Tuesday, 15 May 2018
It's About Time (1)
What Is "Frequent"?
fbb returns to Sheffield to explore this vexatious topic, largely because Sheffield has been a significant part of his life both personally and as a user and enthusiast for public transport.
Trams ran from Walkley to Intake. At first they were single deck due to the hilly nature of the route ...
Here, as at Walkley Library, they stopped in the middle of the road with little concession to Health and Safety.
In 1956 the trams were withdrawn and replaced by bus route 95.
At Walkley half the journey still turned at the Library using a small loop via Camm Street.
The "other half" continued from the Library ...
... along Bole Hill Road ...
... and reversed into Tinker Lane.
Sometime in the early 1970s all buses were extended to Tinker Lane and a new nibble was eventually built a short distance up the lane where buses still reverse today, but less contentiously!
There is also a twee little stone built shelter.
At the Intake end a superb turning circle was built; it is still there complete with the now disused toilets and a small newsagents' kiosk.
Nothing uses the turning loop any more, but back then, "frequent" 95s would return from there to Walkley in droves! Here is the first stop up the hill ...
... and a near equivalent view today.
So what about "About Time"? Clearly not the 2013 Bill Nighty film ...
... delightfully amusing and totally lacking in grue though it be.
Tomorrow we take at look at what it actually means for an operator to offer a "frequent service"; and ask the unanswerable question, "at what point does a frequent service become so frequent that a timetable is unnecessary?"
If at all!
And, the following question, at what level does a frequency reduction become counter-productive as passengers perceive the service to have deteriorated to a point at which they change their travel patterns, but a bike and become non-passengers?
Next time travel blog : Wednesday 16th May