Depressing Or Just Depressing?
Sunday, 17 July 2022
Buses magazine dropped through the letterbox at fbb mansions yesterday mornig - and it makes grim reading. Whilst the shareholders of Go Ahead and Stagecoach are happily counting the proceeds from the sale of these two groups, observers are still struggling to understand why anyone would want to buy into bus operation in the UK.
There is a general article summarising just a selection of areas where services are being cut ...
Meanwhile the three mayoral Busketeers in Merseyside, Manchester and West Yorkshire are still telling the weary voters that they will soon be getting a London-style bus system! Be careful what you wish for!
Some of the detailed reports elsewhere are beginning to look like a Buses magazine version of The Sun on a bad day!
There isn't one.
The article refers to the curtailment of fbb's local 9A from Exeter to Seaton only. Stagecoach will no longer run to Lyme Regis ...
The whole Dorset operation is just over one mile in length ...
Perversely, the the Exeter to Seaton Sunday service 9A, which used to be every THREE hours and is currently every TWO hours, INCREASES to every HOUR.
But, if you want DAFT, how about this. What bus service might this paragraph be about?seventeen pounds.
Surely it would be cheaper to send a FREE taxi?
As an "envoi" about the state of the industry, Roger French ends his column with this paragraph. He is writing about the current fad to appoint senior managers from outside the bus industry.
Rush out and buy one quickly at ONLY £52. You can add that to your shopping list for OO railway models; a wagon at £50, a carriage at £100 and a loco at £300.
Time to take out a second mortgage or a heap of equity release cash?
P.S. If you can override the feelings if impending doom for the industry, at least MOST of Buses magazine makes an interesting read, and even the depressing bits are depressingly interesting!
Well worth buying as part of your beach-bound holiday reading.Coincidentally, Roger French's blog from yesterday is about the magnificent rebuild of St Margaret's bus station in Leicester. It is still BIG! Magnificently cavernous would be an apposite description.
A Tester From Leicester
An anguished and elderly chum, David, who lives in Groby, emailed fbb as follows.
Arriva have changed our local timetables but I can't find them on-line and there are no printed leaflets, apparently.
... again staffed by a man in a hi-vis vest - presumably to mitigate attacks from his computer screen? - he was answering questions when Roger passed by.
There are electronic screens listing departures and large poster panels at the stands each with a crude route diagram ...
... and another departure list.
But nowhere on the bus station could you obtain a timetable or a network map.
But, based in Sunny Seaton, fbb set about trying to find David's local timetables on-line.
fbb loves a challenge.
It's The Heat!trains have to go slower so they don't buckle the track". Thanks for the technological explanation, Beeb!
Next Leicester timetables blog : Monday 18th July