Bus Patronage Data 2018/2019 Feb 25, 2020 22:26:41 GMT shroudoffrost, thekbq14, and 1 more like this
Post by ServerKing on Feb 25, 2020 22:26:41 GMT
Feb 25, 2020 20:35:25 GMT @dannyb said:My personal view is London don't need fancy liveries, WIFI and leather seats (Most journeys are short, even more so since TfL decided to cut long routes such as the 25). All most people want is a reliable bus service not being regulated every two minutes. As for messy buses did they not start cleaning buses at terminals at one stage or am I making that up. Even if we had fancy buses they would still get dirty just because of the volume of usage.
I am old fashion but think these cheap cab fares much like internet shopping are good in the short term but long term won't be able to sustain the prices.
The cab stuff is unsustainable, already Ola is looking to get in on Uber's patch if it goes under, but sad to say, it's the young they need to appeal to, and surprisingly the young aren't so keen to buy a car and might car share or get taxis instead. Buses don't need fancy liveries, but the early 2000s and the liveries of the likes of Stagecoach and Metroline at least added something to the blandness we see. TfL think branding is covering everything in their font with Word97 Clipart, lol... whereas the likes of Stagecoach, Arriva, GoAhead have been doing professional branding for years. I guess the operators are handicapped by TfL who wouldn't want too much competition through the branding, so red and naff blinds it is.
Unless TfL let go of the reins and allow a smattering of creativity, either with presentation, branding, seating etc., they can't expect the rest of Londoners to give a monkey's... their clinging to nostalgia, prefixed routes with gaps, no advertising of services, no printable brochures or timetables, leaflets is a reason the rot has set in. I hope they lose bus funding and it gets de regulation like elsewhere. They are the BBC of transport... there is too much control, it all started in 2013 with the fixation of WOB blinds, before the speed limits were lowered and it all went to pot