Arriva North East: Rare & Odd Workings - August 2021

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1409 this afternoon providing the busy school journey on the X7, absolutely shambolic on arriva's hands. All schools with arriva routes should duplicate them with a school bus or arriva will have their kids squashed like cattle on a pulsar and they clearly don't deserve the school revenue.
Arriva, send the Pulsar to Blyth for the 1 & 2
Arriva also, puts half of them on the X7/X8/X9 and sticks solos on the 1/2
(09 Sep 2021, 3:29 pm)GNE6312 Wrote: 1409 this afternoon providing the busy school journey on the X7, absolutely shambolic on arriva's hands. All schools with arriva routes should duplicate them with a school bus or arriva will have their kids squashed like cattle on a pulsar and they clearly don't deserve the school revenue.
Try complaining to Arriva directly about this issue, more likely something will happen if you make them aware of it, I claim responsibility for making a Belmont 7 board decker allocated as I complained about capacity, mind with the way Blyth tends to operate I wouldn't expect much to happen.
(09 Sep 2021, 4:11 pm)Train8261 Wrote: Arriva, send the Pulsar to Blyth for the 1 & 2
Arriva also, puts half of them on the X7/X8/X9 and sticks solos on the 1/2

What Solo's on the 1 and 2 would they be? 

There also are X7 boards which will be Pulsar allocated.

(09 Sep 2021, 3:29 pm)GNE6312 Wrote: 1409 this afternoon providing the busy school journey on the X7, absolutely shambolic on arriva's hands. All schools with arriva routes should duplicate them with a school bus or arriva will have their kids squashed like cattle on a pulsar and they clearly don't deserve the school revenue.

They've allocated a decker onto the one in the morning today, likely as a result of the one yesterday running bus full. If it's a constant problem then it's definitely a concern, but that board has been allocated a decker twice this week and a Pulsar yesterday - it's possible that driver didn't encounter kids (it's timed past at 1508, school finishing looks to be 1505), and as such nothing was done for today.

If it's an issue which is reported (drivers will report it too), as Jimmi points out, things will probably be done. As it's the first week of proper school for quite a long time, without dupes, it's entirely possible that problems like this will arise and will need feedback to rectify (particularly where the service has split allocation).
(09 Sep 2021, 4:47 pm)mb134 Wrote: What Solo's on the 1 and 2 would they be? 

There also are X7 boards which will be Pulsar allocated.


They've allocated a decker onto the one in the morning today, likely as a result of the one yesterday running bus full. If it's a constant problem then it's definitely a concern, but that board has been allocated a decker twice this week and a Pulsar yesterday - it's possible that driver didn't encounter kids (it's timed past at 1508, school finishing looks to be 1505), and as such nothing was done for today.

If it's an issue which is reported (drivers will report it too), as Jimmi points out, things will probably be done. As it's the first week of proper school for quite a long time, without dupes, it's entirely possible that problems like this will arise and will need feedback to rectify (particularly where the service has split allocation).
It can be done, Darlington have had to do this a few times with peak 7 allocations and also the morning 5A to Bishop Auckland College as passengers such as myself complained.

The first few weeks/months are usually awkward for loadings as especially with colleges it's not 100% known how many they will carry on any journey, the 5A I mentioned above the number of students travelling tends to decline over time to the point a decker is no longer required and can just get away with a Lite/Pulsar instead.