For those who enjoy these things, fbb will show his planned schedule for the day alonside what actually happened. The reason for the differences will be explained!
The view across the Exe estuary was particularly picturesque at 0750!
The Antony Passage Ferry, which is mentioned in documents as early as 1324, was situated within the St Stephens suburb of Saltash civil parish. The ferry belonged to the Daunay family in the 14th Century, in 1450 it passed to the Carew family, and by the end of the 18th century it was taken over by the Crosley family, who operated the ferry for several generations, until it fell into disuse in the early 1950s.
... supplied by Fitz Antony Pennington, a bellfounder of Lezant was being conveyed by the ferry to Antony passage on a stormy day. The weight of the bell caused the ferry capsized and sink. Fitz Antony, who was accompanying the bell, and the ferryman were both drowned and the bell lost in the mud of the river bed. Fitz Antony's body was recovered, and laid to rest in LandulphChurch. A plaque in the south wall of the tower bears the inscription:
30 April 1768
The boistrous Wind & Billows
sore Hath toss'd me
To and Fro By God's decree
As we continue this visit, readers are asked to remember that Stagecoach 2/2A runs every 10 minutes to Saltash then every 20 to each of the local "estates". Citybus 10/10A (a relatively recent arrival started by Citybus to deal a knockout blow to First) matches this frequency but with slightly different routes at Saltash.
Back in the town centre well ahead of planned schedule at 0931, there was time for light refreshment in "The Kitchen".
Most passengers were OAPs who don't care which bus they board; but if there was a winner it was a nose ahead for Stagecoach.
One very noticeable lack was with the electronic bus stop information.
On the vehicle front, there was little to choose, but fbb thinks that allocating little Optares is unwise ...
The one area that was appalling, and fbb means APPALLING, was with bus stop flags. In Plymouth city these are provided by the council and show no route numbers anywhere, which saves having to update them! But across the Tamar, in Cornwall county where be dragons, things are depressingly poor.
Apparently a company called "First" runs the local routes in Saltash.
And so back to Plymouth via a round trip of the other Saltash suburb.
An fbb prediction (always both dangerous and controversial!) would be that Citybus will withdraw from services 10/10A before Christmas.
We shall see.