Previously the information was actually there but so well hidden than few would ever have found it.
Very poor customer service.
But the text explanations do begin to throw light on the reason for service 2's diversion and Torrisholme Road's denuding.
Service 1 will be run with brand new buses featuring free WiFi and USB charging points. They also have ergonomically designed seating for greater comfort.
Hooray. So the lads will have a whole load of "old" double deck buses which used to operate route 1. Now there is a big problem with passenger numbers from the University to and from the City. Frankly, there are too many of them and, horror of horror, they want to travel on buses.
Duplication at busy lecture times is expensive, so the cunning plan is to use the "old" route 1 buses on the route 2; same timetable but extra seats. But they won't go under the bridge!
To allow us to increase the capacity on service 2, buses will no longer travel under Torrisholme Road railway bridge. This means all service 2 buses will now run via Morecambe Road and Scale Hall, with double decker buses being used to provide more space.
Seemples. Pull out of the Torrisholme Road bit where there aren't many passengers but improve capacity for the students who bring in loadsa money.
So that an evening service continues on Torrisholme Road, to the east of the bridge, service 7 will now run from the bus station at 19:15, 20:15, 21:15 and 23:00 on Monday to Saturday evenings.
fbb was, of course, technically incorrect when he said that the low-bridge end of Torrisholme Road would be unserved. A detailed inspection reveals things are slightly better than fbb had assumed.
Of the five stops now vacated by service 2, three ...
Ryelands Road has service 8 operated by Kirby Lonsdale Coaches but only every hour ...
Which leaves just one stop, Watery Lane ...
... with no bus service at all.
But stops at the end of Scale Hall Road are not far away.
But for many ex service 2 passengers there will be a problem. They will be fine for getting into Lancaster but, should they be inconsiderate enough to want to go to Torrisholme, Bare, Morecambe or Heysham, they will need to travel into Lancaster, change buses, pay an extra fare and face a significantly longer journey.
Commercialism trumps customer service, yet again.
The blog looking at the rest of the Lancashire rural service map will appear tomorrow.
The Wonders Of Technology - Again
A twitterer posted this picture on-line recently. It is of a departure screen at (presumed) Waterloo East.
Thanks to the wonders of high-tech signalling and the marvels of passenger information systems we are told that the late running 0815 to Horsham will arrive at Platform A ...
... at exactly the same time as the on-time 0817 to Orpington.
Might be a bit of a squash?