Bus service has deteriorated

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 September, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 September, 1995, 12:00am

THE original introduction of Citybus to replace the old CMB No 6 was a welcome change, since not only was the new service far better than the old CMB service, but faced with some competition the remaining CMB 260 service improved beyond recognition.

However, for reasons beyond me the competition has now been removed with Citybus now also being given the 260 franchise. This has resulted in an almost overnight reduced service as well as subtle changes to the timetable to obscure the loss of one 260 bus per hour during the morning peaks.

We are now faced once more with one company running all the bus services from Stanley to Central.

One would think at the very least it would rationalise the timetable so that there would be reasonable gaps between them. However, each morning we witness the 'bus convoy' with a 260 leaving at 7.24am and a 6A leaving at 7.25 with both struggling to reach Central before 8. Since, both buses basically follow the same route, it will surely be only a matter of time before we see one of the services quietly phased out with the justification that neither buses are full.

Overall, Citybus appears to be a good operator. However, it needs to look at the service to Stanley and sort out the timetables so the timing and frequency of the buses is more rational and provide assurances that the level and frequency of service will improve rather than decline as has been the case in the first few weeks.