67 and 69 , with the 67s looping back every two hours via a bit more of Edenthorpe ...
will result in considerable hardship for a large number of residents is difficult to assess from a distance. But Mr Worsdale can still do his shopping and visit friends and even keep his hospital appointments.
Mum-of-three Nicola Tanner, aged 28, of Clay Lane, said the changes would affect parents who use the 76 bus to take their children to Kingfisher Primary School, Coventry Grove, Wheatley. She said: “Some of us have pushchairs.
In fact Nicola had a choice of three buses under the "ancien regime":-
The 84/84A/84B complex runs every 20 minutes between Barnby Dun and Doncaster (so not one bus an hour) but Nicola now only has two journeys ...
Surprisingly, however, the press has not latched on to the change at the Wheatley Hills estate which is much more dramatic. Here is a before and after map:-
76 ran every 20 minutes to Clay Lane with an additional 20 minute frequency service 77 crossing Thorne Road and serving Wheatley Hills. Occasional journeys diverted via Wheatley Hall Road as 76A . The new 76 now runs every ten minutes - seemples!
Nicola Tanner now has the 84 group from Clay Lane.
But poor, poor Wheatley Hills estate. They have gone from a bus every 20 minutes on service 77 from 0800 to 2000 to a paltry 89 with journeys roughly every hour between 0900 and 1600.
Now that would be a story for "The Star"! But the incisive press reporter missed it completely.
Anyway, all is well because First have explained everything.
Unless they live at Wheatley Hills!
“These are not cuts, the total level of resource is the same. We’ve refocused that resource following consultation with our customers in 2014, which asked for a simpler network with faster and more frequent buses from certain areas."
“However, this is an on-going process. We will be going back out in the community to get feedback after these changes have come in to force and if we need to make more changes to meet customer requirements we will.”
A house-to-house delivery of a network booklet with the excellent First Bus map would seem to be essential for a major and contentious change like this. Enjoy a bit of the map! (click on the map to enlarge)