The first 75% went vey well though. schedule wise at least I dragged Jackie the wonderful Loes Link driver out of her bed early on a Saturday morning to take me to Framlingham, where my early morning fragility was sorely tested by Galloway's Solo SR with minimal seat padding YJ14 BGE. Nothing wrong with the bus, and it was warm but those seats are ridiculously hard.
|Galloways Solo SR YJ14 BGE at Old Catle Market Ipswich|
|Carters MCV Evolution AY60 BVD sandwiched between 2 perfect garden voyeurism buses!|
|32478 at Colchester|
|First 69909 Volvo 7600 BV13 ZBO at Lakeside|
|Ensignbus Volvo B5LH EU62 BVD seen at Bluewater.|
|Arriva Platinum E400 YY14 WFX at Bluewater.|
I will not mention the operator of this final service as it appears they don't like being talked about or having pics of their buses published. But I would like to mention to the manager of said operator that instead on insisting perfectly reasonable posts that revealed nothing not in the public domain are taken down, you should pay attention to the sort of people you have driving your buses. The bloke driving yesterday greeted me with the sort of scowl I haven't seen in ages, as if stopping to pick me up was a personal insult, and we then had the following conversation.
Me: Hello mate, does this bus go round the village?
Driver : I don't know - does it?
Me: Well I hoped you would be able to tell me.
Driver: This isn't my usual route.
As it turns out he should have gone round the village. He didn't. Presumably it said on his duty card if he should or sholdn't. I assume he just didn't want to. That is a tendered route. It is not what I either wanted or needed after 10 hours of travelling in the cold and wet. Very poor indeed. Think I might get the train home when the time comes.