Never Should've Got Rid of 'Em
A conclusion to:-
A 60-Year-Old Bludner  (read again)
A 60-Year-Old Bludner  (read again)
For a real Sheffielder, a tram was always a "car" (= tramcar). So much so that fbb's landlady once informed a student fbb that, from his bedroom window, "y' can see t'cars on 'Utcliffe Wood." Which, being interpreted is, "It is possible to perceive passing tracked passenger vehicles as they traverse nearby Hutcliffe Wood Road."
The irony of this little piece of local colour was that trams never ran on Hutcliffe Wood Road; the landlady was referring to motor buses. To her, a lifelong Sheffielder, travel had always been, and always would be, by "car". The 1952 timetable book uses the descriptor officially as in this index page.
So the post-war withdrawal of trams between Malin Bridge, City and Fulwood via Hunters Bar (last ran 5th January 1952) was a deeply disturbing event, made even more traumatic by the provision of inadequate and unpopular replacement bus routes.
So roll on sixty glorious years and we examine services on the main corridors today. Contrast and compare. Firstly, to the north of the City Centre, pre 6th January 1952 ...
... and January 6th 2011:-
Trams are back ...
To add to the proliferation of passenger service vehicles, and in another act of aggressive competition, Stageocach runs every 10 minutes from Malin Bridge tram terminus to Stannington, branded as Supertram Link 2.
Head-to-head competition between First's 82 and Stagecoach's 83 & 88 ...
It is likely that some of the "excess" will be trimmed as the Sheffield-wide "Optio" chumminess develops in 2012. See "Summoned to the Headmaster's Study" (read again).
It is the Fulwood "leg" that has seen the most change. A tram every 10 minutes has, by 2012, been replaced by a service 6 bus every hour.
So we still have plenty of public transport 60 years after "the beginning of the end". The number of passengers has dropped significantly in that time and fares have increased well above the rate of inflation. A 3d fare in 1952 (i.e. on a tram from City to Ecclesall) would equate to a fare pf 31p today; but in Sheffield you would pay between £1.10 and £1.40 depending on which service you were using. [figures corrected at 1250 today, Sunday, as a result of comment below]
And the fares situation will undoubtedly get worse in 2012. That makes fbb's old fogey pass a potentially better deal ...
** Loxley, as in Robin of Loxley aka Robin Hood. There is some grain of sense in the unproven tradition, as Sherwood "forest" and the lands in the Sheffield area were once all joined in one big swathe of open country. A "forest" was a hunting area, not necessarily wooded; hence the "New Forest" which largely lacks trees.
Next Blog : due Monday January 9th
FBB you must check your sources as regards fares. Sheffield city centre to Ecclesall with First is now priced at £1.40 since 2nd January, whilst Stagecoach want a mere £1.10 for the journey to Bents Green. Intending passengers are now making definite choices and going for Stagecoach rather than First when heding up Ecclesall Road.ReplyDelete
Thank you. On several occasions I have emailed both these operators and, as you might expect from the new technology, I have either had no reply or been kept waiting over a week.ReplyDelete
There is no on-line source whuch allows you to obtain this information.
Sadly, I have no sources the check easily. I have added a P.S. to the blog!
Strange, isn't it, The mighty Stagecoach and First can't give this information but little Norfolk Green (actually the now rather larger Norfolk Green) manage to have a feature on their web site entitled "Quick bus fare lookup" which does exactly what it says on the tin. Time for a fbb blog on the subject of fares information, I think.ReplyDelete
Thanks SEV777 : I have praised Norfolk Green's fares info. before. Can't remember in which blog, though. Of course, some cynical people might think that fares are not published in case you are put off travelling in the first place. At least under the present system you are usually on the bus before you realise how much it's going to cost.ReplyDelete
How about asking a driver, "Is that your very very best price?" They do that a lot on Antiques programmes.
"How about asking a driver, "Is that your very very best price?" They do that a lot on Antiques programmes."ReplyDelete
You might get a better deal, but an antique ticket as well!
If you are single, childless, and enjoy an odd drink or, you are definitely better off taking the public transportation.ReplyDelete