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« Reply #795 on: December 13, 2018, 12:33:26 pm »

For 'unspecified support' read 'b****r all' Roll Eyes

It was explained to me as being to provide (limited) bus services on a Bank Holiday, or is it, err, a Public Holiday, no it isn't, umm, its a National Holiday.
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« Reply #796 on: December 13, 2018, 05:08:28 pm »

[Come last September when it was these embarrassed (useless) officials that realised (privately) that their computer model had got it wrong and the U3 service was introduced operating only between the city centre and UWE but not able to operate via the bus only M32 links. From my observations, the U3 would amply cover its running costs with the volume of student travel alone and its only the student travel usage of the m3 that keeps this service on its 20 minute interval service throughout the day. It would be interesting to see passenger loadings on the m3 between Emersons Green and UWE in both directions outside of the peak hours but I don't think the relevant bodies will put a casual observer (usually a retired person) on the route to accurately record actual numbers using the service and give us council taxpayers exactly how much 'fresh air' is being carried between Emersons Green and UWE off peak, must be in the greater than 90% figure.

If they didn't see this one coming, they are dafter than I thought. What student, given the choice of a ride to town in a brand new bus that goes over the bus only bridge and doesn't stop at Begbrook would choose instead to ride on a 15-year old bus, going the long way round?

As for studies of usage, that won't be so straightforward now it's all one fare. It will need someone on board to count. I know that the issue of buses not stopping at Begbrook has been the subject of correspondence with the local MP as the councillors weren't getting very far.

Edit: The new timetable confirms that the M3X will be non-stop from Hambrook to Cabot Circus. A bit like the X48 service that was scrapped when MetroBust kicked off. Plus ca change, eh? This hasn't gone down well in the area around the Stoke Park and Begbrook stops.
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« Reply #797 on: Yesterday at 07:54:42 am »

With this modified route, how do students who live in the Emerson Green area get to UWE at peak time?
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« Reply #798 on: Yesterday at 08:42:09 am »

Alternate services run direct and via UWE
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« Reply #799 on: Yesterday at 10:07:49 am »

I know that the issue of buses not stopping at Begbrook has been the subject of correspondence with the local MP as the councillors weren't getting very far.

The issue there was that the buses were full hence the introduction of the U3 last September to reduce the loadings from / to UWE on the m3..

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.... This hasn't gone down well in the area around the Stoke Park and Begbrook stops.

But Stoke Park and Begbrook will have the m1 service from January at a service frequency of every 10 minutes from 06:00 until midnight, no reason to grumble at that.

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With this modified route, how do students who live in the Emerson Green area get to UWE at peak time?

Either interchange with the 19/19A at Hambrook or travel on a peak time m3 which will still serve UWE.
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« Reply #800 on: Yesterday at 12:37:50 pm »

For the sake of completeness, the forthcoming M1 timetable is here. This is the one I think will be most problematic. It has the longest route, rather convoluted, the majority of which is on ordinary roads. With a 10-minute frequency, I think we will see them running in twos and threes before long. One hour 25 minutes for the peak-time journey end to end seems unlikely.
Unlike the others, it at least stops by a railway station, even if it is only Parson Street.
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« Reply #801 on: Yesterday at 03:32:01 pm »

I hope they split route from M1 to M1 and M4 with both M1/M4 looping the city centre and heading back north|south.

This will at least reduce the chance of buses being stuck at one place effecting the whole north|south route.
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« Reply #802 on: Yesterday at 04:14:36 pm »

I hope they split route from M1 to M1 and M4 with both M1/M4 looping the city centre and heading back north|south.

This will at least reduce the chance of buses being stuck at one place effecting the whole north|south route.

You got little hope of that happening. It would be just a little TOO much egg on their faces of the arrogant team behind the metrobus project to do that. The team have already had to 'accept defeat' on the m3 but are actually claiming 'customer request' in running some peak hour morning journeys non-stop between Hambrook and Cabot Circus and some peak hour afternoon / evening journeys non-stop and between Cabot Circus and Hambrook rather than accept the move was as a result of 'passenger disgruntlement'.
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« Reply #803 on: Yesterday at 04:32:30 pm »

Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey.
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« Reply #804 on: Yesterday at 05:34:21 pm »

As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly, or so I understand. I said some time ago that the answer to the problems caused by having bus services running over long routes through the Centre was unlikely to be found by starting new bus services running over long routes through the centre. The revised layout of the Centre has helped, but there are still too many pinch-points, especially south of the New Cut.
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