The following are missing:
45, 46, 87*, 303*, 522, 550, 551, 594 and U1.
No longer calling at the station:
27, 85, 88*, 403, 540, 543 and 583.
That leaves correct route numbers
14, 18, X18, 304, 494, 497 and 587.
Asterisked numbers refer to changes made from Monday 3rd November. fbb was there on Tuesday 4th, so perhaps a Cornwall piskie will be nipping up his step ladder over the next few days. Or not. No, the whole "image" is awful beyond belief.
And then there was First. Oh dear, oh dear oh dear. It's one of these pointless horrors. At the top, we have a list of the services, colour coded ...
But that's not all. Here are a couple of tricky questions for our loyal readers.
1. Which company runs Truro railway station?
2. Which company runs several bus routes that pass Truro railway Station?
So you would expect a bit of effort to encourage passengers to integrate their First rail journey with the First local buses. So where is the bus information in the station?
There is also a rack of tourist information.
So why is there nothing at Truro?
All round the network the information on the flags is out of date. Why do the bus companies tolerate this? "Aha," comes back the usual reply, "they are Cornwall Council's bus stop signs, so we can't do anything about them." Tosh, twaddle and any other derogatory word beginning with T. Surely the time has come to say to Cornwall Council "if you won't do it, we will." And then do it! As reported yesterday, some of the new First routes had been added, as here in Newquay ...
... but out on the 87 route there was more to be done. And, once again, many of the Western Greyhound 5xx routes no longer exist.
fbb has already written that First's set-up effort for its new Newquay network was better than expected deserving at least 7 out of 10. It is a complicated business launching three new services (21, 87, 91/92) and one major revision (90) on the same day; but First is a huge global mega-blob of a company; surely they could find a "new services" SWAT team to get it all right. This bus, for example, was showing "88 Newquay" ...
Tomorrow there is time for a few more observations en route, but, for now, the answer to the fbb tease. That empty flag is, obviously, promoting Truro's Park and Ride service.
A few more snippets from fbb's trip in tomorrow's offering.