My experience of buses moving from garage to garage is that the receiving engineering staff will always tut and moan, no matter from where the bus has come. And no matter the condition of them. No one maintains & presents buses anything quite like *them*. No garage can ever match *their* standards. Their worst venom is reserved for former London vehicles. Mind you, I would tend to agree that even some so-called refurbished ex-London examples can still look a little tired.
Now, though, we have news from Cumbria supporting the local engineering view. Stagecoach Cumbria has apparently acquired a modest fleet of seven-year-old ex-London buses to double-in-frequency the 104 between Penrith & Carlisle. Not only is this one of the most complicated timetables to understand, the buses appear less than reliable. Said a Stagecoach manager in defence of operational problems,
“These were ex-London vehicles that had been operating stop-start, rarely at speeds of more than 10mph. When you change the kind of work a vehicle does there can be problems”Understandably, passengers were not chuffed. Said Peeved of Penrith,
“This isn’t the first time the bus hasn’t come. It has happened half a dozen times in the last couple of months. They are clapped out, totally unreliable”And this at seven years old. Perhaps Peeved might prefer to return to the former frequency. I suspect that Peeved was somewhat exaggerating (unless you know differently).
In a familiar display of deregulation ignorance, she did, however, continue,
” If Stagecoach can’t provide reliable vehicles they should give up the service and allow Reay’s [of the apostrophic debate] to do it”.It’s nice to know that Stagecoach has the option to step aside and let a competitor have a go in their place.
And to think that we’re (nearly) all used to placing Stagecoach on a pedestal. In their defence, of course, they seem to have sorted it all—and quickly (unless you know differently).