The last dozen times I’ve tried planning a journey I’ve been seeing the unwanted Bus Only journey incorrectly promoted as the fastest journey even though it clearly isn’t.
Observe that it specifically says “using all transport modes”. But the first result is:
Yet the “other transport” alternatives (all initially hidden) are more than twice as fast. They leave later, and arrive earlier:
Last time I checked, December 2022 wasn’t April Fools month. No doubt somebody thinks it’s clever to falsely pretend buses will be faster, at a time when people are half expecting trains to be cancelled due to strikes. So it almost seems plausible that they might be, but that’s totally improper behaviour when the facts don’t justify the pretence.
Please stop misleading people and tell them the truth. If the Bus Only journey isn’t the fastest journey then it shouldn’t be the first and only journey to be in the initial display.
I thought for a moment you were right – because “people” sometimes are forced to do (or something very similar) when Spurs are playing at home. It’s very annoying and unfair on those who aren’t part of the spurs crowd. So that shouldn’t be happening today (and if it was, it ought to be described as a “disruption” not silently included as if it were standard behaviour).
But I checked and there are no home matches today.
Will it take as long to investigate this as Buses that disappear from predictions API - #23 by harry (which is actually a far more serious problem because it makes the API and countdown predictions unreliable and totally unusable for a large number of people in the Chingford area).
The bus only journey is still wrongly at the top, but instead of saying “fastest … bus only” it is saying it’s “fastest by public transport” (which at 2 hours for a 50 minute journey is very clearly not true)
On Wednesday (tube strike day) I had cause to use Journey Planner to work out the best route from St Pancras to the Royal Free Hospital and was surprised at the cycle hire results*. I’ve tried the same thing today and got the same result.