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Dear Torbay Bus Routes Users,
First of all, I would like to thank all of those who have given their incredible support and time to the TBR project since it began 5 years ago in 2010. A lot of things have changed since then, not least the face of Torbay’s network – and with that, our website.
I began TBR when I was 15 years of age, a time when I could really devote any free hours to its development and keep up to date with the changes to buses happening throughout the Bay. I am under no illusion that I am not that same 15 year old anymore, and it is becoming increasingly more difficult to keep up to date with the complexities and frequencies of changes to bus services in Torbay. I have always had the mantra that a job is only worth doing if you’re going to do it properly – and in line with the changes to the X46 this morning, I must now conclude that I am now no longer in a position to do that job properly.
I have a great enthusiasm and passion for well run and managed public transport, and when I have to produce publicity or information about changes to buses that I – and, indeed, any passenger – would deem negative, it is understandably a disheartening job. TBR has always been a hobby with absolutely no financial gain. It has, until recently, been very fun and enjoyable. Those are no longer the words that come to mind when I cast my mind upon the shape of Torbay’s network compared to 2010 when I started the TBR project.
Rather than fail the bus users of Torbay with inadequate or incorrect information, I know that now is the time that I will sadly announce that the Torbay Bus Routes website will no longer be maintained as of today, Monday, 20th April 2015.
Many factors have affected my decision: most recently, the negative impacts of the withdrawal of the evening service on route 18 have reduced somewhat my interests in the bus operations of Torbay, where I also no longer currently reside. Moreover, there have been a series of complex changes to routes and timetables in Torbay this year where, in many instances, there has been insufficient time or a lack of information to produce the publicity required in the way I had envisioned for the new TBR website, launched last month. I am very disappointed with certain aspects of Torbay’s bus operations - unfortunately, this means that I feel I am fighting a losing battle in trying to produce clear, concise information, when the time required to do so is simply not available to me.
Lastly, I would like to personally thank everyone who has helped with the TBR project since its conception: Allan Wagner for his tireless work in coding anything I asked him to and for his great input in design and concepts for TBR and MyStop; the TBR Team – Allan, Ben, Jimmy, Kameron, and Sam – for the continuing donation of their time to the TBR Live Bus Updates; Alison Hernandez for her support in submitting TBR for awards and her friendly help and advice; David Blythe for his commendable efforts in keeping us up to date with all the bus changes well in advance of them coming into effect; Torbay Council for their promotion of TBR; and anyone who has written in with great suggestions, comments, or feedback for the website. The work of the TBR project could not have been carried out without you.
Thank you all for your support. I trust you will continue to enjoy the services offered by TBR Live on Twitter & Facebook, as well as MyStop (mystoptorbay.co.uk).
Torbay Bus Routes