The 22X joins the unchanged 226 and the 222 between Wath and Barnsley as in the fbb map of the new network.
222 returns to Manvers Way and via the College as for the various 22s.
229 is a route number that disappears, replaced by the new non-magic 22X and by the new 228 between Rotherham, Woodman Inn, Newhill and Wath.
Firstly, it has integrated the former Magic Bus X22 into the network by extending it to Barnsley replacing the previous 229 . This also ramps up the competition with First's 22 on that section by increasing a combined frequency of 6 buses an hour to 8. The Doncaster leg remains at 6 an hour whilst Rotherham to the Dearne Valley towns drops from 12 (6 route X22 , 2 each 220 , 221 and 229 ) buses an hour to 8 (4 route 22X , 2 each 221 and 228 ).
The frequency changes are shown in this fbb diagram.
How will First react? A further Dutch auction with fares OR will First buses begin to Jump, for example?