We caught the No 47 bus to town today and I think this particular bus was a new prototype service as rubbish was everywhere, so I think it may be a mobile dump-it site.
Besides the cans jammed between seats, there were bits of food on the seats, Metros scattered everywhere, on the seats, underfoot, on the stairs.
Sandwich wrappers, crisp bags you name it and you’ll find it somewhere on a bus.
It’s time drinking and eating was banned on all bus routes, putting a notice up saying it’s not allowed, it just doesn’t work.
It’s not just children who leave their left-overs for others to move, I’ve seen mature, (I use this term very loosely), adults open a M&S bought sandwich, eat it quite deftly, then drop the packaging on the floor or wedge it between the seats.
Young children do not know any better as they see their parents leave their litter behind, so they think it’s OK for them to do it. If you point this out, all you get is a mouthful of abuse with all the swear words, which in turn adds to the children’s much needed education.
The fare of nearly two and a half quid, is absolute robbery, for that price you should be travelling in luxury not a skip.
First Mainline should take a look at the buses of other operators in South Yorkshire, Hulleys, TM Travel and Stagecoach are by far better than First.
I suppose some of these company’s may get litter- strewn vehicles but as yet I haven’t experienced it.
So come on Mainline get your act together and give us buses that are clean and fit for purpose for the fare that’s paid by passengers (not customers).