The bus one is interesting.
They were wonderful Rick but have been out of service now for four years following privatisation.
I love the way the colours pop.
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I also spotted that one Rick – do they still have any in service?
Sadly not. The bus service was privatised in 2011 and the British company Aviva. The old buses were privately owned and run on large state subsidies. They failed to meet EU emission standards so had to go. One or two have been restored and do specialist tours but they do not operate the Maltese public bus service. As might be expected Aviva made an awful job of the new service and lost 50 million euros in the first two years and they negotiated a cancellation of the contract. Spanish company Autobuses Urbanos de León took over in January this year.
“We are determined to deliver the highest quality service possible in Malta. Customers and their experiences are at the heart of our service. All our customers are important and no effort will be spared to ensure that all of the services we are trusted to deliver will be provided.” – Malta Public Transport
What a non-surprise, the Brits marching in to show them how to do it, and spectacularly failed. They just don’t get it, do they? Sounds like the MBT have their heads screwed on to what it should be all about. Time will tell. Good to hear some have been restored; such character.
Privatising public services is never a good idea Spike!
Absolutely amazing – every single one of these postcards. The uniqueness of Malta shows so brilliantly
I love Malta I had forgotten just how much!
I love all the postcards Each one captures a wonderful essence of Malta. Thank you for sharing, Andrew. 🙂
Of course the boats are my faves in the collection Andrew. I recall you writing that the buses are out of service now. Quite the gallery of transportation none the less.
You would have liked the buses just as much as the boats. They were beautiful but they are a thing of the past!
Too bad. Thankfully you visited when they were still running and can share the stories.
and just like the pair of you I had some unusual shirts!!!
I sometimes think the designers a few decades back were busy smoking wacky weed. 🙂
I particularly liked the paint job on the boats. Wonderfully colorful.
Brilliant aren’t they and everywhere in Malta and Gozo!
The busses are the besssstt! I love that postcard!
I agree, they just get my vote over the boats.
Now I need to go to Malta. I’ll check on the bus service for you.
Those lovely old buses have gone. The replacements are not at all photogenic!
You off to Northern Ireland soon? Or just fancied the book?
Yes, Ireland is the next scheduled trip!
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