[Talk-transit] East Lothian Bus Stops lack any details on the ground

Shaun McDonald shaun at shaunmcdonald.me.uk
Thu Sep 24 11:11:13 BST 2009

On 23 Sep 2009, at 23:50, Peter Miller wrote:

> On 23 Sep 2009, at 19:32, Shaun McDonald wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Yesterday I was out checking a few bus stops in East Lothian
>> (cycling from Musselburgh out along the coast to North Berwick).
>> Pretty much all of them had no information other than a flag which
>> said that buses stop here and that you are in East Lothian. There
>> was one that had a timetable where there were 4 buses per day to the
>> regional hospital in Edinburgh. Most of the bus stops did have a
>> space for a timetable but there was nothing in there about it. Is
>> this normal for more rural stops?
>> Is it any wonder hardly any one uses the bus in the area when they
>> have no idea of where they go? (Well that's probably diverging from
>> the point).
> Yes, the level of information provision is very variable across the
> county - the nearest stop to my house has information dated August
> 2005! Possibly we should use FixMyStreet to report these to the
> authorities?

The fact there is no timetable information is going to be a real pain,  
as every stop in East Lothian is missing it. Where it is out of date  
then I think it would be a good idea.

Or maybe we need to crowd source it. I'm sure we could get ahold of  
the keys to open the cases and ITOWorld to enable access to people who  
want to print out the timetables and maps using their transport tools,  
and bingo we have decent bus stop information.

> I have been adding 'tabletable_case=yes' to indicate that there is
> somewhere to put timetable information, but I have not been indicating
> whether there is any information in it.

timetable_case=empty | no | information | out_of_date sound like a  
good way of recording the information.


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