We are cosy and cuddly as partners but we compete vigorously with each other. We operate a number of joint services but are wont to charge different fares. On the joint routes we did have special "joint" fares [Optio Orange, Optio Red] but we don't offer these any more.
First service 22 will operate between Rotherham and Wath Upon Dearne only with all journeys extending to Meadowhall. It will be co-ordinated with Stagecoach service 22X to provide 8 buses per hour between Rotherham and Wath Upon Dearne, with 4 Stagecoach buses per hour running to Barnsley.
The only other direct competition in the town is between First and Tates. The latter operates service 56 and 57 in competition with First's 11 and 12 to Clifton and East Dene.
Bus services that are not listed will not change.
... and, anyway, Tates are not part of the Partnership.
These changes are too convoluted to deal with in a "broad brush" blog, but, doubtless, fbb will return to the subject when maps and full timetables are released. The Partnership will "happen" on 21st June; so not long to wait. Meanwhile we are left with a tantalising list of frequencies to whet our appetites.
Another feature of the scheme is a series of all-Rotherham fares.
Rotherham Bus Partnership has worked together to introduce a newly proposed range of value for money tickets that offer travel on any bus in Rotherham, regardless of who provides it.
Rotherham Connect Day – £4.50
Rotherham Connect Week – £17
Rotherham Connect monthly/28 day
The day ticket is 10p cheaper than First's "own", Weekly is £3.50 dearer and Monthly £13.75 dearer. What is not made clear in the publicity (so far) is, simply, what is "Rotherham"; the boundaries have not yet been revealed. Another breath holding moment!
It's all happening in Rotherham!