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biggest let down award goes to...the bus

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kate thacker
kate thacker | Jan 21, 2016 | in Journey Disasters

the biggest disaster with transport and journey has to be because of the bus. iv had soo many problems with them not arriving when they say and or being the wrong one.ive had to wait up to an hour on consecutive days for our local bus.and this was in the dark in winter.it was horrible.

Mary O'Connor Jan 21, 2016

Going back about 10 years there was a bus route not far from me, it still runs now, but more efficiently! You could end up waiting an hour and a half for the bus and then 4 would come at the same time. They always used to say that the bus got lonely travelling by itself!

Janet Bradley Jan 21, 2016

Can I ask, do you live in a city? The buses where I live run on almost perfect schedule.... I live in a very rural area, with no traffic jams (except the occasional tractor slowing things down). My husband reckons, in a city you have to allow an hour to do 4-5 miles of travel, where we live, we allow an hour to do 45-50 miles of travel!

kate thacker Jan 21, 2016

I live in a town. its not rural but no city like. but lots of go through traffic. I wouldn't say if I new I needed to be somewhere id like to have to be stuck with using the bus

Janet Bradley Jan 21, 2016

Yes, when we have to be somewhere for an appointment for a specific time, or we only have a set amount of time for something, having unreliable transport can be really stressful.

Denise Bennett Jan 21, 2016

The lake is a 10 minute drive from me, we often go there, it is lovely.

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Gill Chedgey Jan 21, 2016

Before I retired I often took a bus to and from work. The timetable seemed to be a work of fiction. I spent many hours in the cold and the dark, and the sometimes wet, waiting for the buses that never turned up. When they did there never seemed to be a reasonable explanation.

kate thacker Jan 21, 2016

.much agreed it seems not a lot of people have good things to say about buses.

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Katie100 Jan 21, 2016

Interesting conversation here, my personal experience in north London is that the busses are brilliant, not perfect, but close.

Th journeys I tend to make by bus though are not ambitious journeys, I could walk them in under an hour and often do.

The busses in London used to be unreliable, now I think they are good, something happened, privatisation?

If you're reading this tell us in a comment where you are city, suburbs, town, village, whatever, and tell us about your bus service.

Gill Chedgey Jan 21, 2016

I live in a small town that morphs into a larger town. There are two main companies that run the bus services with a third that covers a wider county area and a couple of council run services. Whilst buses are still cut out the electronic timetables (where they are installed) do give the passenger some idea of the potential arrival of the bus. But if I have an appointment or somewhere I really have to be I will choose an earlier bus as an insurance to getting there on time.
I do travel on London buses when I stay with my sister and they seem very frequent, punctual and very efficient, I must say.

Denise Bennett Jan 21, 2016

When I lived near London, the buses were very frequent, and ran late, you didn't need a car then.

Denise Bennett Jan 21, 2016

I live in a rural are population under 4000, but we have a good bus service, the buses run every 15 minutes, one to Wrexham, the other to Oswestry. The bus stop is only minutes away from my house, so easy to get the bus should you have the need.

Janet Bradley Jan 21, 2016

Hi Dennie... I live down in Llandrindod - not so far from you!! I'm going to lake Vyrnwy at the weekend to cycle round it! :-)

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kate thacker Jan 21, 2016

oooh do you think it could be better funded I nthe more popular cities.

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kate thacker Jan 21, 2016

I live in derby just outside the centre

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Denise Bennett Jan 21, 2016

I can remember when I was taking one of my foster children to see her aunt in Dundee, we waited ages and ages for the bus, and the girl was smoking when the bus pulled up. I am afraid we weren't allowed to stop the children smoking, anyway, we boarded the bus, and it was the most sour faced man I have ever seen driving, and he asked me out loud how old the girl was. I said 15. He said loudly that she couldn't have half fair as she was smoking, that made her an adult! I could have crawled under the seats, he made me feel like a bad mother and so embarrassed. I paid the full fare for her, but I could have knocked his glass off!!

Katie100 Jan 21, 2016

Hm... yes, I think bus drivers don't undergo any personality tests to be come a driver. We had a driver on my local route who sang, made chirpy comments, remembered where everyone said they needed to get off if they didn't know the route, he was brilliant.

Denise Bennett Jan 21, 2016

Nice to hear a positive story, and I realize there are a lot of nice drivers, the horrible ones are the exception.

kate thacker Jan 21, 2016

oh the drivers vary massively!!

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Denise Bennett Jan 21, 2016

One of my photos on my profile is of the lake, it was taken the day we had so much rain the prior week, it was really gushing over the sides. We live a 15 minute drive from there.

Janet Bradley Jan 21, 2016

I live near the Elan Valley, so normally go up there. This will be my first visit to Lake Vyrnwy - normally just past the sign when we are heading up past Oswestry to Chester.... my hubby says its great to cycle round, so I want to do it (will be well wrapped of course!)

Denise Bennett Jan 22, 2016

Not too far away from me then

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joanna butler-savage Jan 21, 2016

i avoid buses like the plague unless my son wants an adventure and that can be a very short easy trip

Kathryn Leaning Jan 21, 2016

This is why I don't travel on buses any more they are so unreliable

Jade Hewlett Jan 22, 2016

Buses are the main mode of transport where I live but they are useless. These days they don't even have great routes between the two shopping areas of the island and aren't always on time or are early.