From our Bristol correspondent
South Yorkshire timetables have now re-appeared but too late for today's blog.
Or did it? Paul writes:-
Traveline and associated service give a commencement date as (typically) Sunday ...
... but Wessex's own publicity said it started on Monday.
Indeed, there was no sign of it on Sunday"
Public Transport information is so reliable.
Then, of course, we need to know where it goes. There are departure lists at the bus stops; one for First's 2 ...
But as Paul points out, the route descriptions for the two services (which are the same until just short of Southmead Hospital) are different. He continues:-
However, the problem that fbb has highlighted from time to time (?) appears on the common section of the route. First's 2 is shown in the timetable frames as going via Northumbria Drive and Lake Road.
But the Wessex banner offers Northumbria Road, Doreset Road and Whiteleaze. And, yes, it IS the same route exactly!
The order of the stops in question is Northumbria Drive, Henleaze Road, Dorest Road, Lake Road and Whiteleaze.
Consistency might help the public.
The vehicles have been rebranded (despite fbb's contention that they wouldn't be) with graphics for both services. The result is a bit odd unless you know what is happening.
The leaflet timetable shows the terminus as "Southmead Hospital, Southmead Road, which is presumably the "Hospital" stop pictured above.
But it is not marked on the leaflet map!
The map shows the terminus as Southmead Hospital Lidl ...
The Wessex web site timetable has this stop as Southmead Road Pen Park Road but it isn't the terminus.
The web site shows a terminus beyond the above called Greystoke Avenue (which Traveline calls Arnside Road, and which is different from Traveline's Greystoke Avenue).
Pass the tranquilisers, please.
This stop is located on the leaflet map's dotted line roughly where "Southmead coming soon" is printed. It has a lovely big layby right outside the parade ...
... known locally as Arnside shops!
The Wessex web "system map" (dated 2nd November 2015!!) ...
It makes fbb glad he lives in the comparative omnibological tranquility of Seaton; there aren't that many roads available so, depite changes this May, it remains relatively simple.