I follow Action buses on Twitter, not so I can be riveted by exciting bus news, but so i can find out if my bus has been cancelled or is late for some reason. I get the bus two days a week.
Over the past few days my family has been affected by some cancellations, and I noticed that the daily summation of the morning commute by Action has been in the region of 715 out of 726 services delivered in the peak hour. This is down from an almost perfect service for much of January and February – at least for the peak hour.
Today’s summation was as follows:
“@ACTIONbuses: The ACTION team delivered 715/726 services in the 7.30-9am peak. Covering school services is always a priority & may impacts regular runs.”
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Whilst 10 buses is not that many, 10 buses in the peak hour could carry at least 400 people, possibly more.
I perfectly understand that kids need to get to school safely and on-time but obviously full fare paying passengers are being dumped in favour of subsidized school trips.
Is it possible that Action could perhaps employ more drivers before committing to timetables? Or do they indeed also need extra buses to actually move said commuters? Is this the way it’s going to be for the foreseeable future?