Driv­ers ‘cherry-pick­ing stops’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

A COUN­CIL­LOR has ac­cused bus driv­ers of ‘cherry pick­ing stops’ to col­lect pas­sen­gers and leav­ing peo­ple ‘stranded’. Rochdale politi­cian Phil Burke claims the per­for­mance of the 163 and 17 ser­vices has ‘gone down­hill’ in re­cent months.

The 163, op­er­ated by Di­a­mond Bus, runs from Bury to Pic­cadilly Gar­dens. The 17, man­aged by Go North West, runs be­tween Rochdale and Shude­hill. Di­a­mond Bus told trans­port bosses per­for­mance ‘hasn’t been where it needs to be’.

Coun Burke claimed the 163 was a ‘good ser­vice’ be­fore Di­a­mond Bus took over from First af­ter buy­ing the firm’s Bolton de­pot in Au­gust.

He also told a meet­ing of Greater Manch­ester’s trans­port com­mit­tee: “In re­la­tion to the 17 ser­vice, the driv­ers tend to miss stops out. I think they’re cherry pick­ing which stops they’re pick­ing peo­ple up at.”

The meet­ing heard that for ev­ery 300 jour­neys op­er­ated by the company, around two stops are missed on av­er­age, with buses ar­riv­ing more than five min­utes late on 85pc of oc­ca­sions.

Phil Burke

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