Following the reduced MegaBus services (Monday to Saturday) which I wrote about on 16 March, we now have to do some Park and Ride work in Winchester. Yesterday I had to do four loops of the car parks to town, to the rail station and back to the car parks. I don’t think I did very well. Driving only Megabus for the past 14 months has caused a huge reduction in my telepathic powers – people at bus stops stared at me, I stared back but I couldn’t read their minds. No hands were ever raised to indicate that they wanted my bus and not the number 1 or 69 which were in line behind me. The flags on the stops say “Request stop” and since no hands were raised to request me, and the thought waves were not on the same frequency as my antenna, I passed them by. Then in the mirror I see a bunch of people waving at the back end of the bus trying to request a stop! Why can’t passengers request that the bus stops as it approaches a bus stop rather than after it’s passed the stop?
After doing this stint on Park and Ride I had to sign my module off and pay in the huge takings – 20 pence! Nearly all passengers present car park tickets which provides a free ride, if you don’t have one an in town hop costs 20 pence which is how I managed to earn so much money for Stagecoach.