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Bus service in the UK is terrible

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The Government tells us we should leave our cars at home and use public transport more.  My car has been in the garage for the last 8 days, awaiting to be seen by a very busy mechanic who has not had time to look at it yet over Easter.  Consequently I am having to use public transport to get to work.

Instead of my usual 20 minute commute to work, leaving at 8.00 to get there for 8.30, I now have to leave my house at 7.20 to catch the 7.30 bus.  This bus then takes me on a 10 minute journey in the opposite direction so that I can catch another one that goes to my destination.  Well I get off this first bus and walk another 200 yards in the wrong direction, wait at a busy crossing for the lights to change, cross the street and walk another 200 yards to the bus stop.  I then have to wait 20 minutes for the second bus which is at least going in the right direction.  This bus takes another 20 minutes to get to my destination, stopping every few minutes along the way.

UK bus service terrible? On the way home I have to wait 30 minutes for the connection which would increase my travelling time to an hour, so instead I have been taking my walking boots to work and walking that final lap home.  It takes about 45 minutes walking at a steady pace, but it is a lot better than standing around wondering when the bus will turn up.

In a couple of days I will be staying at a friends house and so will have to catch another bus on a different route.  I jumped on one bus today and checked with the driver if it was the right one, and he replied "huh?".  I repeated my question. He shrugged. "dunno".  I had to ask the PASSENGERS if the bus was going in my direction!!

Thank you God that it is not raining and please let my car be fixed soon because the bus service here in the UK is terrible!

By: Emmy


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DisabledPassenger

DisabledPassenger

I am partially disabled but can get about. I got on a bus and a grey-bearded male stinking of alcohol with a bottle in his hand and sat on a disabled seat occupying both seats with his shopping bag full of booze on the other seat. He gave me some verbal abuse for asking him to move his bag when there were no seats nearby. There may have been some seats upstairs but I couldn’t get upstairs and the seat was priority for disabled passengers, not inebriated passengers.
This pisspot continued drinking and I moved as soon as I could. He seemed to think he was entitled to two seats as he stretched out denying other standing passengers a seat. He travelled from the Fylde on the Service 68 and got off in Preston Bus Station making more remarks at me.
DisabledPassenger
18th Jun 19 18:33

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Buddy

Buddy

Its a daft idea to not take cash payment on London buses any more. It is so easy to lose an oyster card. Just the other day I was getting a tissue out off my bag on the way to the bus. I had not realised that I had inadvertently pulled out the oyster card so that it dropped behind me on the pavement.

I was hunting through my bag frantically once I got on the bus until someone rushed up behind me and asked if I had dropped my oyster card. How kind of them!

The whole idea of no more cash fares on buses is that it will speed up the buses. But its a daft idea. I spent far longer looking in vain for my card than i would have done just paying a cash fare.

And yes what about tourists who would quite naturally assume that if they had money on them they could pay for a fare without any problem at all. many tourists don't have English as a first language. So how on earth are they going to understand what the driver is saying when he refuses to take their money and gets them off the bus.

It will not save time. All this will do is create more hold-ups, confusion and annoyance to passengers of all kinds.
Buddy
23rd Jul 14 17:31

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Zanni

Zanni

Sorry for mistypes in last post. Try to type too fast sometimes...
Zanni
23rd Jul 14 17:11

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Zanni

Zanni

Boblet - sorry I don't know what "button A and B" means. - a new thing in public phone boxes? I never use them and we don't have man red ones left around here which is a shane as they are iconic and more attractive than modern ones.

I am no Luddite and use an Oyster myself - I just think that people should still be able to use cash on a bus when they have lost their card or had it stolen, or just forgot it ( people are human and make mistakes).

Central London is full of tourists and I feel sure many don't realise they can't just hop on a bus and pay the driver. It just does not seem reasonable to me to not be able to pay in cash.
Zanni
23rd Jul 14 17:08

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boblet

boblet

Zanni Each time the tech people come up with a new gadget or system, in the passed I have resisted it. However I am slowly changing my mind & attitude. I drive past an old red telephone box most days, button A & B? I think not. Technology is magic with glitch's, once the glitch's are sorted out with a new product or system, the magic begins.
boblet
23rd Jul 14 16:57

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Zanni

Zanni

In London Transport for London has now stopped all cash payments – seems mad to me. You now have to pay with an oyster card or a debit card with a contactless thingy on it.

They say it costs them money to take money....

What about if someone leaves their oyster in their other jacket pocket, loses it or has it pickpocketed? I can’t see that all tourists will know in advance about this and surely London depends a lot on tourism for its income. I think you should always be able to pay for goods or services in cash.

I don’t know if other areas will follow suit.
Zanni
23rd Jul 14 16:14

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hairyfairy

hairyfairy

Your`e not kidding! If I could only afford to run a car, then I could avoid crowded buses fully of smelly people sneezing & coughing all over me, bad tempered bus drivers, & being bounced all over the place because of the lousy suspension on our buses. The tube isn`t much better because theyr`e so crowded that passengers have to take turns to breath!
hairyfairy
13th Feb 14 17:38

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Brighton driver

Brighton driver

@Fed up passenger. Unfortunately Stagecoach (Or Slavecoach, as we call them in the industry) do everything on a shoestring and only put enough money in when there is no other option. What do you expect from a nasty penny pinching religious nutter who is CEO of that awful company? of course, you only see the fed up drivers, that is a result of working for them. Unfortunately they have a bad reputation within the industry of treating their staff extremely poorly. Hence the grumpy drivers. I'm glad I don't work for them.
Brighton driver
2nd Jul 13 01:48

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Nick

Nick

All I can say is, don't expect too much from the LOSER CRUISERs.
Nick
25th Jun 13 09:16

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fed up passenger

fed up passenger

i've lost count the number of times a bus hasn't turned up. surely a big company like Stagecoach should know how to run a proper service
fed up passenger
31st Aug 11 22:01

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A Disgruntled Bus Rider

A Disgruntled Bus Rider

Here in the U.S., bus service is also terrible - right here in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles MTA sucks! Terrible service. The bus drivers are almost always late, and when they do arrive at the bus stops, they are usually rude and surly. Oftentimes, these drivers don't show up at all, and there are too few arrival times, so if a bus doesn't show up, it can take up to an hour for the next one to arrive.
A Disgruntled Bus Rider
29th Nov 10 00:27

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JB

JB

What I find ironic is several weeks ago the union for Milton Keynes Bus Drivers said that the local tory candidate should get some experience of the real world before trying to become an MP because he wouldn't be able to relate to the average working person.

I say this is ironic because most the bus service has no sympathy what so ever to the average working person. Evident by their cancelling services at a whim, turning up late, or even driving straight past the bus stop.
JB
27th Apr 10 12:44

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NickyB

NickyB

When you go to S.E. Asia, you realise just how good public transport can be. Most people there just don't bother with cars as it's so much easier to take a bus/metro/ferry. The other good thing is department stores that run a free minibus service to bring customers to their shops. I think they do that for Bingo here but it would be good if out-of-town supermarkets did it too.
NickyB
20th Apr 10 22:51

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Annihilator

Annihilator

Learn to drive a bus you silly old fat pink lady. If you drive a car you will clog the roads even more with your incapable driving. It's pork pies like yourself who drive 4x4s. Let's crush your transporters.
Annihilator
29th Dec 09 21:22

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Pinklady26

Pinklady26

I hate travelling on buses, the drivers are rude and miserable, where I live they are always overcrowded and people always eat on buses despite there being notices saying not to. I'm learning to drive as soon as I can afford to because travelling just takes too long on the buses.
Pinklady26
29th Dec 09 13:37

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