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 Sunday, October 08, 2017

On Wednesday a reader called Alan Platt left this heartfelt comment.
In General I love your Posts,I read daily But I live in Fulham and am really not interested about constant Updates about Bow Road´s Bus stop not having timetables, Or for that matter the Platform schedule on your local Tube Station,FFS there are many Londoners that would Love to have a Tube Station in there area... Stop Bitching and be thankful for what you have.
Hi Alan. Today's post is especially for you.

Bus Stop M has been missing most of its timetables since May. It should have seven, but it only has three. The timetables for routes 25, 276, 425 and 488 are missing.

But it's not alone. I noticed that several other bus stops in my local area have timetables missing.

So I went out and checked all the bus stops on route 25 between Mile End and Stratford, all 17 of them.

Here's a summary to show which bus stops are missing which timetables.

bus stopmissingpresentmissingpresent
Mile End Station-4/425 N2052/4
Coborn Road-4/425 4252/4
Bow Road Station-4/425 N2052/4
Bow Church Station25 205 4252/5-5/5
Bow Church25 276 425 4883/7-9/9
Bow Flyover 256/7
Marshgate Lane-7/7 
Abbey Lane 25 108 276 425 D8 N2051/7
Warton Road25 108 276 N2053/7-6/6
Stratford High St Stn25 276 425 D81/525 276 425 D8 N80/5

10 of these 17 bus stops have timetables missing. That's a bit rubbish.

Across these 17 bus stops, 31 timetables are missing. That's about one-third of the total that should be on view.

The problem isn't that entire panels have been vandalised, just that some of the timetables which used to be inside the panels have disappeared. That's odd.

It's very hit and miss. There seems to be no obvious pattern to it.

The bus route with the biggest problem appears to be route 25. The timetable for route 25 is missing at 10 of these 17 bus stops.

I wondered what was up with the timetables on route 25. So I checked all the eastbound bus stops on route 25 between Oxford Circus and Mile End. There are 29 of them.

Nine of these 29 bus stops have some timetables missing. The timetable for route 25 is missing at six of them.

Specifically the timetable for route 25 is missing at these stops: Tottenham Court Road Station, Procter Street, King Edward Street, Bank Station/Cornhill, Bishopsgate, Aldgate East Station

Here's a lady at King Edward Street wondering where the timetables are.

Here are some possible reasons why so many route 25 timetables might be missing.

» The timetable for route 25 has changed (except, no, it hasn't)
» The timetable for route 25 is about to change so it's not efficient to print old versions
» The timetables fell out and nobody can be bothered to replace them
» The contractors who put up timetables aren't very efficient
» TfL aren't printing timetables any more
» Some other reason

Interestingly, there's no such problem with spider maps. The spider map in the bus shelter at King Edward Street is only one week old. Someone's clearly updating those. But nobody's updating the timetables, or checking on them, or giving a damn basically.

Sometimes it's not just Bus Stop M that has a problem.

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