|London General E115 on route 57 to Clapham Park.|
|Metroline TEH2084 stands on Bishops Bridge at Paddington.|
|Remember when the 521 used to operate with Diesel buses?|
|A London United ALX400 terminates on route 71 at Kingston, Cromwell Road.|
We've looked at two examples of vague town centre areas, now it's time to check out a good example. The West London area of Hounslow boasts four different terminating points for routes in the town centre, all with specific details that I mostly agree with.
|Abellio London 8158 on the water bus to Hounslow, Civic Centre.|
It seems that the specification of blinds are decided by the operator, which can lead to careless mistakes, such as the time when Arriva decided to use home-made blinds and spell the word Ockendon incorrectly, meaning that the 347 buses were running around with "Ockenden Station" on the front for a few weeks until the issue was sorted. Just type in "347 bus Ockenden" into google images and a suitable picture should come up. Unfortunately, I didn't get one in time.
|Metroline VWH2214 on route 140 to Heathrow Central, showing vague blinds.|
Another culprit for inappropriate blinds is CT Plus, who ordered some controversial displays for the W19 contract back in November 2016. Every other bus route terminating at Ilford's main bus park just displays "Ilford", although the new W19 vehicles display "Ilford High Road, Hainault Street", which is way too specific for its purpose. People along the route probably haven't even heard of Hainault Street; they just want to make sure that the bus serves the town centre so they can get their shopping done. The Ilford High Road part of the blind might just confuse people, making them think that the W19 doesn't serve the town centre at all, even though it passes through the middle of it! CT Plus themselves realised that they made a mistake, as the MMCs for the W11 which arrived in March only displayed "Ilford" when they strayed onto the W19.
I hope that this post has given you an idea of how bus destinations are far from perfect, and that there is a lot of work to be done before blind specificity is at an acceptable standard. Thanks for reading, stay safe!