Why and how 7?
The timetable shows a running time of 16 minutes which, with a "layover" of 5 minutes at the interchange, gives a total round trip time of 21 minutes. Even modern maths teaching tells us that three buses on a 21 minute round trip gives a frequency of every 7. QED!
The problem, however is that 16 minutes, even 21 minutes, can be a bit "tight". The route avoids the very congested High Street area by nipping "round the back" via Norfolk Street. Indeed a right hand turn for buses off Arundel Gate was created specially.
But from April 27th, it will be no free buses ever. Opinion gurus reckon that the savings for the PTE will be minimal compared with the loss of trade for central Sheffield shops and, more importantly, the new Moorfot Market. We await, with bated breath, the consequences of the second part of the PTE's apiaristic extermination notification.
"Alternative services with good value tickets will be available in Rotherham and Sheffield for customers who travelled on the FreeBee."
Tomorrow we look at Sheffield's current Freebee publicity and take a sideways glance at another withdrawn Free B.