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  1. Very sad news. I hope that MR remember to give this little gem a run out..... https://youtu.be/DJmbPjWB570
  2. It’s not that difficult. The season lasts for approx. 200 days, and there are 4 trains per day, in each direction, so that’s 8 trains a day. So, divide 10000 by 200, and then by 8, which means that each train needs to pick up 6.25 passengers between the three stations; PSM, Colby and Ballasalla. In these terms, these numbers don’t look unreasonable, although I’d imagine most will be collected at Ballasalla. I agree that they should have the wherewithal to capture these numbers precisely, but 10000 seems realistic.
  3. Yes you do, and that’s how most of the counting is done.
  4. But it’s not that simple. Many people, visitors and locals, have passes of various types, which they may use very occasionally, or multiple times, every day, even though they only buy it once.
  5. They count how many people are on each train, when they leave Douglas or Port Erin, and total these up. If you buy a return ticket, and use it, you’ll be counted as two journeys. If you have some sort of weekly, or monthly, ticket, you’re counted each time you travel. They are counting ‘journeys’ not passengers. Perhaps their table should state this more clearly. Anyone joining at Castletown is added in separately, being physically counted by the Stationmaster, which seems fair enough. They don’t count the people already on the train, for a second time. The 10,000 thing does seem a bit random, but as long as they do it using the same figure each year, it doesn’t make a lot of difference. It works out at about 6 passengers, joining each train, between those three stations combined, across the whole season, which doesn’t seem unrealistic. However, as has been said, you’d have thought with the expensive equipment in use, they’d be able to capture exact numbers.
  6. Yes! The bit they are digging up now was untouched in the original Phase one, back in 2013. The long narrow island, and the carriageway on the land side, was rebuilt, but the strip of roadway on the seaside, next to the Bottleneck Car Park, was not dug up then.
  7. Thanks Will. So, we can calculate that the average mileage is 36,000 miles, per vehicle. The single-deck Citaros, perhaps a little higher. We can compare this to the example of a Scottish operator who expect to get 150,000km (93,000 miles) per annum, from identical Citaro buses. "Greenock-based McGill's Buses was an early customer for the Euro 6 model, and answers that with a clear 'yes'. It took 14 for its flagship ClydeFlyer services in late 2014. After a handful of teething problems, the Citaros have settled in well on what is demanding work, where they will each cover in the region of 150,000km per year." Source http://www.mcgillsbuses.co.uk/news/mcgills-featured-in-route-one-magazine.aspx
  8. But surely mileage, and wear and tear, are very closely correlated, with any motorised vehicles? The more miles you do, the more parts will wear and need replacing or cause defects. If a higher proportion of those miles are at higher running speeds, in higher gear, then wear and tear will be reduced. I accept that we haven't got the empirical data here, but logic says the buses are individually getting less use, doing less mileage, and have a generally easier life, than those in UK cities.
  9. I think you are wrong here. I don’t think anyone has actually asked for this date via FOI, but it is well known that buses on the Island are much more lightly used than is typical in the UK. Average daily use is only 4/5 hours, per vehicle. Go and look at how many buses are parked at Banks Circus, Port Erin and Ramsey for many hours each day, and all weekend. Many buses in the UK work 16/18 hours a day, every day. Plus, a lot of mileage is interurban, such as Douglas to Port Erin, to Ramsey, which is easy running, compared to stop/start driving in Liverpool, London etc. Why do you think UK operators are queuing up to buy our mid-life cast-offs?
  10. There have been six brand new Mercedes Citaros sitting at Banks Circus since before Christmas. There is some unspecified problem with them, and so they haven't been accepted and commissioned, for service.
  11. All buses, coaches etc are subject to a much more rigorous inspection, and certification, every year, regardless of their age.
  12. Some interesting analysis and opinions there, although I do think your credibility takes a dive, when you can't spell the UK Prime Minister's name correctly!
  13. Firstly, I'll say that I'm no fan of Longworth, but it's no wonder that he's run rings round Unite, for years, if that is the standard of media release, or statement, they put out.
  14. I had him down, a one of the few members likely to display a bit more honesty, integrity and realism, about the mess he has got drawn into, and what needs to be done to fix it.
  15. I've been pretty disappointed with Baker's handling of this, so far. He came to the party after most of the damage was done, i.e. the poor design, the poor construction, horse trams being prioritised over everything else, constant over promising/under delivering. He had a chance to be a political new broom. Accepting that the whole thing is a fiasco, banging a few heads together, sacking a few incompetents and generally getting the public and business behind him. Instead, he's just gone native.............. BTW, the latest minutes published, from 8th November, show that (Item 2.11) 66% of the contingency budget has already been spent.
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