At least that was what fbb was expecting, but the screen said different.
8A every 20 minutes. Yes, you guessed it! On the fifth day of the new network all the information at Hedge End was for the old timetable. It was all absolutely useless. Who is to blame? fbb has no idea who should keep this stuff up to date, but guesses it should be Hampshire County Council who will blame the dreaded "cutbacks". Surely First Bus should be more than anxious to ensure that the publicity for its services is correct? Clearly nobody at First had checked.
So far then
two different service 8s
a wrong departure list
out-of-date "unreal time" screens
It's going well so far.
Furthermore, it would be good if the buses offered useful connections with the trains; not easy with such a large loop. The train from London arrives at xx34, but the bus to the village centre (town centre?) has left at xx27; whilst a passenger from the village to Portsmouth can arrive at xx31 and might just sprint across the bridge in time to see the rear end of the train fading into the distance.
In the other direction the train to London leaves 9 minutes after the bus arrives from Hedge End but an arrival from Portsmouth (like fbb) has to wait 17 minutes. There is no easy answer, but you do wonder whether the planners even considered the possible options.
And what of First's brand new livery, surely evident as part of a major network relaunch? All day (well, from 1040 to 1530) fbb spotted FOUR new liveried buses.
Could do better : should do better.
More effort needed.
Lose 20 house points.
But the new Southampton and Gosport/Fareham timetable books are even better than sliced bread. So, later next week, the cheerful chubby chappie is much more positive.