But first, Rousdon?
The good news is that the X53 between Poole and Weymouth still runs every two hours Mondy to Saturday.
But between Bridport and Axminster there are additional X53s (why X53? they are the same as short workings on the X31/X51) providing a bus every half hour on the "busy" (?) section.
It is west of Axminster, west of the Axe, that the axe is wielded in an incomprehensible way. The reduction comes straight from the Moir Blockhead** "Guide to Ruining a Bus Service for Ever" staff manual that was the Bible of the pre-Fearnley regime.
Instead of a bus every two hours between Lyme Regis and Exeter, we have two journeys in each direction via Axminster and Colyton plus positioning trips via the old (Rousdon) route.
Or, perhaps a day in Lyme Regis from Exeter?
Maybe from the B&B in Beer to enjoy some fossil hunting at Charmouth?
But hold fast to the opprobrium. Maybe First will bring back the two hourly service for Summer 2016. Sadly, by then, all local advice will have expunged such pointless trips from their potential itineraries. Offended passengers don't come back - ever! Surely there is a better way; better than running empty buses every 30 minutes between Aminster and Bridport?
Of course, running buses is about profit, not providing a service if no real demand exists; but is this really the best solution?
Tomorrow, fbb speculates.
In the meantime the Gloucester Old Spots are at the end of the runway and preparing for take-off.
P.S. Whilst on this anti First Bus rant, fbb notes that the Sunday service X31, once hourly between Dorchester and Axminster ...
So no Sunday buses between Dorchester and Bridport in the winter; and in summer 2016? If the revised route and timetable brings an acceptable "return on assets required", there will be little incentive to take the risk of a seasonal expansion.
** Moir Lockhead? One time boss of First ...