TGM take over Harlow Routes Aug 4, 2010 5:33:13 GMT
Post by Deleted on Aug 4, 2010 5:33:13 GMT
Aug 2, 2010 21:12:10 GMT @owen76 said:Visited Harlow today and noticed that the nice new buses on the 510 seem to have largely disappeared, being replaced by the older low-floor Wright-bodied vehicles from the 500/501, which in turn are being substantially operated by a rag-bag of vehicles, including N-reg step-entrance buses in TGM livery, with Excel legal lettering, and a bit of paper "on hire to Arriva" in the window.
Presumably Arriva are moving anything that has a value (ie, not much) from Harlow, in order to leave it with a pile of cascaded old ****. I would expect some of the newer Solos to go as well when the ECC tender losses kick in.
And that is how "Network Harlow" will be cheaper to operate. In accounting terms, they will have a load of effectively life-expired vehicles which have no depreciation to worry about, and no doubt new staff will have less favourable pay and conditions. Trebles all round for the Arriva directors, as Private Eye would say.
Does not sount very promising and old & non low floor buses would normaly rule them out of getting council contracts and there is really no excuse for putting scruffy bits of paper in the windscreens that just smacks of a good not care a less attitude and indicates poor management amd low standards hardly the thing to attract people onto buses.
Bus companies are seriously struggling to maintain revenues outside of London. Whilst pasenger usage is increasing in margibaly that figure masks the true position. When you examine the figures you find that Free concessionary travel is increasing but fare paying usage is falling fast. The cause seems to be the high levels of concessionary travel at peak times driving people away due to overcrowded buses also prams on the buses at peaks is another problem. 2 prames would take up the space of about 8 seats. This is further compounded by cuts in services and buses companies putting up fares to try to increase revenues.
It is not looking good for bus services at present