As you've probably heard by now, local Thanet operator Eastonways has ceased operations on October 3rd. I'm saddened by this news, especially as a former operations manager of the company and more importantly it puts 14 people out of work. Eastonways were established in 1964 by Eric Easton principally as a taxi company but later expanded into coaching. They expanded significantly during the late 1980's with the Port Ramsgate courtesy buses they ran, however, when Holyman Sally Line Ferries moved out of Ramsgate 1998 they had to contract considerably. By now, they operated several local bus services which gave them a small income. During my time there in the early 2000's, we introduced several new routes (E29, E71) and dabbled with City Sightseeing Canterbury and gained the Sainsbury's Free Bus. Eastonways later passed to Carol Peter's Coaches who struggled with rising insurance costs were forced to pull the plug in the services. Carol Peter's will remain unaffected by the closure but are now operating the 35 service and the Sainsbury's Free Bus whilst Stagecoach East Kent is now covering routes 39, 42, 51, 56 and the school services.
Following on from 5137's fuel problems back in September, her fuel tank and some of the lines have all been cleaned and are now being put back together again. The cleaning was a rather fiddly job as I was rather reluctant to drop the fuel tank without a pit or vehicle lifts. Hopefully in the next few weeks she will be out locally for a road test to see if the issue has improved her performance.
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