No reflection on this happy community, often subsumed as a mere subsidiary of Morecambe ...
Services 3 and 4 (were purple) are now service 2 and 2X (ORANGE) with 2X buses becoming 2 (but a different 2, of course) in Morecambe.
One of the consequence of the 2/2X link is that journey planners simply don'y work. You are either offered a 2X via the Bay Gateway road and a long, long walk ...
From Combermere Road Heysham
Take 2X bus to Morecambe Road
Lancaster and Morecambe College
9 minutes. Depart 09:05, Arrive 09:14
Walk to Bare, Morecambe, Lancashire
28 minutes. Depart 09:14, Arrive 09:42
... or a 2X into Morcambe, an unnecessary 15 minute wait, then a 2 to Bare.
From Combermere Road Heysham,
Take 2X bus to Bus Station (Stand 3),
Central Drive, Morecambe
17 minutes. Depart 09:25, Arrive 09:42
Take 2 bus to Bare Lane By Station, Bare
14 minutes. Depart 09:57, Arrive 10:11
The 0925 2X is a through bus (as service 2) to Bare, Torrisholme and Lancaster!
Services 2, 2A and 2X (were green) become new service 1 (BLUE). Whereas the 2 and 2A showed which way the bus was going (via Kingsway 2, via Heysham Road 2A) the number 1 is used for both routes.
Bus watchers feel that the Heysham Road journeys should show 1A. Maybe the thinking is that having 1 AND 1A at the University will confuse the poor students.
Will passengers make mistakes? Possibly they will, especially if buses have become bunched earlier in the route (as for Lancaster University) and start to run "out of order".
A more perplexing problem could be caused by the end of the route. It runs via Mossgate Park ...
But it's a loop. Surely the timetable should have a time point for Mossgate Park on both the outward and return tables?
Loops are an easy way out for the bus operator, but a difficult concept to cope with for the passenger. When would you expect your bus to turn up at Mossgate if you wanted to go to Morecambe? Will it run early? Is it easier to walk to Heysham Towers rather than face the uncertainty or sit waiting for your departure time at the Towers "terminus"?
Lancaster Bus Station - A P.S.
One of the challenges with bus travel in Lancaster is that the dominant operator is Stagecoach who produce some excellent publicity. But they do not include services operated by the other company, Kirby Lonsdale Coaches.
Now Lancashire County Council no longer publish a bus map, there is no combined cartographic entity to show everything. Or, more correctly, there wasn't until now.
The Lancaster Bus Users Group has commissioned a diagrammatic map of the City including Morecambe and Heysham showing all "normal" bus services. It appeared in the LBUG display at the bus station several days before the timetable changes.
click on the map to enlarge it)
The person who has designed this stunning piece of cartographical genius is a shy a self-effacing individual who prefers to remain anonymous. Something of the map's background can be explored (here)
An extension of the map to show longer distance "country" routes is likely to appear soon.
A Response to a Comment
Anonymous is quite right.
If the Uni relies on student housing remote from the campus, then it is their responsibility to ensure there are adequate travel facilities.
Historically, the whole idea of Unis like Lancaster was that work, recreation and residence should all be centred on one campus.