Friday 2 May 2014
Typical Traveline Travesty 
Of course, the Traveline solution to a journey from Smallbrook Junction to Tesco (Ryde, Isle of Wight) was utter tosh. See "Typical Traveline Travesty " (read again).
The whole Traveline journey takes two hours and twenty five minutes.
This misses out the double run with Island Line in the wrong direction via Brading and replaces the Wightlink return trip to Portsmouth with a Hovertravel return trip to Southsea.
The faster Traveline journey takes one hour and forty five minutes.
One can speculate as to the reasons for this farce, a farce for which we taxpayers are (directly or indirectly) paying about £80 million a year. When Traveline was set up, the expert opinion was that it was "impossible" to manage a national database of bus services; this, despite the fact the Southern Vectis was displaying their xephos (impossible and national) system! Because the Vectis solution was "impossible", lots of people at Southampton University spent lots of public money designing clever (?) and complicated software to integrate separate regional databases. fbb well remembers to debates and lengthy reports outlining the proposed solutions for bus services which had the temerity to cross the boundary from one area to another.
Of course this wasn't a problem for journeys from the isle of Wight to Hampshire as they were both in the Traveline South East region. But then Hampshire, rightly fed up with the poor quality of its designated area, jumped ship and joined the (not much better) Western region.
This left the Isle of Wight disconnected from its mother! Add this unfortunate orphanage to the complications of multi modal journeys, and, as a world renowned technologist might say ...
"The (search) engines'll not take it Cap'n!".
Of course the journey is relatively simple.
Catch an Island Line train from Smallbrook Junction ...
... and alight at Ryde St Johns Road.
Leave the station via the steps ...
... cross the road and walk a few yards down Monkton Street to the bus stop.
[fbb did not have a piccy of a 2 or a 3!]
Here is the map ...
... and here is a typical schedule:-
The correct journey time fifteen minutes.
Next bus blog : Saturday 3rd May