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  • 09-12-2018 10:34pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 587 Dum_Dum


    For the first time in ages (or is it ever?) Waterford City has public transport on a Sunday:


    http://www.buseireann.ie/news_timetable.php?id=3218&month=Nov
    • new fleet of vehicles
    • Leap card acceptance
    • clockface timetable
    • late running until 2330 on most routes
    Almost Swiss-like. Some of the routes are still bizarre, and the Dunmore Road was excluded from the franchising, for reasons I'm not aware.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,575 ✭✭✭ 200motels


    Dum_Dum wrote: »
    For the first time in ages (or is it ever?) Waterford City has public transport on a Sunday:


    http://www.buseireann.ie/news_timetable.php?id=3218&month=Nov
    • new fleet of vehicles
    • Leap card acceptance
    • clockface timetable
    • late running until 2330 on most routes
    Almost Swiss-like. Some of the routes are still bizarre, and the Dunmore Road was excluded from the franchising, for reasons I'm not aware.
    The Dunmore road is run by Kavanagh’s, but why can’t we have competition between them? Also Kavanagh’s bus timetable is totally unreliable.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,096 ✭✭✭ JohnC.


    Noticed one of the new buses early one morning a couple of weeks ago. Presumably on a test run.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,861 ✭✭✭ TheQuietFella


    Great news for the city so! I could never understand why they were so infrequent. Now I believe they are every half hour all going well!


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,019 ✭✭✭ hardybuck


    200motels wrote: »
    The Dunmore road is run by Kavanagh’s, but why can’t we have competition between them? Also Kavanagh’s bus timetable is totally unreliable.

    The route which Bus Eireann have was recently put out to tender, and Bus Eireann won the contract to operate the route.

    The route which Kavanagh's operate, and the contract they entered into, probably has more time to run on it before it could be up for tender.

    Why can't they have competition on the route - I doubt it would be viable if they had more than one operator on the route.


  • Registered Users Posts: 451 ✭✭ Flow Motion


    Kavanagh's Ferrybank-Dunmore Rd route management is a joke. Totally unreliable outside peak times. Its not as if there is a lot of people living along the route!:rolleyes: Living out the Abbey Road its actually quicker to walk into town [20/25mins] than it is sitting in the bus shelter waiting or *hoping* a bus will arrive. I try not to use the car to drive into town on weekends @ this time of year due to the volume of ravenous shoppers descending on the town! I reckon if Bus Eireann got this route it would be transformed. Given the population living near or on the route if a reliable/frequent timetable was implemented then a lot more people would use it. It would also reduce the traffic jams on the Dunmore Rd/Ferrybank DC somewhat.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,019 ✭✭✭ hardybuck


    Kavanagh's Ferrybank-Dunmore Rd route management is a joke. Totally unreliable outside peak times. Its not as if there is a lot of people living along the route!:rolleyes: Living out the Abbey Road its actually quicker to walk into town [20/25mins] than it is sitting in the bus shelter waiting or *hoping* a bus will arrive. I try not to use the car to drive into town on weekends @ this time of year due to the volume of ravenous shoppers descending on the town! I reckon if Bus Eireann got this route it would be transformed. Given the population living near or on the route if a reliable/frequent timetable was implemented then a lot more people would use it. It would also reduce the traffic jams on the Dunmore Rd/Ferrybank DC somewhat.

    That's the benefit of the tendering process. A company called Go-Ahead Ireland won a few routes in Dublin recently, straight away the frequency is better and the service is generally better. All new buses as well which don't make nearly as much noise or belch out as much fumes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,683 ✭✭✭✭ punisher5112


    hardybuck wrote: »
    That's the benefit of the tendering process. A company called Go-Ahead Ireland won a few routes in Dublin recently, straight away the frequency is better and the service is generally better. All new buses as well which don't make nearly as much noise or belch out as much fumes.

    That's pure nonsense.

    None of what you say has anything to do with the new company as it's the NTA that had the brain wave to increase all services handed over on the dates the ga got them as of course it makes them look even better.

    There has been a frequency increase across a lot of routes including those still with db.

    Be has to answer to the NTA also so what they want goes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,019 ✭✭✭ hardybuck


    That's pure nonsense.

    None of what you say has anything to do with the new company as it's the NTA that had the brain wave to increase all services handed over on the dates the ga got them as of course it makes them look even better.

    There has been a frequency increase across a lot of routes including those still with db.

    Be has to answer to the NTA also so what they want goes.

    Sorry, are you telling me that it's nonsense that the route going to tender hasn't presented an opportunity to review the level of service that was required and getting an operator to go ahead and offer it?

    The point of my post was that having an opportunity to go to the market, in a market where there is competition and companies willing to come in and do business, is good for the consumer.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,683 ✭✭✭✭ punisher5112


    hardybuck wrote: »
    Sorry, are you telling me that it's nonsense that the route going to tender hasn't presented an opportunity to review the level of service that was required and getting an operator to go ahead and offer it?

    The point of my post was that having an opportunity to go to the market, in a market where there is competition and companies willing to come in and do business, is good for the consumer.

    It isn't competition though.....


    Fares are the same actually only went up....

    Ga does exactly the same as DB or be just they have nearly all new drivers to actually ever have driven a bus and it's showing a lot.

    They haven't the experience or good enough training imo.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,019 ✭✭✭ hardybuck


    It isn't competition though.....


    Fares are the same actually only went up....

    Ga does exactly the same as DB or be just they have nearly all new drivers to actually ever have driven a bus and it's showing a lot.

    They haven't the experience or good enough training imo.

    But prices are not set by the operator. Prices are set by the NTA...

    If GA does exactly the same as DB, why were GA selected as the preferred tenderer?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 40,086 ✭✭✭✭ Harry Palmr


    Saw one on the Quay, looks clean :)

    What has happened to the existing fleet? Hived off to the school runs or down the country?


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,683 ✭✭✭✭ punisher5112


    hardybuck wrote: »
    But prices are not set by the operator. Prices are set by the NTA...

    If GA does exactly the same as DB, why were GA selected as the preferred tenderer?

    Prices are set by the nta, exactly the same way the increases were decided and also the buses used.


  • Registered Users Posts: 492 ✭✭ 91wx763


    Was in Waterford last week and the condition of the older vehicles was in some cases, grim. Handwritten signs in the windows. One vehicle was numbered "3C" which was renumbered to 603 in March 2013 !!! http://www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1363346300-Waterford-City-Network.pdf

    The bin will be a possibilty.

    Same glum drivers treating the "service" like an extension of their social life with no inspections or man management, no element of service regulation. Wasn't Breda Brennan councillor on about this on WLR recently ?

    Bus stop parking totally unenforced by wardens/gardai, particularly at Dooleys on the quay and on Ballybricken. Not much point banging on about "disabled friendly" (known as "accessible" in every other part of the world) buses if you don't have the bus stop infrastructure or can't even get into whatever kerb is there !!!

    I feel the retendering is being set up to fail and for the next tendering to be retrention with only peak services provided ("You had great services that nobody used") and an associated race to the bottom.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,096 ✭✭✭ JohnC.


    A couple drove past me on John Street earlier. They seem much quieter than the old ones.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,683 ✭✭✭✭ punisher5112


    JohnC. wrote: »
    A couple drove past me on John Street earlier. They seem much quieter than the old ones.

    Euro 6 engines.


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,210 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    hardybuck wrote:
    The point of my post was that having an opportunity to go to the market, in a market where there is competition and companies willing to come in and do business, is good for the consumer.


    We are slowly finding out the reality of a free market or neoclassical system, and it isn't all good for society. It's becoming obvious that it overall increases worker insecurity, and that the real world economy dont necessarily work in equilibriums, but we continually tell ourselves that this is how the world works


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,019 ✭✭✭ hardybuck


    Wanderer78 wrote: »
    We are slowly finding out the reality of a free market or neoclassical system, and it isn't all good for society. It's becoming obvious that it overall increases worker insecurity, and that the real world economy dont necessarily work in equilibriums, but we continually tell ourselves that this is how the world works

    I don't want to get too far off topic on this, but I think it would be fair to say that there must be a balance struck between services which the Government has a clear need to be involved in, and ones which there isn't such a clear need.

    Air travel would be a good example. Market opened up, state airlines privatised, more travel options and lower air fares for the consumer.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,358 ✭✭✭ dartboardio


    They added a Sunday service, times are still the same, where I am in the city anyway, every 20 mins all day then every 30/40 after 6 until roughly half eleven.

    Of course the prices went up, I was on the bus the other day and it cost me €2.40 now seems to go up ten cent every year, but I seen on a leaflet for the new bus cash fare adult €2.80? If they’re serious I would be laughing. The bones of €3 for a bus that has no exact turn up time and even the timetable says ‘times are approximate’


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,837 ✭✭✭✭ Gael23


    I believe the council are working on issues regarding the Dubmore Rd service.
    Was this ever operated by Bus Éireann? I’m here 22 years and it’s always been privately run


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,012 ✭✭✭ fricatus


    I’m told there are announcements on the new buses, to tell you the name of the next stop. A very good development, but I did hear that Gracedieu was pronounced “Grass dew”. Hmmm...


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,358 ✭✭✭ dartboardio


    fricatus wrote: »
    I’m told there are announcements on the new buses, to tell you the name of the next stop. A very good development, but I did hear that Gracedieu was pronounced “Grass dew”. Hmmm...

    Yes they have a screen displaying each stop and it’s called out in English and irish. A basic feature for a bus really id like to think but a privilege for us!


  • Registered Users Posts: 492 ✭✭ 91wx763


    Gael23 wrote: »
    I believe the council are working on issues regarding the Dubmore Rd service.
    Was this ever operated by Bus Éireann? I’m here 22 years and it’s always been privately run

    Kenneally's (now owned by JJ Kavanagh/Rapid Express) started running from Ardkeen to Ferrybank in the 1960's if not earlier. https://goo.gl/images/wrehjk


  • Registered Users Posts: 492 ✭✭ 91wx763


    Snipped
    The bones of €3 for a bus that has no exact turn up time and even the timetable says ‘times are approximate’

    My sentiments entirely.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,907 ✭✭✭ Stephen15


    hardybuck wrote: »
    I don't want to get too far off topic on this, but I think it would be fair to say that there must be a balance struck between services which the Government has a clear need to be involved in, and ones which there isn't such a clear need.

    Air travel would be a good example. Market opened up, state airlines privatised, more travel options and lower air fares for the consumer.

    That's how it work in the UK outside of London in cities such as Manchester profitable routes are run by private companies who decide the routes which are profitable but the council steps in to provide socially nessecary services but tenders them out to private operators to run.

    This dosen't really work however services are generally poor especially off peak. They're expensive and if you have a weekly or a monthly ticket to travel on one operator you can't travel on the other even the other operators bus comes first which means people have to wait for their own operators bus. If there's only one provider then you can go on any bus with a weekly or monthly pass.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,837 ✭✭✭✭ Gael23


    Stephen15 wrote: »
    That's how it work in the UK outside of London in cities such as Manchester profitable routes are run by private companies who decide the routes which are profitable but the council steps in to provide socially nessecary services but tenders them out to private operators to run.

    This dosen't really work however services are generally poor especially off peak. They're expensive and if you have a weekly or a monthly ticket to travel on one operator you can't travel on the other even the other operators bus comes first which means people have to wait for their own operators bus. If there's only one provider then you can go on any bus with a weekly or monthly pass.

    The servic run by Kavanaghs is terrible but now hopefully action is being taken


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,047 ✭✭✭ questionmark?


    They added a Sunday service, times are still the same, where I am in the city anyway, every 20 mins all day then every 30/40 after 6 until roughly half eleven.

    Of course the prices went up, I was on the bus the other day and it cost me €2.40 now seems to go up ten cent every year, but I seen on a leaflet for the new bus cash fare adult €2.80? If they’re serious I would be laughing. The bones of €3 for a bus that has no exact turn up time and even the timetable says ‘times are approximate’

    It's €1:68 with a Leap Card!!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 331 ✭✭ ExoPolitic


    Would be nice to see Tramore linked up directly to the hospital in the west of the city and to the IDA estate in the east of the city. Perhaps extend a couple of routes with the likes of a w4a and a w5a bus every couple of hours/peak times?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,770 ✭✭✭ shockwave


    Gael23 wrote: »
    The servic run by Kavanaghs is terrible but now hopefully action is being taken

    I dont know why they have been allowed to run it for so long, it about time it went back out to tender or let Bus Eireann take it over.


  • Registered Users Posts: 492 ✭✭ 91wx763


    shockwave wrote: »
    I dont know why they have been allowed to run it for so long, it about time it went back out to tender or let Bus Eireann take it over.

    What's peculiar is that I have cheap/free rail travel in Ireland and I choose Rapid Express every time for many years, Poleberry to Dublin airport door to door every time, never ever had an issue. €12 each way last time.

    Did hear the driver chatting to the ticket seller at Parnell Street on my last journey talking about a driver who had gone on to the city service from the Dublin run, it seems the city service is a dumping ground/winding down to retirement route.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 824 ✭✭✭ debok


    Gael23 wrote: »
    The servic run by Kavanaghs is terrible but now hopefully action is being taken

    In fairness it hits horrible traffic at both ends of its route.hard to stay on time when hit tailbacks on every spin. Maybe bus eirean should start a route out the back road to ballygunner join it with their tour to hospital.


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