Any Chance Of A Timetable?
Thursday, 7 October 2021
Harold Would But He Couldn't (3)
fbb will be improving his map of the Harold Wood area in due course but must offer grovelling gratitude to the noble work of Mike Harris. When London Transport announced that they were no longer producing their excellent pocket map of the whole red bus network, Mike took it over and has continued to update it ever since.
Mike only charges £1 for a download - which is a real bargain for the likes of fbb. So he ordered the latest edition which duly arrived overnight. Here is the Harold Wood area.
But, how frequent is frequent?
And however frequent a bus route may be, it is often desirable (even necessary) to know how long your journey will be, say to interchange with a train. For this a timetable is ideal and far more use than a journey planner because you get a clear indication of all options - maybe to go for an earlier bus and have a coffee at the station.
In steps Robert Munster who keeps a full and up-to-date set of red bus timetables - or as up-to-date as present circumstances allow.
So here we go - in numerical order using colours similar to those on fbb's map.
This is the most frequent route in the area, running every 7 minutes on Monday to Friday. It terminates at Dagnam Park Square ...
Today's terminus at Noak Hill is no longer The Pentowan, but an estate road called Tees Drive.
Can't match the colour via Google's limited palette.
At Noak Hill we really are at the edge of the Great Metropolis. Beyond Tees Drive is real countryside!
The 374 is a bit of an oddity. It runs via the official turn-round at Tesco Gallows Corner as not yet shown on the fbb map. (Which is why you need maps AND timetables to find your way around!)
The 496 actually terminates at Harold Wood station, just along Station Road.
We will leave the 497 until tomorrow!
In essence the 498 runs straight along the A12 to Brentwood ...
This little fellow actually terminates at Gallows Corner Tesco ...
But Harold would like to know more about the 497 as featured in a recent Roger French blog. In a convoluted way, the 497 (Harold Wood's newest route) links many of the areas we have explored so far.
Would Wood blog : Friday 8th October