Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Crossways, Cordite and Kinson 
An Innocent Abroad - Well, in Bournemouth
Arrival from Moreton was at Platform 2 and fbb alighted near the well-signed exit. He was looking for buses as he had already spotted (on a paper street map) that the town centre was some distance from the formerly named "Central" station.
Station top right : town centre bottom left
So where be buses? If fbb, in his false but self-imposed innocence, left from the platform 2 exit, he would have been sorely disappointed!
In fact, there is no sign on Platform 2 to guide a passenger arriving from the west to the correct exit for interchange.
Fortunately, fbb spotted the problem by peering past the north exit barriers and then strode purposefully via the subway; noting a very useful trolley point (sans trollies!) ...
... fifteen feet up the subway wall! But at the top of the ramp we did have a sign to "buses".
There were plenty of shiny yellow buses to behold.
But whither go buses to town. It would have been helpful to have a sign which explained "buses to Town Centre from Stand ??." Never mind, eh. This is a bit of an adventure. There were departure screens which suggested stands 4 and 5 with a strong frequency vote in favour of 5.
To add to the sense of uncertainty, stand 5 is cunningly hidden out of sight of the station entrance. Better signs, please!
The obscured location is a necessary practicality as many, many buses approach the centre via Lansdowne Road (top left) ...
... wiggle via a bit of bus-only road under the A335, pull into the stand and leave via the south side of ASDA to rejoin normality at the Holdenhurst Road roundabout (bottom right). It is clever operationally, but the unwary innocent does need more help.
fbb's 5b looped via Bournemouth Pier and the Conference Centre, with a pause to "wait time" before depositing the chubby one at Gervis Place, effectively the town centre bus station.
After a quick nip to the Yellow Buses enquiry office (also well hidden "just past Debenhams") ...
... for leaflets (of which more tomorrow) and a snack lunch in a caff ...
... fbb was ready to explore. There were plenty of "real time" departure screens, one at each stand ...
... with only one malfunction. Departure lists a-plenty, but no timetables anywhere.
At least there was the Yellow Buses office, but fbb could find no evidence that competing Wilts and Dorset printed information was available anywhere.
W & D timetables apart, the information was well above average and all fbb had to decide is where to go. There wasn't much time as he had to get back to Moreton to collect the Mrs from her prayer and bible study day; and perceived wisdom and domestic harmony meant it was prudent to aim for a train one hour in advance of critical, viz 1404 from Bournemouth central.
Tomorrow, fbb takes you for a ride.
P.S. Despite herculean efforts by No 3 son ...
... confuser is still poorly.
Next Bournemouth bus blog : Thursday 21st April