... Justin Davies, First Cymru’s Managing Director, says: “We are thrilled to unveil these new buses. All eight of them, which represent almost £1.3 million pounds worth of investment by us, will be in service on the Park and Ride by the end of this week (20 December). It really is an early Christmas gift for customers using the service."
Isle of Wight
Thanks, too, to blog commentators who pointed out the cartographical bludner on the "bus movements" map extract on Thursday's blog (read again?).
Until Council and operators supply a definitive list of departure stands for North Gate and the Drapery, we cannot really check the numbers. It does seem certain that they will be worse than predicted.
After months of struggle and argument, the news breaks hat Arriva have thrown in the towel and sold their much hyped Malta operation back to the Island's government for a nominal sum! Replacing the island's original transport system ...
The government's Transport Malta organisation has taken over the Arriva fleet, apart from the 68 ex-London Mercedes-Benz Citaro artics which have been out of service since September following three fires. Most services are operated by 172 King Longs bought specifically for the contract.
The operation got off to a bad start with a shortage of drivers. There were also complaints about the new route network, devised by the government, and about the suitability of the artics for Maltese roads. The company has had four managing directors in 30 months, Keith Bastow, Dave Kaye, Richard Hall and, taking over last summer, group engineering director Mark Bowd.
There has been a change of government since the contract started and prime minister Joseph Muscat said last year: “The public transport disaster, from bad route planning to the EU ticket pricing probe, is a clear example of the legacy this government inherited.” The EU was challenging differential fare scales for residents and visitors.
A case of "if it ain't busted, don't try to fix it!" Pity Northampton Borough Council didn't think that way a year or so ago; nay 15 years ago!
a) A wizard at Harry Potter's school (edited out of the film version)?
b) An Olympic silver medal winning Ukrainian weight lifter?
c) A recently discovered dwarf planet in the Andromeda Nebula?
d) Something else?