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Bad that public toilets are closed,they should be fully open and free to use at this time, so not only bus drivers but members of the public can readily wash their hands. Cambridge city toilets at Drummer St were closed or coin operated only before this outbreak. They need to be open free now.
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Lynx / Re: Lynx happenings 2020
« Last post by Coast_Hopper on Yesterday at 09:02:49 PM »
Been told today that there are only 11 drivers still working here
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General Bus Discussion / Re: Coronavirus impact
« Last post by Spoddendale on Yesterday at 08:05:48 PM »
In addition to National Express ceasing operation of their coach services effective 2359 on Sunday 5 April 2020 (covered elsewhere on the Forum), Megabus is ceasing to operate services in England and Wales after the same day. However, Megabus services will continue to run in Scotland.

David
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Today should have been the Open Day and the last day of Grettons Coaches. However, the company virtually closed without ceremony when the schools closed 10 days ago.

It is expected that the Open Day will be held once things get back to 'normal'.
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Worrying, even if only partially correct.
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Published in this weeks local paper

https://www.wisbechstandard.co.uk/news/claims-about-working-conditions-for-bus-drivers-during-coronavirus-lockdown-revealed-1-6586958

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“We were having to go to the toilet behind a portacabin” - Claims about working conditions for bus drivers during coronavirus lockdown revealed

PUBLISHED: 13:27 31 March 2020 | UPDATED: 16:28 01 April 2020

Stagecoach has hit back and challenged the claims which include a lack of toilet and hand washing facilities, saying none of the allegations ‘have any substance’.

The driver has asked to remain anonymous as he doesn’t want to lose his job for speaking up about the working conditions at the Stagecoach depots at Long Sutton and Wisbech last week.

He alleges:-

• Drivers were told to stay at work, even if they had been in contact with a colleague in self-isolation with symptoms of COVID-19.

• Toilet or hand washing facilities were not available for three days last week as the Long Sutton depot and Wisbech resting area were shut down.

• Drivers were having to go to the loo behind a portacabin as there was no running water to wash their hands afterwards.

• One cleaner is responsible for deep cleaning the fleet of buses and is stretched to complete the task properly.

• Anyone who speaks up about the situation is threatened with being sent home without pay.

Stagecoach has denied many of the claims, but the driver told us: “They [Stagecoach] closed the depot down at Long Sutton and they still made us all go to work, even though we had contact with the driver.

“To make it worse, they left us drivers with no toilet facilities and nowhere to wash our hands for three days.

“Us males at the depot, we were having to go to the toilet behind a portacabin - God knows what the women were doing.”

RMT, the bus drivers’ union, is investigating the claims, which they say reflect working conditions drivers across the country are reporting to them.

A Stagecoach spokesperson wouldn’t confirm if a driver working out of Long Sutton and Wisbech went into self-isolation, but explained the depots and resting facilities at both locations were closed for 72 hours last week for deep cleaning ‘in line with government advice’.

Alternative resting facilities and arrangements were put in place and staff were provided with bottles of drinking water.

There were, however, difficulties in securing a toilet at Long Sutton where staff were advised to use public toilets ‘which are a short walk away from the depot’.

“We also provided a hire care that our employees could use to drive to and from the public toilets,” the spokesperson added.

As the public toilets were closed in Wisbech, drivers were able to use the facilities at a nearby recruitment centre, which Stagecoach has supplied with extra toilet roll and cleaning equipment.

The spokesperson said: “The safety and well-being of our employees is our first priority and we’re extremely proud of the way our teams are pulling together to ensure we can continue to deliver transport links for key workers.

“The team has been working hard to prepare and deliver these services across the East Midlands and Lincolnshire region and we’re extremely grateful for the ongoing effort from all employees.”

Stagecoach added that all staff have been issued with public health guidelines on what to do if they believe they have been in contact with anyone who has displayed coronavirus symptoms.

Every member of staff has also been given their own hand sanitiser, and there are ‘extensive supplies of hand sanitiser and gloves’ at both depots.

Stagecoach insists all vehicles ‘are going through an enhanced cleaning regime which is being strictly adhered to and includes extensive cleaning of the main customer touch points’.

“We have additional cleaning staff helping with this from nearby depots,” the spokesperson added.

“It is completely untrue to suggest that we are stopping people from speaking up.

“We are actively encouraging feedback from our employees and trying to address the concerns they have as well as regularly speaking to our trade union representatives.

“We also have an independent reporting system which our staff can use to raise any concerns anonymously if they would prefer to do this.”

On Friday (March 27), the union RMT wrote to all bus companies with an appeal to look after drivers during the coronavirus lockdown.

It asked companies to transition to cashless travel during the lockdown, enhance cleaning and sanitation regimes, ensure there are adequate toilet and handwashing facilities and that screens are fitted to give drivers added protection.

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National Express Coaches / Re: NatEx announcement
« Last post by Spoddendale on April 03, 2020, 08:29:36 PM »
National Express is suspending its coach services effective 2359 on Sunday 5 April 2020 until at least 1 June 2020. Since Tuesday 24 March 2020 a range of temporary 800 series services has been operating.

From the National Express web-site:

Latest service updates

In line with Government advice on COVID-19, we have been running a reduced network for essential travel only. However, as more people rightly stay at home, we have decided to temporarily suspend all services from 23:59 on Sunday 5 April.

For those of you that have an upcoming journey with us before 31 May, if you would like to amend your booking, you can do so for free, for travel any time in the next 12 months. There is no need to contact us straight away, just complete our ticket amendment form before your original outward journey and get back in touch with us when you’re ready to travel again.

If you do not wish to amend your ticket to another date, we will fully refund you. If you haven’t already done so, please complete our refund form and we will process your refund within 28 days.

If you are due to travel on one of our European or dedicated event travel services, please see the information below.

Please stay safe and well and, when the time is right, we look forward to welcoming you back on board.

Unquote

A link to see a map of the reduced network:

http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/49844638


David



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Stagecoach in Peterborough / Re: Stagecoach In Peterborough Happenings 2020
« Last post by ae56luj on April 03, 2020, 05:48:35 PM »
Steven Knight Media is reporting that 37234 and 37235 have now been transferred from Peterborough to Bedford after a loan spell. The same site also reports that 36013 has been removed from the fleet and will become a training vehicle for the fleet.
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Ensignbus / Re: Ensign Happenings 2020
« Last post by dennisdart on April 03, 2020, 05:35:56 PM »
Another update, with thanks as usual to Ross Newman

Hello one and all

Hope everyone is keeping well in these strange times.

This is the movements in March, which may well be the last for a while.

VEHICLES IN.

From Abbey Travel : Volvo B7TL LJ03MHY.

From First Essex : Darts SN53KJY / LK03UFB  /  B7TL X749VUA  / Trident  LT52XAC 

From Halton Transport : E200s  MX12DZJ / JXC / JXD / CFE / CFJ.

From Wheelers Travel : E200 YY66PFD.

From National Express : Volvo B9Rs FJ12FXD / FYR.

From Compass Bus : Volvo B7RLE DK09DZG.

From Metroline : E400s LK58KHP / LK08NVJ    Volvo B9TL BF10LTE.

From First Eastern Counties : Volvo B7L  MV02VBZ   Volvo B7TL  W774DWX.

From Stagecoach East : Tridents AE55DJV / AE06GZR / AE06GZV / AE06GZW.


VEHICLES OUT.

Dart PO56JFF   E400  LK55KJX : Aintree Coaches.

Volvo B12B UK05BCL : Candy Coaches, Selborne, Hampshire.

Volvo B7TL BX55XNG : Bournemouth Transport , converted to half top.

Scania LX09AHO / LX09FZT / LX09AHE : Belle-Vue, Manchester.

E200 FN57EWV : Select Bus Services, Swansea.

Volvo B9Rs FJ12FXD / FYR : Solus Coaches, Tamworth.

Volvo B12B LK53KVZ : Simmonds Coaches, Diss, Norfolk.

Scania YS03ZKJ : Hadlow Community School, Hadlow, Kent.

E200 YY66PFD :  Brighton and Hove.

E200 DK60AHO : Dons Coaches, Dunmow, Essex.

E200’s KX08HME / KX59CYW / MX12DZJ : Grant Palmer, Dunstable, Beds.

E400s LK08NVO / LK58CNF : First Scotland .


ENSIGN FLEET.

E400s SN09CDY / CEF / CEX / CFM / LK55KJX were all put into fleet temporarily for the emergency Barking – Walthamstow GOBLIN service in January and February.

The whole operational and vintage fleet has been delicenced with the exception of :

23 x Volvo B9TLs.
6 x E200 MMCs.
12 x BCI 2 axles.

An emergency timetable for Thurrock services has been introduced and in addition we are now operating 14 buses a day for Amazon; rail replacement for TFL and c2c is also continuing.

That’s it for now, not sure when the next one will be as most bus companies at present have yards full of buses they do not need.

Please stay safe and stay at home!

Ross


Ensignbus-
Ross Newman 
Operations Director
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Stagecoach in Bedford / Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2020
« Last post by Leonard on April 03, 2020, 01:21:03 PM »
I saw 19601 dead running along the A14 this morning to take up service on the 05.44 H from Papworth. Now tracking on the 4 (Cambridge - Cambourne).

Leonard
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