After only 5 months in public service is time up already for the X1 E400's? Passengers have been singularly unimpressed with the noise and comfort level in the much heralded vehicles. Rumours are circulating that the powers that be are not happy. Issues such as rattling, seat deterioation and general ride quality are causing the decision makers to scratch their heads. Long before they should have had to, can they already be looking at the long term future of the E400's
Following passenger surveys it is clear the E400's are not as popular as was hoped. Out of all First's flagship routes the X1 should be the Blue Riband as it is still the longest bus route in the country. Only the best will do and it certainly seems that the current fleet are not the best. Looks like the B9's were a lot better than they were given credit for. Surely the E400's won't survive 5 years like the B9's did.
Doubtless there will be those who continue to champion the E400's. After all they still look fantastic from the outside and those destination screens still leave me highly impressed, so unless you are a regular traveller on them they may still seem great, so is it possible they are already going to be replaced? You just never know.
For those of you who haven't read the last few comments just look at the first letter of every sentence! The question now is how long will it be before that post IS true!