Okay, we admit it - we used to look at things like bus punctuality figures in search of a story but they always stayed roughly the same so we gave up. Good job someone else has kept looking. The Manchester Evening News' David Ottewell has perused GMITA documents and found that in the first three months of this year bus punctuality fell by 15% to just 69%.
What's gone wrong? Nothing springs to mind from the start of the year that would have led to such a drop. The current water mains works that are causing big diversions in Manchester city centre must be affecting the current Quarter's punctuality but there was nothing of that scale earlier in the year.
Have you noticed buses being less punctual this year? In our experience punctuality feels to be better this year than last. It will be interesting to see how Q2's figures are affected by the water mains works.