Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Bus Stop Shop Window (1)
It Is NOT All On-Line!
When we read press reports of prestigious bus and coach exhibitions in the UK and internationally, the text often refers to "the industry's shop window". Whilst that may be true for company owners, managers and (more importantly, we are told!) their accountants, it is not true of the General Public. For most bus users, the "shop window" is the humble and often hardly noticed bus stop.
The display that guides the user to the company's "products" varies enormously throughout the world; the above, for example is (maybe was?) in a huge City in America.
Contrast this with Paris, where signs in the centre are well equipped, clear and tidy.
What is also superior and sensible is that the route numbers are big enough to be seen from pavement level. But, even better, they are internally illuminated.
The colours match the route maps and any branding on vehicles or timetables. Of course, the Paris authorities see bus, tram, metro and train as the answer to the city's congestion and pollution problems and are thus prepared to tax and spend to achieve this.
In the UK, the authorities see bus, tam, metro and train as the answer to the city's congestion and pollution problems but are NOT prepared to tax and spend to achieve this.
Things have moved on a bit from the rural bus stop that fbb was used to in his youth ...
... where we now have variants on a standard sign ...
... but not all is well with the industry's shop window.
Which takes us to Leicester, where fbb spent two comfortable nights in the Leicester Central Premier Inn.
Of course, as you may gather from its name, it is NOT in the centre of Leicester but a mile or so along the Groby Road. Obviously, the area used to be "out in the country" along the former A50.
fbb arrived by bus from St Margarets bus station and was told by his chum, David, to get off at a stop called Loros.
The loros (Greek: λῶρος lōros) was a long, narrow and embroidered scarf, which was wrapped around the torso and dropped over the left hand. It was one of the most important and distinctive parts of the most formal and ceremonial type of imperial Byzantine costume, worn only by the Imperial family and a few of the most senior officials.
Loros (or is it L O R O S) is a magnificent Hospice built partly on the site of the former Groby Road Hospital.
Initially an "Isolation Hospital", the original grew and became more "general" ...
... but was ultimately demolished as departments moved about half a mile further out of the city to the Glenfield Hospital site.
The original building remains, as does the gatekeeper's lodge ...
... now part of the "Eating Inn" restaurant as used by your gourmet-loving author. Full cooked breakfast was an essential feature of the recent "Grand Tour".
The main part of the former Hospital site is now a Housing Estate called Heathley Park ...
... with the Hospice shown top left.
At the bottom of the aerial view we see the Premier Inn (left) ...
... next to the original Groby Road Hospital building.
L O R O S (Loros) is the name on the stop for city-bound journeys ...
... but fbb's advised LOROS/Loros alighting stop ...
... isn't! Fortunately the road sign came well in advance of the junction ...
... and meant that visibility and nomenclature inconsistencies did not impede the fat bloke's successful egress from one of Arriva's finest (?).
So how well do the L O R O S (or Loros or Groby Road!) stops succeed as the "shop window" for buses from the Premier Inn into and out of the City.
We will look in more detail tomorrow - and, as you might have guessed, it is not a pretty sight!
Next "Shop Window" blog : Wednsday 25th April