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  1. Unfortunately the current coverage is a reduced temporary network with an emergency covid-19 timetable funded by government based on demand for essential travel, agreed with SYPTE and the City Region Mayor. I'm guessing the view has been taken the 95/95a is enough to cater for the majority of key workers and other essential travel in the Wincobank area given the limited taxpayer funds available to support buses in the area and the 36 will be reviewed when social distancing requirements are removed. Perhaps the local community should follow the lead of Stocksbridge residents who got together and lobbied their MP and councillor to get the current routes adapted to fill gaps left unserved.
  2. New bus service operated by Powells from 29th June - BL1 Halfway Park & Ride to Gleadless Townend. Timed to connect with trams to/from the City Centre at Gleadless. Timetable to be published later in the week.
  3. Apparently the road opened this afternoon, so the stops towards Woodhouse are: - usual stops on Glossop Road and West Street - Carver Street - Moorhead (Furnival Gate) - usual stops on Arundel Gate The stops on Carver Street and Moorhead replace the stops on Leopold Street and Pinstone Street. Going in the other direction towards Crookes the route is unchanged (ie via Church Street and West Street). Social distancing arrangements are in place on board buses, avoid seats marked out of use, also government have made wearing face coverings mandatory for passengers on public transport (except for some exemptions for certain health conditions, young children etc) and you are asked to avoid using cash to buy tickets and instead pay by contactless or buy online.
  4. Kind of... We already have SYPTE responsible for public transport across all South Yorkshire and we also now have the Sheffield City Region Mayor looking after bigger picture strategy for certain areas like transport and regeneration. It does make sense for the same organisation planning roads, development and public transport so they all fit together. There are comments in the report about new developments being built with no public transport infrastructure (including huge housing estates with no roads big enough to get a bus down!) There is also the comment in the report about Sheffield City Council hiding behind SYPTE to avoid taking any responsibility towards public transport. With our elected SCR Mayor being Labour he is towing the party line somewhat talking about public sector control of the bus network with things like bus franchising (basically the bus operating businesses would be running all services under contract to the local authority rather than as commercial enterprises) however the report does include a word of caution - First South Yorkshire has been losing money, so if the public sector took over then just to maintain the same level of service either the taxpayer would have to stump up more funding or fares would have to go up significantly. Dan Jarvis does come across as reasonably smart and business like so I'm sure he'll understand this.
  5. New bus timetables commenced this week. - bus 30 has increased daytime frequency Mon-Sat to every 30 minutes with the road due to open at Furnival Gate making this viable - a number of First services have improved the Sunday daytime service Latest timetables: https://travelsouthyorkshire.com/en-GB/LandingPage/service-changes#sheffield
  6. although of course the measures remove the ability of bus passengers to socially distance. Stops in spacious areas (Leopold Street and Peace Gardens) have been replaced with that narrow pavement on Carver Street! The bus stops on Furnival Gate, replacing those on Pinstone Street, are key stops for people getting to the shops. Except that the road hasn't opened yet. Leopold Street and Pinstone Street shouldn't have been closed until their replacement was open!
  7. At the moment... yes (assuming you are coming from the Crookes direction). After Carver Street it should be Furnival Gate (ie top of the Moor), at the time of writing that road was still closed, it is due to open in the next day or two, after that it is the normal stops on Arundel Gate.
  8. A photo of the new bus stops on Carver Street that has replaced the ones on Leopold Street/Pinstone Street for social distancing... You will observe the following "features" - narrow pavement - no shelters - no timetable information, printed or electronic - no safety notices - no tactile paving Whilst the ones on Furnival Gate that aren't in use until the council finish building the road aren't much better... (photos from http://publictransportexperience.blogspot.com/)
  9. The satisfaction survey was carried out by Transport Focus, an independent organisation there to represent passengers that does this survey work across all bus, train and tram nationally every year. Handling service disruption including customer communication has been a hot topic across the public transport industry as long as I can remember. For a small operating company like Supertram resource is limited and of course when there is disruption the main focus is operational - dealing with the incident that is causing the disruption and directing drivers and rolling stock to try and get them back in the right places. On a railway system, unlike buses, there is much more limitation too, you cannot generally just divert via an alternative route when there is a blockage. In terms of passenger information I would suggest there has been much improvement at Supertram in recent years with network controllers now issuing service updates via Twitter to advise passengers and in the case of major disruption on call managers can now post update messages onto the platform screens. When sections of the tramway are closed by an incident it has always been the case that the controllers will attempt to make arrangements with bus and/or train operators to accept tram tickets in the affected areas with Stagecoach Yorkshire generally always being accommodating being owned by the same parent company. There are also processes in place with First bus and Northern Railway.
  10. I agree and disagree with some of this in various shades. The main issue I have with the Clean Air Zone is that private cars are exempt but extra costs are being piled on to public transport, taxis and tradesmen, an environmental initiative that encourages car use seems misguided to me! I think in terms of the temporary Covid-19 initiatives it is unfair to say the council hasn't considered the bigger picture. On a short timescale and reliant on government funding, a lot of work has clearly gone in to planning changes to the road layouts including new bus routes and stops and provision for deliveries etc to shops in the affected area, all to help the City Centre economy start rebooting. The actual plan looks fine to me. The issue is the implementation - not all the work was done in time for the 15th June changes and this has seriously impacted on the delivery of bus services. The council seems good at lecturing bus operators on the quality and reliability of their service but seems incapable or unwilling to play their part in that. Seems to be more and more examples that suggest the council aren't supportive of public transport and are keen to be seen as the motorists friend.
  11. I'd like to think it would have been scheduled to be done for 15th June. It hasn't been finished in time. Leopold Street and Pinstone Street closed on 15th June. Alternative route via Furnival Gate still not open!
  12. Its still going, now branded as "Buses for Sheffield". You can find the all operator bus map here: https://travelsouthyorkshire.com/en-gb/journeyplanning/public-transport-maps#bus You can find the all operator tickets here: https://sytravelmaster.com/ The bus operators have been doing their bit investing in modern buses as much as possible for example. The public sector partners - Sheffield City Council and SYPTE perhaps less so thanks to funding cuts. This has meant those socially necessary but loss making services that are subsidised and put out to tender and been scaled back. Travel shops have been closed. Bus stop maintenance has been reduced. Bus priority measures are not being properly enforced. Bus reliability and journey times are suffering due to road traffic congestion. Something mentioned in the report is the local planning policy issue being campaigned on nationally - councils are granting planning permission to housing developments where the entire estate has roads that aren't suitable for buses, making them car dependent, with the resulting impact on traffic congestion. Likewise new business parks are allowed to be built out of town with no consideration for public transport provision. Another issue may well prove to be that tickets are too cheap as well. Compare the cost of a weekly commuter pass in Sheffield with well regarded award winning operators in the Nottingham/Derby area..
  13. a big frustration here is just how behind schedule all this work is. The council has closed Leopold and Pinstone Street and imposed other restrictions and changes on 15th June to aid social distancing to allow the shops to reopen as planned. This is of course the right thing to do. However you'd think the new bus route and bus stops would also have been built ready for the 15th June...
  14. If you've read the document you will have seen the point that the likes of First are losing a lot of money in South Yorkshire, not making money, and if the public sector took over then it would be the taxpayer rather than shareholders funding that loss!
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