Friday, 29 October 2021
Can We Get Rid Of Loopyness? Part 3
Mavis Thrucklebackit quite likes Morrisons. They do good quality meat and some very nice cakes. So she should really enjoy a trip on the 83 or 83a bus from the stop almost outside he house on Volley Crescent ...
... so she can have a bite of lunch and save herself from having to cook. Not long ago the 83 and 83a ran every ten minutes, but now ** its a right mess. Buses seem to come when they want, and only the Stagecoach ones stop at Morrisons.
But none of these is suitable for Mavis as her knees are not too good, and she would not be able to carry her shopping/
But surely the 83A comes back from Morrisons.
"Why can't they give us a time for leaving Morrisons", Elsie asked Gavin - who does not know.
But fbb knows a man who can. Here is an extract from the 83a timetable that will appear on the GoTimetable App this coming weekend.
So why hang about? Why not have the bare minimum of layover at Mill Road?
The answer is that there is another huge loop at the other end.
In fact fbb has again attempted to be helpful ...
Roughly speaking, on a round trip time of 2 hours and five minutes, abound 26 minutes of layover time is added.
Even to an amateur like fbb this seems a wasteful schedule.
How about turning the 83a at Mill Road via the small loop as seen on the PTE map, then running back via Morrisons?
Loops may look good on paper, economically serving a wider geographical area, but they are usually bad for the public and badly advertised.
Remove Loopyness wherever possible, certainly big loops, and, you never know, you might attract some extra passengers. If you MUST have loops, at least try to schedule and advertise them in an attractive way, reducing hefty layovers half way round.
In the latest Buses magazine, Roger French has one of his oft repeated mini-rants. He suggests that managers should get out more.
The car card illustrated is, of course, wildly out of date.
And here is his conclusion, particular and specific.
It would be a revelation and might lead to a revolution!
** The quoted times are from the NEW timetables due on Sunday 31st October; or is it Monday 1st November - operators and PTE do not agree.
Mavis Thrucklebackit and Ernest Thrubley do not exist of course. But they were key and repeated characters in fbb's English lessons to class 6B at Birkdale Prep School between 1966 and 1970.
Fond memories, eh?
Next Variety blog : Saturday 30th October