A compendium of jointly operated bus routes

Sunday 20th March 2022

There was a time when jointly operated inter-urban bus routes were quite common not least between adjacent subsidiaries of the National Bus Company. It made for an efficient way to operate a route which linked towns many miles apart which were located in different bus companies’ territories’.

One of the most extensive operations I was involved in during my career was in the early 1980s when South Wales Transport, National Welsh and Bristol Omnibus collaborated to jointly run the ExpressWest branded route from Bristol to Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli and even some journeys extended to Haverfordwest.

In Sussex there was a three-way operation at one time on the route between Brighton and Tunbridge Wells with Brighton & Hove, Southdown and Maidstone & District while along the coast, route 799 was at one time operated by Brighton & Hove, Brighton Buses and Hastings & District between Rye and Worthing. There were many other examples all over the country.

Deregulation put an end to many of these arrangements with competition law preventing bus companies from agreeing fares and ticket prices meaning each having to act independently often to the puzzlement of passengers when prices differed. As the years have passed bus companies have circumnavigated some of these restrictions, particularly the acceptance of each other’s return tickets, even if technically they may not always be the same price.

Thanks to Twitter the following list of eight jointly operated inter-urban routes was compiled from contributions submitted a couple of years ago and during my recent Covid break I finally had the time to document them – I’ll add this to the menu of pages on my website so it’s easily accessible for future reference and any changes that might occur will be incorporated, but for now, here it is as a blogpost.

1 High Wycombe to Chesham (and Hemel Hempstead)

This route is operated by both Arriva and Go-Ahead owned Carousel Buses on a fifteen minute frequency between High Wycombe, Amersham and Chesham with one of Carousel’s buses each hour continuing to Hemel Hempstead via Bovingdon replacing a former route along that stretch of road.

A ‘one’ branding was used by both operators before there was a bit of a falling out and it was gloves off for an alternative competitive battle but good sense prevailed and for some time it’s been coordinated again including mutual ticket acceptance.

8 Salisbury to Andover

Operated by Salisbury based Go-Ahead owned Salisbury Reds and Stagecoach South from its Andover base.

The route runs half-hourly from end to end with Stagecoach operating extra half-hourly short journeys between Tidworth and Andover.

Marketed as Ativ8 both companies used to operate branded buses on the service but more recently while Salisbury Reds have updated its branding, for now, Stagecoach has yet to downgrade to its standard livery but it’s probably on borrowed time.

30 Cardiff to Newport

Operated by Cardiff Bus and Newport Bus on a half-hourly frequency, it’s unfortunate the timetable shown on the Newport Bus website only shows its own buses with 90 minute gaps where Cardiff Bus buses run – you need to know to click on the “PDF Timetable” icon to get the full jointly run timetable.

A not very helpful timetable is displayed on Newport Bus website…..
….. until you know to click on the “PDF Timetable” icon to get the full timetable.
Whereas Cardiff Bus manage to seemingly use the same software to display a full timetable.

Newport Bus also operate an X30 every two hours between Newport and Cardiff taking just 39 minutes rather than the 51 minutes taken by buses on route 30, but Cardiff Bus don’t get involved in that speeded up option.

X38 Derby to Burton-on-Trent

This fast route taking just 35 minutes uses the A38 linking Derby and Burton-on-Trent running to a twenty minute frequency and operated by TrentBarton and Arriva.

Timetable extract from, TrentBarton.

88 Colchester to Halstead

I hesitate to include this one in the list as you’d be hard pressed to call it a ‘joint service’. Both First Essex and Go-Ahead owned Hedingham operate a route 88.

Both routes run between Colchester, Lexden, Eight Ash Green, Wakes Colne, Earls Colne and Halstead.

First Essex buses leave Colchester’s Osborne Street at 40 minutes last the hour, arriving Halstead 55 minutes later from where they return from Conies Road at 38 minutes past the hour.

First Essex’s route 88 – no reference to Hedingham’s journeys.

Heddingham’s buses leave Colchester Osborne Street at 10 minutes past the hour also taking 55 minutes to Halstead returning at 08 minutes past the hour.

Hedingham’s route 88 – no reference to First Essex’s journeys.

So it’s a nicely coordinated half-hourly service, except it’s not advertised as such – only as two separate hourly services. Not very Bus Service Improvement Plan is it?

271/2 Sheffield to Castleton

These routes are jointly operated by Hulleys and First South Yorkshire on a 60-90 minute frequency. Hulley’s brand the routes as Peak link. First doesn’t. Hulley’s journeys do a double run to serve Bradwell Memorial Hall on the journey from Castleton to Sheffield whereas First South Yorkshire do the same double run on the outward journey from Sheffield.

Commendably the only information on both websites confirms there’s full ticket inter-availability between the operators.

350 Hull to Scunthorpe

Branded as Humber FastCat, this service which crosses the spectacular Humber Bridge is jointly operated by Stagecoach and East Yorkshire on a half hourly frequency.

Whereas most joint services have equal shares between the two bus operators, here Stagecoach is the dominant operator with East Yorkshire contributing just one bus running four return journeys a day (three on Sundays) every three hours.

Again clicking on line the East Yorkshire website only shows its rather sparse three-hourly timetable and you have to know to click on the ‘PDF Timetable’ icon which then brings up Stagecoach’s full timetable for the route (including the East Yorkshire journeys).

685 Carlisle to Newcastle

Perhaps one of the most famous of joint routes for those who’ve been in the industry for many years as it became a cause célèbre for split licences/registrations when differential laws were introduced for drivers hours for routes over 50 km in length – at that time being a joint United and Ribble service.

Operated nowadays by Arriva and Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancs, a few years ago the hourly service via Brampton, Haltwhistle and Hexham was branded as Cross Pennine with a nice Best Impressions livery.

Sadly neither Arriva nor Stagecoach are interested in such fineries these days but at least both promote the same nice looking timetable without distinguishing between which operator runs which journey.

And unless readers know otherwise, that’s the sum total of jointly operated inter-urban routes.

There are also jointly run urban routes as part of Partnership arrangements in both Oxford (Stagecoach and Oxford Bus) and Sheffield (Stagecoach and First Bus).

Some of these have coordinated timetables but use different route numbers – Oxford’s routes 1 (Stagecoach) and 5 (Oxford Bus) between the railway station, city centre and Blackbird Leys run to a combined 5 minute frequency (10 minutes each route) and another uses the same route number – route 8 every 7-8 minutes combined with each operator every 15 minutes between the city centre and Barton.

There are five bus routes which could be considered “joint” in Sheffield and I’m grateful to fellow blogger ‘fatbusbloke’ from the Public Transport Experience website who has expert knowledge of the Sheffield bus scene. He kindly gave me an update confirming such joint arrangements began in 2013 under the “Sheffield Bus Partnership” brand later updated to “Buses for Sheffield”.

Route 1 – First has withdrawn from this and it is no longer joint although First calls it’s version route 1a. There is now a very similar route north of the city centre but they’re very different in the south.

Route 7 (Stagecoach) – Routes 8/8A (First Bus) between Ecclesfield and Crystal Peaks running a coordinated timetable on the same route north of the city but via two different routes to Crystal Peaks in the south.

Route 24 (First Bus) – Route 25 (Stagecoach). These routes (Lowedges to Woodhouse) are similar on both sides of the city albeit with a bifurcation via Beaumont Road North (24) or Harborough Avenue (25) to and from Woodhouse in the east of the city.

Route 52 (Stagecoach) – Route 52a (First Bus). Minor differences at both route ends but the core of these routes (Woodhouse to Hillsborough/Wisewood/Loxley) is the same.

Route 120 (both operators use the same number) between Halfway and Fulwood is identical but is operated in two overlapping sections on Monday to Saturday daytime with the full route joint all the way evenings and Sundays.

Do let me know if there are any other “joint operations” out there to be added to this list.

Sunday updates;

And no sooner posted and a contributor has kindly been in touch to add the eight joint/combined bus routes under Merseyside’s Quality Bus Network run by Arriva and Stagecoach.

Details of the routes are here: https://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/customer-information/quality-bus-network/

Thanks to Neil and Peter (see comments below) for adding to the list the three routes run under a partnership agreement in the West Midlands jointly by National Express West Midlands and Rotala owned Diamond – routes 31/32 (Walsall – Mosley/Lower Farm); 40 (West Bromwich – Wednesbury); and 42/43/43A (West Bromwich / Dudley/Bilston).

Thanks to John ho commented below there’s also routes 83 (First Bus) and 83A (Stagecoach) in Sheffield with both routes taking identical routes in the north of the city and on Eccleshall Road as far as Hunters Bar where the routes bifurcate with the 83 serving Bents Green and the 83A to Fulwood. Sundays sees both operators run route 83.

Thanks to Philip who commented route 585 between Aberystwyth and Lampeter is a three way timetable with six return journeys and one single trip per day on behalf of Ceredigion County Council divid up between three operators – Lloyds Coaches, Mid Wales Travel and Brodyr James Coaches.

Which reminded me to add to the list the jointly operated TrawsCymru route T12 between Machynlleth and Wrexham jointly operated by Lloyds Coaches and Tanat Valley Coaches. And thanks to Alfie who added route T10 (Corwen to Bangor) operated jointly by Llew Jones and K&P Coaches.

Roger French

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Next blog, Tuesday 22nd March 2022 and its back out and about on the road again with: All across Dalcross.

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  1. Morning Roger,

    Very useful list, thank-you. Let’s hope that the new spirit of partnership working under BSIPs and EPs means that a few more joint routes can appear, bringing benefits to the passenger and potential savings to operators.

    There are three Partnership routes in the West Midlands, coordinated by Transport for West Midlands and operated by NXWM and Diamond. Having been withdrawn last year, the Partnership was renegotiated and reinstated from the 5th December 2021 (only suspended for 3 months, not great for passenger confidence). These are the 31/32 Walsall-Mossley/Lower Farm, 40 West Bromwich-Wednesbury and 42/43/43A Wedt Bromwich-Dudley/Bilston.
    https://wmbu.org.uk/2021/11/west-midlands-bus-partnership-between-diamond-and-nx-bus-resumes-5th-december-2021/

    Kind regards.

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  2. There are also a few partnership routes in the Transport for West Midlands, operated jointly by National Express West Midlands and Diamond: 31/32 Walsall – Bloxwich corridor, 40 West Bromwich – Wednesbury, and 42/43 West Bromwich – Tipton corridor.

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  3. While Stagecoach route 1 and Oxford Bus Co route 5 are now identical, route 1 used to terminate in the city centre with only route 5 extending to Oxford rail station. Helpfully both now run to the station so I don’t have to let a 1 pass when I’m boarding on Cowley Road

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  4. While Stagecoach route 1 and Oxford Bus Co route 5 are now identical, route 1 used to terminate in the city centre with only route 5 extending to Oxford rail station. Helpfully both now run to the station so I don’t have to let a 1 pass when I’m boarding on Cowley Road

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  5. The Newport Bus X30 isn’t exactly a speeded-up version of the 30 as it comes into Cardiff via the main hospital, which the 30 doesn’t serve.

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  6. Quite a lot of routes could be operated far more efficiently and far more cost effectively if they were jointly operated. It also means less disruption for passengers when things go wrong as when a bus breaks down on one of these long routes and at the far end of the route it usually means a return journey is lost leaving a huge gap in the schedule

    Will the Enhanced partnerships work? I doubt it. They will still be separate companies and are answerable to their shareholders

    We will have to wait and see but the sort of waffle coming out from LTA’s is not promising

    It is looking more like even the existing network will not be maintained so there seems little hope of improvements

    There is one very minor bit of good news the Watford 318 which Mulley’s have given up has had a last minute reprieve with at very short notice Harlequin Travel have stepped in to operate it from Monday

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    1. Source, please, in re 318 . . . there’s nothing on the bus stops along the route, and the only Harlequin Travel I can find is in Marlow . . . no website.

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  7. Loving the blog as ever!

    Activ8 is actually a child of privatisation and deregulation. Salisbury – Andover was a wholly Wilts & Dorset service, duly taken over by Hants & Dorset when the companies were merged by NBC. In 1983, H&D was split, with Salisbury falling under (new) Wilts & Dorset and Andover under Hampshire Bus (now Salisbury Reds and Stagecoach South respectively). The service continued as jointly operated, as it does to this day.

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  8. What makes the Newcastle to Carlisle service a remarkable survivor is that Arriva continued to operate the service despite selling their Hexham depot to Go North East some years ago. Hexham used to cover all the 685 work for Arriva, using coaches. After the sale it was transferred to Jesmond depot in Newcastle and gradually converted to low floor buses. Nowadays you’ll often find buses on it carrying route branding for Newcastle to Whitley Bay services, all part of the downward spiral.

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  9. Another Sheffield joint service is the 83 (First) and 83a (Stagecoach) which are identical north of the City and on Ecclesall Road as far as Hunters Bar where the routes bifurcate with 83 serving Bents Green and 83a to Fulwood terminating in a different loop from 120. On Sunday Stagecoach run the 83 as well as First and 83a does not operate.

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  10. It is interesting that Halstead gets such a good bus service. It in 2011 only had a population of about 12,000 yet has 3 buses an hour. that’s 2 and hour on the 88 and 1 an hour on the 89. There are also a number minor routes

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  11. I went on that Newcastle to Carlisle one when I was a teenager but I can’t remember if it was a United or Ribble bus maybe both as I must have come back too.I also did 2 other United joint routes with East Yorkshire, Scarborough Bridlington and West Yorkshire Ripon Leeds.However most of their joint routes where with Northern and are too many to count.There was one from Stockton to Bishop Aukland joint with private operator,TMS, which was annoying as you couldn’t use an Explorer on TMS.I have read about one with Eastern Scottish too Newcastle to Galashiels which ran 3 times a day via Bryness and now a company called Hoggs run it once a day.Some National Express and Scottish City Link went that way too but they don’t now either going via the A1 or across to Carlisle and up.Another joint north east one I remember was the 9 between Hartlepool and Middlesbrough running jointly between Hartlepool Corporation and Cleveland Transit, again another annoying thing was Cleveland Transit where exact fare.Prior to Cleveland Transit there must have been lots of joint services between Middlesbrough and Stockton Corporation buses.

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  12. There the 585 from Aberystwyth – Lampeter which manages to be jointly operated by Lloyds Coaches, Brodyr James and Mid Wales Motorways despite only consisting of 8 trips a day with an end-to-end journey time of 90 minutes.

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    1. Thanks Philip – which reminds me Lloyds Coaches and Tanet Valley Coaches operate the TrawsCymru branded route T12 Machynlleth to Wrexham – I’ll add both to the list and update.

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  13. You’ve overlooked Merseyside where main corridors have co-ordinated timetables for services provided by Arriva and Stagecoach that prevents wastage.
    The most notable is 10/A between Liverpool and St. Helens another child of de-regulation allowing through journeys not even possible in PTE days. Tickets are inter available where both Operators run but the Merseytravel timetable map shows only Arriva tickets are valid to Huyton on Arrivas 10B.
    This route will soon be a cause celebre with hydrogen buses owned by Liverpool City Region and painted in Merseytravel yellow run by the operators.

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  14. There is also TrawsCymru T10 Bangor-Corwen
    Jointly operated by Llew Jones + K&P Coaches with x1 bus provided by each operator Mon-Sat (despite the online timetable only refering to Llew Jones).

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  15. The main service on 585 is actually run by Lloyds and Evans, Tregaron. Mid Wales do operate, but only positioning journeys for the 588. Brodyr James only involvement is a school contract available to the public

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  16. Very interesting blog post.

    This brings backs memories of the Brighton – Lewes – Uckfield – Crowborough – Tunbridge Wells service you mention being jointly run by Arriva and Stagecoach and Go Ahead B&H in the early 2000s. I seem to remember each operator ran one bus every three hours meaning that Arriva and Stagecoach and Go Ahead B&H all combined ran an hourly service. I shall have to dig out my old bus timetable collection as i think i still have a few old timetables from back then.

    I remember one journey in particular when i was trying to get home from Tunbridge Wells to Lewes and the Arriva bus broke down in Eridge leaving all of us stranded for an hour until the next Stagecoach bus came only for that to brake down in Five Ash Down leaving us to wait for yet another hour for the Go Ahead B&H bus to finally take us home to Lewes and thankfully that one ran fine. Although to be fair this was only one occasion. Normally all three operators on the joint service seemed to run well without too many issues.

    A few other current jointly operated routes that i noticed you have missed off of your list are as follows:

    • 22 – Newdigate to Dorking to Holmbury St Mary – This service is mainly run by Go Ahead Metrobus however Buses 4 U operate some additional Saturday journeys.

    • 28 – Guildford to Knaphill to Woking – This service is mainly run by Falcon Buses but Stagecoach South run an additional morning journey.

    • 32 – Guildford to Dorking – This service is operated by Compass Bus on Mondays to Fridays and by Stagecoach South on Sundays.

    • 81 – Woking to Barnsbury – This service is mainly run by Stagecoach South but White Bus Services run some additional morning journeys.

    • 120 – Seaford to Bishopstone – On Saturdays this is run by Cuckmere Buses in the morning and Compass Bus in the afternoon.

    • 126 – Seaford to Alfriston – On Mondays to Saturdays this is jointly run by Cuckmere Buses and Compass Bus who both have journeys on all days.

    • 280 – Tunbridge Wells to Molyneux Park – This service is mainly run by Go Coach but Go Ahead Metrobus run an additional morning journey.

    • 285 – Tunbridge Wells to Hawkenbury – This Service is run by Nu Venture on Mondays to Fridays and by Hams Travel on Saturdays.

    • 400 – Staines to Walton On Thames – This service is jointly run with RATP London United running three journeys a day in each direction and Bear Buses running one journey a day in each direction.

    • 456 – Staines to Woking – This service is operated by Falcon Buses on Mondays to Fridays and by White Bus Services on Sundays.

    • 461 – Kingston to Addlestone – This service is operated by Falcon Buses on Mondays to Fridays and by Rotala Diamond Bus on Sundays.

    • 479 – Guildford to Epsom – This service is operated by Falcon Buses on Mondays to Fridays and by Stagecoach South on Sundays.

    • 492 – Newhaven to Denton – This service has Compass Bus running the morning journey and Go Ahead B&H running the afternoon journey.

    • W2 – Outer Hebrides – Jointly run by Hebridean Transport and Murdo Maciver.

    • W3 – Monmouth Town Service – Jointly run by Monmouthshire County Council and Phil Anslow Travel.

    • W4 – Monmouth Town Service – Jointly run by Monmouthshire County Council and Phil Anslow Travel.

    • W5 – Monmouth Town Service – Jointly run by Monmouthshire County Council and Phil Anslow Travel.

    • W7 – Outer Hebrides – Jointly run by Bus Na Comhairle and Peter Maclennan.

    • W8 – Outer Hebrides – Jointly run by Alasdair Macdonald and Lochs Motor Transport.

    • W13 – Outer Hebrides – Jointly Run by Lochs Motor Transport and South Harris Coaches.

    • W14 – Outer Hebrides – Jointly run by Alasdair Macdonald and Lochs Motor Transport.

    • W16 – Outer Hebrides – Jointly run by Grenitote Travel and John Macquarrie and Tagsa Uibhist.

    • W17 – Outer Hebrides – Jointly run by Aitken Island Travel and D A Travel.

    • W18 – Outer Hebrides – Jointly run by Alistair Macdonald & Sons and Grenitote Travel.

    There are probably some more as well but those are the only ones that i can think of off the top of my head.

    Another interesting bit a history:

    For a short period of time in the early 2000s the route 50 bus (which went from Horsham – Cranleigh – Dorking via a variety of rural villages) was jointly operated by six bus operators at the same time (on some days of the week all six ran on the same day):

    • Arriva Surrey
    • Buses 4 U
    • Carlone Buses
    • Compass Bus
    • Countryliner
    • Palaeobus

    The timetable was a complicating mess with a different timetable every day and different journeys taking different routes. The timetable is still very confusing but these days it is just one operator (Buses 4 U) running it (and it does not serve Cranleigh any more and runs much less frequently). All six of these operators were running under contract to SCC. I am thinking that perhaps at six bus operators this holds the record for the most amount of bus operators jointly operating a route.

    Jointly operated routes are definitely becoming less common. I am in my 60s now but i have vague memories of a few other joint routes when i was younger maybe thirty or fourty years ago. As you say it is becoming less common now. I suppose it makes it a lot simpler for operators when just one company runs it all. It is also simpler for passengers if they need to contact the company of find out information.

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    1. I’m suspecting some of these services aren’t jointly operated but are combinations of commercial parts of a route run by one company, with local authority contracted parts of the same route awarded to another operator to plug any gaps, particularly school, evenings and weekend journeys.

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      1. Yes that is probably the case with some (but not all) of the examples i gave. I suppose it depends on what your definition of a joint bus route is. I was defining it any bus route that has more than one operator running it. But if you are excluding routes that are operated commercially by one bus operator and council contracted journeys by another bus operator than i suppose some of the ones i mentioned do not apply. It all really depends on how you define a joint bus route.

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    2. Many thanks for all these examples Brian – as others have mentioned these are routes contracted to local authorities rather than commercial ventures but fascinating to see the ones you’ve highlighted and thanks very much for the long list and your wonderful reminisces. Much appreciated.

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  17. I can’t help wondering if when writing this post, Roger was originally thinking of wholly Commercial services that were shared voluntarily by different operators, rather than services where extra journeys are provided by a different bus company under contract to the local council. There are hundreds of the latter across the country but the main difference is that the commercial operator often will not accept tickets issued by the tendered operator.

    There are also likely to be plenty of occasions where the odd journey on a wholly tendered service is provided by another company as part of a separate contract.

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  18. As well as jointly operated routes there used to be many instances of joint working by different depots of the same operator, notably in London where most cross-city routes worked in this way. (I recall route 12 used 4 for many years: ED, PM, S amd WL.) It’s much less common now: the only such TfL route I’m aware of is the 137, and even outside London it is getting rare. A notable current example is Stagecoach South 700 worked from Portsmouth, Chichester and Worthing but in 3 sections, and another Stagecoach one is East 904 worked from Fenstanton and Peterborough.

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    1. It was quite common for London bus routes to be operated by more than one garages. The 29. 279, 149, 27 , 19, 14 the list was endless. Many Greenline routes were operated from at least 2 garages

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  19. I wonder if increasing fuel prices will lead to more joint operations and more interworking between garages of the same company. Dead mileage always seems like bad idea. There must be a reason why operaotrs do not like interworking and maybe someone can tell me what it is?

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    1. Sorry Bob, those Norwich-Peterborough routes are entirely operated from FEC’s King’s Lynn depot (which has no other work).

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  20. If only Transdev would jointly work with local competitor, Connexions, and give then a share of the town network, including the Knraesborough routes, thus freeing up drivers for that blasted 36! Really fed up to the back teeth and beyond with Alex and his not so amaizing 36. Tonight for example, I had the usual mile long walk from work to the nearest bus stop near Eccup Reservoir, arriving there at 16.05. A bus FINALLY turned up at 16.50! It was standing room only until Moortown, then the driver got all of a sudden power mad making everyone who boarded find a seat, thus making my commute to Leeds even longer! FINALLY got to Vicar Lane at 17.20! I had a further journey to my home in Beeston FINALLY arriving at 18.05! That’s a staggering 2 hours plus time for the walk to get home, and it’s only a 9 mile commute! How amaizing not!

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    1. I didn’t realize that Vicar Lane was still open.I never actually went to that one just the Central and National Express one, called something like Wellington Square.As I understand it Vicar Lane Bus Station was owned by West Yorkshire and used by United too as it served places to the north of Leeds.I thought that Leeds only had the Central Bus Station now.

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  21. TfL’s most unreliable bus service

    The 549 South Woodford to Loughton Bus service is TfLs most unreliable service. It has a PVR of 1 and ran every 70 minutes. . TfL’s solution to improve time keeping is to reduce the service to every 90 minutes

    One has to question what use is a bus every 90 minutes ?. What real purpose doers the route service. I guess it provides a connection to the Central line from Loughton but with a bus only every 90 minutes who will use it for that

    It also faces some competition in the Loughton area from route 66 which runs to Waltham Cross.

    The 549 also i runs into Essex and cross border services nowadays are always problematic

    The route really needs to be rethought to make it more useful and increase the frequency to at least hourly

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  22. The route 7 (or route 7 collections as I call them), running between Aldershot and Reading, used to be numbered 12 as a joint operation between the Aldershot & District and Thames Valley Traction Companies. After the Alder Valley era that merged the two companies, this route was operated by single companies for a number of years until 2018 when Stagecoach stopped operating their 7 north of Hartley Wintney. This meant Reading Buses commercially took over the remaining part, with an overlap between there and Fleet as a more direct route. For a time I believe both operators accepted each others tickets, even going as far as selling through tickets between Aldershot and Reading. However, as we all know by now Reading Buses would eventually stop running south of Riseley, meaning this could no longer be classed as a “jointly operated bus route.”

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