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The Ghost Buses of Lewes.

On 29 Aug 2008 at 4:00pm Angry Old Git. wrote:
Anyone else pissed of with a so called bus service called the 123 and 128. Its the one that is never there. A Ghost Bus.
I'm taking them on with my magic sword. Any help.. silver bullets and that most appreciated.
On 29 Aug 2008 at 8:42pm psv wrote:
they run daily bet you have not got the new timetable
On 30 Aug 2008 at 5:40pm Old Git. wrote:
New Time Table! Bah! They don't give a f.... about keeping to that, half the time they don't even show up. They should put those electronic signs up at the bus stops, but it would just say "Can't Be Bothered Today" or "Out To Lunch". I reckon bus guru Roger French should take over the local routes, at least it might work then. Maybe someone on here can give me a car to go polluting the streets in, chucking beer cans and crisps packets out the window of, with screaming chocolate faced brats stuck to the back window sticking the vee's up at passers by. Then I can become Old Git In A Car.
On 31 Aug 2008 at 4:32pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Is the 128 the Nevill bus? If so, they are HOPELESS! I haven't been able to get my hands on the new timetable yet (they don't put timetables on the stops for fear of more people getting bolshie when they realise the bus is late again), but if it's anything like the old ones it will bear less resemblance to reality than a magical realist novel.
I know it's not the driver's fault when the traffic is bad and the bus is late, and that sometimes it gets so late it becomes the next bus, iykwim, but it IS the driver's fault when it goes early or sails straight past you at the stop. It's also annoying when you've been waiting ages and assume there are traffic problems, give up and start walking and find the traffic is fine and the bus just seems to have vaporised.
Then there's the huge afternoon gap in the timetable where it becomes the school bus to Kingston.....why ffs?
Last Nov 5th I waited almost 90 minutes at Tesco for what should be a 30 minute service, for no apparent reason whatsoever.
No wonder people prefer to use their cars.
On 31 Aug 2008 at 6:52pm maggiesal wrote:
A while back I was unable to drive due to a broken wrist so thought I would walk from Malling to Tesco and catch the bus home . The bus arrived on time and on I got and with ticket in one hand(the broken one) shopping in the other I tried to sit down but by then we were wizzing round the left hander towards Hewdens, then another lefthander followed by a right at the round about, up the hill and left again then right round malling...... I never got to sit down and it would seem he never checked his mirror to see me dancing around his bl***y bus with one arm in plaster and shopping in the other.
Why didn't I yell at him ? I really don't know ( I may have doubted as to my lady like language) but I was not impressed with the treatment of a passenger and believe me it won't happen again.
I am of the belief that they maybe want to kill off the wrinklies with free passes.
On 31 Aug 2008 at 7:03pm Old Git. wrote:
Last week the bus sailed past the tesco stop without bothering to pull in the place, on his way back I stopped the bus and asked him had I got pillock written on me forehead, he did apologise, saying there was traffic blocking his view so he didn't turn into the tesco car park bit. He did turn the bus around though, and took me home. which was nice, but it made me feel guilty for pointing out his failing, luckily there wasn't anyone else on the bus at the time, although I guess it put his schedule back a bit.
My daughter thinks I'm just becoming an "old git", I try to teach her the proper values in life, but its a hard slog.
Do you fancy joining my twitcher club?
On 31 Aug 2008 at 8:21pm SHS wrote:
A bus going fast? Rare indeed. Public transport - where it even exists - is so crap and expensive that within a few years we should all be walking or cycling everywhere and rarely venturing more than a few miles from our homes. The youngsters should learn horse riding as that may well prove to be the best way to travel longer distances. Alternative scenario: China, Saudi Arabia or Russia buy the UK.
On 31 Aug 2008 at 8:42pm geoff wrote:
I pressume this is the ghost bus that calls at the ghost bus station due to a failure by our ghost District Councillors to take any notice of the actual realities of public transport in Lewes.
On 5 Sep 2008 at 10:40pm Violet wrote:
I agree with you on this, the 123 and 128 don't appear to exist anymore during the day, and were at best, dreadful. This service is officially subsidized. The council "cut funding". The bus company regularly raise the ticket prices, quoting this 'cut in funding', meanwhile dwindling the buses that did bother appearing, without telling anyone stood waiting by the indecipherable timetables, i am guessing this service must be receiving some funding still.. is something dubious going on? I find it hard to accept that a thriving town like this has such an awful transport system. It's not like we are living in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere..

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