The Wright buses used mainly on the 44 route, but also elsewhere, have inadequate ventilation. Without opening windows towards the rear there is no effective through draft. The result is a grossly overheated bus from the passengers point of view. There appear to be vents in the ceiling for air conditioning, but these pump out warm and hot air on the hottest days of the year. There must be something terribly wrong with First Bus procurement policy because the company has now added the new Salt Road branded buses each of which has only two small opening windows at the front. Does the right hand not know what the left hand is doing or is the management so divorced from the realities of day to day bus travel that they haven't heard the moans and complaints of the travelling public? On a recent journey between Malvern and Worcester a well known retired Malvern scientist, who is a public transport supporter, explained to complaining passengers the perfectly common sense view that opening windows along the bus are a necessity to create a through draft, particularly at the rear, in order to take advantage of the partial vacuum created at the rear of the moving bus. What action is being taken to address this urgent issue which seems to affect only the most modern buses in the Worcester fleet?
We will raise this issue with First as clearly we need to have buses that are pleasant to travel in. Especially if the newest buses are no better if not worse. Thanks.
I spoke with the Managing Director of First, and he has apologised about this issue. We have experienced a very hot summer this year. He informed me that the busses come from the manufacturer with very few opening windows, a clear oversight and poor design. He also informed me that many of the busses were temporarily removed from service as the windows were replaced to add ventilation.
I hope this helps, I am sorry it took so long to get back to you. We have been extremely busy trying to organise a response to the cuts to services.