... posted a statement on Facebook, calling for No.6 to be sent back and a replacement bridge ordered.
He said: "The floating bridge is an embarrassment to our people and council leadership. Once again the floating bridge fails.
"This has been a fiasco and failure from the beginning, costing taxpayers millions of pounds extra to simply keep it running.
"One cannot comprehend the position taken by Cllr Ian Ward and Cllr Dave Stewart, who have consistently stated the bridge is a good reliable service.
"What is it that prevents our Isle of Wight Council from taking a positive, proactive approach, ordering a new bridge based on taking out a cheap loan, as they have done with other projects, to admit this bridge is not fit for purpose?
"Our bridge workforce operators cannot get to grips with something that constantly lets them down.
"It’s time to make the decision once and for all."
No one seems to know why the IoW Council has not been compensated for poor reliability by the builders of the ferry. The suggestion is that they failed to incorporate any meaningful guarantee clause in the contract when they bought it!
Trouble at 't' Mill in Edinburgh
The local press has reported serious staff shortages with Lothian Transport, the council-owned company that runs Edinburgh's buses and trams.
The issues were instead blamed on poor management by managing director Richard Hall ...
... and a driver shortage.
On the weekend of 5 and 6 September, more than 40 buses were off the road each day due to a lack of staff causing several delays and cancellations.
It has also been claimed that the Lothian training centre has not supplied one driver to the city bus service in 14 months, instead choosing to staff Lothian Country and East Coast Buses as the company expands.
A spokesperson for Lothian said: “Significant demands were placed on Lothian services during the summer period, and our appreciation is expressed to our drivers and staff, many of whom worked overtime, for their brilliant efforts to keep Edinburgh moving. Our ongoing programme of driver and staff recruitment and training is continuing in the coming months and this will help to ensure that Lothian continues to maintain its high levels of customer satisfaction.”
Has the company bitten off more than it can chew?
It's Just The Ticket
Sheffield Supertram began its operations with a continental style of ticketing.You were obliged to buy your ticket in advance, either in packs from shops or from machines at the stops. Then you had to validate the ticket before travelling.
The system was over-complex, unpopular and open to abuse.
When Stagecoach took over, they introduced conductors to take your fare and issue tickets.
Now Stagecoach is trialling new machines which will accept cards.
It was a non-event!
More Moor Street to New New Street
See yesterday's blog for the first experience!
Yesterday the fbbs returned to their ancestral pile in Seaton, a journey involving the return trek from Birmingham's Moor Street to New Street station.
Were there adequate directions? A resounding NO!
There was nothing at all inside Moor Street station ...
The station used to be very clearly labelled.
Just for completeness fbb had a better look outside the main entrance (at least it was the main entrance before the rebuild) to see if he missed anything as he pass by on Wednesday last.
There was, indeed, a sign that he missed ...
Rubbish both ways.
... to Stagecoach on their much deserved award last week.
Department for Transport") to Grant Shapps; and has agreed to waste millions of pounds supporting a Pension Scheme over which he has no control whatsoever.
More bits tomorrow.