Livery Delivery - A P.S.
Monday 27 November 2023
Hertfodshire Happiness (3) The 725
The four new routes currently being examined in some detail by fbb are branded in the timetable PDF tables as Connect Herts with, of course, a logo. But, as noted by Roger French, there is really no other sign of the brand. Rog pictured a departure list or two, again with no branding.
But on his trips out, Roger did photograph one rather uninspiring livery on a 907 ...
Then there is the problem of what, on the ground, "limited stop" actually means.
Here is a paste-up of the THREE routes that run between Stevenage, Knebworth and Welwyn Garden City (WGC). On the left in BLUE is the original 302, next comes the new 725 and on the right the new 908.
Only a local can answer fbb's next question. If the 725 omits "less used" stops, how much is gained by being limited stop. Furthermore, how frustrating will it be to see a 725 bus zooming past on the same route as the 302?
Here id a VERY MUCH summarised timetable extract of all three services between Stevenage and WGC.
Readers can amuse themselves by compiling a combined timetable in the opposite direction!
But; is there really enough business between Stevenage and WGC to justify FOUR buses an hour? The likelihood is that the commercial 301 on this section will become non-viable due to abstraction of traffic by 725 and 908.
So let us look at a timetable extract for the 725.
Is it reasonable to assume that from WGC the 725 follows the same route as the 724?
No to the Hospital according ti the on-line computer generated map.no to the Galleria ditto.
The difference in route means that 724 and 725 do not run at an even frequency. Surely it would be better if they did?
And The 721?
This is perhaps the strangest of the four. In the first place it runs ONLY on Mondays to Fridays.the 321 (below).The 721 (below) adds an extra 30 minute servicer over the top of the 321's every 30.So why 721 and not 921?
The St Albans to Hemel Hempstead section ...
You could end up with four journeys every hour, all non viable!
Next Stockholm blog : Tuesday 28th November