The award to Travel South Yorkshire, often a previous winner, comes as no surprise to many observers of the industry. Ceremony attendees have been excitedly perusing the leaflet for services 35, 36 and 37 and contentedly debating the document's horrendous map.
... TSY's use of the Kartor software to produce line maps for each individual timetable leaflet has been the epitome of poor graphic design for several years. South Yorkshire residents are used to having no road names on their maps and inconsistent (often plain wrong) notes added by TSY staff to increase the obfuscation. But this particular item reaches new heights of uselessness. The full sized map can be viewed on the leaflet (here).
"Three routes (35, 36 and 37) depart from Sheffield centre ...
... itself a minefield of misconceptions.
"The same three routes are shown as arriving at Hillsborough Interchange after a circuitous saunter round the city's suburbs.
"On the way the 37 is shown (correctly!) as calling at the Meadowhall mega shopping centre ...
... and at the suburban shops at Firth Park.
"In a move that truly epitomises the quintessence of bad mapping, there is no other mention of services 35 and 36."
fbb ponders the real possibility of yet another TSY wormhole, whereby the buses enter at Burngreave and re-appear at Wadsley Bridge.
The award ceremony continues.
"I now call on our host Fiona Bruce to present the award to Bill Crump, toilet cleaner and litter picker at Sheffield Transport Interchange."
Bill's acceptance speech was brief and to the point and is quoted in expurgated version here.
"Thanks Fifi for this plague. It'll look grand on the wall of the gents at Pond Street. I suppose I'll 'ave to polish the
For the record the routes are really quite simple. The 35, 36 and 37 are all basically the same from City, via Burngreave, Grimesthorpe, Meadowhall, Wincobank, Firth Park and Shirecliffe to Hillsborough.
On Monday to Saturday daytimes, the 35 does a "double run" via Standon Road, whereas the 36 does a "double run" via Sandstone Road. Possibly because the road names sound much the same, the TSY map men seem to have given up completely! The evening and Sunday route 37 visits both Standon Road and Sandstone Road.
An fbb map extract explains all.