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Stagecoach North East: Latest News & Discussion - May 2017
There are a lot of weird things going on at Slatyford at the moment. There are certain allocations (like E400MMCs on the 71) that are becoming so regular that they can no longer be seen as unusual.

And with Newcastle as whole, as a daily user of many routes depending on where my clients live, I can confidently say that reliability has tanked since last month's changes. For example, I used to be able to catch a 39/40 in West Denton around 9:20 and easily get to my main office for my rough 10:00 start. Now I'm lucky if I get there on time if I leave 15 minutes earlier!

The regular 'made changes to help reliability' post on twitter is laughable, really. No, you made changes to protect or increase your profit margin. Don't insult your customers' intelligence by claiming otherwise. Especially when complaints about unreliability have only increased!
(30/05/2017, 15:09)glen1234 Wrote: Hi just seen 27725 on service 12 on acklam rd

There's also been one on the 34 I think earlier today too

(30/05/2017, 12:21)Dan Wrote: Logical, given that 27723 and 27724 weren't branded. Has 27725 lost its "get there with E's" branding yet? I assume this means that 27726 - 27740 are retained as part of the PVR for the E1/E2/E6, and 39702-04 are the allocated spare vehicles for the services.

Stagecoach North East Bus Depot reports that 35194 was seen parked up with the service fleet yesterday with a ticket machine installed, so has presumably been reinstated at Slatyford.

It was a branded one I seen the front of this evening
(30/05/2017, 12:21)Dan Wrote: Logical, given that 27723 and 27724 weren't branded. Has 27725 lost its "get there with E's" branding yet? I assume this means that 27726 - 27740 are retained as part of the PVR for the E1/E2/E6, and 39702-04 are the allocated spare vehicles for the services.

Stagecoach North East Bus Depot reports that 35194 was seen parked up with the service fleet yesterday with a ticket machine installed, so has presumably been reinstated at Slatyford.

35194 has indeed been reinstated - it is out in service today.

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(30/05/2017, 23:04)markydh Wrote: There are a lot of weird things going on at Slatyford at the moment. There are certain allocations (like E400MMCs on the 71) that are becoming so regular that they can no longer be seen as unusual.

And with Newcastle as whole, as a daily user of many routes depending on where my clients live, I can confidently say that reliability has tanked since last month's changes. For example, I used to be able to catch a 39/40 in West Denton around 9:20 and easily get to my main office for my rough 10:00 start. Now I'm lucky if I get there on time if I leave 15 minutes earlier!

The regular 'made changes to help reliability' post on twitter is laughable, really. No, you made changes to protect or increase your profit margin. Don't insult your customers' intelligence by claiming otherwise. Especially when complaints about unreliability have only increased!

Well said!
How long have the E400s in Newcastle been carrying all over Samsung galaxy ads?

They're dreadful. From a distance, it looks like the bus has been painted in grey primer and got rather scratched.
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