The bus arrived at 1815!
It's all a bit "casual" for a route that "sparkles". Sadly, from fbb's experience, Leicester's Sapphire didn't.
There are plans for a new Haymarket bus station but, since an announcement to that effect a year or so ago, there has been a thunderous silence; although the Council approved the plans back in January.
Doug is fascinated by human reasoning of graphic information in all its manifestations: forms, maps, signs, instructions, book layouts – all of them. He is just as interested in the logic (or commonly the lack of it) of the designers who create this sort of material, that is everywhere in our lives, as he is in the way users then try to make sense of it.
Doug is one of the good guys, but fbb does wonder how helpful his "simplification" might be. Here is the "route diagram" from stop BK.
The line bottom left is zooming off to Loughborough. Compare this with reality. Here are 14s and 94 via New Parks ...
And here the full selection via Beaumont Leys.
Is FWT's simplification a step too far? Would it be better for all (not just regular passengers) if the maps showed all routes in the destination area with those from a particular stop highlighted? Would "simplified geographical" be more helpful than a highly stylised but totally non-geographical collection of intersecting squiggles? And monochrome squiggles, to boot.
More thought needed and a possible future blog?
fbb cannot resist concluding this blog with a bit of nostalgia. The 94 (top map), now a First Bus route, was operated until 2005 by the much missed Hylton and Dawson.