Plus we are offering a new range of special tickets on this service; just ask your onboard host for a 6Link or 10Link ticket - you can travel on the days you need to. Your usual First tickets, FirstDay, FirstWeek etc. are also available from your Hyperlink host and welcomed on board; and MetroCard & MetroDay are available too.
Metro (West Yorlshire PTE) has its usual changes booklet ...
The new fares offers are summarised below.
6Link - valid for 6 journeys - £12. Save up to 80p per trip
10Link - valid for 10 journeys - £18. Save up to £1 per trip
tickets will be available from your Hyperlink host from 28th October.
tickets expire 3 months after issue
tickets are also valid on the X6
The headline savings would only apply if you were making journeys at the maximum fare (£2.80) charged on the service 72. As fare tables are not published, it is impossible to assess how good an offer this is; but fbb guesses it might be more beneficial for long journeys on the limited stop X6 than for more local trips made on the 72.
In the previous blog, fbb reported that there was no 72 timetable available on the First Leeds web site. The current timetable is, indeed, still missing completely, but the new 72 in available on the "forthcoming timetables" pages. But, to add to the confusion, this is what appears if you click "service updates" ...
... and, yet again, no mention of the 72. So we can summarise Hyperlink hype as follows
Main First Leeds web site : snazzy panel links to:-
Hyperlink 72 page : basic information only
timetables list : no mention of current 72
service updates page : no mention of updated 72
forthcoming timetables list : new 72 available
Metro West Yorkshire : new timetable only, hype-less!
Overall, the hype lacks punch; it all seems a bit confused and half hearted. Let us hope that the new service delivers a more positive image when it all gets going on Sunday. There is a public "launch" event in the centre of Leeds on Friday.
And finally, clicking on this FAQ banner ...
... produces this:-
Hyperlink - Route 72 operates every 7 minutes, Monday-Saturday daytime, every 20 minutes Sunday daytime and half hourly in the evenings.
But here is what the new Sunday on-line timetable says:-
Now fbb may be old, possibly even a bit on the daft side, but that looks suspiciously like a bus every 15 minutes.
P.S. Fellow blogger Busing heralds Hyperlink on his blog today (read here)