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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #270 on: August 19, 2019, 02:40:19 PM »
Incredibly the X5 was 100% Elites as at 1330 hours today. How are they managing to keep this up? Curious how this reliability has improved since the open day. Did the mayor sprinkle them with magic dust? :P

Was engineering director, Darren, at the open day by any chance? Any “magic dust“ is more likely to have emanated from that direction.
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #271 on: August 20, 2019, 05:27:15 PM »
Was engineering director, Darren, at the open day by any chance? Any “magic dust“ is more likely to have emanated from that direction.

I wouldn't know about that but today it looks like sawdust has hit the radar causing it to malfunction. There were no vehicles showing at all on routes 9 and 6 this morning which was hardly helpful in working out when I might have a bus to get to work.

The X5 was seriously afflicted as one by one the Elites turned into Leyland olys. 54301 became 14334, 54305 became 14338, 54307 turned into 14340, 54310 took on the mantle of 14343 and 54315 was renumbered 14348. Even 53617 was similarly afflicted when it turned into 14332. I was particularly amused when 14169, 19702 and 54316 all appeared to be on the same service to Cambridge.

It appears now that some normality has resumed as Elites have taken over the X5 again and buses are now on route 6 but there are still a few gliches as 37069 is showing up in the town centre as being on a 5 to New Duston. I can believe W7 but not any other route in Bedford. For the record 37059 was on a W7 when I went home yesterday on 19889 on a 6 and 18423 on the 1745 9.

Anyway despite the lack of gen on the tracker this morning I had 19698 on a 9A and 27643 on a 6 so no great surprise. I did view 18336 on an 81, 18419, 18423, 34831 on 1's and 19087 on the 0936 50. Apparently 39692 was on the following 1036. Incidentally route 9 did have its two buses in the morning, 19891 and 37433, even though they were invisible on the map.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #272 on: August 22, 2019, 01:19:24 PM »
It pleases me to report that normal service has resumed on the X5 this morning with 19891 on the 0656 to Cambridge, 19704 on the 0800 from Cambridge and 19705 on the 1140 from Cambridge. I was starting to get worried that the Elite's were becoming reliable and might not get replaced.

Oddly when I went home on Tuesday I had 19889 on exactly the same 6 service as Monday for 37433 home on the 9. The guest visitor on the W7 in River St was 22836.

Despite the E400's returning to the X5 my route 9 today still rustled up 19701 and 19890 so I had the latter into town for the usual tripe on the 6 to the office, 27646. As per usual the 0911 was late leaving by 5 minutes despite being in position for the service at 9am. There seems to be an issue in getting the 0911 out on time as if specially to annoy me trying to beat the 0930 work deadline.

Little 36301 was on 5's but then went onto 41's for good behaviour whilst 18424 was wrestled off 1's and took over on 5's from 36301. This left 18419 and 18423 on 1's and 18336 went to Flitwick on a 2. 15405 did the 0836 50 followed by 19083 on the 0936 50 so same old piffle.

I see Bedford is playing host to rail replacement buses to St Neots and Peterborough this weekend owing to LNER closing for business between London and Doncaster. In line with rip off Britain and taking untold liberties with public goodwill, passengers are being asked to fork out £53.50 for a 70 minute bus journey direct to Peterborough from Bedford. What an absolute treat. On top of this outrage they are charging £18.95 to go to St Neots compared to the £11 return on the X5. Whilst I appreciate that the train fare Bedford to Peterborough via Leicester or via London is £53.50, to actually charge that amount for just going direct on a bus and not going via Leicester or London, is scandalous. What do LNER care anyway? Their advice to the public is not to bother travelling this Bank Holiday weekend. Another advert for bringing back BR...
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #273 on: August 22, 2019, 09:23:05 PM »
It pleases me to report that normal service has resumed on the X5 this morning with 19891 on the 0656 to Cambridge, 19704 on the 0800 from Cambridge and 19705 on the 1140 from Cambridge. I was starting to get worried that the Elite's were becoming reliable and might not get replaced.

Oddly when I went home on Tuesday I had 19889 on exactly the same 6 service as Monday for 37433 home on the 9. The guest visitor on the W7 in River St was 22836.

Despite the E400's returning to the X5 my route 9 today still rustled up 19701 and 19890 so I had the latter into town for the usual tripe on the 6 to the office, 27646. As per usual the 0911 was late leaving by 5 minutes despite being in position for the service at 9am. There seems to be an issue in getting the 0911 out on time as if specially to annoy me trying to beat the 0930 work deadline.

Little 36301 was on 5's but then went onto 41's for good behaviour whilst 18424 was wrestled off 1's and took over on 5's from 36301. This left 18419 and 18423 on 1's and 18336 went to Flitwick on a 2. 15405 did the 0836 50 followed by 19083 on the 0936 50 so same old piffle.

I see Bedford is playing host to rail replacement buses to St Neots and Peterborough this weekend owing to LNER closing for business between London and Doncaster. In line with rip off Britain and taking untold liberties with public goodwill, passengers are being asked to fork out £53.50 for a 70 minute bus journey direct to Peterborough from Bedford. What an absolute treat. On top of this outrage they are charging £18.95 to go to St Neots compared to the £11 return on the X5. Whilst I appreciate that the train fare Bedford to Peterborough via Leicester or via London is £53.50, to actually charge that amount for just going direct on a bus and not going via Leicester or London, is scandalous. What do LNER care anyway? Their advice to the public is not to bother travelling this Bank Holiday weekend. Another advert for bringing back BR...

But LNER is pretty much....er.....BR. Government run trains on government owned track 😃😃

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #274 on: August 22, 2019, 11:02:11 PM »
But LNER is pretty much....er.....BR. Government run trains on government owned track 😃😃

Excellent point! Shows that it’s less of a case of the operator being wrong, more that of the system. Tighter contractual terms. Closer monitoring.

And the same for bus operators? (You’d know, eh?)
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #275 on: August 23, 2019, 12:35:17 AM »
But LNER is pretty much....er.....BR. Government run trains on government owned track 😃😃

Just to get things correct - on the days that no trains run between Kings Cross and Peterborough - services  start at Peterborough and run via Spalding  and Lincoln to Doncaster and then on to original destinations and of course vice versa

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #276 on: August 23, 2019, 10:06:25 AM »
And of course it is due to Network Rail projects leaving LNER and its passengers with no choice. I bet they would be only too happy to be running a normal service!

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #277 on: August 23, 2019, 12:51:46 PM »
I am a little surprised that subsequent comments only relate to the status of the rail company as if the fare was justifiable. Perhaps I move in the wrong circles. Whatever the status of LNER, the old BR would not charge £53.50 for a 70 minute bus journey and this is not a reasonable charge. Whilst I can understand that this sum of money is charged if you go via Leicester or London for the time taken (over 2 hours) and mileage involved, surely on a direct bus service taking 70 minutes it is not worthy of the same fare? The irony is that if you are travelling from London to Peterborough via Bedford using the bus it costs £37.40. If a train company is not permitted to amend its fares when it can't provide a train service then the public are being ripped off in my view.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #278 on: August 23, 2019, 01:00:50 PM »
After causing a diversion of the subject at hand of this thread time to get back on track.

On my way home on 19701 on the 9 yesterday 34831 was noted on 1's and 28622 was on the W7. This morning 19702 was my bus into town on the 9 whilst 19701 was still on the 9. A bus I haven't seen in a while, 34428, was on the 51, 15403 did the 0836 50, 15402 the 0936 50, 18423 the 0900 81, 18424 arrived on a 5 and then did the 0915 73. 18336 and 18419 were on 1's and 19893 produced on the 0800 X5 from Cambridge. As usual the 0911 6 with 27523 departed four minutes late for no apparent reason.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #279 on: August 24, 2019, 12:31:56 PM »
I had 18419 into town on a 9 noting 18423 on a 1 to view the froth on the St Neots and Peterborough rail replacements for an hour that were too chingy for me to do. A couple of Go Ahead double decks E400 E74 and an evil PVL were on St Neots. Plenty of coaches from the likes of Redfern Travel, Barton Coaches, Hamilton, Country Lion, Atkinson, Lawman and Chiltern Travel.

Whilst I was viewing the station spectacle I missed winner 11128 on the 0936 50. Incidentally dud 11134 was showing for the 1136 50 as I headed off to Hitchin on  the 1000 9A. So far Hitchin to Peterborough, Potters Bar, Letchworth and Luton Airport Parkway rail replacements have stirred no interest in me. Arriva single deck plastic on Letchworth to Luton circuit and Metroline, Lucketts, Hamilton, BM Coaches, Fowlers, Landmark, Richard Taylor Travel, Barton and Britannia so far on Potters Bar / Peterborough.

Looks like I will be heading home this afternoon on 18336 which should be the 1409 9A if no oly produces which seems inevitable.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #280 on: September 03, 2019, 01:13:57 PM »
There appeared to be 100% availability of Elite's last Friday so I wasn't too optimistic about getting an E400 to Cambridge on Saturday but 19891 duly obliged on the 0756 X5 so I could get across to Norwich for the snouts. Recently scored 39688 did the 0610 50 and 11126 was on the 0836 50.

Back at work today so 19701 took me into town on the 9 and I see nothing has changed with the 0911 6 as we were 5 late leaving on 37434 brought about by changing driver, adjusting the seat, fine tuning the ticket machine and chatting to the departing driver. 18336 and 18424 were on 9A's, 18419 on 5's and 18423 on 1's. Gold visitor 11127 passed me on the inbound working for the 0936 50 and apparently 19698 was in Cambridge leaving with the 0910 X5. The 99 had 27644 to prevent it annoying me on the 6 albeit it has just arrived back in Bedford. 27523 is off the 6 where it has been turning up as my chariot for work like a recurring nightmare so a bit of respite :o. Oddly 10871 and 10875 are also showing up on route 6 allocations. I knew I should not have taken that Amoxicillin earlier... :o

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #281 on: September 05, 2019, 02:07:50 PM »
After having 19701 on the 9 on Tuesday it rolled up again when I left work on a 6 the same day. 37069 was a W7 and 19888 arrived on the 1610 X5 from Cambridge as I went home on 19891 on the 9A.

This morning I had 19703 on the 9 and got to the bus station as 37432 was due out on the 0911 6. So I sauntered off to Greggs and the bank and still made it as it set off at 0917. Never on time leaving. 19704 was on the 0800 X5 from Cambridge, 18423 on a 9A, 18424 on a 1 and 18336 did a 73. A quick check later showed 18336 now on 53's, 18419 on 81's with 53615 and 18108 on an inbound 50. The radar seems to be behaving with no silly numbered buses showing up.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #282 on: September 09, 2019, 01:59:17 PM »
I went home on the last 1 on Sunday which was 19888 and we departed at the same time as 19889 on the 1610 X5 from Cambridge heading for MK.

This morning 19701 did the 0731 MK to Cambridge X5, followed by 53617 on the 0856 to Cambridge whilst 19889 was still on the X5 performing on the 0800 from Cambridge. 19698 has now joined in with the 1256 to Cambridge. Looks like the Elite's are letting the side down again rather like those 230's on the Bletchley branch.

This morning 34428 arrived on a 73, 18419 did a 9A to Hitchin, 18336 and 18424 were on 1's before the latter has now been slung out on a 9B. 39680 did the 1136 50. My buses today were 19699 on a 9B and 34831 on a 6 whilst 37063 took refuge from the W7 in the bus station.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #283 on: September 11, 2019, 01:08:56 PM »
Yesterday the X5 dropped 19889 on the 0731 MK to Cambridge for its third day in a row on the route. The 0656 to Cambridge produced 19704 and 19890 later had a spin at lunchtime. 37074 was viewed resting between W7's.

This morning I had a choice of tridents into town so I got on 18419 on an 81 which was in front of 18336 on a 9B. 18424 went the other way on a 9A whilst 18423 continues to hide from public viewing and seems to be the most unreliable of our surviving tridents.

19706 was the choice today for the 0731 MK to Cambridge X5. I did 37433 to work on the 6 after flagging 11127 on the 0836 50 which departed 12 minutes late. Following the gold bus on the route were 15403 on the 0936, 18108 on the 1036, 39684 on the 1136 and 18104 on the 1236.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #284 on: September 12, 2019, 01:31:45 PM »
27523 was waiting to trap me on my 6 from work as it does every week and to make it an even more miserable experience with the kids back at school, the excessive traffic and road works of Manton Lane trebles the journey time. At least I had 18336 home on the 1800 9A noting 37049 on the W7. The 99 allocations on the radar showed 27646 had been out.

This morning my 9 into town was 34428, first ride on that for a few months, for the usual 27520 on the 6. Also the usual X5 services to drop deckers saw 19888 on the 0800 from Cambridge and 19698 on the 0731 MK to Cambridge. 18336 was on the 0900 81, 18419 did the 0730 9B and 18424 was out on 1's whilst 18423 has now been absent for a week. 37072 was taking a break in the bus station.

Whilst in the office I see 11131 and 11126 did consecutive 50's on the 1136 and 1236 as 18104 heads the other way on the 1250 from Kettering.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #285 on: September 12, 2019, 05:13:19 PM »
27523 was waiting to trap me on my 6 from work as it does every week and to make it an even more miserable experience with the kids back at school, the excessive traffic and road works of Manton Lane trebles the journey time. At least I had 18336 home on the 1800 9A noting 37049 on the W7. The 99 allocations on the radar showed 27646 had been out.

This morning my 9 into town was 34428, first ride on that for a few months, for the usual 27520 on the 6. Also the usual X5 services to drop deckers saw 19888 on the 0800 from Cambridge and 19698 on the 0731 MK to Cambridge. 18336 was on the 0900 81, 18419 did the 0730 9B and 18424 was out on 1's whilst 18423 has now been absent for a week. 37072 was taking a break in the bus station.

Whilst in the office I see 11131 and 11126 did consecutive 50's on the 1136 and 1236 as 18104 heads the other way on the 1250 from Kettering.


Talking about 18423 has sprung it into action as it is on the 1625 81 from Luton passing 18336 on the 1630 to Luton.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #286 on: September 16, 2019, 01:56:41 PM »
My vehicles home from work last Thursday produced 18104 on a 50 and 34428 on a 9 with 37072 on a W7.

Todays strange entry in the records is 19702 which is reportedly on the 1245 9 at the same time as it is reported on a 1305 X5 therefore it has split in two or we have two vehicles numbered the same so I guess don't believe all you read on the radar.

What was believable were 18336 on my 9B and 27520 on the 6. I missed the 0911 today thanks to the static traffic in Elstow Road reducing our trident to a crawl as we inched along at half the pace of a snail. I don't know why the traffic was 50 times worse than last week down that road but it doesn't bode well for getting to work on time if it continues. The other tridents out were 18423 and 18424 on 1's and 18419 on a 53. 11127 produced on a 50 whilst 19888 did the 0726 X5 to Cambridge assuming the radar was being truthful.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #287 on: September 17, 2019, 12:59:42 PM »
My buses home yesterday were 37432 on a 6 and 18336 on a 9A and this morning I had 19704 on the 9B and 27642 on the 6. Only one E400 spotted and that was 19891 on the 0731 X5 MK to Cambridge. I assume 18419 was taken ill yesterday as it was reeled in off the 53 yesterday morning and has not reappeared. 18336 is again on the 9A/B circuit with 18423 and 18424 on 1's.

Consecutive departures on the 50 has produced 39680 on the 1036, 47417 on the 1136 and 18108 on the 1236. One has to feel sorry for the driver inflicted with a three hour round trip on a Solo and I hope they are not traumatised by the experience, not that it is anything new as the last service of the day used to get one. Still it looks like Kettering are desperate today kicking that thing out... :-[

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #288 on: September 18, 2019, 06:53:55 PM »
I finally saw 34428 (KV53EZE) after its repaint today. It looks far smarter than before. It looked like an embarrassment to Stagecoach before it was that tatty.
Interesting to read on Steven knight's site that Bedford and Peterbrough's Tridents are to be replaced with cascaded Enviro 400's from Cambridge. Peterborough getting their own 19694-97 (AE60JPX/Y/RO/U) back. The possible vehicles for Bedford haven't been confirmed yet

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #289 on: September 19, 2019, 01:24:59 PM »
Bad news to lose another type of bus for the variety factor but I suppose Kettering will still send their tridents on the 50 unless their three go too. Yesterday 18101 did the 1236 50 and my bus home was 18336 on a 9B. 18419 did the 1115 73 with the other two both on 1's. 34428 was also out on a 73. It was rather surprising to learn I missed out on 35226 on the 1036 50 and 35225 on the 1136 50, the latter a winner, thanks to being stuck at work. The X5 still produces with consecutive numbered 19698 (0731 MK to Cambridge), 19699 (0656 to Cambridge) and 19700 (arriving from Cambridge) all performing.

This morning the radar malfunctioned with every single service allocated on the X5 being a Leyland Olympian. I had 27520 on a 9 into town but there was no gen on the route 6 vehicles but 18423 producing on the 0911 was acceptable. 18336 was on 1's and 18419 on 53's and 37061 arrived on a W7. Now it is lunchtime and the vehicle allocations seem to be coming through although 143xx numbers still dominate the X5 allocations. 27643 is on a 99, 19888 is on the 1226 X5 to Cambridge and 19889 will appear on the 1310 from Cambridge. On the 50's 39681 did the 1136 and gold duo 11126 and 11127 are on the 1336 and 1436 departures. The latter is visiting so often now they might as well allocate it to Bedford.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2019
« Reply #290 on: Yesterday at 02:17:07 PM »
By the time I headed off home 19888 had been taken off the X5's as it was my 9 from town. 37063 and 37071 were on W7's. This morning 19892 was my 9A into town which arrived in time to witness 11127 pulling in for the 0936 50. It just can't keep away from Bedford. 11126 had done the 0836 earlier. 19704 arrived on the 0800 X5 from Cambridge and 37074 deposited its load on the W7. I had been under the impression the passengers were meant to be taken to the railway station but what do I know?

Route 1 had 18423 and 34428 on it whilst 18336 was on a 9A and 18419 on the 0845 73.