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Changes to Sheffield’s bus network and cheaper tickets will be introduced this weekend (1 November) as part of a package of improvements by Sheffield Bus Partnership.
Passengers can check for changes to their service and get timetables and route maps online at travelsouthyorkshire.com/futurechanges.
True, it is information; but it's not much use. Correction; it's no use at all.
... in Interchanges ...
There's been NOTHING at Arundel Gate all week and a few leaflets given out grudgingly at
... on-board buses ...
Apparently large versions of the confusing and misleading bus stop "posters" are posted on some vehicles. No timetables. Some buses have been carrying racks of maps.
... and in leaflets sent to Sheffield addresses.
Sheffield Bus Partnership has worked together to join-up and co-ordinate city bus services to improve journey times ...
OLD Sheffield to Lodge Moor - 29 minutes
NEW Sheffield to Lodge Moor - 33 minutes
OLD Graves Park to City - 24 minutes
NEW Graves Park to City - 30 minutes
OLD Wisewood to City - 17 minutes
NEW Wisewood to City - 41 minutes
But lets be fair. fbb has found ONE improvement
OLD City to Charnock - 31 minutes
NEW City to Charnock - 29 minutes
But the new route simply misses out a traditional and very long standing part of services via East Bank Road. For a 2 minute saving? fbb will keep looking for more dramatic improvements in running time!
... provide more links to new destinations ...
A euphemism for swapping all the routes around so there are, indeed, new routes to new destinations; BUT existing passengers will often be inconvenienced. Will passengers from Bradway realise that all their buses now run via Queens Road and away from Highfield, Moorfoot and Moorhead shopping areas or will it come as a pleasant surprise (NOT) when they fork right at Heeley traffic lights?
... and cut congestion.
fbb does not know how many vehicles pass through the centre of Sheffield on a typical working day. But to suggest that removing 50 will "cut congestion" is unrealisitc. It will hardly be noticeable even at the busy stops on Arundel Gate and in the High Street.
Lower price multi-operator tickets will be launched to complement the new network as a direct result, making it easier for passengers to get on the first bus that comes along.
New CityBus Day (£4),
This is pottiness in the extreme. Why, why, why do we have to pay an extra 10p to travel on another operator's bus. Is this a partnership or isn't it? (Answers on a postcard to the usual address, please.) Does that 10p really make a difference to the whole finances of the "partmership". Of course it doesn't.
7 Day (£14) and 28 Day (£49) tickets from TravelMaster that can be used on any bus in Sheffield, and reduced price CityWide Day (£4.30),
And and extra 30p for the privilege of using a Stagecoach tram instead of a Stagecoach bus. Pottier and pottier. Talking of potty, it is rumoured that a new PTE Director General has been appointed. Is the first picture of the new incumbent to be published?
... 7 Day (£15), 28 Day (£53) and Annual (£560) tickets from TravelMaster that can be used on any bus and tram will offer a discount of up to 23% against the nearest existing ticket. Prices are frozen until April 2017.
Frozen fares, that is a benefit. Pause to break open the Bollinger.
We have actually found a tangible benefit from November 1st.
Of course the crunch question is what happens when the frozen fares thaw. If the inflation then catches up it will be very ouch-making.
Back in the pre-competitive days of Sheffield Transport a major network change took place in October 1968. It reduced the number of buses on the road and there were some vociferous complaints. BUT most people hardly noticed the change. A comprehensive timetable book was published plus leaflets and press adverts listing the main changes. From fbb's misty moisty memory, full details were readily available at east two weeks before the big day.
Yesterday marked, possibly, an even bigger change and, today, fbb guesses, several tens of thousands of bus passengers will not have had a clue when their bus will leave of where it will be going.
The members of the partnership should hang their heads in shame.
Remember this press release after the first Partnership re-organisation?
Sheffield bus passenger numbers continue to rise. 01 July 2014
- 4.65 million more fare-paying passengers (9.6%) in 18 months
- Reverse in long-term decline of the city’s bus market
Passenger numbers for overall journeys as part of the city’s ground-breaking Sheffield Bus Partnership have grown by 740,000 (0.9%) in the first 18 months. While fare-paying passengers have risen sharply by nearly 10% at an increase of 4.65 million.
fbb wonders what will come later in the year.