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Dateline Tuesday 3rd November
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The 38 service to Low Edges was withdrawn and replaced by diverting and extending the existing service 53 (previously terminating at Abbey Lane roundabout) from Woodseats to Low Edges.
fbb should record (although he doesn't know the dates) that a casualty of privatisation was buses from Sheffield to Holmesfield, probably because the PTE ouldn't subsidise them as they went into the dark and mysterious world of D*rbysh*r*.
As fas as Bradway was concerned there were persistent rumours that it would be served by an extension of service 53 all day every day thus taking customers away from the city centre stops and giving them a longer journey. There were vociferous complaints about this suggestion and nothing we heard of it until the Partnership published its proposals earlier this year.
In the heady pre-partnership days of 2010, Stagecoach and First provided six buses and hour to Bradway. This compares with every 20 minutes by Corporation 75 and every 30 minutes by the original 59. fbb does wonder where the extra people have come from. Under the new partnership this has become every 12 on Monday to Friday, every 15 on Saturday but a ludicrous every 15 on Sunday.
As reported in the partnership press release, services ave been "speeded up" as follows:-
Bradway to City Monday to Saturday
Old 25 timetable - 34 minutes
New 24 timetable - 37 minutes
Bradway to City Sunday
Old 53 timetable - 27 minutes
New 24/5 timetable - 37 minutes.
But fbb did promise some gorgeous photos sent in by correspondent Roy Wilson. And here they are:
The last 53 to Bradway on Saturday 31st October
The first service 24 to Bradway on Sunday 1st November at 0624.
A Stagecoach bus using the "Old Mother Redcap" terminus turning circle previously only used by First. Another stunning benefit if the partnership!
In summary, then. Overall a reduced service taking longer to get to City and missing out the main shopper stops at Moorfoot and Moorhead.
Thanks a bunch partnership.
The general consensus I have noticed over the last few days is that regular "commuters" are aware of the changes, but generally displeased with them. Whereas most people who are only occasional users of buses are un-aware.
Good use of the local media, eh? And an expected result for printed publicity.