Wednesday, 22 February 2006

12A on a Sunday

Last Sunday my duty included 4 hours on the 12A route. Monday to Saturday this bus runs every 15 mins during the day and every hour after 6pm. On a Sunday it only runs every hour and only between Brixham and Castle Circus in Torquay. The bit between Paignton and Torquay is redundant as the 12 also covers this section with a bus every 12 mins.

Now a bus that only runs every hour is not popular. It means that when you get to Paignton you have to spend an hour there, or two hours, or three hours. No half measures. Any way a couple of days ago I was talking to Mr Hilditch the Managing Director and I told him that the 12A between Paignton and Torquay was a waste of resources and it would be better if the bus only went between Brixham and Paignton and could run every half hour. He agreed and asked me to send a memo to this effect to head office for some one there to look at the idea. There is a little problem in that the journey time between Brixham and Paignton is at present 35 mins which doesn't give enough time to get there and back in an hour. This is problem as it would require an extra bus running all day, and this would need two extra drivers to run it. This is not economical considering the number of passengers we are carrying. Any way I will send in the memo and see what turns up.

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