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  1. There is no such arrangement in the concessionary fare scheme and the government doesn't provide any funding beyond bus travel 09.30-23.00. However - Stagecoach BUSES offer that facility in south Yorkshire as a special gesture at their own cost. TM Travel run a special offer of £1 flat fare before 09.30 with a senior pass.
  2. Dronfield Beer & Cider Festival is a new event taking place 30th May to 1st June - the weekend previously occupied by the 3 Valleys Festival. The main event is a CAMRA volunteer organised beer & cider festival at the Pioneer Club, which is less than 10 minutes walk from Dronfield Station and served by buses 14, 15 and 44, featuring around 40 real ales and a dozen ciders & perry along with a guest run bar showcasing craft beer on keg. The Pioneer Club's own bar will also be open for wines, spirits and soft drinks. Food will be available throughout the event and live music, arranged by Saxbob, will feature Friday and Saturday night. Entry to the festival is £3 after 5pm on Friday and all day Saturday; free entry at other times. Drinks will be served into a branded souvenier glass (glass deposit payable on arrival, you can return undamaged glasses for refund when leaving or simply keep the glass). The CAMRA beer & cider festival is open Thursday 30th May 6pm-10pm, Friday 31st May 12pm-11pm and Saturday 1st June 12pm-11pm. On the Saturday (1st June) the "One Valley" pub festival fringe will take place offering festivities across the town, independently organised by individual pubs, bars and shops - why not combine a visit to the CAMRA event with a few hours exploring the venues of Dronfield town? Confirmed as taking part are the Dronfield Arms/White Swan/Smiffy's bar/Beer Stop/Wine World near the station, Blue Stoops/Manor House Hotel/Victoria by the Civic Centre along with the Coach & Horses, Jolly Farmer and Hyde Park Inn. Most of these venues are just a short walk from Dronfield railway station, those that aren't are served by the Stagecoach 43 bus (TM Travel 14/15/16/16a also provide a useful link between many venues and the station). More information on the CAMRA festival at www.dronfield.camra.org.uk. The 3 Valleys Facebook and Twitter accounts will also keep you updated on both the CAMRA festival and the One Valley independent fringe.
  3. most changes in Sheffield are timetable tweaks to help timekeeping due to Sheffield's worsening traffic congestion. There are however significant changes to the Rotherham network, some of which runs into Sheffield. One notable change to the Sheffield network however is that the 31a bus from Sheffield-Loxley is withdrawn and replaced with route 31b journeys due to ongoing issues with badly parked cars blocking the route in the Walkley area. Timetable changes on the 31/31b to allow longer journey times through Hillsborough that have become neccessary since cars have been allowed through the bus/tram gate in the daytime mean a frequency reduction is neccessary.
  4. yes planned engineering works, replacement buses running.
  5. thought that was the sink hole that opened up in the car park that they still haven't fixed..
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    The Millhouses pub

    Apparently the same people as the Crown at Heeley, same format too with a Pieminister food franchise. Pub Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheMillhousesSheffield/
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    The Crow

    It is currently the closed 'Sleep Inn' budget hotel on Scotland Street (just up the hill from Shakespeares on the 31 bus route). It will be reopening as the Crow at a date yet to be announced, a lot of work is taking place. Upstairs they are upgrading the guest rooms whilst on the ground floor it is being converted back into a pub rather than just simply a hotel reception. The Crow will be run by the same people as the Rutland Arms on Brown Street so a varied beer range is highly likely and it will probably be a worthy extension to the Kelham Island circuit!
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    Traffic around meadowhall 28/12/18

    Mostly shoppers but added to by an accident on the M1. A day when the trams and trains look attractive for trips to Meadowhall!
  9. Ticketer isn't yet accredited for contactless on it's handheld device, only on permanently fixed bus ETMs.
  10. Actually the issue is there isn't yet a portable ticket machine on the market that can do both smart and contactless. Two suppliers are developing such technology and Supertram should have new ticket machines that can take card payment next autumn all being well I'm told. For now daily, weekly and 28 day tickets can be bought online with a card either via the Stagecoach bus app or supertram.com.
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    Sheffield star online

    I haven't read the last 11 pages so I am probably duplicating what others have said. The Sheffield Star website, like most others of the same publishing group, is terrible. Now adverts are a fact of life - they fund the website, you just have to accept that. All the technical glitches are really bad but I presume the budget for the website is probably quite low. My problem is the content. The online content puts you off ever buying the proper printed edition which isn't actually that bad, although clearly they don't employ enough journalists, however online there is lots of click bait headlines and news pieces that is just stuff from Twitter copied and pasted and added to, in some cases with completely made up information (for example a tram train that got delayed at Rotherham due to the driver getting locked out of the cab got reported by the Star online as a derailment!). The Star seriously need to review the content of their website and how it is presented, that way sales of the printed edition may increase too.
  12. The road has now reopened. Does anyone know if any changes have been made?
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    The Millhouses pub

    Their Facebook page has announced they are currently closed https://www.facebook.com/TheMillhousesSheffield/ The pub is owned by EI Partnerships (fka Enterprise Inns) and leased out to independent operators subject to a supply tie contract so has changed management a few times in the last few years but the wording on the Facebook post doesn't seem to imply the current tenant leaving but some other problem. That said EI are advertising the lease as available.. https://www.eipublicanpartnerships.com/run-a-pub/pubs/pages/millhouses-sheffield.aspx
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    Haunted pub to become starbucks

    Carbrook Hall , although it has been a pub for many years, wasn't actually built as a pub so I don't think everyone interested in saving our heritage is too precious on whether it stays as a pub or not and therefore take a view that at least with the Starbucks proposal the building receives investment and is brought back into use rather than being left to rot and fall down. Although the plan involves knocking down the new bits of the building and building a drive through, the historical part of the building remains and the council have imposed a planning condition of restoring the room that is of heritage interest, with its ornate paneling etc.
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    Sentinel brewhouse and eatery

    To be fair them selling to Wetherspoons cheaply was probably a last act of desperation to shift some beer!

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