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Thursday, 10 February 2022
Printed At Petersfield : Booklet At Bordon
No sooner had fbb penned his paeon of praise for Devon's timetable booklets than chum and former colleague Peter whizzed off an email reminding the old bloke that Hampshire still produced its printed material.
Now Hampshire is a BIG county stretching from Aldershot in the east to Fordingbridge in the west and from almost Newbury in the north until you fall into the wet stuff in the south, see!
But, as with Devon, do not expect to find comprehensive public transport details for Portsmouth ...
For those who are aged (like fbb) please note that Bournemouth and Christchurch ...
Looking for "Hampshire Public Transport" in Google, you are immediately confronted with this:-
Bus travel is more convenient than ever before, using technology to make your journey quicker and more comfortable. Tickets can be bought online in advance, or you can use your debit or credit card to pay on the day. Most buses now have free Wifi and on-board next stop announcements and they benefit from dedicated lanes to get ahead of the queues.
Learn about the changes that our local bus companies have made to make your journey more convenient on the Rediscover Bus Travel section of My Journey.
So type in your chosen places and you are directed to the best (i.e. fastest) offer from public transport plus appropriate routes by car.
Here a caveat. fbb thinks that this is all drawn from Google Maps and not from Traveline. So you get simple answers but sometimes answers based on Google technology and NOT public transport technology.
Here is Havant to Portsnouth:-
So far, so good. But what about timetables?
Which ever "route" you take through the web site(s) you will eventually end up at this list:-
Alresford, Alton, Winchester Travel Guide
Andover Travel Guide
Basingstoke Map with frequency guide
Eastleigh Map with timetables
Farnborough, Fleet & Bordon Travel Guide
Havant & Petersfield Travel Guide
New Forest Travel Guide
Romsey Map with timetables
All the above are available IN PRINT. Those marked Travel Guide are timetable books and fbb will review a sample in tomorrow's blog.
Romsey and Eastleigh offer the next best thing, being a fold out leaflet but with full timetables. Here is just a sample of part of the leaflet.
Basingstoke is less satisfactory, however. The map is excellent (extract only shown below) ...
And it is a proper timetable book which fbb will review tomorrow.
Alsi in the "timetables and maps" list is this entry:-
Hampshire Map and Frequency Guide
We have seen extracts from the excellent network map above (Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth) and the map is a splendid production. fbb is never entirely sure that a very sumnmarised frequency guide of of much use to man or beast ...
fbb disobeyed an instruction!
Mrs fbb had an appointment yesterday with the "hip" people at Exeter Hospital. It was hardly dynamic as "the man" said and did almost exactly what the other man did the previous week at Ottery St Mary. We are praying that her condition is so bad (it really is bad) that she can become a "Priority" case.
It was whilst waiting that fbb was a naugty boy.
Make it "hospital's policies".
Maybe the compiler of said notice should have completed the triplet by writing "area's".
Poor mark's. Take a half hour detention and do your correction's!
Next Hampshire booklet blog : Friday 11th February