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When Is A Network NOT A Network??? (Or - Why Do The "Hokey Cokey" With Buses???)
Last Friday I managed to amaze someone simply by doing what seemed completely obvious to me - they told me that I am one of the few people they know who actually does what I did.

What was so spectacular about what I did???  I took the most direct route from my house to the location of a meeting I wanted to attend - by bus.  As in - I used the buses as a network instead of taking the most "obvious" - to most people - route (or what I call the "Hokey Cokey" route) - into Leicester and back out in a different direction.

For readers who do not know what I mean by the "Hokey Cokey" - it is a kind of comedy song with actions "You put your left arm in - your left arm out - in - out - in - out - shake it all about - you do the Hokey Cokey and you turn about - and that's what its all about.  Whoah - Hokey Cokey - Whoah Hokey Cokey.  Knees bend - arms stretch - Rah Rah Rah".

Anyway - back to the point.

The public transport in Leicester and Leicestershire is disjointed enough without people making longer journeys than they need to because they are fixated on the idea that all buses go from Leicester City Centre.

I know I have said this before but I am amazed that you have to be a native (or at least someone who has lived in Leicestershire for quite a while) to realise that there is a stop almost opposite Leicester Railway Station where you can get buses into the City Centre (and the bus stations).  There are no signposts to tell you this but - if you leave the main ticket area and walk down the wheelchair ramp that goes straight down towards the exit directly in front of you, and go over two pedestrian crossings (still aiming straight ahead) you will come to a bus stop.

More could be made of the connections between buses that do not involve going into Leicester and back out again.


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