Saturday 5 January 2013

The Map of Mystery Award : The Sequel

See also "The Map of Mystery Award [1]" (read again)
And "The Map of Mystery Award [2]"  (read again)
Many blogs ago, fbb reported on this prestigious and glittering evening in which the award was given to Travel South Yorkshire, yet again. Rumours have abounded of a determined effort to topple TSY from their throne of awfulness. fbb has been sent an edited transcript of a meeting of North Yorkshire County Council public transport department. The text and the illustrations speak for themselves. Real names have been redacted to maintain secrecy.
Preamble from Public Transport Officer  R                             
Now, colleagues, we have an ideal opportunity to topple the South Yorkshire folks from their jumped up podium as it's time to reprint and redesign the North York Moors bus map and guide.
Senior Timetable Officer   B                              
We're doing all the usual stuff again, aren't we.
I mean. we don't actually tell people which way the buses go to get to the Moors by bus. And they'll be surprised if they look for an M4 in Guisborough because its a Moorsbus route and doesn't run very often. We wouldn't dream of showing infrequent routes in a different type face, for example. That's all pretty bad.

  R    You mean pretty good, don't you? But we can do better than that, surely?

Assistant Timetable Officer  J                              
I've got a few suggestions. How about ...
... not showing which routes service which roads. And, this'll crease you up; make sure that some of the place names are missing. And there's more! Put place names where you can never be sure which red blob they refer to, like Sessay and Carlton Husthwaite.

  R   Excellent work; it'll be chocolate biscuits for you in future.

Deputy Assistant Timetable Officer  K                              
How about not making it exactly clear what those black blobs are; and, where possible, printing over the top of them anyway.
And we could print route numbers over the top of place names. That should send passengers the wrong way, given half a chance.

  R   I am impressed. You should go far - but not by bus, that would be silly!

(Omnes : polite laughter)

Deputy Assistant Timetable Officer's Assistant  W                              
And (panting with excitement), How about a few unnecessary arrows placed quite arbitrarily, just for the fun of it ...
... and even an arrow not quite pointing at anywhere?

Tea Lady   M                              
I'll bet none of you have thought of this one. How about putting on a route that goes from ...
... nowhere to nowhere! That'll have them rolling in the aisles.

(Spontaneous rapturous applause : Tea Lady makes gracious curtsy and exits to make tea)

  R   You are so right,   M , You are obviously after my job.

(Omnes : polite titter, having not noticed M's application form under the rich tea biscuits)

Passing tramp sheltering from the rain  Mr             
And don't forget to use words that most people won't understand. I've never been responsive to demand. I do my own thing.
  R   I think we've cracked it. My two year old grandson is good on computers ...
... so I'll get him to draw the map. On second thoughts, he'll be too good; I'll do it myself. Then I'll get one of the "E" stream kids from Northallerton College ...
... to add the names and bus routes. That way it's bound to be wrong. I think there's no doubt that we'll win the award this time. Our map is simply unbeatable for awfulness.
fbb picked up a copy of the map in Scarborough last autumn. It is, indeed, the most appalling piece of cartography that fbb has ever "enjoyed".

 Next Bus Blog : Sunday 6th January 

1 comment:

  1. Very funny. This sheer incompetence needed highlighting. Sadly they produce at least 5 other similarly unusable maps. We all look forward to 2013 editions with even fewer routes on (due to cuts)