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  1. Indeed it is, but Sheffield doesn't exist in a vacuum. Other towns and cities across the country are doing exactly the same things as SCC are, because that is what central government wants them to do and they are providing money to fund it. It is fair to point that out as some people on here seem to think that SCC are on their own in pursuing current policies. Things change. 50 years ago there weren't as many people in the city and car ownership and usage was much lower, so it was easier to get around by car. The car was king and the authorities wanted to provide the infrastructure to allow unrestricted car use. 50 years more experience and huge growth in car ownership and usage has shown us the consequences of that policy and taught us that it doesn't work. People are now looking to places like Holland, where 50 years ago they had similar problems to us, but now, because of the policies they have pursued, they have much more people friendly, liveable towns and cities. You don't get that by allowing unrestricted car use, everywhere.
  2. They're doing the same as most other sizeable towns and cities. Making the city centre more liveable and easier to get around on foot or by cycle. Navigation by car is pretty easy. You drive around the inner ring road to the area where you want to be, turn off it and park in one of the many car parks, do your stuff and drive back out to the inner ring road and get on your way. How much more simple do you need it to be? Traffic congestion in Sheffield in my experience isn't as bad as in the other cities we like to compare ourselves with like Manchester and Leeds. The Council already put a lot of time and effort into these things. They aren't always successful, but that's also the same everywhere.
  3. And that's the kind of response you get from people who haven't got a clue how to actually resolve the problems, but just want to have a pop at the Council. Maybe you should visit other places and see. If you did take the trouble, you'd see that yes they do have the same problems, and in a lot of places they are worse than here. Yep, so has everywhere else. They generally aren't easy to resolve, which is why they persist. Do illuminate us on what "relatively easy" solutions you're thinking of.
  4. You're just illustrating even more clearly that you don't have a clue. Still no thoughts on where the money would come from? If you believe that removing 18 miles of track infrastructure is a short term operation, you really need to think again. What exactly is the gain? The 12 million trips that the tram carries would have to find another way to travel. That would mean more crowding on buses, more traffic congestion.
  5. It's pretty obvious that infrastructure renewal hasn't been done. That's why the MCA asked the government for £439m to fund the necessary renewals. They got some of it in the CRSTS award, but I can't see exactly how much was for the tram.
  6. You really don't have any comprehension about these things work, do you? The cost of removing the rails is a substantial additional cost to standard highway maintenance arrangements. The council have a 25 year highway maintenance contract in place with Amey, who would want a lot of extra money. Who would pay it and from what funding? What about the points, signalling, cabling, overhead catenary etc etc etc? Someone has to pay for it to be removed or made safe. All what plots of land? Most of the street infrastructure is on public highway, owned by the council. Why would you think they would want to sell off the public highway? The only land which the PTE own is the depot and park and ride sites, which might be sold of but would fetch nowhere near enough to cover the cost of decommissioning. Also how would it look for this city when we became the only city in the UK (maybe even in Europe, or the world) to scrap a modern tram system? Most places are looking to get a tram or extend the ones they have, for reasons which are blindingly obvious to it seems, everyone but you.
  7. I used to work in Manchester and saw their revenue protection in action many times. They work with the Police and are quite effective. The penalty fare in Manchester is in fact £100, reduced to £50 if you pay within 14 days. See this page.
  8. So, same issues they have in any town or city of any size. What solutions do you propose? Parking for the disabled? They can use any council parking space for free, they can park on yellow lines in certain places and there are disabled parking spaces at key locations. What more do you want?
  9. I've seen the same system used elsewhere. Some folk used to use it as an excuse when dodging the fare. Buy one ticket, don't validate it and feign ignorance in the unlikely event of getting pulled by the revenue protection staff (highly unlikely as, if I recall correctly, they only had a handful of them in the early days). There was no cctv on the tram stops in the early days, so the machines on the less busy stops began to be regularly vandalised / robbed.
  10. Exactly right. They were abandoned because: (a) people said they didn't understand the system, which involved buying a ticket from one machine (or off site vendors) and "validating" it in another machine. (b) The machines were getting vandalised and even stolen to get at the cash inside. Pay and display parking machines have the same problem, which is one reason why operators and Councils want us to use electronic payments.
  11. So, if I'm reading correctly, you're saying because the tram doesn't go near the Moor it should be scrapped? There wouldn't be any savings on maintaining infrastructure because all of it would need to be decommissioned and removed. You've clearly not considered that fact. Luckily the PTE have, because they bid to government for the money to refurbish the tram system and had to calculate the cost of decommissioning it. If I recall correctly it was getting on towards £200 million. So where do you think that money is coming from?
  12. Maybe, but there's no need to label people as corrupt when they are just doing their job and following the rules associated with the funding bid. The Stagecoach ones are, but the Sheffield shuttle bus is a new service as far as I can see.
  13. The attitude of some people on here never ceases to disappoint me. We should be saying well done to the Mayoral Combined Authority for bringing in millions of pounds in government funding, but instead, we get "how fat was the brown envelope" Well, if you took the trouble to do a bit of research instead of posting a load of ill informed nonsense, you might find that: "Stagecoach was chosen following a selection process where all operators in the region were offered the opportunity to collaborate with SYMCA in the ZEBRA scheme. From these Full Business Case Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) 7 discussions, it was clear that the only viable operator at that time was Stagecoach. Other operators did not want to be considered as a partner for this particular fund in South Yorkshire" If you look at the route chosen, you'll see it covers Barnsley Rotherham and Doncaster, so taking into consideration the funding is also paying for a small fleet of shuttle buses for Sheffield, all of the local authorities in South Yorkshire are getting something out of it. Therefore political needs are satisfied, everyone gets something. On the operator front, Stagecoach are actually buying the vehicles and SYMCA are the lead on the bid because they are the public transport authority for South Yorkshire and that's how the government wants it. Its a partnership. Stagecoach are actually contributing the normal cost of a diesel fleet for that route and the government grants are paying for the additional cost of buying and using electric vehicles. You can see the full bid document on this page of the SYMCA website. As Mayor, Dan Jarvis is the front person for bids like this. That's how the government wants it. Dan Jarvis isn't the one who takes the decisions, that's done by the MCA Board, which he chairs. Its made up of representatives from each of the local authorities, see this page. So, no bungs, brown envelopes or other corruption, just a job well done by the officers of the MCA and the local authority partners.
  14. Parking services patrol all the major routes in the city. They have limited resources and can’t be everywhere at the same time. The government has made it more difficult for them since they stopped local authorities using camera vehicles to enforce parking restrictions like those on Burngreave Rd. If you see regular contraventions at a particular place and time, let them know. You can use their online contact form or give them a call on 2734567. Just to note that loading and unloading is allowed on some restrictions like double and single yellow lines unless there is a specific loading restriction.
  15. In Sheffield, there's an over-supply of parking in the city centre, that's why some of the private sector car parks aren't that well used and you tend to see them making cheap offers on their prices. The Council only controls a comparatively small amount of the parking in Sheffield centre (circa 20%). They don't have that much off-street parking. The Council's car parks and on-street parking are pretty well used in the city centre and the prices they charge compare favourably with what the private sector are charging in that area.
  16. Generally, the bigger the place, the more demand there is for the parking in the city / town centre. If there's more demand, and supply is limited, you can charge more. That's how supply and demand works. That's why parking costs more in bigger cities than it does in smaller market towns. Councils are only allowed to introduce parking restrictions, including charging for for parking, as a way of managing traffic, ie managing demand. Providing and managing parking has a substantial cost, so why would you think it should be free?
  17. So that would be Barnsley with less than half the population of Sheffield, less happening in the town centre and consequently lower levels of demand for parking. Not exactly a like for like comparison is it? Why don't you try a more valid, size based comparison, like Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and see how much free / cheap parking you get.
  18. If you are talking about business rates, they are actually a central government tax which is just collected on their behalf by local councils.
  19. City centres aren't just about shops. There's lots happening in the city centre after the shops close and a lot of people live in the city centre too. What "substantial local taxes" do you think shops pay? Personally, I think charges should apply 24/7 on Council parking. The private sector car parks don't offer free parking so why should the Council?
  20. They're specialist contractors who get brought in by Amey, the maintenance contractor. They do diamond drilling etc too.
  21. Some faults are intermittent and don't manifest themselves constantly, they can be difficult to pin down and take time to identify. Also, some faults can't be immediately rectified, specialist work needs to be done and there's a lead-in time. I'm told that in this case, the fault was an intermittently faulty, buried loop detector, which is used to identify the buses and give them priority. The solution to such faults is to recut a slot in the carriageway and replace the buried loop of cable. That needs a specialist slot cutting team, who aren't normally available at the drop of a hat. The detector loop is due to be recut tonight, so it should be back in operation very shortly. Urban Traffic Control, who monitor the operation of traffic signals, only became aware of the reported fault on Tuesday, via a tweet from bus operators. They've looked at it on the monitoring equipment and seen that the bus stage of the signal sequence is frequently coming in, so it doesn't appear its faulty all the time. Up until Covid, the bus operators had staff embedded in Urban Traffic Control, who worked with the Council staff to ensure everything ran as well as possible for buses. Since Covid it appears the bus operators haven't provided any staff (which may be understandable, given their financial struggles). It therefore looks somewhat hypocritical to point the finger at the Council and accuse them of not being interested.
  22. If they’re not interested in buses, how do you explain the millions they’ve spent on bus corridor improvements in recent years?
  23. Yes it is. It’s free after 8.30pm on all Council controlled parking. Of course the private sector charge 24/7.
  24. Yes that's as may be, but like I said, actually parking on the pavement isn't an offence / contravention in itself (some people seem to believe that it is). Prosecuting a driver for driving onto the pavement is difficult, so it's rarely done. The Police simply don't have the resources to enforce this regularly.
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