Dangerous to assert, but the card from our Isle of Wight correspondent (who likes the epithet "senior") combined fbb's interest in public transport with another of his occasional enthusiasms - although the series which ends today has been, mostly, VERY disappointing - namely a certain Science Fiction series on the telly.
Livery Delivery North East.
Bus 685 runs all the way from Newcastle upon Tyne to Carlisle and is operated jointly by Arriva and Stagecoach.
Unless fbb's geographical knowledge has detereorated at a similar rate to his knee joints, he is fairly certain that a trip on the 306 does NOT cross the Pennines. Not much point in branding your buses, Arriva, if you use and confuse by going in the wrong direction. It doesn't, as they say, create desire!
Bad house point.
Livery Delivery South West
Exeter has three "normal" Park and Ride services. They are colour coded as from Honiton Road - RED ...
... except when it is yellow!
Then there is Matford in a tasteful BLUE ...
... and Sowton which is GREEN.
But when fbb was in Exeter on Tuesday last he saw two "green" Park & Rides; one was PINK ...
... and the other was WHITE.(white!)
Not so much creating desire as creating confusion?
All three are in the hands of Stagecoach; but there is a fourth operating on Mondays to Fridays only from a well-hidden Digby site to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
It is currently in the hands of independent Dartline.
This service also calls at the same Sowton site as the Stagecoach GREEN but, obviously, only runs to the Hospital. The buses are BLUE to avoid confusion with the Matford Park & Ride.
To help all and sundry understand, the Hospital service (which calls at Sowton P&R) starts from Digby P&R ...
... which is but a short step along the road to ...
... Digby AND Sowton railway station!
The two are very close.
Exeter City (Stagecoach) buses call at the Park and Ride AND the station ...
Route H, of course (!) runs via the Hospital!
But, according to the map NOT route D!
Except that route D is timetabled at the Park and Ride AND the Station.
Of course, the confusion is easily explained (?) - route D turns into route H somewhere in Digby and route H turns into route D.
Just to clarify matters, however, route I and J DO serve Digby but do NOT run via either the Park and Ride OR the station. They pass happily through the stops at Tesco, also served by D/H and H/D.
Maybe the older map is a tad more helpful but it is pre I/J?
Isn't bus travel so very straightforward?
Don't bother to answer!
Diamonds At Bolton
Rotala's Diamond bus bought First's Bolton depot and services. The company has just announced a huge order for brand new buses.
The order is for 163 new vehicles of which 128 Streetdecks will be for the Bolton business.