Since the beginning of this week (26 September) people using Service 25 (City Centre Hanley to Keele via Stoke and Newcastle) and Service 26/26A (City Centre Hanley to Newcastle via Dividy Road, Brookwood Drive, Longton and Stoke) should have noticed some significant differences to the service they receive. As well as having dedicated drivers, and extra bus cleans throughout the day to ensure the buses remain clean and tidy, one bus on each route has been returned to heritage red and yellow livery, with other vehicles bearing recognisable local symbols of the area, giving the two services a greater local identity.
Needless to say, useful cartographic information is difficult to come by. First's map is very diagrammatic ...
So you might find an fbb cartographical effort more helpful. The "Six Towns" have yellow blobs and 26A route varieties have been ignored.
But via fbb's expurgated version, First are offering:- good time keeping, clean vehicles, polite staff and prompt replies to any enquiries.
But, hang on a minute!
Isn't that what we should be getting from EVERY bus service? As standard practice. Always.
We are all eagerly awaiting the promised "new image", superseding the bland and boring barbie blue and mauve. fbb did once offer a suggestion. [click on the image to view in full size]
You haven't seen it? Shame on you; so here it is.
Next blog : due Monday October 17th