1/7/13 04:09 pm - advice from recent experience #357 do not rely upon stagecoach services making timetabled connexions
do not rely upon stagecoach services making timetabled connexions
on weekdays, the first (and second) buses going north from milnthorpe terminate at kendal,
timetabled to make a connexion with the stagecoach service from kendal to keswick,
which in turn is timetabled to make a connexion with the stagecoach service to carlisle,
which in its turn is timetabled to make a connexion with the stagecoach service to newcastle upon tyne.
this would appear to make the stagecoach lancashire & cumbria northwest goldrider weeklong ticket @ £25 a good price for a return journey from lancaster and anywhere north of this along the route to newcastle, or parts not too far beyond, as it permit covers travel on services on the 684 provided by stagecoach as far as newcastle (this being a route operated jointly with one and a bit other bus companies), and all in all seems a pretty good bus service.
do not be deceived!
firstly, on saturdays, the buses going north from milnthorpe (and lancaster) are timetabled to miss the connexions at kendal on by six minutes. no-one seems to know why.
this is timetabled, but since it's the same bus, driving along the same route, on days when there is no morning rush of everyone heading into work (& school), it seems remarkable for its inconvenience - and makes the above route to newcastle impossible to achieve in any sensible time by stagecoach's services - and, therefore, by using only their lancashire & cumbria goldrider weekly ticket.
secondly, drivers of the stagecoach bus from keswick are evidently in the habit of departing keswick bus station as soon as the queueueue of passengers already waiting has boarded, whether or not the timetabled departure time has yet arrived;
leaving early by as much as four or five minutes; that there appears in the timetable to be time to relieve oneself in the toilets provided in their closely propinquant keswick supermarket by messers. booths & co. cannot be relied upon.
thirdly, the stagecoach bus from carlisle to newcastle departs as much as two minutes earlier than timetabled: it is therefore unwise to rely on there being time to walk to the nearest public conveniences (in the lanes shopping centre) and back, relieving oneself and being able to catch the timetabled connecting stagecoach bus to newcastle.
and taking a taxi to catch up with just one of the legs of the route - from keswick to carlisle - more than doubles (nearly trebles) the cost of the round trip.
do not rely upon stagecoach services making timetabled connexions. . .