Here we see archaeological evidence of Portsmouth's computerised public transport information system ...
i+". It never worked; it cost millions and was unceremoniously abandoned without ever being used in anger. The route then climbs Portsdown Hill with stunning views over the City, its harbour, the Solent and over to the Isle of Wight. The centre of Waterlooville is, encouragingly, a bus only zone with lots of "Zip" branded bus stop flags ...
But, remember, the 41 doesn't run to Clanfield, the 39 runs to Wecock Farm and the 37 becomes a 38 and runs to Alton! Apart from that it's about right.
Significant lengths of bus lane were provided together with smart and trendy street lighting. As part of this project, the 41 was increased to a 10 minute frequency on Mondays to Fridays but very soon reverted to every 15.
Waterlooville does, however, offer a wonder rarely experienced anywhere in GB! Adjacent to a set of stops is a newsagent's shop with this ...
Out-of-date timetable booklets with no correction!
What a pity; First Bus so nearly got it right. To be fair, only one timetable is wrong, so possibly 9 out of 10 for effort.
At the Drift Road terminus fbb had time to play with the information touch screen which offered journey planning and more information on the "Zip" scheme. But it didn't work.
So a partly positive picture of project "Zip", which, like so many similar schemes, is now looking a little tired and in need of refreshment; a bit like fbb after his marathon Zip Trip from Portsmouth.
Next Blog : due Wednesday January 18th