Each Sunday we take a look at how one of our local transport authorities publicises the bus services on its patch. Today, Nottinghamshire County Council.
Where do the buses go?
There is a county-wide map, which can also be downloaded as a pdf. There are also some town enlargements, but they can only be chosen from the drop-down menu and then viewed and scrolled one square at a time. Local maps are available in pdf format as part of the Area Guides. 5 out of 5.
We are referred over to Traveline East Midlands, where you can search for timetables by route number or location. While Traveline is good in the Midlands, it's no substitute for direct links to the timetables. 2 out of 5.
You could be forgiven for thinking it costs nothing to use the buses in Nottinghamshire, as there is no information on fares and tickets provided whatsoever. All we get is a list of bus operators. Presumably no multi-operator ticket exists. Plusbus, available in Newark, Mansfield, Worksop and Retford, is ignored completely. Poor show: 0 out of 5.
Good, comprehensive maps are let down by referring potential passengers to third parties for timetables and the total omission of any ticketing information. It was a good start, but Nottinghamshire County Council only manages to score a total of 7 out of 15.