The first journey of the day, the 0705 from Carlton Colville will now start from Kessingland at 0655. There will also be a new journey leaving Southwold at 0642. Both journeys will serve City College in Norwich. In a slight re-organising the 0837 from Worlingham will no longer start from Carlton Colville non schooldays, and the 0845 departure from Southwold will now start at Kessingland at 0908. However the 0927 from Wangford is extended to start at Southwold at 0915. The 1152 departure from Worlingham will now start at Southwold at 1105, giving a half hourly service along the whole route between 0915 and 1135, and from then a half hourly service between Kessingland and Norwich. The biggest improvement is the reduction in non school day only journeys, with only the 1428 from Kessingland falling into that category. This means the 1545 from Southwold to Norwich now runs school days too.
Towards Southwold the 0833 from Beccles will now start from Wrentham at 0914. There is an additional departure to Southwold from Norwich at 0950, and the 1050, 1140, 1240 and 1340 departures from Norwich are extended to Kessingland. The 1510 to Southwold now runs on school days too, with only two journeys differing on school days - the 1430 will terminate at Beccles instead of Kessingland, and the 1540 to Kessingland will only operate non school days. These changes mean a regular service throughout the day with no big gaps on school days. This was much needed and will only enhance the ever more popular route. You can view the full timetable by clicking here.
|The 146 expanding again
OK for you to quote those figures, as the BB Team are all very pleased with them.
The figures in question are as follows.
Feb 2016 compared to Feb 2015: Pax +101% On Bus Revenue +132%
Jan 2016 compared to Jun 2015: Pax +20% On Bus Revenue +53%
I would suggest many operators would quite like increases in productivity such as those. To get 20% more passengers in January when Pontins is shut compared to June when it is bursting shows how much more of the local market has been attracted by the service Borderbus provide on the 146. I really like the way Andrew emphasises the fact it's a team effort, and he is right. Without the drivers welcoming everyone on board, giving everyone time to sit down and driving to a timetable that allows for those courtesies, to the engineering team that achieve miracles in making E200's a pleasure to travel on, to the fact there are ALWAYS timetables available (acknowledging that a lot of the older generation are not gadget mad and still prefer paper timetables) then you could be the best MD in the world yet would achieve nothing. With Robin and Lee joining the team in the next couple of weeks things will only get better and better. I still think the Border Bendis will be needed come high season! It shows it CAN be done with the right attitudes from top to bottom, and by everyone feeling needed and appreciated. Other operators take note.
Now a few weeks ago I mentioned I was going to be involved in something quite exciting at Stagecoach South East. I was sent a picture on Friday of one of the first deliveries on what on the outside is a brand new E400MMC, and indeed it is.
|New Stagecoach South East E400MMC
However it's what's under the bonnet that makes this batch of MMC's a world first, and I will be revealing all soon. I'm meeting with the Business Development Manager at Stagecoach South East next week and I'm hoping to persuade him to show me round one of these impressive vehicles! Watch this space.
Finally another preview of an upcoming post. Robert Appleton has sent me pictures he took of the Yarmouth Olympians in their days at Yorkshire Coastliner, and my word they looked good. A full post coming up in due course but here is a taster with a pic of 436, later to become 34109 in her Yorkshire Coastliner glory. Many thanks, Robert.
|W436 CWX later 34109 in her Yorkshire days in August 2004