Advantages You can get to places that you want (sometimes), relatively new vehicles
Disadvantages very expensive, lack of knowldge, manners
My experience of first provincial is not good. Living in Portsmouth, there are two bus companies, First and Stagecoach, neither are excellent, though each have their own merits and advantages.The vehicles
Now this is where i have to be careful, as my girlfriends dad is a bus driver with first!he provides a good level of service and politeness, as do a large proportion of drivers. However there is the small majority, as in all cases, that do not. I have previously had my change thrown at me, been spoken to as if ive asked the most difficult task ever and generally been greeted with a grunt. I understand that driving can be stressful and dealing with the public can be difficult, though i believe treat others as you would like to be treated, this small proportion do not. We also have the problem of Foreign drivers, i have no problem with them, they do a good job and are willing to work. The problem is that a large proprtion cannot speak fluent english and have not had training, to the names of destinations or tickets. It has often come to the point that i have had to point on the drivers destination sheet, where i would like to go!
The Routes and timing
Recently due to driver shortages, services have been restricted or even ended completely.
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