NOT Total Perfection? Je Cherche Le Bus No 4!
Thursday 16 September 2021
Nevers Heard Of It (4)
In 2015, Keolis introduced some revisions to the Nevers network. This involved increasing the frequency of route 4 from every 40 miniutes (bad) to every 30 minutes (good). But overall, the changes led to some aggro.
Keolis Nevers a présenté la ligne 4 de son nouveau réseau qui entrera en service le 6 juillet. La modification et la suppression de certains arrêts entraînent interrogations et mécontentement.
Questions and malcontentments, Eh? Surely not for an increased frequency. The detail of the changes is then listed in the press article. It hurts fbb's brain far too much to sort it all out, but the conclusion of the article summarises the position very well.
Certains usagers et notamment à Coulanges déplorent « le manque de concertation ». Le dispositif à la demande laisse dubitatif. « Comment faire quand on souhaite voyager à l'improviste ? Et quand la centrale d'appels n'est pas ouverte ? », s'interrogent-ils. « On a essayé d'être le moins pénalisant possible en prenant en compte les restrictions budgétaires qui sont les nôtres », répond Julien Jouhanneau.
Pas sûr que la justification contente tout le monde.
"Budgetary restrictions, lack of consultation, problems with travelling unexpectedly, problems when the call centre isn't open," were particular complaints.
The quoted response is from Julien Johanneau who was the Mayor of Coulanges Les Nevers, one of the communities of the "Agglomeration".
Significantly he is a politician, and NOT a bus operator. Thus we see the consequences of "franchising" rather that "commercial" plus "tendering". The changes to the network in 2015 were instigated by the politicians, albeit with the involvement of Keolis the contractor. Julien tells us that there are budgetary restrictions and concludes that you cannot please everyone all the time.
Sounds very familiar!
So what caused the grief? A look at the map shows something of the bones of contention.
As the route trundles round the Mayor's patch there are two bits marked out with dotted lines. There is also an icon showing a telephone and a little green man at the stop dotty stops.
So, if you wanted a meeting with young Julien you would have to book the bus in advance or walk from the previous stop, Rue Des Filles. In passing, you might also wish to know that the "Mairie" stop ...
... is not in sight of the Mairie! You have to walk ahead, across the roundabout and past the church ...
... until you find the hotbed of political intrigue where works M. Johanneau.
The same pre-book system applies at "Andre Malraux" ...
... although there are "fixed" journeys at school times. All this is very well indicated on the full timetable with the "pre-booked" stops highlighted in green. fbb presumes that you can request to alight, but need to book by phone to board.xx11 and xx40 but with a journey at 12 minutes past thrown in. Times at the Banlay end are worse. Look at Moulin Merlot: 1141, 1215, 1247, 1312, 1345, 1411.
This "production-led" scheduling is a virulent disease in French towns and seems quite unnecessary as layover times at the outer termini are usually very generous compared with the UK!
Then, previously, fbb has blogged that everything runs via the bus station. Perhaps (and pedanticly) he should have written that everything serving Nevers runs via the bus station - there are suburban services that do not penetrate the centre but connect with routes that do.
Except that everything via Nevers doesn't!
Which bring us back to route 4. Here are the times and stops for journeys towards to Hospital ...
The 4 to the Hospital (off map left) runs round two sides of the one-way triangle to pull in to the bus station (a very thin purple line).
Whereas the 4 to Coulanges etc. (medium thick purple line) turns sharp right opposite the railway station ...
Service 12 to Pougues is a case in point.
The map shows dotted (i.e. "request") sections in Pougues itself but the whole route has a far from lavish service.
fbb has never met the word before, but Google Translate gives us "MPV", acronym for Multi Purpose Vehicle - so either large car or small minibus.
There is yet another trap for the unwary. It's all on line - of course - but it's all on line TWICE! There are two operations called Taneo..nc extension.
That is New Caledonia. Erm ...
Common Sense At Last
Maybe stick to tea!
Next Nevers Heard Of It blog : Friday 17th September