But what is Waverley?
First the road was diverted and lakes were created to improve drainage. The land that formed High Field farm was then the basis for the Waverley housing area.
A new Highfield Lane is part of the estate.
Catcliffe, Poplar Way, Waverley, High Field Spring, Handsworth, Orgreave Lane, Handsworth Road
Catcliffe, Main Street, Sheffield Lane, Poplar Way, Waverley, High Field Spring, Handsworth, Orgreave Lane, Handsworth Road, Richmond.
Catcliffe, Rotherham Road, Main Street, Sheffield Lane, Poplar Way, Waverley, High Field Spring, Handsworth, Orgreave Lane, Handsworth Road
... i.e. thee different and confusing versions of the same route. (High Field Spring should come before Waverley and not after; Handsworth should come after Orgreave Lane and not before!)
Or are they the same route?
Of course, Waverley is a developing area and Google Streetwiew's view may be from sometime in the past, but you would not get a bus along Lescar Road at its most recent visit; indeed Streetview couldn't get further than the builders' gates.
Answer. They didn't!
There was no announcement from the driver and no notice of this change at Rotherham bus station. An earlier check for times at Sheffield Interchange revealed no diversion information.
The whole trip was a pathetic waste of time!
And, in case you wondered, Traveline doesn't know which way the buses go either!
Is this the final answer? From First Bus:-
From Monday 7 November 2016, buses will run through the Waverley estate via Mitchell Way, Stephenson Way, Lesscar Road and Highfield Lane.
Until the bus stops are installed, buses will serve two temporary pick up/drop off points:
At the end of Lesscar Road, just before the junction with Highfield Lane (near the blue pedestrian/cyclist only sign)
On Highfield Lane, approx. 5 metres before the turn off to the show house
At the end of Lesscar Road, just after the junction with Highfield Lane
On Highfield Lane, approx. 5 metres after the turn off to the show house
These pick up/drop off points are intended as a temporary measure.
Incidentally, First should really know that is is LeScar Road (one S not two).
But, there again, there is an on-line petition from "one year ago":-
Since the AMRC building opened, its car park has not been large enough to cater for the students using the facilities. These students then park on the roads around Waverley, particularly Stevenson Way, Lescar Road and Bradfield way.
Many of these cars park illegally, as they block dropped curbs, park on both sides of the road, blocking the pavement for pedestrians and park too close to the junctions.
This has made it dangerous to drive or walk down these roads, makes them impassable for emergency vehicles and most recently has caused the bus, which goes down two of these roads, be diverted out of Waverley again. Due to the affects to the transport links are leaving residents late for work or paying high taxi costs.
Who knows? And if they know, they are not telling us.
Surely the people of Waverley should be able to read a correct route description SOMEWHERE at the very least. Why does the PTE not make it clear which way the uses go?
And before you write in about the unusually lavish set of three bus services to the Waverley development, please note that the 72 runs half hourly between Sheffield, Brinsworth and Meadowhall; the 74 is hourly Monday to Saturday daytime but becomes an hourly 73 early mornings, evenings and Sundays.
Thank goodness for the Nottingham tram.