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  1. No form of public transport is going to suit everyone for every journey. People see free bus services in other places like Manchester City Centre and think we ought to have them here. But, they often don’t understand how these things are paid for, which is often contributions from developers arising from planning applications, which is fine if your city has lots of development happening and you can demand that level of contribution and you have the political will to use the money to provide that kind of service.
  2. Ah, this old chestnut. Having been very closely involved in SCC’s parking operations, I can tell you that there’s no such thing as a “politically sensitive” area. In many years of experience I have never experienced or heard of politicians in Sheffield telling Parking Services where to and where not to enforce. They will have some involvement in setting priorities, which are usually expressed in policy documents like a parking strategy, which is entirely correct and as you would expect. Parking Services have their priorities and their enforcement resources are deployed accordingly. The CEO’s on the street are given specific areas to patrol and don’t vary from those unless told to do so. Which is exactly what you would expect. If you are speaking to a CEO, they often don’t know the full picture, you need to speak to the managers. Parking Services are very open and transparent about where they enforce and why. If you ask them, they can give you the figures of how many penalties are actually issued. Just drop them a line and ask them if you really want to know the facts rather than relying on heresay. The fines not getting paid aspect is a problem with the legal framework and most enforcing authorities have the same issue, for example in London, people with diplomatic immunity rack up huge numbers of penalties which don’t get paid. The people who are getting these penalties usually understand the legal position and just ignore them. What would you have the enforcement authorities do? They have finite resources, should they use them issuing pointless fines to people they know will ignore them and continue to offend, or concentrate resources elsewhere, where they actually make a difference?
  3. I’ve seen studies where the majority of car drivers said they would not use public transport even if it were free. As others have pointed out, nothing is actually free. There’s a significant cost involved and someone has to pay it.
  4. The problem is that many people will take the chance and park in places they shouldn't if they think they can get away with it. The Council can and does enforce, but they can't be everywhere and enforce everything. Part of the problem is that the government does not want Councils to use camera enforcement for parking contraventions, so tickets have to be issued by an enforcement officer in person and many parking contraventions require an observation period before a ticket is issued, so drivers often see the enforcement officer and just drive off. All of this is a problem in any town or city, not just Sheffield. Trams are proven to attract mode shift from the car. Buses tend to attract mode shift from people who walk or cycle. Not car drivers.
  5. A lot of that is down to political acceptability. The officers of SCC know exactly what is needed, but politicians won't approve it. It all sounds fine in theory, but I'm sure you know as well as I do that very little mode shift goes from car to bus. The only way most car drivers will get the bus is if they are forced to.
  6. If these are weekday / daytime services they are commercial services provided by the operator. First and Stagecoach compete on the 52 route, so it's very financially viable. The tendered services tend to be evening and weekend ones, which are less frequent Already happens Why ONLY buses? The other users of bus lanes / gates do not hold the buses up, studies have been done to prove this. SCC did one. There are already plenty of cameras on bus lanes and bus gates. They are only placed at locations where there actually are contraventions that hold buses up. It is also actually unlawful to place cameras and enforce just to generate income.
  7. But still carry the lions share of the passengers Can't be done unless you have a system like in London where Transport for London decide what services will run where and when (and pay for them) The majority of daytime bus services here are provide by an operator on a commercial basis, so they decide frequency and timings
  8. They've been spending millions doing just that for decades. Will spending a few bob more now make any real difference?
  9. There’s a warning sign before the roundabout and the there is the regulatory sign at the actual restriction ( blue rounded on yellow background. You can see them both from this viewpoint: https://goo.gl/maps/ks4YcaHGST2ErJmZ7 The roundabout gives drivers an escape route. I believe there’s sufficient signing to allow enforcement, but the final arbiters of that will be the adjudicators who determine appeals against penalties. If you mean that there should be an advance warning sign on Exchange St before the turn into Blonk St, there’s already a large direction sign with a lot of information on it. I’d think it might be confusing if advance warning of the bus gate was added.
  10. You don’t read the news much, do you? There have been several terrorist attacks in recent years in the UK where vehicles have been used as a weapon. Four people killed in the one on Westminster Bridge: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-idUSKBN1KZ0HY Concrete blocks have been used by authorities all over this country and abroad to mitigate such threats. The blocks don’t bother me at all and would not in any way deter me from coming to town, but another poster mentioned them as part of their reasoning for not coming into town.
  11. Lets face it, all the available evidence points to the fact that car drivers won't switch to bus use unless you make them, either by banning cars from areas or pricing them off the road, so unless the Council are prepared to grasp that nettle, efforts to "encourage" people to use the bus won't ever come to much. We've been trying to encourage people to use the bus for decades and have spent many millions doing it. Where has it got us? It's still a declining market. Often when major changes are happening, the funding to do the necessary stuff doesn't arrive in the order you'd like it to. I'm sure everyone concerned knows what needs to be done, but getting the money and conditions in place to do it all in the right order is often nigh on impossible. Significant change brings with it turbulence and we often have to put up with some inconvenience along the way. As part of the pandemic response, the government gave Councils money to put in more / better cycling and walking facilities, so as you'd expect, SCC grabbed their share. This seems to have meant that the cycling and walking stuff gets done first, before the public transport facilities. What would you have them do? Turn down the walking / cycling funds? Describing Rockingham St as a "dark, unsafe back alley" is a bit of a stretch. Personally I feel fine about walking up there any time of day or night, but I'm not everyone of course. I also think its a bad idea having large vehicles like buses trundling along your main street in the city centre and on the occasions I use a bus, I'm happy enough to walk a bit further to make the centre of town a nicer place to be. The bus operators are often a convenient whipping boy for politicians, who generally don't like the deregulated system. It will be interesting to see how things change if they go for franchising , as there won't be anyone else to blame after that.
  12. So what would you like? The council to not put those blocks in place and leave the centre vulnerable to terrorist attack? I’m afraid “ornate gates” aren’t going to work if, as they have done elsewhere, attackers decide to try to hit people with an HGV. To stop those you need something very solid. This kind of thing is just a factor of modern life in city centres everywhere. Doesn’t look great but not something I would even think about when deciding whether or not to come into town. Yes, parts of the city centre have a lot of building work going on. You heard the one about omelettes and eggs? When a lot of change is happening, there’s usually a bit of disturbance and inconvenience in the process.
  13. The city centre isn’t any less well connected than it was before. The bus routing and stops have moved a bit, that’s all. SCC are doing the same as every other city in making the city centre more people friendly and easier to get around on foot or by bike. If we are going to meet the very demanding carbon reduction (and air quality) targets that have been set, we are going to have to change the way we travel for some journeys. SCC are putting the facilities in place to help that happen, just like everywhere else ( because that’s what central government wants and they are giving councils the money to do it)
  14. That very system has been in place for several years, ever since the Amey core works started. SCC put legal orders in place to facilitate the road closures, which allow the lawful removal of any vehicles which contravene them. SCC parking services enforce it and SCC’s contractors do any removals and there’s a regulated appeals process in place for anyone who feels the penalties / removals have been applied incorrectly. ( It’s the same one used for any parking penalties SCC issue). Amey put up notices and inform local people when the closures will take place, giving plenty of notice to cover most eventualities. The system works fine on the vast majority of occasions and there is regular liaison between Amey and SCC to ensure lessons are learned and procedures are updated when needed. However, the process relies on people doing it right and occasionally, because they are human, they do get it wrong. That’s why there’s a regulated appeal process which includes access to an independent adjudicator. If Amey are found to be at fault for any successful appeal, they reimburse the councils costs. All exactly as you would expect it to be on a contract of this nature.
  15. Do you mean their original Griffin House building on Silver St? The one I mean is the new Grosvenor House building. The staff from Griffin House have now moved into it. This has brought the jobs into the very centre of the city and should help city centre businesses. If SCC hadn’t sorted the new building for them, the jobs could have moved elsewhere as they wanted to move out of Griffin House.
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