You wont have to look back through too many of my posts to pick up a few hints as to what I thought about the Stagecoach web site. It was quite frankly awful and extremely difficult to find anything without going through so many unnecessary steps and drop down selection boxes. They have been promising a new web site for a few months, but now a new one has finally launched. So lets have a look…
The Home Page
Well straight away its a big improvement in that it looks clean and bright and once you have selected your location it offers a nice picture header.
So lets go Find a bus
So I search for the 3 and get a choice of several journeys which of course split the 3 into the two separate routes it now is.Then you get this nice little page:
You get a full summary of the next journey on the route, and a map which you can zoom in . There links to download the page as a pdf or just print / email it. There is also a nice section for any planned service updates for the route.
So what about Planning a journey?
So we are looking for a bus from Derriford Hospital to Tavistock in the morning.
OK., so its not perfect, but its a lot better than the old site. It couldn't find Tavistock, but at least it offered me the alternative – “Tavistock Devon” which is close enough!
so lets ‘Plan my journey…
A very tidy chart with suggested routes, and even a good idea of the fares with a selection of tickets available
So last for now lets have a quick look at the Timetables page:
Nice and friendly and pretty easy to use.
You can even get a personalised timetable planner
which gives you handy links to alternative journeys, full timetable downloads and the option to save as a favourite which means you get easy access to the info you need.
I have found one or two little quirks but all in all it just works pretty well. It will be interesting to see how I get on with it over the coming weeks when I start using it ‘in anger’ rather than just playing around with it, but on first impressions its a winner for me. It does have to be said that the old site was so bad that this couldn't really fail to be an improvement, but all in all its a good job so far!