Running the buses

First published in Letters

I MUST ask Gerald Haughton (Letters, December 31) – who could not get a First bus on Boxing Day – who he would get to operate the services, as no other company seemed to run that day.

I find it odd he only found out now. I worked for two companies in York and neither operated on Christmas, Boxing or New Year’s Day for at least the past 20 years and rightly so.

Workers fought to get these holidays – it is a pity shops cannot close for three days out of 365.

I laughed at the comment that “transport for York is constantly in the city council’s view”. It has been for the last ten or 15 years, but still cannot keep buses on time.

Yes, get someone else to operate the buses – but who will want to, with our traffic system?

K Whitehead, Sycamore Place, New Earswick, York.

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11:03am Fri 4 Jan 13

pedalling paul says...

Some of York's suburban car owners sensibly leave their vehicle in the garage for peak time and other short local journeys and opt instead to walk or, cycle.

If more did likewise, then York's bus services could maximise their potential as efficient users of road capacity.

www.itravelyork.info to learn more.
Some of York's suburban car owners sensibly leave their vehicle in the garage for peak time and other short local journeys and opt instead to walk or, cycle. If more did likewise, then York's bus services could maximise their potential as efficient users of road capacity. www.itravelyork.info to learn more. pedalling paul
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4:19am Sat 5 Jan 13

Magicman! says...

Ideally yes, every other buisness in York would completely shut down over the festive period (Xmas, Boxing Day, NYD).... but in reality they don't, especially the shops as they want to bring in as much money as possible. The point of a bus company is to provide a service connecting people to where they want to go.... if people want to go to the open shops in the city but there are no buses to take them there then the company has failed at that most basic level.
Ideally yes, every other buisness in York would completely shut down over the festive period (Xmas, Boxing Day, NYD).... but in reality they don't, especially the shops as they want to bring in as much money as possible. The point of a bus company is to provide a service connecting people to where they want to go.... if people want to go to the open shops in the city but there are no buses to take them there then the company has failed at that most basic level. Magicman!
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1:32pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Tragic Man! says...

Magicman! wrote:
Ideally yes, every other buisness in York would completely shut down over the festive period (Xmas, Boxing Day, NYD).... but in reality they don't, especially the shops as they want to bring in as much money as possible. The point of a bus company is to provide a service connecting people to where they want to go.... if people want to go to the open shops in the city but there are no buses to take them there then the company has failed at that most basic level.
No bus service would make a profit operating on these days, hence why all over the country (with a few exceptions most of whom are funded to do so) buses tend not to operate.

If CYC were to fund it and contract an operator to do so then so be it

It is never going to happen get over it.....
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: Ideally yes, every other buisness in York would completely shut down over the festive period (Xmas, Boxing Day, NYD).... but in reality they don't, especially the shops as they want to bring in as much money as possible. The point of a bus company is to provide a service connecting people to where they want to go.... if people want to go to the open shops in the city but there are no buses to take them there then the company has failed at that most basic level.[/p][/quote]No bus service would make a profit operating on these days, hence why all over the country (with a few exceptions most of whom are funded to do so) buses tend not to operate. If CYC were to fund it and contract an operator to do so then so be it It is never going to happen get over it..... Tragic Man!
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12:57am Tue 8 Jan 13

jake777 says...

Magicman! wrote:
Ideally yes, every other buisness in York would completely shut down over the festive period (Xmas, Boxing Day, NYD).... but in reality they don't, especially the shops as they want to bring in as much money as possible. The point of a bus company is to provide a service connecting people to where they want to go.... if people want to go to the open shops in the city but there are no buses to take them there then the company has failed at that most basic level.
When are you people going to learn why should bus drivers have to move you mindless morons around on christmas and boxing day. They have family who they wish to spend time with, plus its one time when they can relax and have a drink, get a life and spend time with your family, and if you cant go 2 days without shopping then walk into town and window shop.
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: Ideally yes, every other buisness in York would completely shut down over the festive period (Xmas, Boxing Day, NYD).... but in reality they don't, especially the shops as they want to bring in as much money as possible. The point of a bus company is to provide a service connecting people to where they want to go.... if people want to go to the open shops in the city but there are no buses to take them there then the company has failed at that most basic level.[/p][/quote]When are you people going to learn why should bus drivers have to move you mindless morons around on christmas and boxing day. They have family who they wish to spend time with, plus its one time when they can relax and have a drink, get a life and spend time with your family, and if you cant go 2 days without shopping then walk into town and window shop. jake777
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11:48pm Thu 10 Jan 13

daveyboy25 says...

jake777 wrote:
Magicman! wrote: Ideally yes, every other buisness in York would completely shut down over the festive period (Xmas, Boxing Day, NYD).... but in reality they don't, especially the shops as they want to bring in as much money as possible. The point of a bus company is to provide a service connecting people to where they want to go.... if people want to go to the open shops in the city but there are no buses to take them there then the company has failed at that most basic level.
When are you people going to learn why should bus drivers have to move you mindless morons around on christmas and boxing day. They have family who they wish to spend time with, plus its one time when they can relax and have a drink, get a life and spend time with your family, and if you cant go 2 days without shopping then walk into town and window shop.
Well said
[quote][p][bold]jake777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: Ideally yes, every other buisness in York would completely shut down over the festive period (Xmas, Boxing Day, NYD).... but in reality they don't, especially the shops as they want to bring in as much money as possible. The point of a bus company is to provide a service connecting people to where they want to go.... if people want to go to the open shops in the city but there are no buses to take them there then the company has failed at that most basic level.[/p][/quote]When are you people going to learn why should bus drivers have to move you mindless morons around on christmas and boxing day. They have family who they wish to spend time with, plus its one time when they can relax and have a drink, get a life and spend time with your family, and if you cant go 2 days without shopping then walk into town and window shop.[/p][/quote]Well said daveyboy25
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