Thursday, 15 October 2020
Thinking About Thurrock
A few days back, fbb did threaten to complete his exploration of Ensign's timetable book.
He looked at service 22, Grays to Aveley running every 20 minutes Monday to Friday, every 30 minutes on Saturday and hourly on Sunday. It is usually the stamping ground of Ensigns latest delivery of new buses ...
... and very smart they look! But there are some mysteries on the timetable as printed in the latest edition of their booklet.
That's because they are!GREEN and YELLOW) but fbb has used one color for both.
Why, you may ask?
Because the 73 and 83 follow a common route and an integrated 15 minute frequency timetable between Grays and Chadwell St Mary Cross Keys ...PINK line (route 66) which goes a different way to Tilbury (seven days a week) then runs north to Chadwell on Mondays to Fridays only.
In the booklet, the 83 is straightforward ...RED (77s) and YELLOW (73A) dotty lines.
So on Sundays, when there are no 83s, greater Chadwell has a 73A, a normal 73 diverted via the estates (Heath Road and Longhouse Road and quite a bit more).
The notes explain that the Z1 continues from Tilbury Civic Square to Amazon (note A) and the 77/77A trundle off to ASDA (note T)
Just for good measure, the good folk at Ensign also provide you with a full 77/77A timetable, all the way from Aveley to Tilbury and including tghe Z1 and the Chadwell diversions.
Ensign makes a good fist of communicating these complexities, although fbb would like to see the 73, 77A and Z1 journeys shown on the 83 table as they are on the 73. That way, you always get the full information.
Presumable there is some contractual reason why some 77As are Z1s.
Presumably, also, there is some commercial reason why you couldn't operate the whole caboodle as ...
77 Aveley-Grays-Chadwell St Mary-Tilbury
77A Aveley-Grays-Chadwell St Mary-Estates
... with the 77As continuing via the Estates to Tilbury as now. It would all be a lot less befuddling if you could!
Thurrock : A P.S.When nice David Storey whisked off the new Thurrock timetable, he also included the timetable book that never was.
... so there must be some good reason (a money saving ploy?) why the current timetable is so complicated by comparison.
What didn't happen, due to the exigencies of the situation, were the interesting new developments highlighted by the yellow stars on the front cover.
This would have been an hourly service offering a whole rang of travel opportunities from Essex and North Kent, providing airport links without travelling via London.
And an apology. In an earlier blog, fbb reported that the web site content was poor by comparison with the printed book. Ensign are currently re-fettling their web site and do apologise for any deficiences. As usual "bull-at-a-gate" fbb didn't read that bit.
Also on offer is a download version of the timetable book; so, as we often chorus ...
It really is all on line!
Although fbb has never ridden an Ensign bus, Northampton Alan has attended at least one of their running days when all sorts of vehicles appear on the X80 (to Bluewater only!) - both bus watchers would probably agree that Ensign deserve their various awards.
Next ??????? blog : Friday 16th October