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RE: Stagecoach Chester & Wirral - iMarkeh - 05/06/2017 15:59

Not so well now. 4 blacons all after 1 departure stand. Bulk of routes are ok though. If a bus is 2 minutes late, everything in that stand is messed up. All routes are too closely timed. Especially Blacons at school times.


RE: Stagecoach Chester & Wirral - R557 ABA - 05/06/2017 22:12

(31/05/2017 18:05)clarkethomas94 Wrote:  no they wouldn't actually because they don't have PA systems.

Was going by pervious experience, when First had it, had a live guide at the time. Obviously things would be different with Stagecoach.


RE: Stagecoach Chester & Wirral - wirralbus - 06/06/2017 08:23

Because we only have one quoted comment , what are we actually talking about with the previous comment , is this about the City Sightseeing operation ?

Going back to the comment before this how did it resolve itself in the end ?


RE: Stagecoach Chester & Wirral - PO59 MXJ - 06/06/2017 08:52

(05/06/2017 22:12)R557 ABA Wrote:  Was going by pervious experience, when First had it, had a live guide at the time. Obviously things would be different with Stagecoach.

They still do have live guides in the high season


RE: Stagecoach Chester & Wirral - wirralbus - 06/06/2017 15:52

Bit chaotic a service 1 blocked a service 2 from getting on stop therfore blocking an X2 as well . Dont seem to be much in the way of supervision at the Bus Station .


RE: Stagecoach Chester & Wirral - N271CKB - 16/06/2017 02:04

New timetable online shows 41/2 are reduced on Saturdays


RE: Stagecoach Chester & Wirral - iMarkeh - 16/06/2017 06:15

(06/06/2017 15:52)wirralbus Wrote:  Bit chaotic a service 1 blocked a service 2 from getting on stop therfore blocking an X2 as well . Dont seem to be much in the way of supervision at the Bus Station .

I guess you mean at Chester bus exchange. If so, there is no supervision. Really it needs a control room telling staff to go and talk to drivers. Also have live times and stuff on there and the live maps to relay all this info to staff.


RE: Stagecoach Chester & Wirral - wirralbus - 16/06/2017 08:17

(16/06/2017 06:15)iMarkeh Wrote:  I guess you mean at Chester bus exchange. If so, there is no supervision. Really it needs a control room telling staff to go and talk to drivers. Also have live times and stuff on there and the live maps to relay all this info to staff.

No this was at the new Chester Bus Station , one bus on stand for too long caused the problem.


RE: Stagecoach Chester & Wirral - YK53 GXO - 16/06/2017 10:51

(16/06/2017 06:15)iMarkeh Wrote:  I guess you mean at Chester bus exchange. If so, there is no supervision. Really it needs a control room telling staff to go and talk to drivers. Also have live times and stuff on there and the live maps to relay all this info to staff.

There is supervision at the new bus interchange for passengers, just not the drivers and buses. However, as was in the old bus exchange, it does require some driver common-sense to be used in order for it to work. For instance, if a bus was blocking the stand, then drop onto the stand behind and wait for the bus to clear.

The stands have been allocated to the best they could, based on the departure times of the buses serving the interchange and the destination of the route - however delays of services are inevitable, and at some points you eventually end up with 4 Blacon services due at once, that sometimes simply cannot be avoided. If the allocated stands where based on the times exactly to the minute, buses would have to serve from different stands each and every time they depart, adding further confusion to passengers. There will be stand changes coming up shortly, as there have been initially a few teething issues with services, however other than that, the bus station seems to work. If the operators have any issues with regards to the bus interchange, they can relay these with CWaC, however representatives from both Stagecoach and Arriva have been at the bus interchange over the past week and have approved of its operational status.

To answer your statement, the council simply does not have the money to pay for a control room for the bus station, and also have a supervisor to watch the buses arrive and depart – there would be no need for that position. There are staff in the information desk who can assist in case of any issue, however they are predominantly there to serve the passengers and have no theoretical control over the operational aspect of the interchange.


RE: Stagecoach Chester & Wirral - wirralbus - 17/06/2017 05:57

I do hope the operators have been told not to open the doors of any vehicle until they have reached the bus stand , even if a wait is required to reach a particular stand at Chester.

I do know that many a time the 1 and 2 have had to wait for the stand to be vacated at Birkenhead Bus Station , Merseytravel take a very dim view of any passengers being dropped off away from the official bus stop in the Bus Station.