Our friend the W30 ...
Watford - Business Park (Circular) - Unknown Watford Town Centre to Watford Business Park (Circular) via Watford Junction
... serves the "Unknown Watford Town Centre". And there are TWO route 8s ...
8 Mount Vernon Hospital - Woodside/Abbots Langley - Woodside - Mount Vernon Hospital Woodside to Mount Vernon Hospital via Watford
8 Abbots Langley - Mount Vernon Hospital - Mount Vernon Hospital - Abbots Langley Mount Vernon Hospital to Abbots Langley via Watford
... but, fret ye not; they both lead to the same PDF timetable. Or you could try the service 16 ...
16 NOT TESCO OUT Burns Road (Circular) to Town Centre via
... to "Not Tesco Out". In fact the list is full of unintelligible gibberish. Where this stuff comes from is unclear, but whoever put it there should be made to explain it publicly from a soap box on Watford High Street. Remember John Major?
Of course, there is an explanation specifically for the daft search results, even if the timetable headings are intrinsically potty. The confuser is doing what is called a "text string search"; it looks for every occurrence of the input set of characters. So asking for service 53 ...
Because of the search system, looking for buses from Watford Junction station is another mess.
Thinking back to the wondrous three versions of the W30, try looking for buses to the business park.
In conclusion, to close; and for our general entertainment, here are a few juicy services from Hertfordshire's list.
25 Buntingford - Reed/Cottered (Circular) - Buntingford - Cottered/Reed (Circular) Reed/Cottered to Buntingford via Circular
How many times does it go the Reed and Cottered? And is it the same as ...
25 BUNT ANTI CLOCK Sandon to Buntingford via
...which, as it's anti clock, never runs to time? And another multiple monstrosity:-
305 Sandridge - Tyttenhanger/Welham Green - Welham Green/Tyttenhanger - Sandridge Sandridge to Tyttenhanger/Welham Green via St Albans
In fact the route runs from Tyttenhanger via St Albans to Sandridge with a couple of odd extensions. People would be far less confused if the basic route were indexed and the extensions shown on the PDF timetable. One can only assume that these on-line timetable headings are generated "on the fly" from some databse. If the PDF timetable is laid out in a confusing matter it will deliver a stupid heading. One day, when he feels particularly brave, fbb will unravel the mess that is routes 304 and 305.
In the meantime, your investigative blogger has to conclude that the Intalink on-line timetable search facility is not worth the good house point he awarded a couple of days ago. Searching for route 320 did not confuse the confuser as the "text string search" wouldn't find much else containing the character group 3, 2 and 0.
In fact this index and the answers it gives are bad beyond belief.
The last word goes to Ricky Gervais, courtesy of YouTube. Blog readers may substitute "they" as appropriate!
An investigation of Hertfordshire tendered service W19 is postponed.
Business For Sale - Details Independent Bus Company
Well established independent company
Operating routes within Cornwall and into Devon and Plymouth
New four-year Council contracts recently awarded
Extensive bus fleet operating from a freehold
and 3 leasehold depots and workshops
Turnover year ended 30th September 2014 c.£7.9m
It would appear that Western Greyhound is the company in question. No surprise there, but who might want to buy it?