All Change

I’m currently sat in my bus on a break as I type this. My head is spinning with thoughts, and if I don’t spill to someone soon I’m gonna go mad. Seeing as I aint gonna see anyone till tonight I’m putting them on here, Just to clear my head more than anything else.

(This is my excuse for why this post might not seem that joined up and slightly all over the place

It’s my last day on the 200 today.

Well from this coming Monday I will no longer working at Arriva Aylesbury as I’m transferring to MK Metro.

Bus after a couple of petty and childish incidents with a few of the older Metro drivers in the past two days I’m starting to have second thoughts…

Argh I just don’t know..

I’ve really struggled for the past six months trying to make my mind up if I wanted to transfer and now I just don’t know what to think, At the moment I have this horrible feeling that it’s gonna be a re-run of 2005 🙁

Still not a lot I can do now so just gonna have to make the best of it.


SHUT UP!

Harry, The other Aylesbury driver who’s over at Milton Keynes, who normally covers my breaks, Is leaning against my bus, While I’m sat in the cab.

I’m telling him that the bus I’ve got seems to have major Wheel Wobble..

Me: All the yellow wheel markers are in the right place aint they Harry?

Harry: Yeah

<Bent over old woman with compulsory trolley walks by and mutters something, Me & Harry assume it’s not directed at us>

Me (To Harry): Hmm I wonder what’s…

Old Woman (To me): SHUT UP! I am asking a question

<Harry Looks at me, I look at him, Old woman starts to mumble her question again>

Me: Harry, Get on my bus

Me (To Old woman): WE ARE NOT INTERESTED <Close Doors>

 

And people wonder why I’m not a fan of OAP’s!


SHUT UP!

Harry, The other Aylesbury driver who’s over at Milton Keynes, who normally covers my breaks, Is leaning against my bus, While I’m sat in the cab.

I’m telling him that the bus I’ve got seems to have major Wheel Wobble..

Me: All the yellow wheel markers are in the right place aint they Harry?

Harry: Yeah

<Bent over old woman with compulsory trolley walks by and mutters something, Me & Harry assume it’s not directed at us>

Me (To Harry): Hmm I wonder what’s…

Old Woman (To me): SHUT UP! I am asking a question

<Harry Looks at me, I look at him, Old woman starts to mumble her question again>

Me: Harry, Get on my bus

Me (To Old woman): WE ARE NOT INTERESTED <Close Doors>

 

And people wonder why I’m not a fan of OAP’s!


…And we all… Stand…Together

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Another week passes where not alot happens :/

 

A bus stop has appeared by the fancy new Sainsbury’s in Central Milton Keynes, by “The Hub”. The timetable states that is is valid from Monday, 6th October and has times for the route 7/7E….. Pity noone seemed to tell MK Metro about this new stop and route change as they were still sending their buses the old route for all of this week. It’s great to see the Council and Bus Company working together! LOL

 

Still no sign of our new buses at Aylesbury. We’re now being told that they are in the wrong shade of blue and have all got to be repainted, A bit embarrasing to be repainting brand new buses, But hardly surprising either 😉

Nothing at all has happened on the 200 this week. While waiting my time at the City Centre on Friday afternoon I seemed to make a new friend who wanted to tell me everything thats wrong with MK Metro & Arriva buses and that their were 72 speed ramps on the number 9 route. I just nodded and grunted til it was time to go. 🙂

MK Metro seem to have gained an old The Shires Trident, I think it was new at Southend, But not sure. Anyway it caught fire quite a while back and has only just reappeared after a rebuild. It’s been painted bright orange, and according to one driver it still smells “smokey”.

metrotrident

UPDATE:

I’ve been directed to a news website that reported on the fire of the trident, You can see the bus was in a pretty bad way which might explain why it took so long to rebuild.

Bus-fire

You can read the newspaper article here.

Oh and highly exciting news I almost forgot to tell you all. I’ve managed to wangle myself one of the new style ARRIVA fleeces, I bet your all so so happy for me 😛


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Just a quick post about some changes.

For the past few weeks, My blog has been going offline are various points of the day, Mostly due to the Database server that hold all the posts being overloaded.

As of now the blog is with a new hosting company that should be more reliable. I’ve already noticed that the blog loads faster, So far I’m impressed.

During the move I lost the list of email addresses that were subscribed to receive an email each time i blogged about something, So these people will now need to signup again.

Cheers everyone.

James


It’s been a long day

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People that know the 200 will know that it’s soooo busy we need 2 buses in tandem….

Of course thats not really the case, It just seems that the people that work out the Duty sheets haven’t realised that the 08:14 bus from Northfield is on two different duties, LOL.

Still, this is the first time since I started this route in March that I’ve actually met the bus, and followed each other all the way to town.

 

If you flag down a bus, and when the doors open it has one of these….

 

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Please don’t expect the driver to be able to understand what your saying if you stand on the pavement and wisper.

If your then asked to speak up as they can’t hear you, Don’t then whisper at the very same level as before.

And once you’ve been asked a third time to speak up as the driver taps the plastic screen, Just to make sure you realise it’s there, Don’t then shout at the top of your voice in a sarcy manner.

All you have to do is talk normally at the holes in the screen, Not towards the floor or into the rest of the bus, If you do that then we can hear you just fine! Thankyou!

 

Lady who I don’t think was 100% walked upto my bus today

Lady: Does this bus go to the National Express Coach Station?

Me: Yes It does

Lady: Oh it does, does it?

Me: Yes

Lady: So it does go there then?

Me: Yes!

Lady: Oh right, I was waiting for the 200

Me: This is the 200

Lady: This is the 200?

Me: Yes

Lady: Oh, I thought it was the 70

Me: <looks at blind> It does say 200 on the front

Lady: Oh yeah I know, I just thought it was the 70

Me: Oh ok….. <pause> So do you want to goto the coach station?

Lady: No, Not right now thankyou


It’s been a long day

06102008149

People that know the 200 will know that it’s soooo busy we need 2 buses in tandem….

Of course thats not really the case, It just seems that the people that work out the Duty sheets haven’t realised that the 08:14 bus from Northfield is on two different duties, LOL.

Still, this is the first time since I started this route in March that I’ve actually met the bus, and followed each other all the way to town.

 

If you flag down a bus, and when the doors open it has one of these….

 

03102008148

 

Please don’t expect the driver to be able to understand what your saying if you stand on the pavement and wisper.

If your then asked to speak up as they can’t hear you, Don’t then whisper at the very same level as before.

And once you’ve been asked a third time to speak up as the driver taps the plastic screen, Just to make sure you realise it’s there, Don’t then shout at the top of your voice in a sarcy manner.

All you have to do is talk normally at the holes in the screen, Not towards the floor or into the rest of the bus, If you do that then we can hear you just fine! Thankyou!

 

Lady who I don’t think was 100% walked upto my bus today

Lady: Does this bus go to the National Express Coach Station?

Me: Yes It does

Lady: Oh it does, does it?

Me: Yes

Lady: So it does go there then?

Me: Yes!

Lady: Oh right, I was waiting for the 200

Me: This is the 200

Lady: This is the 200?

Me: Yes

Lady: Oh, I thought it was the 70

Me: <looks at blind> It does say 200 on the front

Lady: Oh yeah I know, I just thought it was the 70

Me: Oh ok….. <pause> So do you want to goto the coach station?

Lady: No, Not right now thankyou