Greyhound's flying start - except one

Greyhound's flying start - except one Greyhound's flying start - except one
FirstGroup’s Greyhound was launched with early-morning champagne at the start of this week. But by midweek one of the Greyhounds was limping and, unable to keep up with the hare, came to a halt on the hard shoulder of the M3. Local press reports suggest it “ran out of petrol” and that a journalist from BBC Radio 4’s In Touch programme was interviewing Greyhound managing director Alex Warner at the time.

A First spokesman says: "Overall the first four days of Greyhound UK operations have been extremely successful with our services running on time throughout and very positive feedback from our passengers.

"Unfortunately yesterday one of our Greyhound fleet broke down on the M3. This was due to a technical fault. All passengers on board were taken to their final destinations in London and will be offered gestures of compensation."

The Greyhound coaches are refurbished three- and four-year-old Scania Irizars.?

• Chuck Berry fans might remember the 1960s ballad ‘Promised Land’. This tells the tale of boarding a Greyhound bus in Norfolk, Virginia, then travelling through Carolina and Georgia where “we never was a minute late”  - although the story took a turn for the worse in Alabama when “that hound broke down and left us all stranded in downtown Birmingham”. Fortunately First’s minor mishap avoided stranding its customers.