For the past week I’ve been expecting daily to announce two things – who’s won the Zimbabwe Presidential election, and what’s happening with our new Megabus route to Manchester! I don’t know if the Zimbabwe politburo learnt to keep things secret from Megabus management, or Megabus management learnt it from the Zimbabwean politburo.
A couple of days after the election I’d expected to hear that Mugabe had slipped off to South Africa to be with his mate Mbeki, and that a secret deal had been done in Harare wherby he wouldn’t be tried for genocide so long as he left the country. But as time drags on, and he is quite patently still in the Presidential Palace in Harare, the prognosis for the citizens of Zimbabwe worsens. I don’t wish to speculate on the detail, I just want to know where this is going.
Regarding the new Megabus South Coast to Manchester route the Megabus website is quite clear in that it will run from April 28th and is simply an extension to Manchester from Birminham. What isn’t clear is how it is to be manned – the driving hours to do a return journey exceed EU driving regulations. So the one driver who does the Birmingham return can’t do the Birmingham to Manchester leg and back. There was a new, different, ‘official’ answer given on each of the 5 weekdays last week! In the end I got so fed up with it that I made up my own ‘official’ answer and put that into the pot as well. Most of these ‘official’ answers involved Winchester drivers handing over the bus part way to Birmingham and then doing something else (it’s the something else which keeps changing). Whatever it is we will need training of one sort or another – type training on the B12 buses if anything involves driving them, digital tacho training possibly (we can only drive buses with analogue tachos currently), route learning etc. And all this must be completed within 3 weeks and alongside our regular duties.