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  • 13:54 on December 23, 2017 Permalink  

    It seems that Welsh independent bus operators are having a rough time of it over the past few years. GHA collapsed last year and D. Jones & Son suffered the same fate last Sunday. Also, deficiencies in maintenance found after a coach crash in France mean that Express Motors is set to lose its licence at the end of the year. If this continues, bus industry nationalisation could move a step closer in Wales; ironically, it is in Scotland where the idea of nationalising bus services has been mooted by Scottish Labour for their part of Britain. That follows all the running being made by the idea of nationalising Britain’s railways in recent times.

  • 09:11 on December 23, 2017 Permalink  

    Earlier in the year, I wrote a post regarding the creation of Borders Buses to replace First’s operations in the Scottish Borders and those of Perryman’s Buses. The parent company, West Coast Motors, is also taking over another company, BARC Coach Hire of Peebles, to add to the strength of its holding that straddles the Scotland-England border. This means that Borders Buses will operate the following services from 2018-01-03:

    54 Galashiels – Balmoral Road

    74 Galashiels – Netherdale

    90 Peebles – Eastgate

    91 Peebles – Biggar

    93 Peebles – West Linton

    P32 Peebles High School – Traquair

    Of these, only service 91 has seen my patronage and that was a result of my walking the John Buchan Way from Peebles to Broughton on Easter Monday of this year. Timetables will not change and their greater availability on an operator’s website has to be a good thing.

  • 08:57 on December 23, 2017 Permalink  

    Yesterday, the RMT and TSSA unions were to have a 24 hour stoppage that would have affected Virgin train services on the West Coast Mainline. In the event, that industrial action was cancelled at near enough the last minute. This dispute is about pay and there may be stoppages during January yet. From the information that Virgin has posted so far, there is little sign of that now so we will have to see what happens in 2018.

  • 10:00 on December 17, 2017 Permalink  

    CrossCountry train services have been affected by industrial action over the last few weeks with a number of 24 hour strikes. More are to come in December with 23rd, 24th, 27th and 31st as planned dates. The cause of the dispute centres around rostering and Sunday working rather than forthcoming changes in duties like those affecting Northern or Merseyrail. The industrial relations disputes seem to be spreading with Arriva Northwest’s bus operations suffering a continued impact because of a dispute over pay.

  • 10:43 on October 21, 2017 Permalink  

    One of the other companies changing bus times in October is High Peak and only a few of their services are affected. The following are the service changes:

    Service 61: Buxton – Glossop

    The peak timetable is revised to improve reliability and the 19:20 weekday journey from Glossop to Hayfield is withdrawn following changes to the 202/341 service.

    Service 65: Buxton – Sheffield

    This service will wholly be operated by High Peak Buses and the timetable will be revised to improve reliability. Also, the service will be branded as Peaks and Dales and two refurbished buses will operate on the route with modern interiors and free Wi-Fi.

    Service 193: Buxton – Wardlow Mires

    This service will be withdrawn following changes to our 65 service. Journeys on service 193 will be included as part of service 65 and numbered 65A.

    Service 202/341: Glossop – Hyde

    Following Derbyshire County Council’s re-tendering of the service, route 202 is being dropped with service 341 being extended to compensate. High Peak no longer will be the operator with Stotts taking over from them.

    Marple Shopper Services 303, 304, 305

    These services will be withdrawn following a review by TfGM.

    Service 394: Glossop – Stepping Hill

    This service will be revised to improve reliability at peak times.

    Service P1: Poynton – Hazel Grove

    This service will be revised to improve reliability at peak times.

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