed a Hailsham poster on my vehicle which reminded me of the recent good times on the 98 with B10's and olys on the Hastings to Eastbourne services when I could get away from Stagecoach Bedford. Hailsham is just another place I will never set foot in again...


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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #175 on: April 30, 2018, 08:11:05 PM »
I remember there were originally plans for a proper interchange at St Neots on the east side, but in the fashion of new housing estates, the roads are narrow, heavily traffic-calmed and full of parked cars. Before the 62 was withdrawn, there were several occasions where it got stuck. On the town side, Longsands Road is also clogged up and two unlucky Elites wouldn't get past each other. No surprise that the X5 takes the path of least resistance.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #176 on: April 30, 2018, 08:21:55 PM »
I remember there were originally plans for a proper interchange at St Neots on the east side, but in the fashion of new housing estates, the roads are narrow, heavily traffic-calmed and full of parked cars. Before the 62 was withdrawn, there were several occasions where it got stuck. On the town side, Longsands Road is also clogged up and two unlucky Elites wouldn't get past each other. No surprise that the X5 takes the path of least resistance.
Yet another unfortunate example of residential developments not planning in public transport from start.

Look at Camborne (a.k.a. Car-borne) or Bar Hill (a.k.a. Car-Hill) Opportunities missed.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #177 on: April 30, 2018, 08:35:13 PM »
My bus home on the 53 this evening was Enviro 200MMC 37431 (SN16OPV) in fully branded Coast Hopper livery. I had a choice between that or Cambridge Trident 18336 (AE55DJV) on the 1.
I also saw MAN 22316 (AE51RYR) not in service running back to the depot

I'm surprised that all the Coast hopper buses are being used in service before repaint. I would've thought to keep the some of the Solo's and 53 reg darts in service whilst the MMC's and Solo SR's are painted

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #178 on: May 01, 2018, 01:28:48 PM »
I had a winner home yesterday after work when 27645 appeared on my 6 getting me to the bus station and straight onto 27520 on the 1730 81. Other stuff observed were 19703 on the 9, 34421 on a 71, 19706 on a 41, 27521 on a 1 and 34425 on a 7.

This morning 27645 landed on me again on the 0847 9 into town passing 36042 going the other way. 22333 and 18423 were out on the 6 but my service, the 0923 6 to work, produced Grasshopper liveried 37439 so another winner. Fellow passengers are rather bemused by a Cromer to Kings Lynn route map showing all the attractions like the North Norfolk Railway and the Muckleburgh Collection which I have visited on an oly and the concept of leather seats.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #179 on: May 01, 2018, 02:59:07 PM »
Fellow passengers are rather bemused by a Cromer to Kings Lynn route map showing all the attractions like the North Norfolk Railway and the Muckleburgh Collection which I have visited on an oly and the concept of leather seats.

What an embarrassment