WEATHER TROUBLES * UK & Canada
* Quebec / Canada - Cold causing Montreal bus breakdowns
(Picture from Radio-Canada - On Jan. 8 when the temperature plunged to -38 degrees, the Société de Transport de Montréal had 126 service calls, while on an average day they handle about 60)
Montreal,QBC,CAN -CBC News -Jan 17, 2015: -- STM reports its buses undergo twice as many repairs on frigid days. The extreme cold over the last two weeks has been wreaking havoc on Montreal buses, and with so many vehicles in the shop, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) admits service has sometimes suffered... On an average day, there are 60 service calls for buses that need maintenance or unscheduled repairs... Renée Amilcar, the STM's executive director says, it takes 1,385 buses in running order to provide full service at rush hour... On Jan. 15, for example, of the 19,150 bus trips planned, 226 had to be cancelled because of mechanical problems... This means bus runs on the same line have to be spread out, and commuters spend more time waiting in the cold... The STM says the average age of buses is only six years old, meaning the cold causes problems for both new and old vehicles...
* Scotland / UK - Snow shuts down Aberdeenshire school buses
(Picture by Kenny Elrick - Drivers had to battle ice and snow across the country last night)
Aberdeenshire,Scotland,UK -Aberdeen Journal, by Laura Redpath -19 January 2015: -- Some schools in Aberdeenshire will not have pupil transport today due to severe weather conditions... Schools remain open, but parents and pupils are advised to check with their school as bad weather continues to hit the region... Aberdeenshire Council has confirmed that coaches to and from the following schools are affected: ...
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