Wrightbus - what went wrong? Sept 29, 2019 14:25:43 GMT via mobile
Post by ThinLizzy on Sept 29, 2019 14:25:43 GMT
There will be plenty of them to be cannibalised to keep the others going
Surprised the Wright website is still live - they usually take the websites down as soon as any company enters administration.
ServerKing makes a very good point about warranty work there is a huge amount of buses in London that potentially could require work at some point. Shouldn't make a joke of the situation but hope a Frog Face G3 is persevered eventually as it's probably one on of the most love it or hate buses to have entered service in recent years.
As for the LT's that's the biggest ticking timebomb, as the high profile crashes means a new windscreen, either there's a PSV glass company that is now making such screens or there will be increased lead times for repair. I guess all of Wrightbus has gone (perhaps the web design team was sacked as well, and as it all happened over a weekend, nothing's been done)... jokes aside, they made tons of buses... every bus in Tottenham is a Wrightbus, save for E400s on the 279, 217 and occasional visitors to the 476 from the 191 / 231. I went to Luton yesterday and there's tons there too, from the early KE55*** Volvo's to the last of the ex 321 Streetlites.
I see a lot of orders going into ADL now as operators may end leases early or order in before buses pack up. Obviously engineers (except Tottenham Garage ) should be able to maintain any engine regardless of body, but making panels, replacing light clusters etc will be an issue, going forward. Plus others in the supply chain are affected now.
There was a planned protest at the Church built with Wrightbus money by the
It does seem sudden, but this was a slow moving car crash from the start. No action taken to put the bigger engine in the Streetdeck (I guess none of them had a login for this forum ), fugly designs, cheap materials, then the Boris Bus fiasco was the icing on the cake.
Since bus travel has dropped, (partly due to TfL's own mess, the base model, no frills, no wifi existence, crap branding, poor destination blinds, low speeds etc) Joe Public won't really care. The E400's and MCVs that some may have hoped for will now be a reality on future orders. The world will keep turning and life goes on.
Like the staff at Toys R Us, they stopped caring. We just switched to Smythes Toys where we were greeted with a smile and better lighting.
I feel for the dedicated workers, but not for the managers who didn't listen to their customers. Where were the accounts team who saw large amounts of money disappearing? This wasn't due to Sadiq Khan pulling the plug on the LT. They still went on to make hundreds more Streetdeck and G3 buses for the likes of First, Go Ahead and Arriva.
Cornerstone Group (the name comes from a bible reference btw) was Jeff Wright's shell company used to strip assets as he said he was expected to take over running the family business, but was more keen to do evangelical work instead. Probably why there were no better ideas or development after their latest intepretation of the Gemini 3 / Streetdeck since 2015. Streetlite never changed since 2012. If this was a car manufacturer, they would have been bust years ago with such a poor lineup. People bought as it was cheap. Buy cheap, buy twice is what I have always thought (I am sat here in my Balenciaga PJ's at my oak desk typing this in the study, lol).
I guess we will never see Go North East with a Citaro engine Streetdeck now
the whole Green Pastures, ownership of the land etc does seem all a bit fishy to me. It's such a shame that a trailblazing company like Wrights, with its first Pathfinder low floor bodies, spae-ship like Solar and Eclipse bodies even up to the "Iron Man" latest range, should end up like this.