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Stagecoach in Bedford / Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Last post by al_557 on April 22, 2021, 06:47:50 PM »
Solo SR 48036 (YJ66ASZ) is the latest vehicle to be repainted into Local livery at Bedford and is now parked next to the recently arrived ex London E200's. It however remains out of use and hasn't been in service for over a year.
It would appear that the paint shop are not now focusing on one vehicle type at a time
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Stagecoach in Bedford / Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Last post by rm clippie on April 21, 2021, 05:19:00 PM »
Bus times are not very reliable at the moment
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Stagecoach in Bedford / Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Last post by busman on April 21, 2021, 05:03:14 PM »
Just looking at bustime.org and the Cowley road allocation and saw this!
13809 BV18 YBB 905 9 Dec 22:35    Volvo B5TL Wright Eclipse Gemini 3
Did the vehicle do that trip or did someone borrow the ticket machine?
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Lynx / Re: Lynx Happenings 2021
« Last post by royston13 on April 21, 2021, 12:40:07 PM »
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Stagecoach in Bedford / Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Last post by Palatine on April 18, 2021, 06:43:06 PM »
Could it be a ticket machine swapped between vehicles?

It's a deinite. The ticket machine is what reports the tracking ID if I remember correctly.
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Stagecoach in Bedford / Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Last post by TCD813 on April 18, 2021, 06:13:40 PM »
Could it be a ticket machine swapped between vehicles?
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Other Long Distance Services / Re: FlixBus UK
« Last post by skyLink on April 18, 2021, 05:01:42 PM »
Im rather hoping to snap a whippet working in derby as I believe Limburg isn't doing all runs from derby. fingers crossed.
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Stagecoach in Bedford / Re: Bedford Stagecoach happenings 2021
« Last post by MIB on April 17, 2021, 08:28:23 PM »
I was intrigued by the tracker showing 54312 on the 7 on Tuesday and when I saw it was meant to be on route 5 this morning I did 19108 on a 50 to town. I also wanted to get 34830 and 834 in this week to go with the others had except 34536 which is grounded. 34834 duly produced on a 73 so was taken to Harrowden Road for 27522 back on a 9b.

The moment of truth arrived as 54312 was showing on the 1124 6 from Burneside so I headed out on 37211 on the 1147 6 as we should pass in Midland Road. And I was not surprised that it was an imposter as new liveried 37437 was the offending vehicle masquerading as an Elite with delusions of grandeur. The tracker shows 37437 has not worked since 20 March but that is not true as I have seen it around. Therefore these dodgy 54312 workings have in fact been 37437 in disguise.

Today it took 11 minutes for my 6 to reach the station and it isn't even a peak hour or school time. Given that the 6 is given 16 minutes to get to Burneside then there are going to be a lot of late running on that route if they don't go directly to Union St. Anyway I bailed for 34830 coming in on a 51 at Clapham Road and headed home on 15607 on the 50 having reeled in the two Darts and solved the Elite mystery.

I still have not viewed 36060/061 but the other suspects were about. 36012 was seen on a 5/6, 36064 on a 2, 36065 on a 10, 36043 on a 9, 36041 and 36044 on 3/6's.

11279 stuck to route 53, 10879 was on a 1, 34538 did 6, 9 then 5, whilst 34535 and 34827 stayed on 73's. 34830 had been on an 81 and 41 before I caught up with it on a 51. According to the tracker 10874's first run of the day was the 1020 81 from Luton but surely it went out on the 0915?
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Other Long Distance Services / Re: FlixBus UK
« Last post by Steves on April 17, 2021, 09:39:28 AM »
Originally, there was another operator in London involved - BM coaches in west London.
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Other Long Distance Services / Re: FlixBus UK
« Last post by Spoddendale on April 16, 2021, 08:12:47 PM »
I have been looking at the Flixbus website and seeing what services they have. It would appear that at present there are four different routes radiating from London with services operating on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Using Saturday 24 April 2021 as a search date on the website planner I have compiled the timetables in the attachment below.

Originally when Flixbus launched their domestic coach services in the UK (on Thursday 2 July 2020) the reports stated that coaches were provided by Turners Coachways of Bristol and a London operator ‘Your Partner In Journey’.

The reports said that the network began with services from London to Birmingham; Bristol; and Portsmouth via Guildford. Other cities mentioned included Liverpool; Manchester; and Leeds. The Portsmouth service didn’t last very long and the others ceased by early November due to lockdown.

If one takes literally the cities referred to on the Whippet Twitter posting then I surmise that the following journeys might be worked by Whippet:
0900 London-Sheffield-Leeds 1305/1450 Leeds-Sheffield-London 1855
1000 London-Sheffield-Leeds-Bradford 1435/1630 Bradford-Leeds-Sheffield-London 2105
0900 London-Cardiff-Bridgend-Swansea 1350/1630 Swansea-Bridgend-Cardiff-London 2130

Whether Whippet will work the other journeys on the Yorkshire and South Wales routes remains to be seen.
These are, on the Yorkshire route:
0700 Bradford-Leeds-Sheffield-London 1135
1200 Bradford-Leeds-Sheffield-London 1635
1400 London-Sheffield-Leeds-Bradford 1835
1830 London-Sheffield-Leeds-Bradford 2305

And other runs on the South Wales service include:
0745 Swansea-Bridgend-Cardiff-Bristol University-London 1300
1430 London-Bristol University-Cardiff-Bridgend-Swansea 1935
(Bristol is not mentioned on the Whippet list although there are six journeys in each direction integrating with the above)

Other locations on their list of places served include Newport, Heathrow, Gillingham, Canterbury, Folkestone, Dover and Liverpool although there doesn’t appear to be services just yet.


David


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