Maplessness Makes the Message Meaningless!
At least it does for an outsider looking in. Even Wikipedia bemoans the lack of a proper network map for Dublin. Maybe Dubliners find it easy, but fbb doubts it.
Uniquely for a capital city's primary transit network, no full system-wide street map is available online. Dublin Bus cites high licensing fees from the fellow state-owned company, Ordnance Survey Ireland, which published a printed street map every two to five years and included bus routes. However, the latest edition omits these for the first time.
But for bus ...
This makes understanding the current proposals for a major network re-jig somewhat tricky - but, never one to shrink from tackling the tantalising trouble of transport topography, fbb will (as Wilfred Pickes used to say) "Have a Go!". Sadly there is no Mabel at the table to "give 'im the money" ...
For those younger that about 107, the allusion will be meaningless; but "Have A Go" was a hugely popular radio show "bringing the people to the people", back in the days when you only had a BBC telly with a wobbly picture.
Here are extracts from this "core" set of routes; first, the central area.
Missing from this diagram is the River Liffey, admittedly not carrying many bus services; BUT a useful geographical feature to aid the translation of the diagram into reality. Bachelors Walk and Eden Quay are on the north bank of the river, whilst Aston Quay and Burgh Quay are on the south.
Note that MOST services run via D'Olier Street OR Westmorland Street. Here is Google Earth to help us.
The city centre diagram is, clearly, inadequate for all but the very expert local bus or tram passenger. The tram is running on a one way section, but a whole street apart.
The old man will be grappling with the GREEN group of bus routes ...
They call at Heuston railway station ...
One on Driver Training duty!
Without a proper map, fbb's investigations will be rudimentary!
And will follow tomorrow!
The Joys Of Shopping On-Line
15.00 + 2.50
15.29 + 3.99
15.29 + 4.00
15.50 + 0.00 (1)
15.50 + 2.75
16.48 + 3.50
16.99 + 4.10
16.99 + 0.00
16.99 + 4.98 (2)
16.99 + 5.00
18.59 + 0.00
20.49 + 0.00
(1) as purchased by fbb from The Cheltenham Model Centre
(2) price ordered direct from Hornby
Price variation from £15.50 to £21.99 including postage.
Today the fbbs are taking an chum to the hospital for a visit which might include an outpatient "procedure". Whilst the NHS is very noble and wonderful etc. this procedure is encompassed with ifs and buts and no clear guidance as to timescale. If the gang is stuck there all day, tomorrows blog may be curtailed. On the other hand the hospital Wifi might work and fbb can compose "while U wait".
Next Dublin blog : Thursday 1st October