The once famous Upper Sheffield Road depot, originally for Barnsley's trams, then for Traccy's buses and finally for Stageocach, is no more. It has been demolished and new housing is appearing where once beautiful buses were brushed and brightened-up before beginning their busy day's service.
fbb wrote "railways in the Barnsley area are complicated". This 1940s map shows something of the spaghetti of lines to the east of Barnsley stations.
A correction: fbb had assumed that Red Line's 37 and 38, introduced in response to Stagecoach's withdrawal from these routes, were "tendered" by SYPTE. Apparently they are fully commercial with no supporting PTE cash. Unlike most local authorities, SYPTE does not inform passengers which journeys are financially supported. In his defence, old chubby-chops states that they do look like tendered routes.
"Hi I'm Sean, I started the company in Barnsley, 2008 with 2 buses when I took on 37 service after Stagecoach withdrew it." From the Red Line web site (here).
According to an "anonymous" comment on yesterday's blog, all of Red Line's services are commercial. Thanks, anonymous aka P Dantik!
Of course the "Grimey" White City is not to be confused with a more celebrated namesake in London. Once home of the "Flip-Flap" at the Franco-British Exhibition in 1908 ...
And finally another "Oh dear, not again" moment from Travel South Yorkshire. The departure screens at Barnsley's posh interchage show this information for Red Line's service 37 to Windmill Avenue, Grimethorpe (formerly known as "Red City").
It claims that the 37 runs to Brierley. IT DOESN'T and never has done! So for the lads at TSY, and ever willing to help them improve their geographical knowledge; or even help them get some geographical knowledge, here is an extract from fbb's amended version of the Stagecoach network map.
Brierley is "Church Street" at the top of the map, about half a mile away from the Windmill Avenue terminus.
Oh dear, not again!
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