It's Really Good News for Sheffield!
At the moment councils running England's major cities have to lobby central government if they want extra money to invest in a major transport scheme or regeneration project. It can take years to get a decision. Under these new city deals, guaranteed funding is being provided for the city authorities to spend as they choose.
fbb was less than certain about the whole thing ...
From a political point of view, these schemes suggest that the government has finally abandoned the idea of London-style contract deals imposed on the operators in favour of voluntary "partnership" agreements such as that outlined in the Sheffield leaflets.
Sheffield Bus Partnership comprises First Group, Stagecoach, TM Travel, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Community Transport and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, who are working together to improve bus services in the city.
The Partnership’s goals are for bus travel to become people’s preferred choice of transport and maximise the positive effect of the bus on the environment. To achieve this, the Partnership aims to offer quality, reliable, convenient, and accessible services with value for money fares.
The Partnership has developed the proposed new network shown on this website to improve the co-ordination of services, and is inviting you to let us have your opinions during a consultation period from Monday 18 June to Friday 14 July 2012.
One result of this "partnership" will be a proper series of all operator network tickets which (for the first time) will include the tram at no extra cost.
Next week, we will look at the proposed scheme in a little more detail. But to whet our readers appetites, it would appear that these leaflets offer a quality of information provision that has not been seen for years in Sheffield.
So here are some questions in anticipation of next week's blog(s)
Will there still be wall-to-wall buses along the Ecclesall Road?
Will there still be two service 52s via different routes?
Will there still be a 25 and a 25A following exactly the same route?
Has the PTE worked out, at last, where Fulwood is?
Where, in Sheffield, is Brents Green?
Why are services 43/43A/44/44A due to follow such a strange route?
Why are the Sheffield authorities renumbering City Road and Mansfield Road from A6135 to A616? Have they told the Department of Transport?