... sounds like a Poirot story!
Friday 17 November 2023
The Watlington Mystery ...
In a way it does require a bit of detective work.
Here is the picture which started the whole mystery off. It was from the inquisitive camera of Roger French.new service, disowned, presumably, by the administrators at the southern end!
So, if Reading doesn't "own" new service 122, maybe Oxfordshire will.
From Monday 6 November, the following services will begin:
122/123: Watlington to Reading via Nettlebed, Stoke Row, Checkendon, Rotherfield Peppard and Kidmore End. This will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, through Red Rose Travel
126/127: Watlington to Thame via Lewknor, Postcombe, Tetsworth, The Miltons, Chalgrove, The Haseleys and Moreton. This will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Red Rose Travel.
So four brand new services to Watlington. Wowsers. And Oxfordshire will provide maps and timetables?
Erm, no! If you understand the system, there is clickable text for "Red Rose" which leads to the company web site. Here you find a weak computer generated dotted line ...
Although the 126 and 127 both run between Watlington and northbound to Thame, they appear as separate tables - only they don't!.
Thanks to Red Rose's web site ...There is no timetable for the 127!
The information on these improvements (just one bus between four routes) says they are serving communities which have not had a bus route since 2016.
fbb cannot write with authority on this claim, but he can and did search for Oxfordshire network maps of the area. The most recent that the county had produced is dated 2013.
A ten year old map is the best the county can offer.
Ten years back there were no buses between Watlington and Thame as such, but other routes served some of the communities now catered for by the new 126 and 127.not the best advert for bus travel in Oxfordshire, whether new services or old!
With a lack of printed publicity - a lack of ANY publicity - loadings are likely to be minimalist.
Next Variety blog : Saturday 18th November