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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #60 on: April 06, 2017, 11:43:43 PM »
2 of the 09-plated vehicles (at least) are back on Busway operations. 15459 and 15465 were on route B at Drummer Street at around 10am today.

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #61 on: April 07, 2017, 12:31:26 AM »
Are buses that age allowed in the Busway?!

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #62 on: April 07, 2017, 01:07:44 AM »
The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway operators contract states that vehicles operating on the guideway have to be Euro 5 or above and cannot be older than 10 years but I don't know if Cambridgeshire County Council are still enforcing this requirement as this will be more of a current site when Cambrige North Station opens. Whippet operate the oldest vehicle which is Volvo B7RLE BG59 FYB (WG101) which is used 7 days a week. Stagecoach still operate 3x 2010 plated Enviro 400/Scanias which are all still wearing the old "Bio Bus" branding which was introduced so that the buses could work non-busway services when required.
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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #63 on: April 07, 2017, 01:59:07 PM »
I keep seeing comments around that the old bio buses are no longer bio buses and just conventional diesels.
Also the new ones are not bio fuel.

Is this true?

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #64 on: April 07, 2017, 03:15:42 PM »
I did notice that the text that actually said they were using bio diesel were removed some time ago.

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #65 on: April 07, 2017, 03:38:23 PM »
Stagecoach started using a Bio Fuel mix instead of Bio fuel and therefore removed the branding, this included the green strips towards the end of the buses and the rear bio bus branding was changed to Stagecoach smart card branding.
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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #66 on: April 11, 2017, 04:52:15 PM »
Today in saffron walden enviro 200 doing 2:30pm to Cambridge 27853  ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #67 on: April 18, 2017, 05:36:34 PM »
Today in saffron walden doing 2:30pm bus to Cambridge is 37215
this photo is a 53 reg Trident what I'm on and its 18058 yes it is Chris johnson

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #68 on: April 18, 2017, 08:04:51 PM »
Today in saffron walden doing 2:30pm bus to Cambridge is 37215
Does this one have a normal allocated route now? whenever I've seen it seems to be covering for a solo in Ely. Cambridge might be better off swapping it for a solo from Bedford so they have an engineering spare. There's 3 in reserve there

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #70 on: April 20, 2017, 09:18:03 AM »
Looking at this there will be a service from Milton to the North station in morning peak hours then nothing all day,i thought they wanted passrs to use the station,i have difficulty walking,to get to station will have to after the peak catch a 9 to Green End Road then crossover and get a 2 to the station,like wise on the return in reverse,will the 2 in morning and evenings run via the station,so it will take me an hour to get from my home in the north end of Milton to the station
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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #71 on: April 20, 2017, 02:21:13 PM »
I would have thought diverting the 'short' 9s to serve Cambridge North would have been sensible.
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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #72 on: April 21, 2017, 11:23:22 PM »
Only problem for diverting the short 9's to serve the new station would be that the extra time it would take, would not have them back in Cambridge in time to work a 12 to Ely or 10 to Newmarket with changing the times on them.... the only other idea would of been to have two buses doing the short 9's as it would take over an hour, bus 1 would not be back in time to work the next so bus 2 would have to take over.....   

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #73 on: April 22, 2017, 09:31:18 PM »
Earliest arrival in London if connecting from the N is 08:38. 

Thoughts?  I'm thinking that a connection onto the 06:53 from Cambridge North (arrives at 08:06) could have been useful?

Also, I hadn't previously registered that the N was continuing into the city centre.  While this probably gives the route a better chance of success, it's a bit of a shame.  A Cambridge North Station - Longstanton (or St Ives) service that was entirely on the guideway would have been sufficiently reliable that people would probably having been willing to use it to connect onto trains.   If it's going to be subject to the vagueries of city centre traffic then I doubt every 20 mins is frequent enough :-(   I think on the way back I'd rather use the better train services to Cambridge and then spend longer sitting on one of the more frequent buses from Cambridge station.  At least you'd be sitting down, rather than standing at Cambridge North wondering when a bus will turn up.
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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #74 on: April 24, 2017, 07:07:43 PM »


Also, I hadn't previously registered that the N was continuing into the city centre.  While this probably gives the route a better chance of success, it's a bit of a shame.  A Cambridge North Station - Longstanton (or St Ives) service that was entirely on the guideway would have been sufficiently reliable that people would probably having been willing to use it to connect onto trains.   If it's going to be subject to the vagueries of city centre traffic then I doubt every 20 mins is frequent enough :-(   I think on the way back I'd rather use the better train services to Cambridge and then spend longer sitting on one of the more frequent buses from Cambridge station.  At least you'd be sitting down, rather than standing at Cambridge North wondering when a bus will turn up.

I agree. It would allow a more frequent service with the same number of vehicles and should gain passengers as Northstowe gets built.  I suppose going into the city centre does allow people from the Milton Road area to access Cambridge North but, given your comments, is it worth the bother for the train service on offer and do the Stagecoach busway services stop on Milton Road?

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #75 on: April 27, 2017, 10:34:41 PM »
From the 21st of May the Busway R service will be operated by 2x Volvo B8RLEs instaed of the 1 and will go back to operating every 15 minutes between Cambridge Rail station and Trumpington Park and Ride.

The proposed bus turning circle at Cambridge Rail Station has been scrapped and therefore has not been built and in which 2 buses will be required to operate the route on a 15 minute frequency as it has been currently operating every 30 minutes using the 1 bus whilst works have been carried out around the station area.

The N service and Sunday A service will be operated by a fleet of 4x brand new Enviro 400MMC/Scanias which have been ordered for Fenstanton. Also to note that all new timetables which comence on the 21st of May can be found on the Traveline website.
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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #76 on: April 27, 2017, 11:09:05 PM »
Great that it is going back to every 15 minutes.  Bad news that it has to be operated with twice the resources it should require.

The turning circle was dependent on demolishing the old Mott Macdonald building.  Demolition seems to be going ahead at some point in the future but whether that will produce a turning circle is anyone's guess.

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #77 on: April 28, 2017, 01:42:54 AM »
Ouch!  It's outrageous that they've been allowed to drop that when it could be so useful, and when there's so much room for it! .  Cambridge really needs bus services that are entirely off normal roads for reliability!

I hadn't noticed the Sunday service changes.  Disappointed for Orchard Park :-(  Also, with there now being 4 buses an hour I can accept even less that they couldn't run a sensible weekday evening service / a Sunday evening service.
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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #78 on: April 28, 2017, 10:21:33 AM »
Route A will operate every 30 minutes on a Sunday between St Ives Park and ride and Drummer street bus station only (All route A services on a Sunday will serve Cambridge North Station).
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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #79 on: April 29, 2017, 08:40:12 PM »
Currently parked in Cowley Road (April 28th) is 53035 WLT 415 in Rennies livery.
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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #80 on: April 29, 2017, 09:54:50 PM »
Currently parked in Cowley Road (April 28th) is 53035 WLT 415 in Rennies livery.
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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #81 on: May 05, 2017, 03:36:45 PM »
21223 doing c7 3:30pm from saffron walden to Cambridge
this photo is a 53 reg Trident what I'm on and its 18058 yes it is Chris johnson

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #82 on: May 10, 2017, 07:09:49 AM »
15457 AE09GYD was heading through Linton on a Haverhill bound 13A at around half past five yesterday

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #83 on: May 17, 2017, 09:52:53 PM »
Couple of standard buses on 13's on 15 May standing in for unavailable GOLD's
15463 was on the 1125 Cambridge to Haverhill 13a and
19600 was on the 1059 Haverhill Bus Station to Cambridge 13

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #84 on: May 18, 2017, 04:29:25 PM »
things have definately gone downhill since ive left

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #85 on: May 23, 2017, 08:27:04 PM »
When do the new guided bus vehicles arrive? Surely they were needed as of Monday with first day service alongside the new station opening. Or have they fitted some of the older generic greener buses with guided wheels again?

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #86 on: May 23, 2017, 08:35:55 PM »
Some of the 09-plate Scanias have regained their guidewheels for the N and D services.

Has the 2 PVR increased with the extended journey? I've seen one non-E300 on it both yesterday and today...

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #87 on: May 31, 2017, 10:32:57 PM »
37215 was back in Ely on the 15/15A today and yesterday.  It seems to be the designated spare vehicle for the service as it now has a full rear advert for the new Ely cinema.  The advert seems to include a panel over the rear number screen which makes it very difficult to read.

The 15 service is ceasing from 25th June but I haven't yet heard of any sort of replacement.  Anyone know if there is anything planned?
 

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #88 on: June 01, 2017, 05:43:23 PM »
This is what started life as NG's absolutEly service?  Am I right in thinking the s106 funding ran out earlier this year?

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Re: Stagecoach CAMBRIDGESHIRE happenings 2017
« Reply #89 on: June 01, 2017, 10:08:10 PM »
It was originally Norfolk Green and was s106 funded mostly, I think, by Sainsburys when the supermarket was built on Lisle Lane.  I don't know if the funding has run out but it seem likely.  The supermarket has  been open for several years.

It is a reasonably successful route.  Norfolk Green had built it up to about 1,000 journeys a week.  I don't know if Stagecoach has been as successful.