Dear Mrs Bell,
You have just punished Arriva in Derby for not "telling the public" where their 44 and 45 bus routes go. You might be interested in this.
Hewitt R Peer
Our very clever and street-map-wise readers may remember the complicated and potentially confusing arrangement for buses serving "The Brantings", a little block of roads, technically in Glenfield, but more appropriately on the fringes of Groby.
... they turn left, go up to the hyper roundabout at the junction with the A46, effectively perform a "U" turn and proceed inwards towards Leicester.
There's one that's just done it in the picture above. To confuse us all, the 29 and 29A journeys ignore the Brantings (aka Overdale Avenue) and go direct to the roundabout without passing "Go" and without collecting £200.
Except, of course, on Sundays when the 29A DOES run via the Brantings; largely because the 26, 27 and 28 simply do not operate on The Sabbath! All as clear as waste sump oil!
But all this is about to change!
Work has just started to provide a traffic light controlled exit so that all the buses can pick up the crowds of waiting passengers at Overdale Avenue (?) and then be let out direct onto the A50. The scheme involves extending a 50 mph speed limit, moving a cycle and pedestrian crossing and installing a small forest (10 poles-worth) of traffic lights.
According the Leicestershire Council it will speed up buses on their often-clogged route into Leicester. Local resident and chum David (not the lorry driver but retired Uni lecturer) is not convinced.
While the work is going on, the little cut-off bit of Groby Road is closed off at the site of the new junction. The cowds (?) of passengers from the Brantings have to walk to the Leicester Road (that's the yellow one on the top map above) where a couple of temporary stops have been installed.
David's too-late suggestion would have been to make the temporary stops permanent.
For most people at The Brantings (and loadings are very light) the walk is not much longer than to the eisting stop. And it would save (would have saved) £190,000.
And a further challenge for Mrs Bell, scourge of lackadaisically bureaucratic bus companies, would be to work out, using Arriva's leaflet(s) which buses stop at the Brantings.
Answer, you can't. Neither the maps nor the timetable give any clue as to what does what. Yet Arriva in Derby were punished for not telling the public that they have moved the City terminus to a different bus stop! No doubt the paperwork for the X29 was "alles in ordnung" so, in this case, the public doesn't matter a fig.