The Torquay to Totnes and on to Dartmouth or Plymouth route-number-less service is again hidden from web site view. It still runs; fbb saw a couple on a recent visit to Torquay.
In fact nothing changes except the addition of Gold paint.
Presumably Stagecoach have done their market research and genuinely believe that the little sparkly extras (all of which should be standard anyway!) will increase patronage, pennies and thus profits. It would be interesting to see actual patronage growth figures for some of these routes. Or is the motive to halt decline? Either way, once Goldness is established, what next? What other trinkets will be dangled in front of a typical (?) passenger's drooling visage?
How much more can the company offer to tempt additional posteriors on seats? Perhaps fbb's jocular addition to the glittering facilities of Stagecoach Gold (sorry, folks rushing to travel; it was a joke!) might be next on the list.
Of course is is really good to see improvements in the quality of the humble bus service. Well done Stagecoach Gold, Arriva Sapphire and First Platinum! Pity about the rest of us slumming around on tired and tatty "ordinary" buses.