Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Noteworthy New Network (1)

As Easy As 1, 2, 3 - Or Not?
When fbb visited Bournemouth a while back, he commented that the route branded dedicated bus stops ...

... were disappearing, being replaced with generic Yellow Buses labels. The coloured labels were faded and often indistinct; the whole idea looked as if it had run its course.

Then this appeared on the Yellow Buses web site.
It even had a Christmas version.
And this appeared in the local press ...
... with an article announcing a brand new colour coded network for the town. About a week later a route diagram appeared which implied, as hinted above, a major re-jig of the main line routes "to improve the services for the passenger".

Ever cynical, fbb wondered whether this might be a "cunning plan" to reduce services and save money.

The only way to decide was to look at the new network versus the old, to compare and contrast.

So, without a safety net, and resolute in the face of danger, here goes.

The current service 1a, 1b and 1c form a main line corridor between Poole, Bournemouth, Branksome and Christchurch. The through service is 1b and 1c running every 7 and 8 minutes.
The routes are different in Poole ...
... with 1b in DARK RED and 1c in a fetching shade of PINK.

An additional service 1a runs from Bournemouth in the Christchurch direction. This is every 10 minutes.
The three 1s follow different routes between Bournemouth and Christchurch.
1b and 1c do the wiggles via Fishermans Walk ans Tuckton, whilst the 1a (EVEN DARKER RED) runs via Iford and the main road.

So what is happening. 

The 1b and 1c become ROYAL route 1 and 2 and, from 15th January, will run via Iford to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
On this section they replace the current 15 minute frequency provided by service 2, 2a and 2b.
These are currently coloured DARK GREEN (2), LIGHT GREEN (2b) and WISHY WASHY BLUE (2a) which might have been a failed attempt to print a wishy washy green!

The 1b and 1c are every 7 and 8 minutes - eight buses an hour. What of the new R1 and R2?

Wait for it!

The R1 rune every 17 or 18 minutes Monday to Friday
Feel free to click on the graphic above of you don't believe fbb - he didn't believe fbb either. And in case incredulity still applies, the R2 is similar. The easiest was to grasp this is to say the the joint R1 and R2 frequency is roughly every 9 minutes or (even more roughly 6½ buses every hour.

Bearable, perhaps, on the long common section, but totally impossible on the "split" section at Poole.

Next question. What has happened to the Christchurch block of services?

The old (direct) 1A becomes the purple PRIORY 1 and remains every 10 minutes. The 1b (currently every 15 minutes) becomes P2 every 20 mins and the 1c likewise becomes P3 and also drops from every 15 to every 20.

In fact, every one of these services so far drops in frequency EXCEPT the former 2s to the Hospital which INCREASE from four buses and hour to 6½ and the 1a which remains the same

At the moment the 2a and 2b continue by different routes giving a combined half hour service between Hospital, Castle Point and Kinson.
These two become an hourly R4 (Royal, remember?)  but omitting East Howe completely.
Many folk in these areas will be deprived if a direct bus to the hospital.

Which leaves the current service 3.
The present route (PURPLE) runs via Charminster Road every 7/8 minutes to Castle Point Shopping Centre, continuing every 15 to the hospital.
fbb would like to tell his loyal readership what the frequency of the apparently identical R3 might be ...
... but he is thwarted in his journalistic desires. Yellow Buses had no timetable on its site but Traveline does.

Except for the R3!

It may yet appear. Or it may not. fbb guesses every 10 minutes all the way to the hospital - another reduction.

More Bournemouth on Friday.
Advent Calendar
One other person was VERY interested in those prophecies of the coming Messiah; and that was Gospel Writer Matthew. We know very little about him - many assume he was the tax collector (a k a Levi) called to follow Jesus but the two are never matched in the text. Matthew was a common name.
But Matthew was obviously a Jew, writing for Jews; so his particular "mission statement" is to show how Jesus fulfilled all those Old Testament mini predictions.
The book of the generation of Jesus Christ,
the son of David,
the son of Abraham.
Abraham begat Isaac
and Isaac begat Jacob
and Jacob begat Judah and his brethren
And Judah begat Phares and Zara of Thamar
and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
And Aram begat Aminadab
and Aminadab begat Naasson
and Naasson begat Salmon
and Salmon begat Boaz of Rachab
and Boaz begat Obed of Ruth
and Obed begat Jesse;
and Jesse begat David the king
and David the king begat Solomon
of her that had been the wife of Uriah;
The passage is often treated as a joke and could never be described as exciting reading! But Matthew is determined to show that the "baby born of David's line", was a baby born of David's line; with a family tree that linked the Christ Child right back to Abraham, "father" of the Jewish nation.

Modern genealogists might challenge the accuracy of this "family tree" and, of course, there are gaps and inconsistencies.There are gaps and inconsistencies in many "modern" family trees!

But it shows, beyond any shadow of doubt, that Christmas was part of some sort of Divine plan.

Part of God's plan to "do something"?
 Next Salisbury blog : Thursday 15th December 


  1. It's understood that the R1 and R2 miraculously turn into the R3 at the Hospital - so as to maintain the link between Boscombe and Castlepoint. This would give the R1 that awkward every 9 minute-ish frequency, against the current 7-8 minutes. Although having just travelled from Poole all the way through the most congested town in the country, the actual frequency from the hospital is likely to be three a minute then none for half an hour.

    Quite how someone travelling to Castlepoint on the different bits of R1/R2 in Poole will know what bus to catch back when they're all labelled R3 to the hospital remains to be seen.

  2. The R3 interworks with the R1 and R2 - the frequency of the R3 on Monday to Friday is every ten minutes during the morning and evening peaks and every eight to nine minutes between the peaks.

  3. The R3, V3 and V4 will appear on Traveline tomorrow to complete the updates. It's been a big job!! R3 was registered as "Frequent" and I had to work through the exact timings of the every 7 or 8 or 9 minutes headway.
    Ken - Traveline

  4. In response to a point made yesterday regarding City Fox, surely the answer is that an 'O' licence is required for each Traffic Area in which there's an operating centre. An operator from an adjacent traffic area (or indeed any other traffic area) can run a service within a different traffic area. Thus for example a Derbyshire-based operator (in the North Western TA) can register a service to operate within South Yorkshire (North Eastern TA). A NETA 'O' licence would only be needed if there was an operating centre in South Yorkshire. On this basis I don't see a problem for City Fox.

  5. R1 and R2 are both 3 per hour (every 20 mins) in the peaks and slightly better at 7 per 2 hours (17 or 18 mins) between peaks and mostly interworked to double that.

  6. We look forward to seeing the R3 published on Traveline tomorrow.

    The V3 and V4 are there listed under V1 and V2 respectively.

    The B series of routes needs route headers provided.

    1. We've had a software glitch that has prevented us creating multi line headings for composited services which is why each service is still showing singly and B1-4 have no headings. That appears to be fixed so hopefully the groupings that Yellow Buses have asked for will flow through on the 22 December update.
      Ken Traveline