The 25 has a similar chequered history.
It is more difficult to calculate how many buses are "saved" by this cut, but at least four seems likely.
We conclude that the new 4 and 4A are different but yet contain something of their predecessor's flavour. This approach is repeated with most long-standing cross-city services. They will present an overall reduction of frequency along the main corridors and, in many cases, a different cross city link. Whilst the percentage of passengers travelling further than the city centre is statistically small, there will be a significant number of folk whose whose current simple one-fare journeys become more complex and more expensive.
It would be tedious for non-Sheffield experts for fbb to trawl through the whole lot; and it would continue to hurt the old man's brain; but one or two snippets will form the basis of a further blog next week.
Suffice it to say that the whole exercise begins to look less like giving Sheffielders a better bus service and more like saving money and increasing profitability. Whether this is (to quote Sellar and Yeatman**) a "good thing" or a "bad thing" depends on where you stand. A profitable bus company may be less inclined to push up fares but there is always the danger of poorer returns from a reduced service. Lets hope the Partnership hasn't taken a step too far.
** In "1066 and all that" (a comedic history of our sceptred isle) ...
fbb also plans to "keep a weather eye" on this topic and will report any notable examples of a "pitchforks at dawn" response from savvy sheffielders. If this is really a "consultation", there should be changes in the final scheme. fbb thinks it is a safe bet that there won't be!