MG’s live Facebook updates

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Update tonight:

https://www.facebook.com/100009920923911...7942072555

Haven't watched it yet.
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Good to hear the evening fare initiative broke even and began increasing evening fare revenue by only week 2.
Update today: https://www.facebook.com/100009920923911...2904622392
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Any highlights for those of us who don't have Facebook?
(18 Jun 2021, 7:49 pm)omnicity4659 Wrote: Any highlights for those of us who don't have Facebook?

Acceptance for other operators tickets stopping on the 28th June and on the same day, express services will become express services again from the date I think (can't remember).
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(18 Jun 2021, 7:49 pm)omnicity4659 Wrote: Any highlights for those of us who don't have Facebook?

You don’t need to have an account to watch the videos, hence this thread so those who do use Facebook can kindly share the link with those of us who don’t as they see new videos posted. Smile
(18 Jun 2021, 8:27 pm)ne14ne1 Wrote: You don’t need to have an account to watch the videos, hence this thread so those who do use Facebook can kindly share the link with those of us who don’t as they see new videos posted. Smile

I thought that was the case until Facebook keeps trying to prompt me to sign up to continue watching.

(18 Jun 2021, 8:01 pm)Michael Wrote: Acceptance for other operators tickets stopping on the 28th June and on the same day.

Express services will become express services again from the date I think (can't remember).

Thank you!
MG confirmed on twitter, the 25 is due refurbished buses toward end of the year
(19 Jun 2021, 12:12 am)JP6004 Wrote: MG confirmed on twitter, the 25 is due refurbished buses toward end of the year
Would that be in the form of 6043-6048 if the 26 is no longer interworked with the 27 meaning 6001, 6049 and 6050 can act as spares for the 27, 58, 93/94, 10/10A/10B/10X alongside perhaps 6099?

Obviously 6084-86 would form the Tyne Valley Ten PVR alongside 6071-6083.
(19 Jun 2021, 6:19 am)L469 YVK Wrote: Would that be in the form of 6043-6048 if the 26 is no longer interworked with the 27 meaning 6001, 6049 and 6050 can act as spares for the 27, 58, 93/94, 10/10A/10B/10X alongside perhaps 6099?

Obviously 6084-86 would form the Tyne Valley Ten PVR alongside 6071-6083.
As long as 6086 doesn't get repainted I'd be fine.
Wonder if we will receive a new branded poppy bus sometime
(19 Jun 2021, 9:49 pm)Micheal Aaron Wrote: Wonder if we will receive a new branded poppy bus sometime
I'd quite like to see that, maybe on one of their newer vehicles I was thinking a streetdeck or B5TL of some description.
https://www.facebook.com/100009920923911...0537241976


Not much info tbh, just says about everyone working together because of COVID, and staffing issues due to it.

Delays at the DVLA causing problems too....
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(04 Jul 2021, 11:19 am)Michael Wrote: https://www.facebook.com/100009920923911...0537241976

Not much info tbh, just says about everyone working together because of COVID, and staffing issues due to it.

Delays at the DVLA causing problems too....

I'm more surprised he didn't get a shoulder tap off Nexus security for videoing.
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Update tonight:

https://www.facebook.com/100009920923911...1590201083

Haven't watched it so no idea what he talks about.
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Was MG’s latest update vid that keeps getting mentioned a staff only one or was it viewable by anyone?
New update:

https://www.facebook.com/100009920923911...9233270813

Talks about the passenger numbers for each depot (compared to pre-pandemic)
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(06 Aug 2021, 6:01 pm)Michael Wrote: New update:

https://www.facebook.com/100009920923911...9233270813

Talks about the passenger numbers for each depot (compared to pre-pandemic)

I think its refreshing to hear his attitude towards growth and passenger numbers, compared to others in the industry. A lot of talk about moving forward and encouraging growth, rather than standing still with the same tired old system.

I think he raises an important point about getting the message out there that transport is safe to use. Whilst GNE seem to be doing a lot around this, I noticed when out today how inconsistent the message is across the network. I'd say that Nexus for example, are actively discouraging use. There's still signage up about not travelling at peak times, toilets are still closed, seating has been removed from bus stations and so on.
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(06 Aug 2021, 6:39 pm)Adrian Wrote: I think its refreshing to hear his attitude towards growth and passenger numbers, compared to others in the industry. A lot of talk about moving forward and encouraging growth, rather than standing still with the same tired old system.
I agree with Martijn. GNE could easily sit around and not invest in marketing, vehicles and branding. They could also not cut routes to "keep the small minority of punters" happy. But at what cost? Would that be sustainable in the long term? 

To put it in a context (and I do have some sympathy to an extent), the only decent deckers Arriva Northumbria have are the 17 plate Sapphires at Ashington and probably the 14 plate Sapphires if they haven't been shot regularly standing in on the Alnwick / Berwick 'X' routes. The youngest decker at Blyth depot (where some of their alleged 'goldmine' routes run from) is soon to be 10 year old! 

Arriva might be making a profit but at somepoint, the old vehicles that "do just fine" and "at least turn up" will need replacing. Where will Arriva / DB get the capital from and how can they sustainably replace them?

If anything, Arriva could take a leaf out of GNE's book and actually run a sustainable operation that's customer friendly too and even deliver some benefits. Prime example being a restructure of the X7/X8/X9/X10/X11. If Arriva somehow replaced the southern part of the X8 and introduced a new 'X' for the Northern part eventually combining with the X10/X11 between Cramlington and Newcastle, that would be an instant win with faster journeys.
(07 Aug 2021, 5:54 pm)L469 YVK Wrote: I agree with Martijn. GNE could easily sit around and not invest in marketing, vehicles and branding. They could also not cut routes to "keep the small minority of punters" happy. But at what cost? Would that be sustainable in the long term? 

To put it in a context (and I do have some sympathy to an extent), the only decent deckers Arriva Northumbria have are the 17 plate Sapphires at Ashington and probably the 14 plate Sapphires if they haven't been shot regularly standing in on the Alnwick / Berwick 'X' routes. The youngest decker at Blyth depot (where some of their alleged 'goldmine' routes run from) is soon to be 10 year old! 

Arriva might be making a profit but at somepoint, the old vehicles that "do just fine" and "at least turn up" will need replacing. Where will Arriva / DB get the capital from and how can they sustainably replace them?

If anything, Arriva could take a leaf out of GNE's book and actually run a sustainable operation that's customer friendly too and even deliver some benefits. Prime example being a restructure of the X7/X8/X9/X10/X11. If Arriva somehow replaced the southern part of the X8 and introduced a new 'X' for the Northern part eventually combining with the X10/X11 between Cramlington and Newcastle, that would be an instant win with faster journeys.

There's nothing wrong with the DB300's at Blyth and there's not much difference age wise between them and the 100 or so B5TL's/B9TL's which are between 11 - 63 plate at GoNorthEast which won't be going nowhere anytime soon.

Stagecoach is the one you should be targeting about old battered fleets. There's battered MAN's running around on flagship services every day which are much much much worse than the Arriva Northumbria fleet.

If your making a profit, it's probably not in your best interest to copy a bus company which isn't making a profit. Change the X8 and X9 by all means as they probably are going to struggle at some point but I'd leave the X7, X10 and X11 alone there's nothing wrong with them.