Following from a previous RiotACT story, I’ve been a little surprised not to see any commentary on the new plan for a staged implementation of the new network due to “the need to recruit more bus drivers to accommodate the requirements of the new Network“. How quickly the wheel turns! [bad pun intended].
Anyway, the skinny is that the new weekday networks are being implemented first, with the changes to the weekend network happening at an undetermined time.
Why not delay the implementation until you’ve recruited the new bus drivers? One of the stated aims of the program is to get bus numbers and times consistent across days and weekends and it seems self-defeating with the new staged implementation.
I also live near one of the bus services cut back. They’ve just installed a new snazzy bus stop with lighting and advertising for a bus stop that will be gone past only 6 times a day (currently it’s more than 14 runs a day). Guess they’re not getting a lot of bang for their advertising buck now!
Anyway, the new timetables will be available from Monday 19 May 2008 for the implementation of the new services on 2 June 2008.