After lunch and a look round the "Parade" it was back to Taunton's enquiry office at Taunton's bus station. Well, not quite. The bus station is the property of F*rst B*s, now expunged from North Somerset history and replaced by two-greens "The Buses of Someset" and/or "The Buses of Taunton". So nasty intruders like St*g*c**ch (and information about their non-competing services) are for ever hidden from the intending Tauntonian passengers.
But the enquiry office is part of a substantially fettled-up image; including a nice green door.
But it's what's behind the green door that is such a F*rst B*s revelation. Somebody in the company hierarchy has come up with an amazing new idea. Instead of publishing loads of leaflets for your customers to collect, why not (sort of) glue them all together into what could best be called "a book".
Its dictionary description is a "timetable book" but they call it a "bite-sized guide"; something to do with apples, perhaps? It is amazing that no-one has ever though of such a revolutionary idea before! And there, resplendent before his disbelieving eyes, fbb espied a huge rack of this impressive information implementation.
A timetable book; what a cracker of an invention. Christmas has come early this year. And they are free.
Or has the chubby one returned to his former Isle of Wight home in a somnambulant reverie brought on by the strange pink sauce served with his luncheon "Prawn Jacket" from Debenhams?
We are introduced to the changes ..
Ths "book" thing has timetables (surprise, surprise) for the whole network in R*y St*nn*ng's standard style ...
One beef, already expressed by fbb, is that maps and timetables don't always match. To be really helpful, any map should, as a minimum, include every point time from its accompanying timetable. As yesterday's blog revealed (read again), presently they don't.
Fare information is limited to the simple flat fares for Taunton and Bridgewater plus the usual day, week, month (etc) season ticket prices.
We are promised a simplified regional fares structure in due course; a work in progress.
In a way, it is sad to end this blog with bad news; but it is the worst news possible.
"Welcome to First Bus in Bristol, Somerset and Avon. For timetable enquiries telephone traveline ..."
Oh, yeah, really?
Next rail blog : Thursday 13th February
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