The Best O' Leicester (or the Worst) : Episode 4
Every stop has been given a new two letter label, instead of the old one letter and one number label; so that will make a huge difference all-round. Each stop displays a diagam of all the stops in the City Centre ...
Because these lists do not even give rudimentary guidance as to frequency, you then have to find the stop and check the times. Or insult one of your expanding collection of leaflets; if you can find the right one. This is particularly frustrating for some destinations, where buses can leave from four different and widely spaced stops.
But it's when you get to the correct stop that problems begin to escalate. On each board there is a list of departures, Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday in time order. So far so good. And, indeed such a list makes excellent sense if all the services follow a common route and do little twiddles at the end.
But what about this:-
Is this a case, yet again, of "the software can do it so we must show it"? Not the best way, surely, "to make public transport easier for passengers to use".
fbb and friend David debated long into the night hours (well for about 10 minutes) whether the £80,000 was money well-spent and concluded ...
... that it wasn't. It is still very difficult for an innocent outsider to unravel the complexities of Leicester departure points. Peter Soulsby, the mayor, wants to do a Red Ken / Boris the Blue and take full command of public transport in the City. Whether that's the right way forward is politically debatable, but, clearly, something needs to be done.
In the meantime, join fbb in a hunt for timetables for Thurmaston Bus as advertised on the route map.
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