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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #60 on: February 21, 2018, 02:13:33 PM »
The monitors outside my workplace served their purpose on 20 February when I strolled expectantly for my 6 into town after work only to discover the next arrivals would not be for another 18 and 20 minutes respectively. Shame we don't have this gen at my home stop but there you go. So I walked to town as it takes 15 minutes to do as another trident 18190 appeared on a 50. It was rather silly expecting there to be a 1729 9 home as there wasn't one.  So I had to settle for the 1741 which arrived on time at 1737 but then didn't depart until 1747 therefore extending my fester at the bus station to an unnecessary 22 minutes.

Back to happier days on 20 February 2012 on the 9, but a bad one for mothers, when all four diagrams were olys so no buggies allowed unless folded. I did 16216 into town for 16230 back out to Shortstown for 16232 back to the bus station before going to work on the 6, the ambience rather spoilt by 34826. After work my luck was in as the 50 to town was 16113 allowing me to do 16217 home via Shortstown on the one 9 diagram I didn't have time to do in the morning. An excellent day for me but one where mothers had to stay at home unless they found a low floor on the 81.

A minor sensation this morning when 36041 turned up on time on the 9 taking me to a bus station again dominated by tridents. 18416 was on another 9, 18418 was on the 5, 18057 on a 1 and 18419 on the 0915 73. Does this mean the E400's are out on the X5 again? Well quite possibly as 19700 departed at 0909 on an X5 to Oxford.

Which reminds me of 21 February 2012 when I had 16209  on the 1745 X5 that terminated at Milton Keynes so I had to do the Bletchley branch train to St Johns to get home.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #61 on: February 21, 2018, 03:47:25 PM »
I was in a Cambridge restaurant this lunchtime, and can confirm that an E400 went past on a Bedford-bound working. So that was either the 1310 ex-Parkside or the 1340.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #62 on: February 21, 2018, 04:52:00 PM »
I was on the 1826 ex Bedford to Cambridge last night 20/2/18 (54315) and i past 19890 in St Neots at 1858 on what i worked out as the 1810 Cambridge to Bedford x5....

Also 35106 was the 1549 41 from Northampton to Bedford
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34425 was my chariot on the 1649 41 from Northampton.....

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #63 on: February 22, 2018, 08:30:15 PM »
Wednesday evening I hung around the bus station for a while and 18057 was joined by 34835 and 22320 on route 1. 18416 that had been on the 9 did a 73 and 19705 was on a 9. Whilst single decks were on the 1, 19699 and 19702 produced on 2's. I went home on the 1830 81 with 19703.

I was working from home today and went into town late afternoon with 18419 on a 9 but as soon as it arrived at the bus station it was ripped and replaced by 34834 as the trident had drawn the short straw and was despatched empty towards Brickhill to work the route 6 brat-ex.

Piffle viewed was as follows:

1 - 34826, 34830, 34835, 19702, 19706
5/6 - 18057, 18417, 19699
9 - 18419, 18424, 19704, 22316, 34834 which took over from 18419
41 - 19888
42 - 19890
50 - 19087 (1532 service)
51 - 19700
53 - 18416, 19698
73 - 19701, 19703
81 - 19891, 19893
X5 - 19889 arrived on 1510 from Cambridge and turned straight around as the late running 1626 to Cambridge. Apparently this was one of three E400's on the X5 today. Maybe 19892 and 19705 were on the route as I didn't see them.

Schools:
6 - 18419
828 - 19701 which went onto 1615 73
830 - 18418
853 - 34833

I went home on 18424 completely forgetting to view the 1705 50 in case it was 18150 again!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #64 on: February 23, 2018, 01:49:30 PM »
19888 on X5 duties today.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #65 on: February 24, 2018, 09:10:11 AM »
An unidentified Volvo was unceremoniously parked up in Eaton Socon, dead, yesterday evening - I noted it while on the 1740 from Parkside (itself 35 minutes late).

Does any other part of the Stagecoach empire have such dire problems with their coach fleet? The numerous substitutions and failures are particularly annoying as the wi-fi and leather seating were part of the attraction of commuting by X5 even when the roads are congested... not only am I spending 4 hours a day travelling, I can't use that time to do work. :(

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #66 on: February 26, 2018, 03:15:04 PM »
Last Friday I did 18057 into town on the 9 to do the 1826 X5 to St Neots so I could make the 1920 train to Peterborough. An extremely foolish move to expect it to be on time. The screen showed it was running 25 minutes late so my plus 20 became a minus 5 onto the train so I didn't bother boarding 54314 and went home on 47352 abandoning Peterborough for the evening out. To wind me up further the 1826 is a fresh driver from Bedford and they could have got him to take 19889 as spare without waiting for the late service. The 1856 was only 10 minutes behind the 1826 so they could have terminated the 1826 putting those for Cambridge on the following service. It is something that happens in the day but not in the evening it seems.

I am sure someone out there can explain why 36934 was locked within a compound outside St Johns station at the weekend. Is it a monument on display to highlight how not to design a bus compared to an Alexander PS? Has it been confiscated in a blackmail bid for its safe return to Stagecoach or has it simply been mislaid?

On this date in 2013 my bus to work was 15740 on the 50 and after work I did the 51 with 16226 out to Oakley and back before doing 21160 on the 9 home. Also on 28 February 2014 I did 16593 after work on the 1730 52 to Milton Keynes Hospital and back and went home on the 9 with 17693. Thought I would mention this now as I am not around on 28 February to post anything on here!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #67 on: February 26, 2018, 03:41:22 PM »
I think 36934 was involved in a r.t.a in ampthill road back in December.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #68 on: March 05, 2018, 12:23:02 PM »
Stagecoach Merseyside has reported the transfer of Optare Solo 47341, which had been withdrawn for disposal at Bedford. It is currently recorded as in the Reserve Fleet at Gillmoss.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #69 on: March 05, 2018, 01:45:39 PM »
I think 36934 was involved in a r.t.a in ampthill road back in December.

Cheers. It was still coated in snow at St Johns on Saturday morning. If Buckdale cut it up I won't complain...

I passed through the bus station in the snow last Friday and noted 19087 on the 1532 50 and 19889 on the 1526 X5 to Cambridge so not a lot changed whilst I was away last week by the looks of it. This morning my return to work produced no 0911 6 so I did 19891 on the 0915 51 and walked up the hill. My winner 19699 was on the 0905 72 and 19893 on the 0915 81.

On this date in history back in 2011 I see I did 16496 to Brickhill and back on the 6 before having it to Cambridge on the 1145 X5 and 1310 return. Well it was a Saturday so no work!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #70 on: March 07, 2018, 01:31:54 PM »
On my way home yesterday 18416 was the 1715 81, 18417 was on a 6, my vehicle home on the 9 was 18418 whilst 18419 was parked up at the bus station. My morning today was still dominated by tridents with 18417 and 18419 on the 9 and I had to do 18410 on the 0832 50 as I had to be at work for 0900 today to do a course.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #71 on: March 07, 2018, 03:19:16 PM »
Just seen "minor timetable updates" to the X5 from next week. It seems that morning traffic is so bad, eastbound journeys are leaving Bedford **15** minutes earlier with same scheduled arrival times at Parkside; so that in practice they might get the westbound journeys away on time. Harumph - my 0707 is now 0652, to get to work for a 9am start.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #72 on: March 08, 2018, 01:25:45 PM »
Very silly of me, I know, expecting a bus out of the bus station last night after missing the 1717 9. 18417 should have been the 1729 9 but was parked up so naturally I assumed another vehicle would take it's place but apparently not. The 1741 9 turned up at 1736 in the shape of 18419 so the driver headed to the office by which time a big queue had built up impeding access through the narrow bus station. By the time we departed it was 1747 thereby meaning a half hour gap in the service as 18424 appeared for the 1753 9. Tridents still dominating my route this week then. I had left my office at 1710 expecting to be home before the News at Six. Fat chance of that. It took a staggering 20 minutes to reach Elstow Road, a journey which takes 5 minutes off peak so if you add the 6 minutes late start into the equation that turned out to be a 26 minute journey. It took over an hour to get home from work over a paltry distance of 3 miles. We could do with a big Monty Python foot to appear from out of the sky and rather than trip the bus up, kick the road rats out of the way, so the buses can actually run to the timetable.

So this morning I walked into town and didn't bother with the 9 and 35103 was on time with the 6 to work. This journey took 25 minutes to reach the office from home so maybe it is quicker to walk at least half way. Back in better days, with less road rats in the way, 8 March 2010 produced 20915 and 16221 on the 9 for my enjoyment. As I recall we were on strike that day so no work!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #73 on: March 09, 2018, 01:21:23 PM »
For the second morning running the 0911 6 to work was 35103 whilst 18057 and 18416 were on route 5 but the latter got ripped on arrival at the bus station. 19702 did the 0905 72 and 19893 should have been the 0915 81.

Customers looking forward to their leather seats and phone sockets on the X5 around 1730 yesterday were out of luck as 19892 did the 1726 to Cambridge whilst 19888 had charge of the 1730 to Milton Keynes station. Hopefully the driver noticed he had Bedford 42 on display before he departed. Perhaps a one way trip to Barnsley for the tri-axles might be a good idea.

After doing 18416 into town on the 6, whilst waiting for 22316 to get me home, I viewed 19703 on a 2, 18418 on the 1711 6, 18417 on the 1715 51, 19698 on the 1723 6, winner 19699 on the 1724 1 and 19702 on the 1725 53.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #74 on: March 10, 2018, 11:54:00 AM »
Buses continue to regularly replace coaches on the 99. This is resulting in passengers at Luton Travelodge (towards MK) and Kingston (towards Luton) regularly being left behind in the rush hour. In one case, someone had to wait at Kingston for nearly 3 hours before a vehicle with space on came along.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #75 on: March 10, 2018, 05:31:24 PM »
Buses continue to regularly replace coaches on the 99. This is resulting in passengers at Luton Travelodge (towards MK) and Kingston (towards Luton) regularly being left behind in the rush hour. In one case, someone had to wait at Kingston for nearly 3 hours before a vehicle with space on came along.

The B9R coaches are on the X5 covering for the hapless elites along with some of the Enviro 400's which are supposed to be for the 1.
Those Elites have been trouble from day 1

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #76 on: March 12, 2018, 07:36:29 AM »
First day of the new timetable and it's already turned to crap... most people seem unaware of it, so have turned up at the normal time - which means three coachloads trying to get on to two. Add to that the 0652 (at Eaton Socon) Elite has broken down and been subbed by 19705 running behind the 0722 means a lot of very unhappy people. We're at the Market Square now and it looks like the two vehicles are not going to fit everyone. I guess the one silver lining is that people can legally stand on the Enviro!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #77 on: March 12, 2018, 03:07:37 PM »
Once again my 0911 6 to work was invisible so I resorted to doing the late 0915 51 with the ever dull 34424. Plenty of tridents abounded with 18057 on the 0915 81, 18418 on the 0915 73 and 18107 on the 0932 50.

I see on 12 March 2011 I did 16221 "Sylvia" to Oakley and back on the 51 before heading to Luton on 16010 on the S1. My return from Luton yielded 16680 before finishing on 34141 on the 9 home. Going back a year further to this day in 2010, I again had 34141 on the 6 from work (it was 14054 the previous day) with 16674 taking me home on the 9.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #78 on: March 13, 2018, 02:07:59 PM »
Dart 34429 (KV53EZF) on the 4 instead of the usual solo
Enviro 400 19700 (AE60JRZ) on the 2 instead of the usual Enviro 200

Does anyone know when these will finally lose their 'Peterborough Citi' branding?
« Last Edit: March 13, 2018, 03:25:08 PM by al_557 »

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #79 on: March 13, 2018, 03:23:03 PM »
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #80 on: March 13, 2018, 03:25:58 PM »
test run when the solos have gone.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #81 on: March 13, 2018, 08:03:49 PM »
test run when the solos have gone.
They are to be replaced by Solo sr's cascaded from elsewhere later in the year so I'm told. Not been told from where though. We'll have to wait and see what happens.
Solo's are ideal for the 8 and 10 due to narrow roads but darts could and have run the 3, 4 and  7

I would say the some of the Darts need replacing before the Solos though.
The MAN's are supposed to be in reserve now but 22316/17/18/20 (AE51RYR/T/U/W) remain in daily use as does reserve Solo 47435 (YN53SVV) and reserve Trident 18057 (AE53TZJ)

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #82 on: March 14, 2018, 01:26:13 PM »
It would help if someone rescued 36934 from captivity then they could ditch one of the reserves. Are Stagecoach being held to ransom over it's return as it continues to go mouldy at St Johns?

My bus home on Monday on the 9 was 22318 whilst 19702 was on a 2. This morning the 0915's were all on time whilst, naturally, the 0911 6 was nowhere to be seen. 19888 did the 0915 81, 18416 the 0915 73 and 18057 the 0915 51.

Eventually 18418 turned up on my 10 late 6 and got me to work just about on time. It was a close run thing as heading down Union St an old boy stuck out his hand at the last minute as we sailed past. The driver stopped in the middle of the road blocking off traffic to wait for said person to saunter up to the bus and then, as per usual, and a constant source of frustration to me, he had a pass not valid for travel until 0930 and as he didn't have a quid on him he got off again! How many times do drivers have to tell these people that their tickets are not valid before 0930? Do they ever listen? I get this every single week people trying to get on the 0911 6, 0915 51 and 0923 6 with these time restricted passes. What is so difficult to understand that you can't use them until after 0930?

On this day 14 March 2011 after work I fell onto 16675 on a 1 so I did a return trip to Kempston on it and on arrival back at the bus station I had 16230 home on the S1.

However, it was this date 5 years ago that was more memorable after doing 34821 on the 50 into town after work I had a double score (required for sight and a ride) when Fenstanton reserve 16210 was turfed out on a 52 something of a minor sensation, to me, at the time. I did it to the South wing hospital to scratch it in and walked home from there. I thought that if it was on loan it would be around for a while so I would get more mileage off it at a later date. It wasn't to be. I viewed it spare at the bus station the following day and never clapped eyes on it again so if it was loaned to Bedford it was a very fleeting visit.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #83 on: March 15, 2018, 08:11:47 AM »
I would have been delighted to see 36934 resurrected and out on the X5, regardless of the mould! Instead, the 0652 is 50 late, the 0722 is 25 late... sounds like one entire diagram is being quietly dropped. According to the driver, there were no serviceable vehicles left at the right time - more Elites off the road or are the Enviros now suffering from long periods of express work?

Edit - just noticed on Twitter "Due to technical difficulties the 07.30 from CMK Rail Station to Bedford will not run. Sorry for any inconvenience." - so yet another Elite that wasn't available on time.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #84 on: March 15, 2018, 08:56:14 AM »
I would have been delighted to see 36934 resurrected and out on the X5, regardless of the mould! Instead, the 0652 is 50 late, the 0722 is 25 late... sounds like one entire diagram is being quietly dropped. According to the driver, there were no serviceable vehicles left at the right time - more Elites off the road or are the Enviros now suffering from long periods of express work?

Edit - just noticed on Twitter "Due to technical difficulties the 07.30 from CMK Rail Station to Bedford will not run. Sorry for any inconvenience." - so yet another Elite that wasn't available on time.

Yesterday morning very few coaches running between Bedford and Cambridge. Most incoming coaches from Oxford were turned around at Bedford and passengers transferred to Enviro 400s for Oxford. At least the Enviros provided additional capacity!

Edit: Photo added
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #85 on: March 15, 2018, 11:59:15 AM »
Peterborough Dart 34882 operating from Bedford yesterday

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #86 on: March 15, 2018, 12:48:07 PM »
stagecoach need some major investment in the Bedford fleet.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #87 on: March 15, 2018, 01:42:34 PM »
A couple of the tri-axle coaches were inside Bedford garage this morning. I won't used the word Elite to describe them as wholly inappropriate.

It was a sense of deja-vouz for me this morning as the 0911 6 was once again 10 minutes late with a trident. This time it was 18057. I had planned to do 34424 on the late 0915 51 but the driver walked off so that was even later than the 0911. The presence of oly R919 WOE in Greyfriars was most apt as woe is a good way to describe my feelings towards the 6 this week. Last night I was crushed to death on the 6 back into town on 22317 and found myself pinned to the front window. Other passengers advised it was the first bus from Brickhill in 35 minutes.

Meanwhile, today, the 0915 81 and 73 both left on time in the hands of 19698 and 18417 respectively. At least the 81 was occupied unlike yesterday when it left with zero passengers. 18419 had gone out on the earlier 0905 72 whilst 34834 was on the 3.

On this date in 2012 I had Grant Palmer's G526 VBB on the (one way) 42 to Flitwick and returned to Bedford on Stagecoach's version of the 42 with 16217, before doing 14000 on the one way 1835 40 to Bromham for 34827 back into town on the 41. Two Leylands after work - so much more interesting than it is today.
 >:(
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #88 on: March 15, 2018, 05:02:50 PM »
stagecoach need some major investment in the Bedford fleet.
We'll have to see what stagecoach orders  for the next financial year next month. I doubt Bedford will get much if anything at all. Cascades are the usual these days. Although most of Bedford's darts have been there from new but that was under Northampton's management not Cambridge as is now




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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #89 on: March 15, 2018, 05:30:35 PM »
We'll have to see what stagecoach orders  for the next financial year next month. I doubt Bedford will get much if anything at all. Cascades are the usual these days. Although most of Bedford's darts have been there from new but that was under Northampton's management not Cambridge as is now

Is Cambridge management the kiss of death?

At least Bedford hasn’t suffered Norfolk’s fate.
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