Munich : Maps & Miniplanner (2)
Saturday 23 July 2022
And, joy of joys, a Miniplanner is a timetable leaflet! This section of the MVG web site advises that these are available for all buses, all trams, all Underground lines and all S-Bahn.
Perhaps slightly ominously, the page also advises that they will be available to download as PDF files ...
... and they are!
Is this part of a cunning plan to withdraw paper copies from the racks. fbb hopes not but ...
So let us look at what you get for No 1 sons chosen route 55.
A cover ...
But do not despair, dear reader: all interconnecting services are shown on a straight line route diagram. fbb has extracted some of the info without a full download as it takes up too much space.
Ostbahnhof S1 S2 S3 S4 S6
S7 S8 U5 21 N19
54 58 62 68 100
145 N43 N44 N45
Orleansstraße 54 58 62 68 145
155 N43 N44 N45
Kustermannpark 54 145 155 N43
Anzinger Straße 145 155 N45 N75
Karl-Preis-Platz U2 U7 U8 X200
145 155 N45 N75
Ramersdorf 155 N45
There's the little bit of the 55 used by No 1 son and family to get to Ostbahnhof and on to the rest of the network.
The style takes as bit of getting used to. 05 06 07 .
Once you get used to the concept it is easy to use and - BONUS - you don't get mixed up when the hour changes mid route! "Repeat patterns" are dealt with at the hour headings which means you can lose your way a bit - but with a bit of concentration it works well.
And, Even Better ...
You can get tram timetables in the same format; a heading ...
... a map (extract only below) ...
... and full timetable! Tram timetables are secret in Manchester!
And Better Still : S-Bahn ...
... And Regional Bus.
Just for fun (?) fbb sampled the X900 which follows the style of the 690 from yesterday's blog.
But, talking of the 690, please understand that not everything is PERFECT in MVG-land. fbb clicked on 690 in the above list and instead of getting a 20 minute bus service from Eching to Garching (see yesterday's blog), all that appeared was ...
... the 690V shuttle from Eching to Ikea! No sign of the "proper" 690!
But, minor blips apart, the MNG web site is a superb example of how to provide public transport information - that is information about ALL public transport - in one place and easy to find and understand!
Revisions Re-Vamp Victoria (for £30 Million)
It doesn't take the architectural nous of Timmy or Siddy to recognise that London Victoria station was once TWO SEPARATE stations.
So Network Rail has come up with a cunning plan. Take out some of the retail outlets from the platform ends and locate them elsewhere; then put in lots more barriers. Thus the crowds can get in and out more easily.
And this "tinkering" with the layout will cost £30 million!!!
At least the toilets are now free where once it cost ten bob (OK, 50p) just to pee!
Money well spent? Might it not have been better to put £30 million in the biscuit barrell ("cookie jar" for our readers across the pond!) and put it towards a complete rebuild of the whole station behind those magnificent frontages?
Bad News Everywhere
Well, everywhere that Stagecoach operates.
But Stagecoach is already short of staff.
So Commuters st Crossmead, Passengers from Pinhoe and Shoppers from St Leonards, brace yourself for cancelled services, missing buses and greater unreliability for the next three to four weeks. Bus travel will be full of fuss travel in Exeter.
But a person of stunning intellect has solved it.START to FINISH!
Next Variety blog : Sunday 22nd July