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Been reported elsewhere D&G were running some late rail replacement buses between Knutsford and Chester in the past week with the recently transferred Versas making an appearance - at least the drivers should be familiar with most of the route. Have D&G been operated RRBs for Northern for long? Normally Northern seem to use coach hire companies and bus operators with limited or no public bus services like MP Travel.
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(Yesterday 09:33)knutstransport Wrote:  When CEC originally put out their proposal for the 88 out to consultation there were a number of issues raised including:
1. A lack of a bus from Macclesfield to Knutsford at the end of hospital visiting hours (4pm)
2. The last bus from Macc being too early for those who finish work at 5.30pm - it was originally proposed to leave Macc bus station at 17:35.
3. Poor timings and lack of flexibility for those commuting from Macclesfield to Radbrooke Hall.

The first two issues were addressed before the new timetable started, the last was addressed at a timetable change. However, in addressing the last and changing the times to improve punctuality the first two issues have come up again. While there needs to be a bus allowing those who finish work at 17:30 to get home, it now means those finishing work at 5pm have to wait over an hour for a bus home. While the original timetable allowed someone to spend around 90 minutes visiting a sick friend/relative at the hospital during visiting hours (allowing for some time to get to and from the ward), now it only allows a 60 minute visit.
The whole thing could be made more simple if they put 1 more bus out. Hourly Macc - Altrincham via Knutsford and Wilmslow. 1 bus doing Northwich to Knutsford (This could probably be extended to High Legh to save paying for the 47 and would provide better shopping opportunities). Splitting it off would mean it could better serve the needs of the areas it serves (There are numerous school buses which run from Knutsford into the Northwich area which this service could look to replace in part but combined with the 88, it can't as it would mess things up too much).

(Yesterday 11:30)knutstransport Wrote:  Been reported elsewhere D&G were running some late rail replacement buses between Knutsford and Chester in the past week with the recently transferred Versas making an appearance - at least the drivers should be familiar with most of the route. Have D&G been operated RRBs for Northern for long? Normally Northern seem to use coach hire companies and bus operators with limited or no public bus services like MP Travel.
As far as I know, Arriva Rail Replacement will accept anyone with the relevant licences. If you think you can do a trip, name your price and if you are cheaper, you run it. If you can't run it, dont bid. Clearly D&G have some spare buses at the times the trips are needed. It all depends on how many buses are needed and the prices on whether you get picked or not. Arriva were having less and less operators on the system not long ago. I don't know if it's the same now but Arriva used to be bad at paying up so operators stopped doing work so perhaps they are now desperate.
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The rail replacement this past week was operated from Wincham with Versa 28. Just one single journey per night Knutsford to Chester and back private. There have been several other instances of rail replacement operated from Crewe depot on several weekends, albeit with a Wincham driver.

(Yesterday 11:30)knutstransport Wrote:  Been reported elsewhere D&G were running some late rail replacement buses between Knutsford and Chester in the past week with the recently transferred Versas making an appearance - at least the drivers should be familiar with most of the route. Have D&G been operated RRBs for Northern for long? Normally Northern seem to use coach hire companies and bus operators with limited or no public bus services like MP Travel.

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The previous hourly 27 requirerd 2 buses whereas the High Peak and Howards service used just one. It was likely much cheaper to contract the school service rather than provide another bus most of the day on the 27. The other bus ran off at 15.00 in any case. I can't say I ever remember seeing the Over Peover school bus. Many of the regular passengers still say the Knutsford to Macclesfield would be better hourly with alternate direct services. Most drivers at Wincham are on fixed lines where they do the same duty each day. The 09.30 from depot has a choice from 2 vehicles, one of which lately is always a long Enviro200, which he likes anyway. The guy who will end up with it on the 15.35 Knutsford to Altrincham doesn't want a long bus so the guy who does the 13.57 Knutsford to Macclesfield brings the spare bus out instead of the shunt car and keeps it so handing it over at 15.35 The Enviro200 then goes out at 14.57 to Macclesfield and the incoming bus then sits spare(13.45 from Altrincham) until returning to depot at 16.55. A notice has now gone up in Wincham stating Versas are for 82s only, Enviro200s for 288s and Solos for 88/89. The problem with that at the moment is there are currently 5 Enviro200s (3 required) and 4 Solos (5 required)

(Yesterday 09:33)knutstransport Wrote:  The thing I don't get, either with the current timetable or the Howards one, is when High Peak decided to start running a reduced 27 service on a commercial basis it meant CEC had to contract a Knutsford Academy to Over Peover school bus, when previously those pupils were able to catch the normal bus. If they had gone back to an hourly service with alternate services via Beggarman's Lane & Over Peover and alternative services direct via Ollerton it could have met the needs of everyone and eliminated the need for a school bus contract.

I would hope any driver preference for a specific bus doesn't alter how much capacity a particular working gets and only means something like if 'Bob' does the 08:00 you get an ex-Go Goodwins Solo M880, while if 'Fred' does it you get an ex-Airport Solo M880 and if 'Charlie' does it you get a small Enviro 200, opposed to if it's Bob it's a Solo M990, if it's Fred it's a Solo M880 and if it's Charlie it's a big Enviro 200.

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