This is a companion piece to the tale of how this procurement process was carried out. All references made here refer to contracts due to commence from September 2021. As the results have now been published, there are some interesting facts to report: 100% of large operators were successful in securing work through this tendering… Continue reading WECA Bus Service tendering: Results and analysis
The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has recently undertaking their first local bus service tendering exercise to procure replacements for expired contracted services in B&NES and South Gloucestershire. 74 lots for bus services ranging from a single return journey once a week to frequent weekday services were offered for quotation, with services to replace… Continue reading WECA: Where flawed metrics replace informed decisions
Today (Tuesday 6th April 2021) saw the launch of another four North Somerset Council supported bus services. Service 56 (Clevedon - Walton Bay) had been supposed to start last Thursday, but belatedly made it's debut today after somebody copied and pasted the wrong bit of supporting text to Facebook. Source: North Somerset Public Transport Facebook… Continue reading One way or another, we’ll make you wait.
I realise a lot of my recent ramblings have centred around North Somerset and the council that governs the place, but i'll try to divert my attention elsewhere after this post. North Somerset Council have recently undertaken a tendering round which sees every one of their existing four bus contracts replaced by a different service,… Continue reading Borders and Behaviour: How Not to Procure Bus Services.
Saturday 13th June 2020 will see Stagecoach West depart from North Somerset for the final time of the current era as their stint operating the X5 service between Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Portishead and Cribbs Causeway will come to an end. The previously hourly service has been on a two-hourly schedule since the beginning of the Covid-19… Continue reading X5 Countdown
Apologies for this eventually being published after the event. A problem with some bus services is the act of balancing out the bits that work commercially with the less renumerative social and political demands. Sometimes a balance can be struck, sometimes it doesn't work. As an example, i'll point to our Friday shopper's bus diagram.… Continue reading The Balancing Act
First's North Somerset Excel network, previously the Express Yourself network will be undergoing changes from the end of April 2019, which (whilst being referred to in their press release as improvements) will see the loss of: - one direct bus per hour between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol (Currently 4, becomes 3) - one bus per hour… Continue reading Less Expression
This was something i started writing back in early November having had the seed of the idea planted by Graham Ellis' post on Option247. In tidying things up at the end of the year, i decided to finish it off and merge it with another stub of a post about ticketing, but hopefully it still… Continue reading Connections & Commerces
This is a companion piece to "The Blame Game". Both concern a similar georgraphical area and the two tales are linked with many recurrent experiences. I've never felt much inclined to write about our tenure of operating service 768, but the resurfacing of considerable ire from the residents of Timsbury regarding their bus services is… Continue reading Sold Down the River: Timsbury Chronicles 1/2
I know i've moaned about Weston Community Transport before, but they're not getting any better. I thought it might be a reasonable time to illustrate the ways in which this community transport operator is failing where a professional operator would not be able to do so: Step entrance vehicle. In an age where low-floor, accessible… Continue reading This isn’t good enough