A touch of the Curate's Egg.
Once upon a time all buses from Harrogate were run by Harrogate and District [H&D], privatised successors to West Yorkshire Road Car. Over the last few years all the fringe services have been "lost" to other operators via the tendering system.
This has let to very mixed messages in the bus station. For example, the only map of local routes on display is for Harrogate and District services ...
If you want to "get around Harrogate and Knaresborough" to Pannal Village, Wedderburn, Claro Road or Duchy Road (all former H&D routes) you can't; certainly not by map!
... but to provide no intermediate timings (apart from those requiring some pretty nifty mental arithmetic!) for the prestigious 36 to Leeds or the now infrequent X59 to Skipton ...
... is poor indeed.
And as for Eddie Brown ...
... who latterly won the tender for the complicated "village" routes in the Boroughbridge direction (also ex H&D), this is all that is displayed at the stop.
But this is just part of the timetable to which this abbreviated and utterly useless departure list refers.
Presumably the passengers understand? Really?
There might just be some redemption from this mixed up situation. This unassuming hut at the end of the bus station ...
Is open for long hours, offers a rack of leaflets and information from a real person.
Look carefully : Sundays 1000 to 2330!
Sadly, Harrogate and District haven't quite grasped the 24 hour clock yet. The idea is that you don't need "am" and "pm" anymore, chaps. Actually 23.30 pm is 11.30 am the next day, i.e. 23 and a half hours after noon.
After a pause for our reader to recover from the shock of the extended opening hours, we need to point out that there might be a snag. This hut is the home of the H&D bus station supervisor and the only "foreign" leaflet on show was for the Airport services. Surely a deal could be struck whereby the non H&D services could have a tiny little corner of the rack. They are not competitive with any H&D route and two slots would do.
One slot could be vacated by the Yorkshire Coastliner booklet as those routes do not pass through Harrogate at all!
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