Another slight positive here. When fbb called in on Thursday last, the closed enquiry office was open.
"Self service" will be all that is available; and the best of luck to all who sail in her!
Just a concluding word about maps. There aren't any on display at any interchange or bus stop!
Paper maps have been available since about a week before the momentous change on November 1st and, for a while, these were available on some buses on a pot-luck self service basis. "Ay-oop, luv, we've run out."
But at certain city centre stops you can "enjoy" the PTE's "spider" maps. This craze, started by Transport for London, works on the dubious basis of treating a bus network like and Underground train service.
It doesn't work - especially if the maps are drawn by an idiot. Harry Beck's iconic London Underground map did, at least, pay some respect to geographical truth, even if geographical size were abandoned. But in Sheffield the terrifyingly useless spiders do neither.
Here is the arachnid from the Snig Hill city terminus.
And here is the fbb version which might just tell you something useful.
So, not only has the partnership palpably failed to publicise their changes adequately in print, but what is "out there on the streets" brings the systemic inaccuracy of the PTE's publicity machine (?) ...
Bosses at Sheffield Bus Partnership – which includes Sheffield Council officials, bus operators and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive – will meet to look at ‘passenger feedback’ and ‘performance data’ in order to agree possible improvements to the new network.
Coun Terry Fox, the council’s cabinet member for environment and transport and vice-chairman of the Sheffield City Region Transport Committee, called for the meeting.
He said: “While teething problems and an increased number of comments are expected when changes of this scale are made, I have called this meeting to ensure the partnership is doing all it can to improve journeys for passengers, by reviewing the feedback we have received and putting improvements in place where possible, as soon as practical.”
The bus partnership claimed the changes would make it easier and cheaper for people to get around, with new discounted tickets also introduced.
More than 5,000 people have signed a petition urgently calling for them to be reversed.