Petty timetabling

Whilst I would agree that I am not qualified to judge whether the revised timetable for the 155 service from South Molton to Barnstaple as reported in your paper (“Pensioners in timetable call”, Gazette, April 17) is justified by financial constraints or not, I would like to point out that the service that leaves Mill on the Mole at 9.26am can only have been designed to avoid allowing pensioners to use their bus passes.

Since Mill on the Mole is a park home site for people over 55 years of age, the revision of this particular service can only be to force any pensioner using this service to pay full fare.

Whatever the reason for the choice of 9.26am rather than 9.30am, with the irregularities of traffic through the route the four-minute difference will often be swallowed up by traffic flow considerations – and if the operators have not taken this into consideration in scheduling their ongoing connection times they should perhaps consider other occupations.

This four-minute gap can only be regarded as a petty action by either the management or the schedulers of the bus company.

These people must have parents of their own and we must hope that they treat their parents with better regard than the anonymous people in South Molton.

Peter Simms

Mill on the Mole

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