Bus disruption persists despite Stagecoach pledge


Bus disruption persists despite Stagecoach pledge

Disruption and cancellations of bus services operated by Stagecoach has continued despite a spokesman saying things would improve in the ‘coming weeks’.

Passengers have been left frustrated with many relying on the service for work and other commitments.

Some have called the service a ‘vital lifeline.’

This morning alone has seen at least 22 cancellations announced at short notice, leaving passengers stranded in the worsening weather.

Over a month ago a spokesman for Stagecoach told Gi Grimsby News that the bus service could be expected to improve in the ‘coming weeks’. However, cancellations have continued, casting doubt over any potential resolution.

Reacting to the situation, one frustrated passenger said: “It’s been going on months and it’s an absolute nightmare sometimes the bus is my only way to get to and from work and I can’t even do that sometimes taxis cost £10 a pop when the buses don’t turn up it’s so unreliable.”

Another added: “In 1976 with overtime I could take home around £130 per week. A full trolley of shopping at the supermarket would cost around £10.

“The equivalent trolley would now cost around £140 so a bus driver should easily, with proper overtime rates should be able to earn £1,000 a week.”

In September Stagecoach East Midlands said: “We are still experiencing some staff shortages across our operations, due to wider issues effecting the transport and logistics sector, and as a result have had to cancel some services to ensure that the vast majority of services, including essential routes, continue running.

“This is only affecting a small number of our services, and we are running at over 98% of our scheduled mileage overall. “Following our recent recruitment campaigns our drivers training school is currently full.

“We have added three additional training buses and two instructors to get as many new drivers on the road as soon as we can, and expect the shortages to ease in the coming weeks as our new recruits complete their training school to fill the vacancies.

“We are working hard despite the current challenges to continue our ongoing recruitment activity and keep our passengers regularly updated on any service changes through our website and social media channels. We would like to thank all of our passengers for their patience and apologies for any inconvenience caused.”

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Jack joined the Gi team in January 2022.