Thursday, 16 February 2017
Too Much Clutter : Going to Lutter ... (1)
... Worth. But It's All On-Line
There always used to be a convention that timetables showed destinations in geographical order; a journey from Leicester to Lutterworth, for example, would start at Leicester and finish at Lutterworth. So, why are there two "St Margarets Bus Station" lines on the above; ditto two "Cosby Victoria Park" entries.
And is Dunton Bassett suburb of Lutterworth served on some sort of loop? The Arriva on-line timetable might be confusing at first glance, but, with great care and patience, it is possible to sort it out.
Also available from Arriva's site is a PDF timetable.
From this we can immediately see that service 84 leaves from St Margarets Bus Station whereas service 85 leaves fro the Bus Station at St Margarets. Some 84s call at Cosby Victory Park whereas one 84 every hour terminates at the other Victoria Park at Cosby.
Somewhere in Lutterworth we might find Dunton Bassett, perhaps a suburb and there, again is the Broughton Astley that you can get to after Lutterworth.
Can the confused passenger ever get to Morrisons?
Yes, but only at 0744 on Schooldays!
Note that the delights of Townsend Close in Broughton Astley ...
... can only be reached at 0720 but with the special bonus of being able to go there in the evenings.
Maybe the buses turn in this driveway, or perhaps pull on to the lawn on the left?
Traveline has another go at these apparently illogical and complex services.
Again we have one Broughton Astley before Lutterworth and one after Lutterworth; but Countesthorpe and South Wigston might appear to be further away than Lutterworth.
Is this really the best that Arriva and Traveline can do?
We need to get our heads round the geography of the real world rather than the distorted version enjoyed by Arriva and Traveline. Think A426 (red road) between Leicester and Lutterworth.
Fork left at Blaby, turn left for Countesthorpe and return northbound to South Wigston; and that's the 85.
If you are an 84, go via Blaby, cross the A426 and run via Whetstone, then across to Cosby and Broughton Astley; returning to the A426 via Dunton Bassett.
From then onwards to Luterworth, the road is very rural indeed and you will see only the occasional farm. In practice the 84s run non stop to the outskirts of Luttlerworth.
Now, perhaps, we can make sense of the PDF timetable from the Arriva site. Here it is again.
And it is really simple.
Buses run every ten minutes between Leicester and Blaby; with 85s looping back to South Wigston every 20 minutes. Three buses continue via various bits of Whetstone to Cosby Victory Park.
And there is only one Victory Park in Cosby! These are 84s.
From there, the remaining two of the original ten minute frequency trundle on to Lutterworth spaced inconveniently at 20 and 40 minutes apart. Here is the George Street stop ...
... which appears to be the terminus. Oddly it is on the northern edge of the town centre and there appears to be more of the amenities further ahead. There is Barclays Bank and that essential of all urban life, Dominos Pizza shop.
You would have though that Arriva's 84 would at least serve these stops. To press home the point there is also a rather splendid Town Hall dating from 1836.
Curiouser and curiouser.
fbb will attempt to resolve these problems tomorrow. Last year in summer Arriva bought some shiny new branded buses for the service.
It's a pity that it is such hard work to discover where they go!
More work needed on Lutterworth and Broughton Astley.
Next Arriva blog : Friday 17th February