But what DOES matter is how easy it is to obtain information about such a fragmented network. And there are yet more companies providing evening and Sunday services plus a swathe of routes to the University Campus.
Northamptonshire County Council provides an on-line set of timetables for the whole area, urban and rural.
Now, once upon a time (and quite a recent time) Northampton County and Northampton Borough produced an excellent and comprehensive timetable book - easy to use and complete with a very good map indeed.
So, it would appear once again, that to access this fragmented and geographically illogical group of services, you need the usual determined effort to search out and collect (or download) leaflets by the dozen, ditto a huge PDF map and clutch these passionately to your bosom before setting out on any bus journey.
How much easier was it to consult a Northampton Corporation Transport pocket timetable book, complete with simple map. It is what Auntie Anne and little fair-haired pre-fbb did for their exploratory excursions. They seemed to manage very well indeed - and without the benefits (?) of the interweb.
P.S. An oft repeated fbb treat was to go by bus to Dallington Green, walk through to the Kings Heath estate and then indulge in a delectable Sherbert Dip from the ever-open newsagents; before returning (for the chips, of course!) - what delights disappear with old age?
P.P.S. As Dallington Green was part of a "pretty" former village replete with golden Northamptonshire stone cottages, it was equipped with special luxury varnished wood bus stop signs with corporation crest and gold lettering. (Just about visible on the photo below) Bet they're not there anymore.
Next blog : due Monday March 14th