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« on: May 22, 2022, 12:36:34 pm »

Do we need a Bus Accident Investigation Branch?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-61521963
I remember a previous Arriva bus engine catching fire outside Jacksons corner in Reading, but not so extreme as this one. I never sit in the back seats of Arriva buses since.

I remember going to Wycombe bus station years ago and thinking I had arrived at a scrap yard.
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2022, 01:36:54 pm »

Many busses would be taken off the road if age/condition were a factor!
They are full of flammable seating, etc.
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2022, 02:17:31 pm »

Many busses would be taken off the road if age/condition were a factor!
They are full of flammable seating, etc.

Buses are not the worst - coaches have more soft furnishings, are not designed for rapid emptying, and have passengers who are (even) more likely to be old and slow-moving, plus they are more likely to be asleep.

BEA-TT does cover a few of the most serious road vehicle accidents in France. Their report on the Puisseguin bus fire (2015) was in some ways the most shocking accident report I have read. Nothing like the violence of some derailments, but 41 of the 49 passengers died in a bus that was barely damaged and with all the doors promptly opened, and while there was burning diesel on the ground it did not come near the doors.

Does that name mean anything to anyone here? Obviously it is better known in France, especially as a kind of "Axminster plus" - the passengers came from a couple of tiny villages, so a number of families lost two or more members and the older members of the population knew almost all of them.
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2022, 05:41:04 pm »

Not a good week for buses https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-61543634
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2022, 06:54:36 am »

Do we need a Bus Accident Investigation Branch?
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I remember going to Wycombe bus station years ago and thinking I had arrived at a scrap yard.

It wasn't so long ago that Cornwall was the dumping ground for First Group vehicles.
Cornwall received all the end of life ones from across the UK (United Kingdom), and continued to run them for many years.
Fortunately they've all/mostly gone, and replaced with far newer vehicles.
(They're just short of staff to run them now!)
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