255 timetable changes by Stagecoach 'mask lateness'

Anthony Henderson has been campaigning to get the 255 to run on time

Anthony Henderson has been campaigning to get the 255 to run on time

First published in Partington by

STAGECOACH have missed the point of the 255 passenger protest, the man behind the campaign has said.

Anthony Henderson, 27, from Wood Lane Partington, was commenting on the decision by the bus company to change the timetable and add nine minutes to each 255 journey in peak times.

He said the service between Manchester and Partington was an average of 10 minutes late each day - so even with the added time they would still be late.

“Rather than tackling the issues raised, they are simply moving the goalposts. This isn’t an improvement but a tactic employed to mask lateness,” he said.

But a Stagecoach representative said the campaigner had missed the ‘wider picture’ and failed to take into account traffic conditions and roadworks along the route.

Mark Threapleton, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, said from April 11 the running time of the buses would be extended by nine minutes to take into account road improvements and improve reliability.

“We recognise that our passengers would prefer a quicker journey home but unfortunately there is little scope for improvement at this time without the assistance of bus priority measures being put in place.

Mr Henderson said he just wanted a bus service that was on time.

Since he started his campaign on February 4, Mr Henderson said he has got the 255 bus 19 times and lost more than three hours because of lateness.

He calculated that over a year he would lose more than 38 hours waiting for the bus.

Mr Henderson has written daily letters to Stagecoach stating how late the previous day’s bus was and has also written to GMPTE, local councillors, MP Beverley Hughes and prospective parliamentary candidate Kate Green.

His Facebook Group, Why Can't The 255 Run On Time?, has more than 170 members.

Michael Renshaw, GMPTE’s interim bus and rail director, said: “The improved timetable will better reflect traffic conditions on the route throughout the day, and we expect Stagecoach, like any operator, to monitor this timetable change and address any further issues.

“We are sorry if Mr Henderson is not satisfied with this response. However, traffic conditions are not within the control of GMPTE or Stagecoach, and we feel that amending the timetable in order to take traffic flow into account and provide passengers with an accurate journey time is appropriate action to take.”

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3:22pm Thu 25 Mar 10

Bob_Smith says...

If the buses are always 9 minutes late at that particular stop then the timetable is unrealistic and needs revising. That is what it is there for. Where is the argument in that? If you don't like getting a bus you can always buy a car and use it - a far more convenient method of transport.
If the buses are always 9 minutes late at that particular stop then the timetable is unrealistic and needs revising. That is what it is there for. Where is the argument in that? If you don't like getting a bus you can always buy a car and use it - a far more convenient method of transport. Bob_Smith
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3:37pm Thu 25 Mar 10

AHendersonUK says...

Bob_Smith wrote:
If the buses are always 9 minutes late at that particular stop then the timetable is unrealistic and needs revising. That is what it is there for. Where is the argument in that? If you don't like getting a bus you can always buy a car and use it - a far more convenient method of transport.
The bus running 10 minutes late is an average. Last night it was 16 minutes late. The night before it was on time. Then 2, 5, 11, 7, 31, 11, 12, 14 minutes respectively. So no, the bus isn’t always 9 minutes late and how can adding 9 minutes to the current timetable help something so erratic?
[quote][p][bold]Bob_Smith[/bold] wrote: If the buses are always 9 minutes late at that particular stop then the timetable is unrealistic and needs revising. That is what it is there for. Where is the argument in that? If you don't like getting a bus you can always buy a car and use it - a far more convenient method of transport.[/p][/quote]The bus running 10 minutes late is an average. Last night it was 16 minutes late. The night before it was on time. Then 2, 5, 11, 7, 31, 11, 12, 14 minutes respectively. So no, the bus isn’t always 9 minutes late and how can adding 9 minutes to the current timetable help something so erratic? AHendersonUK
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12:34pm Fri 26 Mar 10

talking sense says...

this guy needs to let go and get over it. Get a bike maybe?
this guy needs to let go and get over it. Get a bike maybe? talking sense
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3:57pm Fri 26 Mar 10

AHendersonUK says...

The only people that would have an issue with what I’m trying to do are Stagecoach or anyone associated with them. Why my attempt to get a fairer deal for the people of Partington warrants such comments as “this guy needs to let go and get over it” is beyond me. You guys feel free to travel by car, or indeed bike, but for those that rely on public transport, why comment if you’re not directly affected? I am, hence my protest, and so are those that will take an interest in what I’m trying to do.
The only people that would have an issue with what I’m trying to do are Stagecoach or anyone associated with them. Why my attempt to get a fairer deal for the people of Partington warrants such comments as “this guy needs to let go and get over it” is beyond me. You guys feel free to travel by car, or indeed bike, but for those that rely on public transport, why comment if you’re not directly affected? I am, hence my protest, and so are those that will take an interest in what I’m trying to do. AHendersonUK
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8:38pm Fri 26 Mar 10

James Warrington says...

AHendersonUK wrote:
The only people that would have an issue with what I’m trying to do are Stagecoach or anyone associated with them. Why my attempt to get a fairer deal for the people of Partington warrants such comments as “this guy needs to let go and get over it” is beyond me. You guys feel free to travel by car, or indeed bike, but for those that rely on public transport, why comment if you’re not directly affected? I am, hence my protest, and so are those that will take an interest in what I’m trying to do.
I wish you success in your campaign, for too long public transport has ignored the public. On a side note, if you check most of Talking Sense's posts you will find that his pseudonym is somewhat of a mis-description. He is a grade A troll.
[quote][p][bold]AHendersonUK[/bold] wrote: The only people that would have an issue with what I’m trying to do are Stagecoach or anyone associated with them. Why my attempt to get a fairer deal for the people of Partington warrants such comments as “this guy needs to let go and get over it” is beyond me. You guys feel free to travel by car, or indeed bike, but for those that rely on public transport, why comment if you’re not directly affected? I am, hence my protest, and so are those that will take an interest in what I’m trying to do.[/p][/quote]I wish you success in your campaign, for too long public transport has ignored the public. On a side note, if you check most of Talking Sense's posts you will find that his pseudonym is somewhat of a mis-description. He is a grade A troll. James Warrington
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