Friday, 23 December 2011

Off out.

I just want to start by saying I appreciate the comment of anon on a previous post. It's the kind of comment that makes me want to keep blogging. He is clearly well upto date with movements within management and cares about the company he works for. And i agree! . I must apologise if i sounded a little biased about the fare increase. Lets not forget i wouldn't be able to comment in a negative way or would want to if it was stagecoach. So lets not also forget that first do run very quality services. Including the one i am on now. I'm on the last 83 to Manchester which is the 2325 from oldham. Always turns up and it's free. Lucky me. I can sit here chuckling away at people paying. Anyway. Nice to see some great constructive comments on something i do to pass some time. I'm off now until the 28th so Happy Christmas and see you all soon. X

Friday, 16 December 2011

New cleaning routine

This is the new way we are cleaning the tops of the buses. Just so they look nice from the flats above the bus station.

Thursday, 15 December 2011


This Huddersfield bus was in oldham today on the 184. Thought it different as they normally run double deckers. Bad news though for First bus passengers. fares are on the rise from January the 2nd. Day tickets will be 4.50 monthly will be 59 quid. The 1.90, 2.50 and 3.10 fares will all increase by a massive 30p each. There is more increases but i cannot remember them at the moment. The company is blaming new buses and new ticket machines which are being introduced next year. My opinion is that these rises are a huge insult to the passengers and cannot be justified.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Oh dear

Just on a first bus dart running on the 64 and notice this sign on the emergency exit at the back of the bus. Someone should use a spell checker or pay more attention to thier work.

Off out

Just heading off out for the day. Luckily the first bus of the day is this very nice old volvo. Old but the engine still sounds as if it just come out of the factory. This is on the 425 to oldham. On the 64 after this. There is method in the madness but i won't bore you with the details. Long weekend off so no work until Wednesday.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011


I'm just on a 216 heading to Piccadilly. We were making good progress until we passed Ryecroft hall then all of a sudden long slow moving traffic. I can see 5 buses in the traffic which is not very good and i blame Tameside council. I think there organisation along with help from the pte or whatever they want to call themselves is absolutly disgusting. I feel so sorry for the residents and people who have to use public transport along this route. This service was brilliant before use stupid tram works started and all we hear now is how bad things have become. There is nothing coming the other way but yet we are still sat at temporary lights surrounded by workers who are doing very little. With a bit of luck i might get to piccadilly by lunchtime!

The future?

This is something different, Noticed this 219 yesterday with a bit of sparkle on the advert that is on the side. Its got little sparkly leds built into it which is somehow wired into the bus electrics. The advert is for the Trafford centre. I only saw it in the daytime but i bet it looks better at night.
Had a little browse at the service changes which are taking place in January yesterday. Some interesting ones such as 216s being extended to Stamford Park! Will wait till i get the full list before going into it.Off into Piccadilly today again on whats looking like a really poor weather day :(

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Something different.

This East midlands dart called into Piccadilly today after a day at the museum of transport. Certainly made a few people turn as it passed through. Had an entertaining day today. Ended up watching a march head along Wilmslow road for a few hours. It moved very slowly and caused a bit of disruption but nothing to bad.

Bit miserable

Lucky me. Stood in Piccadilly on this horrid wet Sunday. Not much going on yet. Plenty of shoppers about though. Seems nothing keeps them in. Here till 6 so well wrapped up. Does make a nice change though being in town.

Friday, 2 December 2011


I've not been down to Hyde road for a few weeks and was amazed to see this monster in the back car part. It's the new mast for our radio system which we are getting in the new year. Should hopefully make contacting the buses a little easier. It's hard to show how big this thing really is but it does cause a creek in the neck looking up at it.