First Northampton operates a number of buses like this ...
First CAN, however, be blamed for printed and on-line timetables which give misleading information (and which ensure that Traveline and Transport Defunct do likewise). First 28, for example, shows just two journeys as starting from Sentinel Road. Dear Mr First: ALL your service 28 buses serve the Sentinel Road stop; these two just happen to start there first thing in the morning.
Just in passing, it is worth noting that NONE of First's routes run in the later evening. Whilst revenue may be poor at those times there must, surely, be a down-side. If people can't get back home after an evening out, surely they will be forced to buy, and use, their own transport to go out. Then, having purchased the Ferrari...
Dear First Bus, suggest you run a proper service, then people might be encouraged to travel more.
Any sign of the Fearnley Factor. As Paul Daniels might say, "not a lot!"
And finally ...
A quick glance at the sides of a few passing First vehicles might be indicative of the uphill task that GRF has given himself. Every bus must, by law, carry the name and address of its owning company. According to various vehicles' "legal lettering", (First) Northampton Transport appears to be based at St James', Northampton OR Leicester OR, a real highlight, this:-
Someone should tell the Borough Council that their town is now in Essex. Dear Mr First; don't you think that local management might just help your local image, as you run local buses, locally? There's a clue there, somewhere.
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