But first; a First mystery
We need, as ever, to choose our company area; which is fair enough. fbb dives immediately into his two "local" areas. Try "Cornwall" and tap "Timetables":-
Immediately something look odd..
Penzance to Lands End is very Cornwall; but Parade to Wellsprings? Penlea? Sydenham? And the list continues ...
... revealing some very disconnected Cornwall locations. Yes, you, too, have worked it out. Cornwall has annexed Somerset. So try relocating yourself to "Somerset" ...
... and you might expect to get Cornwall as well, the companies being under the same management. But, even dafter, the routes listed under Somerset would appear to be in ...
As well as being a sad comment on those who populate the database for this App, you do wonder how many people use it in Cornwall and Somerset. Surely somebody should have told First about their incompetence?
There is another problem here. Listing a service as ...
... is fine for those who already know what they want; but not at all helpful for an inexperienced user searching for buses in and from Taunton. A heading "Taunton town service" is necessary.
Thankfully all the other areas do seem to list timetables that actually belong. But a similar taxonomy problem occurs in fbb's former home area.
Because a sensible South-Yorkshire-wide numbering scheme has long been abandoned, we have a multiplicity of services with the same tag. Rotherham and Doncaster routes all contain the town name, whereas Sheffield is just called "City". Consistency would be helpful.
As an aside, please note that First has no truck with all this Sheffield Bus Partnership nonsense. The "joint" service between Sheffield (aka City) and High Green ignores completely the Stagecoach journeys (Service 1) which, effectively, double the frequency.
Partnership, what partnership?
Although it doesn't tell you, there is a vertical caret before the word "Service" at the top. You can search for our route number rather than swiping/scrolling through the whole list.
Good, up to a point. Apart from the minor detail that service 95 is not (and never has been) a "circular".
Searching for a "Destination" is useless. So ...
... the ten minute frequency to Nether Green cannot be found. The terminus of 98 is also an impossibility.
Off to Cornwall where the App can find "Lands" ...
... but fails with it's "End"!
Aha! fbb has cracked it - yet again.
It can find just one word of any "destination", the latter being defined as an often arbitrary terminal point as created by First's timetable compliers. But don't you dare type in more than one word of a two word locality; because we won't let you find it.
But there is more to explore in this "state of the art" App. We shall do so tomorrow.
Maybe it will get better?
By way of a PS, Stagecoach (the other major "partner" in the Sheffield not-very-partnership) includes all the service for the "joint" routes, although it only does so by dint of linking to he Travel South Yorkshire timetable pages. Thus an App-less Stagecoach is more helpful than a hapless First! (Groan)