|Out with the old...|
They've been replaced - with no little fanfare - by fancy new buses supplied by the Arriva company. Now, 'Arriva' is a name which asks for trouble when you are running a bus company. There were many and frequent problems when these buses were launched onto an expectant public - right in the middle of the busy tourist season too, which added to the complications. People would wait for hours hoping for the arrival of one of these machines, only to watch it blaze past, stuffed to the gills with human cargo. I have personal experience of waiting for a bus for what became a couple of hours in Mellieha. We had hiked up the hill to try and avoid the throngs of people at the stops next to the beach, but to no avail. Tough, bitter memories.
|...and in with the new.|
Of course many people were sad to see the demise of the old buses, not least those outlets who overstocked on yellow bus fridge magnets. There are always pros and cons with these types of situations.
Pros of Old Yellow Buses: They looked nice and offered you a taste of what life was like before i-pads and things of that nature. Tickets were also cheaper than with the updated versions.
Cons of Old Yellow Buses: Uncomfortable, no air-conditioning and prone to breaking down.
In summary, if you actually live here and need to use public transport, buses with air-conditioning are good.
Here's my list of some of the more popular routes serviced by the new Arriva buses: