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Around Bury and Rochdale yesterday and the allocations for the 471 was very varied with the bendies supplemented by B7RLEs, B9TLs and Enviro400s, as well as the President. Wonder what the reliability will be like now on the 471 though, as I think I saw three (maybe even four) buses on the 471 around Rochdale Interchange at one point.

Meanwhile, looks like the 340 hasn't been programmed into the Solo, as one was at Oldham Mumps last night with a paper display underneath the driver's steering wheel and the electronic displaying showing 'First - celebrating with Pride'.
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(Today 10:03)SF07 Wrote:  Around Bury and Rochdale yesterday and the allocations for the 471 was very varied with the bendies supplemented by B7RLEs, B9TLs and Enviro400s, as well as the President. Wonder what the reliability will be like now on the 471 though, as I think I saw three (maybe even four) buses on the 471 around Rochdale Interchange at one point.

Meanwhile, looks like the 340 hasn't been programmed into the Solo, as one was at Oldham Mumps last night with a paper display underneath the driver's steering wheel and the electronic displaying showing 'First - celebrating with Pride'.

Reliability/punctuality wasn't good at all yesterday, although I don't know if that's normal for a Saturday. I saw 12010 leave Bury towards Rochdale c.1320 and by the time I caught the Rosso 468 at 1342 no more 471s had arrived. Not surprisingly, the Streetlite I caught (304) was fully loaded by the time it left The Rock, but notably well over a dozen were left on after Jericho. I was by no means the only passenger to travel all the way to Rochdale, so I suspect Rosso will be gaining from poor punctuality on the 471. I then intended catching the 1526, 17 back to M'cr having seen the 1516 leave just a minute or two late. Nothing came in until well after half past and having loaded the driver waited until after 1536 before leaving. So clearly, the 1526 was a "no show". There was a lot of waiting time at all timing points within Rochdale MBC before we arrived in Shudehill at 1638 which I'm guessing is fractionally late. Yet another case of running times being too slack at the start of a journey and too tight towards the end - exactly the OPPOSITE of what customers need and an illustration of why Integration will never work.
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Thanks for letting me know. It looks like there will be a fair of dead-heading on the 163 then.
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Why don't the Vantage routes actually go into the Park & Ride in Worsley?

It's hardly Park & Ride as it's a long walk from the car park to the bus stop and even longer on the way back, including a busy road to cross.

There's bus stops there that arn't even used anymore!
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