Post by The Urbanite on Jan 22, 2019 1:39:06 GMT
That depends on where you are placed. Some jobs are easy as pie in theory.
Chingford for weekday night rail for instance, 3 departures 15 minutes apart and done in 30 minutes. That is in theory however - in practice you are hoping that the drivers manage to make it in time, which is not a given with regular evening closures of bridges and tunnels.
Then there are difficult locations where you really earn your money. These are the ones where you have to contend with driver changeovers, late meal reliefs, drivers who need help starting the buses, releasing the brakes or getting into the cab, people like me who are likely to request specific buses with no apparent logical / predictable pattern and those who refuse to go out without a pilot, which are a sometimes a very scarce resource.
There's also stand space management. Sometimes 6 buses turn up bunched like bananas and if you don't have room for them, it needs to be dealt with before TfL or the traffic police come and get involved. When working at the changeover point you must also make sure no buses are left overnight. Sometimes people go sick on duty or AWOL but if they were supposed to finish after running a bus back to base, another plan has to be formulated to get it back.
Backplating. Sometimes the buses come from multiple garages and decisions made on plate swapping can have a cost attached if they end up at the wrong depot at the end of the day.
Many relish the challenges of working at the driver changeover point as it makes the day go quickly. Stratford Int for the TfL rail job can be busy. Wimbledon has its moments but Aldgate when Tower Hill to Barking was with the company was by far the most testing from my perspective.