Opting out of Option and In to "Partnership"
So let's answer one of Friday's questions. See "SYPTE : South Yorkshire Positive Transport Expenditure?" (read here).
Will there still be wall-to-wall buses along the Ecclesall Road?
The present set of services running south west from the city centre looks like this.
81 City - Greystones - Ecclesall (First) 2 buses per hour
evenings and Sundays, 88A (Stagecoach)
82 City - Ecclesall (First) 12 buses per hour
83 Ecclesfield - City - Bents Green (Stagecoach) 6 buses per hour
85 City - Ecclesall - Carterknowle (First) 1 bus per hour
88 Ecclesfield - City - Bents Green (Stagecoach) 6 buses per hour
4 City - Ecclesall - Millhouses (First) 1 bus per hour
service 4 runs via Paslter Lane NOT Ecclesall Road
6 City - Fulwood (First) 1 bus per hour (not on map)
Total, 29 buses each hour in this service group.
Under the revised proposals this becomes:--
81 City - Greystones - Ecclesall 3 buses per hour
82 City - Ecclesall 6 buses per hour
83 Ecclesfield - City - Ecclesall - Millhouses 3 buses per hour
83 does NOT run via Psalter Lane
83A Ecclesfield - City - Fulwood 3 buses per hour
85 City - Ecclesall - Carterknowle 3 buses per hour
Total, 24 buses each hour in this service group.
At this stage a decision on which services are operated by which operator has not yet been announced. It is hard to see any commercial justification for a 20 minute service between Ecclesall and Millhouses [new 83 replacing old 4 ]. Likewise a similar increase via Rustlings Road to Fulwood [new 83A replacing old 6 ]. The route via Greystones [still 81 ] is also proposed for an increase in frequency from every 30 to every 20 minutes. Of course, these are only proposals at the moment, some of which may have to be modified.
The residents of Psalter Lane (top right on both maps) are certainly far from happy with the complete loss of any bus service at all. It is a long way from existing bus services from City, the orange line here ...
One other possible disappointment is apparent in this initial publicity. The two original "Optio" schemes offered a £3 day ticket (NOT interavailable between schemes) on each group of services. See, for example "Optio Red Revealed" (read again). Whilst these "Orange" and "Red" deals will remain, the new proposal offers no equivalent for the Ecclesall Road.
Surely one of the much-vaunted benefits of the Optio schemes was being able to catch the first bus which came along without incurring a fares penalty? The new "Citywide" fare is too high at £4.30 to encourage such interavailable usage for a simple city trip. The proposed, but so far unpriced "Citywide60" is unlikely to be helpful as a 60 minute gap is insufficient for, say, city centre shopping. See "SYPTE : South Yorkshire Positive Transport Expenditure?" (read again). So the majority of casual users will stick to company-specific singles, and possibly some price competition.
cafe recently re-opened after the original company failed.
near the railway station
where ferry connections were made until 1970s
departs from Ardrossan Harbour Station.
one-time contender in the BBC "Restoration" series.
iconic "Paisley pattern" design.
seen approaching the station; note station roof.
the beach is a distinctive local landmark
Largs and Ardrossan branch leaves the "main line" to Ayr
10. Bàgh nan Uirnhean Wemyss Bay : station building.
bàgh is obviously "bay" but how do you get "Wemyss"?
There is a full list of all Scotrail stations with Gaelic names on the "Scot-rail" enthusiasts' website. Type "Gaelic Station Names" into Google.