Armed with this simple (?) diagram, we can match up the time points on the Western Greyhound [WG] timetable and begin to understand everything.
To make yesterday's developments almost understandable, we can say that the First's new service 24 is a direct copy of WG's 524 with one minor exception. The 24 nips down to Charlestown and back, turning at the roundabout ...
... just south of the "Old Chapel" timepoint.
Clearly First Bus have done their homework and concentrated a thirty minute frequency ...
... on the main residential areas of Par and St Blazey (hourly with WG's 524) , leaving the incumbent to mop up the bits and pieces on their alternative but more rural 525.
A couple of other possible areas of confusion. The 525 TO Fowey doesn't quite get to the time point at Par Green because of the one way system (see fbb map) but on journeys FROM Fowey it joins the 524 at the junction with Moorland Road ...
... and provides a joint half hourly frequency.
Then there is the challenge of Par Station which fbb faced at 1015 yesterday. At the top of the access road, you turn right and there are shelters and stops on both sides of the road. Where might you wait for a bus to Fowey?
Answer (from the arrival of First Bus yesterday) there are three buses an hour to Fowey from one of the stops and one bus an hour from the other. As he was writing his blog, fbb wondered how well that might be explained. We will doubtless find out tomorrow!
Next bus blog : Wednesday 7th January