The Stagecoach Sherwood Arrow ...
Of course, you could stick up a timetable in a second frame in the shelter.
[see yesterday's blog] The "main" bus service from Donnington to Newbury is the service 5 complex. It is not "main" by any normal definition of the word AND it is complex - the result of a desperate attempt to provide some sort of service at the lowest possible cost.
West Berkshire Unitary Authority do produce a timetable book of comparatively good quality but its Newbury local map is poor.
In fact these are "positioning" journeys which get the bus to its outer terminus a bit quicker.
As West Berkshire shows the timetable you can clearly see that, if Maisie Miggins didn't mind a nice trip round the villages, she could leave The Castle at 0857 and arrive at Newbury Station at 1018 ...
Just for the record, although West Berkshire produces a timetable book (at considerable expense, no doubt) the county does not print it!
Another crackpot decision designed to reduce the number of passengers on its buses.
Furthermore, because of the way the data is (badly) managed, the journey planner never finds Mrs Miggins rather obscure but workable option. They only offer is a lengthy walk!
Of course, in reality, Mrs M might book a taxi, get a neighbour to take her, or sadly, not go at all because the prospect is "officially" so daunting.
But IF the data were thoughtfully managed by the simple expedient of putting Donnington to West Ilsley times at the top of the inbound column ...
Maisie had a lovely lunch (thanks for asking) and enjoyed herself so much that she stayed with Minnie until Monday catching the 1807 from the station and alighting at The Castle at 1914.
When fbb ran the catering for youth holidays of 128 persons, his manual advised "treat the local butcher with polite suspicion!"
Those who adulate the computer age might well take on board similar guidance, namely ...
"Treat what the data says with impolite suspicion"!
Services 5/5a/5c are operated by the Council's own vehicles.
Tomorrow : The Challenge of Chesterfield