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  1. The first port of call is normally the National Rail Enquiries site (app also available) - https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/today.aspx. This offers general bulletins for ALL train companies along with live departure boards. Updates for specific trains can be found on the train operators journey check pages. In the case of Transpennine Express, you can find it here: https://www.journeycheck.com/tpexpress/ Note yesterday (Sunday) the advice on safety grounds was DO NOT TRAVEL with severe weather causing fallen trees, flooding and more. Lines through Sheffield are all open as normal today.
  2. From 29th March Hulleys of Baslow is running a new limited stop X71 bus on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holiday Mondays from Sheffield and Chesterfield to Alton Towers. departs Sheffield Interchange 08:40 picks up Heeley Retail Park, Woodseats Library (08:50) and Meadowhead The Norton then via Whittington Moor, Chesterfield, Brampton, Baslow, Bakewell, Moneyash, Hartington and Peak Wildlife Park arrives Alton Towers 10:23 Sets off back from Alton Towers at 17:22. http://www.hulleys-of-baslow.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/hulleys1921/ http://www.derbysbus.info/times/
  3. Conductors are a bit of an outdated concept on buses now, the modern way is for people to embrace buying smart card season tickets online or smartphone app tickets rather than delaying the bus by buying a paper ticket from the driver for every journey. If you buy Citywide you won't benefit from this offer, its is just for those who buy tickets exclusively for First buses, their "captive audience" as it were!
  4. That's a Stagecoach service, you can check the fares on the online journey planner at stagecoachbus.com. There has been a move towards reducing the number of fares in general (and places that have 'tap and cap' system like London have a flat fare) to make things simpler, however many Sheffield routes also have a maximum fare offer where the longer journeys are cheaper than they otherwise would be.
  5. A reminder too of the changes to the Stagecoach bus "5 for a fiver" offer - this now includes travel on Friday evenings from 5pm as well as Saturday/Sunday. Up to 5 people travelling together can enjoy unlimited travel on Stagecoach buses in South Yorkshire and Chesterfield for just £5 on this offer (so £1 each if 5 people are in the group). Especially good value if you make use of the X17 Gold bus to Chesterfield or Barnsley!
  6. First have a special offer from 1st to 10th February for those that buy First bus only weekly tickets to say sorry for the level of cancellations over the last few months... Buy a Sheffield 7 day FirstWeek ticket and get 14 days of travel plus use of services in Rotherham too. See here for details: https://www.firstgroup.com/south-yorkshire/news-and-service-updates/news/free-travel-customers-recognition-recent-disruption. Obviously that doesn't benefit those that buy Citywide passes that include the use of other bus companies and trams but I guess Citywide ticket holders weren't as badly affected if there is choice of alternative services.
  7. yes, unfortunately it has closed down. The owners, ei group (formerly known as Enterprise Inns) are looking for someone new to take the lease on. If you fancy taking it on as your own business here are the details, I'd advise reading the contract very carefully before signing... https://www.eipublicanpartnerships.com/run-a-pub/pubs/pages/royal-standard-sheffield.aspx
  8. Takes place 9th to 15th March A City wide celebration of beer across many venues, now in it's 6th year! Look out for brewery open days, tap takeovers. beer and food pairing menus, guided beer & heritage walks and more! Things kick off with the Indie Beer Feast at Abbeydale Picture House on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th before beer week proper gets underway on the Monday. Keep an eye on https://sheffieldbeerweek.co.uk for details as they get announced. It is also worth having a gander at the Drinking Craft Beer in Sheffield Facebook group, some pubs and bars have already started promoting their beer week events on there.
  9. If it is a "Gold" card it is one issued by Derbyshire County Council rather than SYPTE. The Government provides funding to local authorities for the passes to be used on local bus services between 0930 and 2300 Mon-Fri and on local bus services anytime at the weekend. Anything above and beyond this, for example extended hours or use on trains or trams, has to be funded by local tax payers. Derbyshire have cut their public transport budget to the bone, but that's Conservative austerity policy for you.
  10. Usually plenty of room at Nunnery, Middlewood, Halfway. IKEA and Parkgate. Centertainment and Meadowhall usually full
  11. It might even be quicker to get any bus into town followed by a bus or tram direct to Hillsborough Interchange then get a 98 in the other direction! (although of course same issue if 98 doesn't turn up!)
  12. If you are coming into Sheffield from that direction would Middlewood Park & Ride be more convenient? https://travelsouthyorkshire.com/parkandridesheffield/
  13. Limited choice of routes, but don't forget we also have trams and trains in Sheffield and they run in the evening: Last trams from Cathedral on weekdays to: Middlewood: 23:43 Malin Bridge: 23:34 Meadowhall Interchange: 23:48 Rotherham Parkgate: 22:44 Herdings Park: 23:42 Halfway: 23:37 www.supertram.com Last trains from Sheffield Midland on weekdays to: Dore & Totley/Hope Valley: 23:27 Darnall / Woodhouse: 22:42 Meadowhall/Rotherham Central: 23:27 Chapeltown: 23:18 Dronfield: 22:05 www.nationalrail.co.uk
  14. Not all day every day. Generally advance purchase deals where you have to choose a specific time are only available at the less busy times and in limited numbers, they are designed to fill seats that would otherwise be empty. Hopefully Northern have got that right - it can always be difficult to predict how many people will turn up on the day on flexible walk up tickets. its a franchise so the tickets will remain valid ------- Well, I managed to get a couple of trips booked at promotional prices. Day out in Manchester from Dore & Totley station for 20p return and a day out in Hebden Bridge from Sheffield station for £5.90 return (£5.80 advance single there and 10p single back). Both bargains, especially as I was planning on going to Manchester for the beer festival regardless!
  15. Woodseats has been a problem for many years and is also a place of conflicting interests. Traffic needs improving, but that cannot be at the expense of local businesses and residents. If you were to restore it to a multiple lane road (be that two lanes for all traffic or one as a bus lane) you lose parking for the shops, so you would at least have to build a shoppers/workers car park somewhere. It would probably also attract even more through traffic so that extra lane would soon fill up. The geography of the area limits any other solution really I guess. The answer really has to be encourage less traffic to drive through Woodseats, so either taking a different route or a modal shift onto public transport. I suspect with the former people already would take a different route if there was a better option. The latter needs a look at why people don't currently choose public transport and what investment could change that. Do we need more bus priority to improve reliability and journey times? Or would people use a shuttle bus that fed into trains and trams at Dronfield, Dore & Totley and Gleadless Townend?
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