In very simple terms, from 2nd September the two ends of the J will be joined ...
As with the 56 change, the Stagecoach web site is effusive in its description of what will be happening.
Funding from the Rougemont Park housing development on Hill Barton Road will allow the J to extend from Whipton Barton via Hill Barton Road and through to Digby.
Here, it will meet buses from the other direction to create a circular route. Buses running clockwise (outbound along Pinhoe Road and inbound along Topsham Road) will be route J. Buses running anti-clockwise (outbound along Topsham Road & inbound along Pinhoe Road) will be route I.
Buses will run every 20 minutes in both directions, providing a combined 10 minute frequency from IKEA to the City Centre. When combined with route K, there will also be a 10 minute frequency between Countess Wear, the City Centre and Whipton Barton.
Correspondent Karl (from Exeter) is less than happy with all this.
Note that the new J in Exeter goes via Whipton Barton Road BEFORE Whipton hospital if it continues to Tesco; but goes via Whipton Barton Road AFTER the hospital when it doesn't go to Tesco (ie Sundays, evenings and when it terminates in Whipton).
But the destination blinds (already updated) and timetables do not give any clue which way which bus runs so you have to know which side of the road to wait on. This is do-able on Sundays and evenings but the terminating journeys can only be figured out by looking to see whether your bus forms a bus back to town.
What's worse is that if you wait at Warwick Way only terminating evening and Sunday buses serve that bit of route now so you really do have to know which bus goes which way and only Traveline all stops timetable tells you. Looks like Travel South Yorkshire have helped stagecoach with this timetable!
But there is more ...
... and more of a mystery.
Funding from the emerging Tithebarn development will allow Route K to be extended from Whipton Barton to Cumberland Way, Tithebarn Lane and Exeter Science Park. It is anticipated that the route will evolve in future years to serve other developments in the area. Buses will continue to run every 20 minutes along the extended route.
The new K is shown in Traveline as not initially going to run full route ...
... yet on Stagecoach site it says it will.
Karl wonders what will actually happen in September - fbb, without a map, is VERY confused. Any offers of an explanation?
Meanwhile we need to record that one Ex-Citi service gets a significant chop.
Current Wonford circular R and S ...
... every 12 minutes; "revised" R and S ...
... every 20 minutes. OUCH!
And stagecoach explains thus:-
Due to the significant increase in the number of buses serving Heavitree Road, R and S frequencies will be reduced from every 12 to every 20 minutes in each direction. They will still combine to give a 10 minute frequency from Rifford Road to the City Centre. Routes D and H also provide alternatives from some parts of these routes.
Has fbb missed something? Significant increase in buses using Heavitree Road? That's one additional service 56 to the Airport, isn't it? All other frequencies are the same.
Of course some might say that the R and S were being chopped mercilessly to provide the extra buses for the new I and J and the new 56.
But please, Stagecoach, let us have updates maps a s a p - because most of us are getting very confused.
Tomorrow we take a trip to a new University.