On Saturday I arrived at St Margaret's bus station in Leicester with the intention of catching the 747 bus to Houghton on the Hill.
But it runs only every two hours and there was still an hour to wait for the next one, so I went to Mountsorrel instead.
Then today came news that the service, which runs from Leicester to Uppingham, is to be withdrawn altogether.
My old friend Simon Galton, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Leicestershire County Council, is leading the campaign to save the route.
He writes on the Leicestershire Lib Dems Facebook page:
Residents in the villages along the A47 between Leicester and Uppingham face loosing their bus service after 8 Jan following a decision by Centrebus to axe the service.
This is the only remaining bus service serving places like Houghton, Bushby, Billesdon and Tugby. People depend on this bus to get to work, school, college and the doctors surgery in Billesdon.
If no other operator comes forward the only hope is that Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council will use their powers to subsidise a minimum level of service. Please sign the petition to support these villages retaining a bus service. It cannot be acceptable for a major A road like the A47 not to have a bus link to Leicester.
If having a bus service on the A47 is important to you, please sign this petition.I can remember when this route ran between Leicester and Peterborough every hour. But it has been cut back and reduced in frequency over the years.
The result is that people (like me on Saturday) are less likely to use it. There's a moral there.