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  • #60871

    NJones
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    How do the get wi-fi? is it anything to do with the little aerials on the bus shelters?

    I notice the seating capacity seems to be less than a standard double decker.

    #60869

    Born Acorn
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    Nah those are for the radio (GSM?), so the live boards at bus stops can be updated.

    The WiFi will be run off the cellular network, so it’s basically a phone attached to a wireless access point you connect to.

    #60872

    NJones
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    Thought they would be to update signs, but the BL**day things are never right!

    #60875

    justjojo2011
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    They are definitely worse than the trains. As fast as the announcement has told you what the next stop is, it’s telling you you’re approaching it and by the time it’s done that it’s starting again.

    It is VERY annoying and to me that is the ONLY drawback to these buses (that and the squeaking lol).

    An Arriva driver told me this morning that they are connected in to the GPS on the bus and the ticket machine so the only way to actually stop it, is to stop the engine. I asked him to find a fuse or a wire to yank out lol

    @Welsh Dresser 6110 wrote:

    Are the accouncements worse than the trains? They warn you every station to mind the gap between the train and the platform but by the time I go to get off I forget I have heard it and have to leap across the chasm. Not an elegant dismount!

    The photo’s in the write up make the seats look really comfy. I want one instead of my old creaky computer chair. Mind you it could be me that creaks and not the chair!

    #60888

    Welsh Dresser
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    @justjojo2011 6175 wrote:

    They are definitely worse than the trains. As fast as the announcement has told you what the next stop is, it’s telling you you’re approaching it and by the time it’s done that it’s starting again.

    It is VERY annoying and to me that is the ONLY drawback to these buses (that and the squeaking lol).

    An Arriva driver told me this morning that they are connected in to the GPS on the bus and the ticket machine so the only way to actually stop it, is to stop the engine. I asked him to find a fuse or a wire to yank out lol

    What causes the squeaking? Is it feedback? Or is it you?

    #60868

    Kontiki
    Member

    Me & the wife caught one back from Chester last week, nice & comfortable but those announcements were annoying. Managed to get wifi working on my iPhone after several attempts (not the easiest thing to type on when your moving).
    Will definitely use again for the comfortable seats but try to sit as far away from any speakers as possible.

    #60880

    michellecook
    Participant

    Is it true they keep breaking down? I’ve heard a few reports.

    #60873

    NJones
    Participant

    I’ve heard of one breaking down and another where the doors failed and couldn’t be opened! They are REFURBISHED not new buses after all- they seem to be mid 90’s vehicles on private number plates.

    #60867

    They’ve had to draft in some ‘Cymru Coastliners’ – these have wifi etc but no announcements.

    I imagine they usually go along somewhere on the N Wales Coast, not sure where but if the Sapphires have been breaking down then i’m glad they haven’t just subbed in some of the old single deckers!

    #60890

    http
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    @njones 6323 wrote:

    I’ve heard of one breaking down and another where the doors failed and couldn’t be opened! They are REFURBISHED not new buses after all- they seem to be mid 90’s vehicles on private number plates.

    They’re late 2008/early 2009 vehicles originally registered on CX58 plates, certainly not mid 90s! They are refurbished but at a cost of somewhere in the region of £20k per bus so hardly a light investment!
    @wrexhamfootballlover 6326 wrote:

    They’ve had to draft in some ‘Cymru Coastliners’ – these have wifi etc but no announcements.

    I imagine they usually go along somewhere on the N Wales Coast, not sure where but if the Sapphires have been breaking down then i’m glad they haven’t just subbed in some of the old single deckers!

    Just the one Cymru Coastliner bus! It’s from Rhyl and usually operates the 11 service (Chester – Rhyl). It’s been covering whilst one of the newer single deck buses went off for refurbishment so that it can act as a spare for the Sapphire vehicles without looking scruffy (now registered J999 ABW, originally on a CX57 plate if anyone’s interested)!

    The Cyrmu Coastliner bus will be back off to Rhyl now the spare bus has also been refurbished, unfortunately! Breakdowns should be less frequent now too – teething troubles with some of the new electrical systems installed during refurb I’m led to believe.

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