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Update 2 - Bus service today was better than expected - ministry

Video: Paul Spiteri Lucas

(Updated 7.57 p.m., Adds ministry statement)

The bus service today was better than expected, the Transport Ministry said.

Private coaches chartered from the Unscheduled Bus Service (UBS) operated some of the routes as from today following the withdrawal of 68 bendy buses pending investigation into a series of fires.

The ministry said the service provided by UBS was satisfactory and complaints were few.

Meetings were held this evening between the ministry, Transport Malta and Arriva and between TM, UBS and Arriva to ensure that the best service possible could provided, the ministry said.

Earlier in the day the transport situation in the north seemed to be normal with no queues being reported.

However, some 'confusion' was reported in the south.

Some drivers had problems because they were not familiar with the routes. A commuter said however that this was not unusual even among Arriva's drivers.

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