How cleanliness forms part of the Association of Bus Operators in West Yorkshire’s Bus 18 initiative


How Clean Is Your Bus image by Tupungato (via Shutterstock).
As part of the Association of Bus Operators in West Yorkshire’s Bus 18 initiative, cleanliness will be given equal billing to punctuality and reliability. Three of the participants (including First West Yorkshire, as seen in Bradford in this image) will offer free travel or pay your taxi fares if your bus didn’t show. Image by Tupungato (via Shutterstock).

Whether you’re doing a full trip on the 320 to Wigan, or catching a 33 to see The Mighty Crusaders, cleanliness is next to punctuality in the world of bus operations.  If the lateness of your bus doesn’t spoil your day, the ‘joys’ of seeing half eaten butties or sprawling free newspapers could wind you up. Both factors haven’t escaped the attention of ABOWY, the Association of Bus Operators in West Yorkshire.

The Association of Bus Operators in West Yorkshire represents the county’s bus operators.  These include a number of independent operators as well as the big guns, like First West Yorkshire, Arriva Yorkshire, and Yorkshire Tiger.  In a bid to raise punctuality and cleanliness standards on the buses, ABOWY have launched Bus 18.

Introduced on the 24 March this year, Bus 18 is about improving the journey experience.  The biggest strides have been made with cleanliness.  In cooperation with Cordant Cleaning, First West Yorkshire have raised their game.  This has attracted compliments from passengers.  As well as serving West Yorkshire’s largest bus operator, Cordant Cleaning also work for eleven other FirstGroup divisions.

As for punctuality and reliability, passengers can be compensated for heavily delayed or missing buses.  On First West Yorkshire, Arriva Yorkshire, and Transdev operated routes, your next journey could be free (if you waited for 20 minutes or longer).  If your last bus is later than 20 minutes or non-existent, you could claim the cost of your taxi fare back (from First, Arriva, or Transdev).

We think ABOWY’s move is a welcome one (could Merseytravel introduce a similar scheme?).  As for the 33 bus for Thatto Heath Crusaders, it is every fifteen minutes during the day and half hourly on Sundays (no evening service).  The stop you want is Elephant Lane, just before it passes Close Street. Then walk towards Close Street: the ground is a few yards on the right hand side.

Thatto Heath Crusaders’ next home fixture will be versus West Hull on the 06 May 2017. Kick off is 2.30 pm.

Numatic’s iconic Henry vacuum cleaner now has a cordless counterpart

Henry Vacuum Cleaner image by David Simmonds (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).
Now available in cordless forms: Numatic’s Henry vacuum cleaner. Image by David Simmonds (Creative Commons License: Some Rights Reserved – Share Alike).

Numatic’s Henry and Hetty cleaners are already an icon in most homes and offices.  Now, alongside rivals Dyson and Bosch, Numatic have introduced a cordless vacuum cleaner.  Yes, Henry has gone cordless.  We kid you not.

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Clean Hire are proud to announce their sponsorship of Thatto Heath Crusaders

Thatto Heath Crusaders shirt
It’s official: Clean Hire are the proud sponsors of Thatto Heath Crusaders

We at Clean Hire, as you may well know yourself are based on the outskirts of St. Helens. In our eyes, it is the centre of the Rugby League universe (sorry if we’ve offended anyone who think otherwise). It is the home of The Mighty Saints – St Helens of course – who have an enviable record in Super League. The secret behind their success is a number of local clubs in lower professional or amateur leagues. On our doorstep, Thatto Heath Crusaders is one of them.

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Extension of carriage cleaning scheme to a further seven trains

Carriage Cleaning Image by Nila Newson (via Shutterstock).
A selection of Indian Railways carriages in Jodhpur.  Image by Nila Newson (via Shutterstock).

A wee while back (January 2016), we looked at carriage cleaning on the railways.  Six months later, we looked at the experience of the Indian Railways.  Or rather, why rubbish was dumped on the side of the tracks.  We also mentioned their On-Board Housekeeping Services (OBHS) scheme, which we have found is a success.

This week, we have learned about the extension of its carriage cleaning scheme to a further seven train services.  Twenty-five train services are covered by the scheme, including the Jodhpur Express and the Thiruvananthapuram Central Super AC Express.  Recent additions are as follows:

  • Thiruvananthapuram Central Express;
  • Tuticorin Express;
  • Brindavan Express;
  • Tirupathi Express;
  • Sapthagiri Express;
  • Nagarsoil Express;
  • Haldia Express.

This month’s additions affect services within the Chennai division of Southern Railway.  In case you have missed any of our previous posts on the subject, this enables passengers to say “I want my carriage cleaning”.  Passengers send a text message, a Tweet, or visit and state which carriage needs cleaning.  Carriages covered by the scheme have cleaners on board.

How Clean My Coach Works:

  • Passenger is sat or stood on the train: he or she isn’t too pleased at the state of their carriage;
  • Passenger sends a text message (to 58888 or 9200003232), tweet, or visits;
  • S/he types “CLEAN 1235432457 SERVICE TYPE CODE: C”;
  • Within a few moments, the carriage is cleaned.

There are six service type codes:

  • C: Cleaning;
  • W: Watering;
  • P: Pest control or disinfection;
  • B: Bedroll or fresh linen;
  • E: Electrics (train lighting and/or electricity);
  • R: Petty repairs.

Clean Hire, 04 April 2017.