Yet More Whines For The 29s!
Tuesday 19 July 2022
Arriva Is Awful (2)
Finding out exactly where buses go is nearly impossible from a timetable alone. You really do need a map and we have already seen that once the confines of "Greater Leicester" are breached there is a hopelessness in maplessness!
The timetable makes it clear that, between Coalville and Ashby-de-la-Zouth, the 29 runs via Swannington but the 29A doesn't. And that is about it!
The crude Leicestershire diagram shows the split ...
Too true, but VERY difficult to follow - unless you know!
There is an Arriva Map, dated 2011 which may (or may not) be right - but you cannot find it from the present Arriva web site.
Faced with a certain amount of frustration, fbb decided to draw his own. He started by listing the roads along which the 29/29A might travel c/o Google maps, extrapolating from the bus stop icons. You can follow it (MUD GREEN) on the map above - if you dare!
The list of roads starts bottom centre of the above diagram.
Beech Tree Road
Cropston Drive ) one straight
Woodbrook Drive ) road which
Cropston Drive ) changes its name
Greenhill Road ) outbound from
Blackwood ) Leicester
Abbots Oak Drive ) inbound to
Meadow Lane ) Leicester
City of Dan
Stephenson Road (the By-pass)
The roads marked in RED are also shown on the fbb map below.Coalville Smith Crescent, which technically it probably is. BUT that name is unhelpful and misleading. Far better would be to use "Greenhill Co-op" ...
So our loyal and hard-working brain-straining (public transport IS hard work) blog readers are now fully equipped and eager to have a quick butcher's at the timetable for the other direction.
Perhaps not so eager when they see it!
and continuing to Leicester
... i.e. the opposite of the outward route as shown at the head of this blog.
But, no! The curse of Awful Arriva's Arguably Atrocious Attitude to its passengers begets this list of places:-
Take a note of the interesting features of this timetable.
The 1033 bus runs from Coalville to Ashby in minus 20 min.
The bus then calls at Swannington and Swannington correctly although the stops in this direction have become one minute apart.
The bus then jumps back to Woodville between Ashby and Swadlincote
The bus travels to Swadlicote in minus 6 mintes
The bus runs back to Ashby-de-la Zouch in a further minus 6 min.
The next departure at 00 is equally potty.
And it gets even better on Sundays.
But they appear to be travelling in the opposite direction from the rest of the table.
But buses from Coalville (top of table) run towards Leicester via Whitwick as usual ...
Then direct to Leicester in minus 50 minutes.
And back to Coalville (only) running at normal times.
And there's more ...
Of course it is all nonsense! But it has to be beyond belief that a bus company of national status (what status?) could ever allow such drivel to be published.
It is obvious that the company does not want passengers!
Each Saturday morning the fbbs meet with "the girls" for coffee in a caff on Seaton sea front.
There usually aren't any interesting workings - but soon we will have Axe Valley's tendered journeys to Lyme Regis to observe.
In the list for the "salad" dish you can read ...Ante (= Italian for "before") your pasta meal. The sign is, as yet, unchanged!
The "girl" in the picture has just celebrated her 93rd Birthday.
Readers may remember the paper bus "blind" for the long-gone Birchley Railway, showing 784 to Wadhurst on sale in an antique shop nearby.784 to Ashford.
Will anyone ever buy them?
Tomorrow we are off (bloggily) to Europe where we would expect public transport information to be much, much better than that in Leicester.
Next Muenchen blog : Wednesday 20th July