Weirdness at Watford
Three Oh No? Six
The first thing to notice is these column head notes:-
Answer: on that post festive Thursday, Sullivan Bus was running a Saturday rather than a Monday to Friday service. So the sainted Traveline "system" mixes up all the times and adds column notes. It would be far easier just to say "On 27th December a Saturday service will operate". But that would be too easy. And so "Here to There" creates confusion in profusion by unthinkingly re-publishing useless twaddle.
But please note that these extracts were obtained from the "Here to There" book, prepared way back when. The post festive Traveline 306 timetable no longer includes the anomalous extra journeys.
But it's not just those 27th December journeys; even the unadulterated Saturday timetable is a mess.
Let fbb try to sort it out. We begin with a map.
The operator, Sullivan Buses, resorts to notes "W" (continues to Watford) and "B" (from Borehamwood Estates); but by cutting and pasting in a rather amateur fashion, we can see the proper timetable structure for the core Monday to Friday service.
"Aha!" we hear our readers cry, "Can the obese and opinionated oldie do any better; it's not Suzy's fault that Sullivan Buses' timetable is a shocker." Blog readers can form their own opinion of fbb's efforts which can be seen and downloaded (here)
Nevertheless, the "Here to There" compilers should never, never, use Traveline material. Traveline's systems simply deliver unnecessary complexity and confusion.
A chum tells fbb that the content of the much maligned Essex book, as in part 1 of this blog series (read again), is derived from Traveline. If that is the case it is no surprise at all that it has gone down like the proverbial lead balloon in some quarters.
Effort : 9/10
Suzy has added several comments to this three-parter. This was after she had finished hysterically sticking pins in a wax model of fbb ...
... which might explain a nasty outbreak of "tennis elbow" in the old man's blog-typing arm! But she made several important and interesting points which do not deserve to be lost in a mere comment. So, sometime next week, fbb will publish suzy's stunning submission as a "guest blog".
Back to the "Here to There" 306. Do we really need Traveline's page and a half list of stops?
Next Bus Blog : Saturday 5th January