In fact the main beneficiaries (the only beneficiaries?) of last year's upheaval were the two "competing" operators, namely First Bus and Stagecoach. Most services had their frequency reduced. The chops were no more than you would expect front prudent management and reaction to changing passunger travel patterns. Ever four minutes became every five, every twn became every twelve and so on,
Addressing some of the complaints about lack of service in certain areas, Mr Lynch said: “Bus routes can’t serve everywhere. We have had a lot of complaints from people who wanted us to serve different parts of the city centre. If we agree to do that then we move the service away from somewhere else.”
City council transport planning officer Dick Proctor admitted the timing of the service changes could have been better. “Traffic always build up in the lead up to Christmas. They weren’t the best conditions for any changes to be made,” he said.
The Sheffield Evening paper ...
Councillors and transport bosses have pledged to keep working to improve buses in Sheffield after a public meeting showed a clear lack of confidence in city services.
The SCRTC meetings are usually held in Barnsley, but due to the Sheffield interest this was moved to Sheffield. The "Bus Review" meeting was held from 1000 and scheduled for 2 hours with the ordinary business of the Transport Committee in the afternoon.
There were about 60 members of the public present along with Paul Lynch (Stagecoach), Paul Hopkinson (TM Travel), Kevin Belfield, Richard Proctor (Sheffield City Council Planning Dept.), Stephen Edwards (PTE), other members of the SCRTC and the meeting was chaired by Sheffield City Councillor Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport.