But when the timetable appeared on Traveline, the self proclaimed experts were somewhat surprised. Here is the new Axmouth and Lyme Regis map.
899 Seaton - Axmouth
No change in route, but the enhanced double frequency timetable retreats to just a minimalistic service of three round trips on Mondays to Fridays and two on Saturdays.
899 Seaton - Axmouth - "Lyme Regis"
The core Axmouth service is enhanced by school trips to Woodroffe (Secondary) School, Lyme Regis. Tantalisingly close to the town centre stops, but at the top of a very steep hill, these journey lurch off left to the school ...
Lyme native Thomas Coram spent a decade building ships in Massachusetts. After making his fortune, he obtained a Royal Charter from George II establishing in London a "hospital for the maintenance and education of exposed and deserted young children".
Coram Tower, now flats, was built at Coram's birthplace as a house for the masters of St Michael’s College in the late 19th century, and so is named as a memorial to the creator of the foundling hospital.
899 Seaton - Colyford - and usually the real Lyme Regis
Now we can look at the full timetable.
The school trips via Axmouth remain in place at 0810 from Seaton and back from Woodroffe School at 1545 but on non schooldays these run to Lyme Regis proper. The positioning journeys (0858 from Lyme and 1500 from Seaton) run via Colyford.
And remember we have an 0653 from Lyme and and 1906 from Seaton that are X53s.
What a mess! Surely someone could have put this lot together in a form which was easy to understand and had some chance of attracting passengers. No chance, this is local authority penny-punching passenger-losing tendering at work. fbb despairs!
But now for something completely different!
Thanks to Stagecoach South West's newsletter ...
Finally, and talking about web site management, here is First Kernow "exciting" new site at 1200 today (15th September) ...
Next U1/U2/U3 blog : Wednesday 16th September