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I've yet to see 38 kids on the afternoon 188 and there are at most a dozen kids catch the 15.35 88 from Knutsford to Altrincham.

(01/09/2020 18:21)knutstransport Wrote:  It was a Cheshire school referring to all dedicated school buses, including ones where children pay the driver. They even produced diagrams showing how it is to work for standard single deckers, standard double deckers and variants with high capacity 3+2 seating.

Based on the Knutsford Academy site it sounds like they've agreed special arrangements with Elite but for other services it says to contact the operator for further details and that includes a mention of D&G's phone number.

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(01/09/2020 20:39)Rick Hunter Wrote:  I've yet to see 38 kids on the afternoon 188 and there are at most a dozen kids catch the 15.35 88 from Knutsford to Altrincham.

I've seen the morning 188 quite full (on a big Enviro) in the 19/20 academic year. I don't think I ever saw the afternoon service in the 19/20 academic year but in 18/19 it was normally a 28 seater Solo and wasn't full. I would have thought by December they'll be more pupils using the afternoon buses than the morning ones given that:
a) After school activities are unlikely to be taking place in the autumn term (There can be school pupils on the 16:35 and 17:35 buses, in the case of the latter smelly ones who have being doing after school sport. Wink)
b) A section of the B5085 is unlit between Knutsford and Mobberley which will mean it won't be a suitable walking route for walking home for a number of weeks in the winter.

I also observed in 18/19 the c.07:00 Altrincham to Knutsford bus was rammed after leaving Longridge but in 19/20 it had a more manageable load for the morning peak (not necessarily seats for everyone boarding in Knutsford but not too crowded.) I wonder if that change was due to pupils being encouraged to use the 188 where possible instead of the 88 even if they don't have a pass for the 188.
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So it looked like there may have been a 28 seater Enviro on the 07:00 Knutsford-Altrincham this morning, despite St Ambrose fully reopening today and that being a service the contract says a minimum of 35 seats are required due to the school loading. There was also a 28 seater on the 07:00 Altrincham to Knutsford but due to fewer commuters than usual it wasn't crowded. (The latter being a service Cheshire East think is OK as a 28 seater as long as the 188 is a 35 seater.)

Some unusual allocations this afternoon - it looks like one of the 35 seater 55 reg Solos will be on the 15:35 from Knutsford to Altrincham and one of the Versas will be taking the 15:55 from Altrincham which will take the St Ambrose pupils home.

Regarding seating on buses for school children it appears Trafford schools have told parents where double deckers are in use on designated school buses they are to sit in designated areas for their year group bubble, for single deckers and public buses they must remain in their year group bubbles unless it's not possible to do so.
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One of the small Enviros now has an all over advert for 88 Vape, which covers most of the side windows, as well as the back window.
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Bus 35 It turned up at Wincham on Saturday afternoon and has been on the same 88 working yesterday and today.

(08/09/2020 08:47)knutstransport Wrote:  One of the small Enviros now has an all over advert for 88 Vape, which covers most of the side windows, as well as the back window.

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