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Bus-Related Outings & Reviews
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Another Saturday of fair weather, another adventure on the buses. As previously, not all vehicles formally identified but I have noted some.

Marshalls Cross - Widnes Green Oaks - 17 Arriva Optare Solo SR 720.

Widnes Green Oaks - Warrington - 32 Warrington's Own Buses 85.

Warrington - Trafford Centre - 100 Go North West Enviro 400 3107.

Trafford Centre - Bolton - X22 Diamond Mercedes Citaro (couldn't make out if the number was 33117 or 33177).

Bolton - Blackburn - 1 Transdev Blackburn Bus Co Enviro 200MMC 508 (YX69 NTL).

Blackburn - Preston - Hotline 152 Transdev Blackburn Bus Co Enviro 400 2770 (BF63 HCJ).

Preston - Wigan - 111 Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire Enviro 300 27262.

Wigan - St Helens - 352 Arriva Enviro 400 4604.

St Helens - Marshalls Cross - 17 Arriva Solo SR 720.

Observations:

Was very impressed with the next stop announcements on both the Transdev vehicles. I am Partially Sighted, so it's definitely something I would find useful if I was looking for somewhere I wasn't familiar with.

It is interesting that I started and finished with the same vehicle about 6 round trips later.

Also apologies if there are any fleet number errors, I have a concessionary pass, so I copy vehicle details I get from the ticket when issued. As you can see, Transdev are very good at detailing both fleet number and reg.
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Apart from the Solo SR on your local route, you took care not to duplicate any bus type from the same company. I usually seek to avoid such duplication on my bus trips too.
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(22/05/2022 06:18)Metroline1511 Wrote:  Apart from the Solo SR on your local route, you took care not to duplicate any bus type from the same company. I usually seek to avoid such duplication on my bus trips too.
A few journeys were pot luck (this was definitely the case at Trafford Centre where I could have gone in any direction).
It was also just a matter of timing that I ended up on the same vehicle I started (which was ironically the last Arriva 17 of the day). Have to also say that the 352 (1738 from Wigan) was a good fast run done in 40 minutes (including waiting a minute or two just before Billinge).
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(22/05/2022 09:43)St Helens Rider Wrote:  A few journeys were pot luck (this was definitely the case at Trafford Centre where I could have gone in any direction).
It was also just a matter of timing that I ended up on the same vehicle I started (which was ironically the last Arriva 17 of the day). Have to also say that the 352 (1738 from Wigan) was a good fast run done in 40 minutes (including waiting a minute or two just before Billinge).

Looking at your trip again, I reckon it was quite a treat to ride the Enviro400 on route 352. I thought it usually had Pulsars.
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(22/05/2022 15:36)Metroline1511 Wrote:  Looking at your trip again, I reckon it was quite a treat to ride the Enviro400 on route 352. I thought it usually had Pulsars.
It can be a mixture. Both the 320 & 352 get their fair share of deckers.
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