Drivers ‘cherry-picking stops’
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.