Wednesday, 30 March 2011


As we all know, the fares go out slightly on Sunday. First bus have gone
that bit further. They are hitting the customers with another £1 on the
already overpriced weekly ticket. I think £17 is way too much to be honest
and I'm not just saying that because I work for Stagecoach. Even the drivers
are a little surprised at the increase.

I'm sure they are in for a tough time Monday morning, and I still cannot
understand why you would have a fare that's more expensive than the day

We started swiping the concession passes this week. It caused a little
confusion on Monday and some frustration but in time it will work well. I
had 4 drivers approach me this week who had taken out of date passes because
the machine had picked it up.

I'm on a late today on Wilmslow road so I won't finish until midnight and
off tomorrow which is always nice.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Such a change

Been at chorlton since 7am this morning. It's the first time i have been here. It's a bit far from home but very enjoyable. So many buses passing through here it's been hard to keep up at some times lol. Managed though. Also got a couple of pics of people thinking they could use the yellow box as a parking space till the lights further down changed. Off to fallowfield next for the rest of the day.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Not too bad

Had a week in Ashton bus station today. Been pretty good actually. I think the roadworks are easing off a little at the moment. Today was the busiest for me but Fridays are normally different than the rest of the week as some people still finish work early. Found out the details of the new fares today. All tickets are going up from the 3rd april. However the rises are very minimal with just 50p on mega riders and the introduction of a child day ticket once more. But suprisingly the easy rider has dropped to bring it in line with the new half fare policy which is being introduced on the same day. So much going on at the moment which will take an age to explain yet everyone should be pretty educated after just a few days. The new ticket machines start to use the swipe feature on pte chipped cards although i'd rather see the satnav feature first but who am i to say lol. The pic by the way is first at oldham. Just picking a mate up thought i would have a quick snap.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Nothing doing.

I'm off today and the glorious weather has brought me out to the airport on the bike. It's the first run out of the year. Been so busy with work have let myself go a little so time to get my act together and get some exercise. Although not much going on here. I have been at the end of the runway for about 30 minutes and not seen a thing. Gonna head into town and back up the metrolink trail to ashton to see how thats going.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Something different

I'm at southern cemetery this morning. It's a glorious day so i'm catching the sun whilst sorting out where to put the buses which are parked up on meal breaks. It's a bit like valet parking at the moment. I believe the sharston move went well but like most new things it's takes some people longer than others to get use to the changes. It's certainly keeping me busy today though.

Friday, 11 March 2011

No need.

Working in Ashton today. Can never understand why first and speedwell drivers let people off on wellington road instead of inside the bus stations like they are supposed too. I would be a bit miffed if it was raining and i had to walk all the way around to catch my next bus. Anyway. Quiet upto now but fridays normally throw in little suprises. We will see.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

March on!

Seems that there are a lot of people with lots to say at the moment. In manchester yesterday and these was a large amount of people protesting council but backs and today theretir a group protesting about the lybian government? What use that does i have no idea. I'm on a late tonight at Owens park. First part was on the 216 stand in town though which was very uneventful indeed. Day off tomorrow which i need. Back on Tuesday to another late shift.

Friday, 4 March 2011


Just seen this on the 219 service thought i'd share it. Must take some effort covering a full bus side like this. Sure looks different though.

Why bother?

This little thing turned up on the 409 yesterday afternoon in ashton. It left very very full around 330ish. Not a big bus in sight for about 15 minutes after it either. Been in Ashton for three days this week. I believe speedwell have stopped the s48 and s49s not good going at the moment for them. Much easier week in contrast to last week for me. Hope it carries on this afternoon.