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Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2022
« on: January 05, 2022, 02:27:23 PM »
Happy new year.

My first sortie out of the house today for a food shop had me on 22839 on a 50. I then did 19576 on a 9b which departed 13 minutes late starting the year as they mean to go on. I just about made 19567 back on a 9 and went home on 15607 on the 1236 50.

I have to admit to being disgruntled as I may live in Bedfordshire but I am not entitled to benefit from the Bedfordshire fare changes. As I am on a Kettering route I am still being charged £8.20 for a Bedford plus ticket and not the £6.60 new fare because Midlands has not changed their fares. It seems one part of Stagecoach does not talk to the other.

Other piffle observed were 18108 on a 50, 10499 and 11279 on 1's and 19574 on a 9a. There were three E400's parked at the back of the depot.

PS Can some kind soul put this on a 2022 thread as I have forgotten how to do it! Thanks

« Last Edit: January 05, 2022, 02:32:22 PM by MIB »

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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2022
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2022, 03:10:08 PM »
Thanks for creating the new thread for me. I have not been able to get access this week until today not that there is much to say.

I did 35222 on a 50 into town on a London visit last Thursday. On Sunday I went to MK on the X5 out with 10804 and back with 10876. I was withered by the sight of 19583 on the 1 as it is still a winner and the only one to work in Bedford last year I failed to get. I will have to get it when I get the chance. I see it is out on the 1430 9c today.

People will not be surprised that I have another complaint about Stagecoach giving with one hand and taking away with the other. Now they have got rid of return tickets I had to pay for two singles which basically is a price hike of £1.80 in disguise. I get that the single fare has gone down from £8 to £6.40 but the problem is the return X5 fare to MK used to cost £11 but now it is £12.80 buying two singles. Obviously if I go to MK I have to come back so I feel ripped off by getting rid of the returns and the fact I still have to pay £8.20 instead of £6.60 for a dayrider plus from where I live.

Oh and before I forget that time I had no 50 home for over 3 hours, all I got from Stagecoach Midlands was an apology but no compensation. So basically if they decide one day not to run any 50's it is tough luck I won't get anything. Yet on the railway you get compensation for a train half an hour late... Why would anyone give up using the car for a bus?

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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2022
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2022, 01:49:02 PM »
Some good news for me this morning when I boarded a packed 36849 on the 50 into town as Kettering have now been informed of the Bedford fare changes so I now get a £1.60 reduction. The bad news was only three buses on the route as the one in front of me was fresh air. The three diagrams running all being single deck so crowded. Just as well no social distancing.

I arrived 15 late at the bus station but perfectly for 11279 on the 1157 4 and 1219 10 return. As I have not had this bus on the routes it was done to Goldington and back. A food shop followed before heading home with 35176 on the 1336 50 which is currently heaving as no 1236 50 produced apparently.

All hopes of having 19583 lay in tatters as it was exiled on the 99 with 19567 and 19594. I did get to see 19573 on a 1 and 19580 on a 53.

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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2022
« Reply #3 on: Today at 03:47:37 PM »
I was lured out by the promise of winner 19583 on 9's which it had done until 1400. No sooner had I got on 11126 on the 50 to Bedford when 19583 got swapped onto the 1410 53. Cheers for that.

After doing my food shop I did 11280 out to Kempston on the 1500 1. I was going to bail at the hospital but as the 1450 53 inbound was 10 minutes late I was able to go through to Kempston and finally nail 19583 in Hillgrounds Road. I am now snailing home on 11130 on the 1541 50 through the Clapham Road assault course, complete with singing woman on the upper deck, mission accomplished.

Other stuff noted were 19597 on a 1, 11279 on a 9a, 10873 and 19581 on 9's and 29575/19580 also on 53's. It appears from the tracker the 99 housed 10881, 19568 and 19579.
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Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2022
« Reply #4 on: Today at 04:01:42 PM »
From Sunday services that were 5 hourly pre-pandemic are being cut to 3-hourly. Route 2 will be cut to every hour and early morning services are being cut