The laughable map is posted on numerous bus shelters in the centre of the city.
But the problem with this header is that the map has huge areas where buses run at a miserable half hour headway. When, for example, the 97 and 98 come together on the Abbeydale Road they do run every 15, but to Totley and to Totley Brook every 30 is the best you can get. Likewise the 81 to Dore is every 20, the 82 to Millhouses is every 20 and they come together between Ecclesall, Sheffield Centre and Hillborough to make a reasonable ten minute service.
About 40% of this map shows services which run LESS frequently than every 15 minutes!
Because it is hard to describe in words, fbb has added route numbers to this BfS extract.
So 20, 43, 75, 76, 86, 97, 98 and X17 ALL RUN VIA HIGHFIELD.
24 and 25 DO NOT run via Highfield
20, 24, 25, 43 and X17 ALL RUN VIA HEELEY
11a DOES NOT run via Heeley but does run via Heeley Green
Burngreave and Pitsmoor:
fbb has chickened out in this area by merging 1, 11, 20, 75, 76, 88, 97, 98 and X2 into a broad band but users with a modicum of nous will be able to work it out if they need to. Most users will be happy that the routes which divert away from the main drag (in GREY) are clearly shown.
The idea of the BoS map, published by South Yorkshire PTE in disguise as Travel South Yorkshire, was to:-
Highlight frequent services : IT DOESN'T because many of them aren't.
Make interchange easier : IT DOESN'T because often it isn't.
Encourage passengers to make journeys by bus : IT DOESN'T!
fbb's version was created on ancient cheap software in a loft in Seaton Devon, taking a total of 20 working hours to complete and two hours to update for September 2019. The BfS map was created with all the resources of a massively funded quango. The difference, yet again, is that fbb made extensive use of a HUMAN BRAIN which knows where the buses run.
The correct and useful map is, once again, on offer to the Buses for Sheffield "partners" (don't laugh!) entirely free of charge (T & C apply).
A link to this blog will be sent to the bosses of First and Stagecoach plus the PTE and Sheffield's local press.
fbb expects to be ignored - again! But he would really, really, like to see the job done properly.
On A Lighter Note!
A sweet picture via twitter.
Wenford Bridge was the terminus of a former railway line from Wadebridge that was originally built by the Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway in 1834. The line was built in order to facilitate the transport of sea sand for agricultural use from the estuary of the Camel to the local farms, and never carried passengers. Other traffic included granite and china clay from local quarries, and the line survived to carry the latter until 1983. Today the route of the line forms part of the Camel Trail, a recreational route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.