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  1. Michael_N

    Supertram Rail Replacement 2019

    Just a reminder, this all starts from tomorrow (Friday, 19 April).
  2. Sheffield ranks in 10th! 🙄 From Wealthy Urbanites to Borderline Poverty - The Consumer League Table The 2019 HDH Vitality Index looks at the country’s retail sector and contains a wealth of fascinating information about the way business see the population. It breaks the nation down into 10 “shopper segments” which reveal what sort of consumer lives where, and what they spend their cash on. Here is a snapshot: Wealthy Shoppers 1 Wealthy Urbanites (As and Bs, average salary £70,000) “Education levels are very high, and people are either employed in well-paid professional jobs or do not need to work due to family or accumulated wealth. They are early adopters of technology and fashion trends and have the money to afford being at the cutting edge. They live in Kensington, Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Notting Hill Gate and shop at Selfridges. 2 Maturing Affluence (As and Bs, average salary £60,000) Mature couples, often with grown-up children, in high-ranking roles in large organisations, or with their own companies, or rich retirees, their tastes are conservative. They live in Guildford, Tunbridge Wells, Epsom, Bath, and Berkhamsted and spend at John Lewis and M&S. 3 Prosperous Families (As and Bs, £50,000) Families with young children, adults in senior positions in white- and blue-collar firms, children influence their spending on technology, large cars and new retail trends. Found in Salisbury, Thame, Bury St Edmunds, Grantham, and Harrogate, they shop at Jigsaw and Mint Velvet. Mid-affluence Shoppers 4 Settled in Suburbia (A, B and C1, £42,000) These folk live in medium-sized to large detached or semi-detached homes in pleasant suburban neighbourhoods, vote Tory and read the Daily Mail. Denizens of Ruislip, Clacton-on-Sea, Maidstone, and Potters Bar they frequent Holland & Barrett, Debenhams and Lakeland. 5 Mixed Neighbourhoods (B, C1 and C2, £34,000) Relatively securely employed, in mid-range white- and blue-collar jobs, levels of wealth are just above the average. They live in Glasgow, Plymouth, Birmingham, Leicester, and shop at The Body Shop, Next and Gap. 6 Average Families (C1, C2 and D, £26,000) Found in less affluent suburban areas, often in functional semi-detached or terraced properties, earning just enough money to meet essential needs, such as utility bills and groceries. Educational attainment is slightly lower and “mid-market papers will direct many of their views”. Prevalent in Coventry, Swansea, Torquay, Swindon, Hastings, where they shop at Mothercare, Argos and Asda. 7 Students and Graduates (B, C1, £22,000) Young singles in inner-city areas, near universities or in districts of cheaper housing. Levels of affluence are relatively low: students are usually not in employment, and the recent graduates are just starting out in their career - often with a large debt to pay. But they spend “well beyond their means” and are at the cutting edge of trends. Commonly found in Bristol: Clifton, Leeds: Headingley, and Oxford: Headington. They frequent Zara, Lush and Urban Outfitters. Least Affluent Shoppers 8 Struggling Workers (C1, C2, D, £18,000) Found in poorer city suburbs and towns, in smaller terraced or semi-detached units, often ex-council houses, predominantly mortgaged or rented. Poorly qualified, in low paying jobs, they use public transport and wear tracksuits. Found in Tottenham, Leyton, Burnley, Stratford, Mansfield, and Corby, they buy from Iceland, TK Maxx, Sports Direct, and Greggs. 9 Poorer Families (C1, C2, D, £12,000) They live in poor-quality, often rented, housing mostly in northern England and Scotland. Poorly qualified they work in menial, low-paid jobs, and often have large families, with stay-at-home mums. Common in Colne, Bradford, Luton, Blackburn, Braehead, where they shop at Peacocks, BrightHouse and Wilkinson. 10 Borderline Poverty (C2, D, E, £9,500) These people tend to be “on the breadline”, struggling to meet bill payments and pay for essentials such as food. Qualification levels are very low and unemployment rates are significant. Single parents are more common, the majority of people will be claiming some form of means-tested benefit. Poverty has taken hold, with residents often taking solace in fast food, gambling and alcohol. Pawnbrokers and loan companies are also widespread in these areas. Opinions will be “guided by lower end newspapers and media”. Typical areas include Jarrow, Sheffield, East Kilbride, Rhyl, and Toxteth, where people visit The Money Shop, Bargain Booze, Oxfam, Ladbrokes and McDonald’s.
  3. Michael_N

    Digging up the pavement on Flat Street

    They seem to really be messing up the area. Look at the back log of traffic now on Commercial Street due to the junction revision at Haymarket/Fitzalan Square. Total mess!
  4. Michael_N

    Hotel needed for Take That event.

    Look at one in the city centre and use the bus/tram to get to the Arena. Probably the best and cheapest option. Premier Inn in Sheffield City Centre (Angel Street) is right at the side of both the X1/X10 bus stop and Yellow/TramTrain tram service at Castle Square. There's also EasyHotel, Ibis, Travelodge, Best Western (Cutlers), Hilton, Holiday Inn and Sheffield Metropolitan all within a 5 minute walking distance.
  5. Michael_N

    Speed Limits

    Think Rotherham Council care more about their own approach from the M1 than the Sheffield side of the M1. They are already cash strapped although they are resurfacing a few roads at the minute - Great Eastern Way at Parkgate been one which has seen the infamous 3 lane roundabout with no road markings actually gain them for the 1st time since it was constructed in the early 80s!
  6. Michael_N

    Climate change protests

    Complete waste of time and they’ve done more damage to their cause than good - with a lot of people angry at them. Causing needless traffic congestion which in turn has caused more pollution, very clever thinking 🤔
  7. Michael_N

    Speed Limits

    Exactly, Rotherham Council deal with common sense. Likewise for their major dual-carriageways that are 50mph like West Bawtry Road. As for the Parkway, does anyone really stick to 50mph? Even during the daytime it's not unusual to see cars travelling in excess of 60-70mph.
  8. Just a heads up on this offer, as it is not widely publicised and could be handy for people who fancy an evening out in town etc. It's valid on all Stagecoach buses in South Yorkshire and is essentially a day saver for the evenings only (6pm until end of service). https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/yorkshire/eveningrider-plus
  9. Michael_N

    Supertram Rail Replacement 2019

    What we need to ask is, will Stagecoach be offering any discount to people who have monthly/yearly passes that have already been purchased through Direct Debit. Will they try and retain these customers, or risk losing them to either other bus operators who run services similar to the tram (120 between Halfway & City for example) or will people just become fed up and switch to the car? What has shocked me, is that for the Hillsborough Corner works, they haven't just simple extended the SL1/SL1A bus beyond Middlewood to Hillsborough, so customers from beyond Middlewood will have to change buses at Middlewood, to then change again at Hillsborough onto the trams. Not like Stocksbridge has much choice as apart from the hourly 57, it's a captive market with Supertram/SL1 & SL1A buses!
  10. Michael_N

    TM Travel

    Yes you can. Use it on any bus within the Sheffield council boundary.
  11. Because that's the Doncaster 52 what runs from South Elmsall in West Yorkshire to Doncaster Interchange.
  12. Michael_N

    new football ground at meadowhead

    Since the land is owned by SYPTE you'd have thought that by now, when traffic congestion is at an all time high they would have proposed to build a park and ride site here, or even proposed to extend the tram from Herdings Park down Bochum Parkway to Meadowhead...
  13. Yes folks the time has come again, so it's time to get used to catching rail replacement buses again or just transfer across onto the regular bus routes which won't require a change at Hillsborough/Shalesmoor/City or the Railway Station... Overview of works: Area 1 Hillsborough Corner and Middlewood Road Planned 19 April - 2 June 2019 Blue Route - Halfway to Hillsborough Purple Route - Herdings Park to Sheffield Station (connect to Blue Route for travel into city or walk through Sheffield Railway Station). Yellow Route - Meadowhall to Hillsborough TramTrain - Parkgate to Cathedral Work will take place at Hillsborough corner and along Middlewood Road towards Hillsborough Park. Buses are expected to replace trams on the Yellow Route between Hillsborough and Middlewood and on the Blue Route between Hillsborough and Malin Bridge. Alternative Buses from Hillsborough into City along the Infirmary Road: - 35 Meadowhall to City via Hillsborough - 57 Stocksbridge to City via Hillsborough - 135/135A Rotherham to City via Hillsborough - 81/82 Stannington to Dore/Millhouses via City Alternative Buses from Hillsborough into City passing Leppings Lane/Hillsborough Park: - 35 Meadowhall to City via Hillsborough - 97/98 Hillsborough to Totley/Totley Brook via City - 135/135A Rotherham to City via Hillsborough Alternative Buses from Malin Bridge into City via Hillsborough: - 81/82 Stannington to Dore/Millhouses via City Area 2 Shalesmoor towards Hillsborough Planned 3 June - 18 July 2019 Blue Route - Halfway to Shalesmoor Purple Route - Herdings Park to Sheffield Station (connect to Blue Route for travel into city or walk through Sheffield Railway Station). Yellow Route - Meadowhall to Cathedral TramTrain - Parkgate to Cathedral Work will take place between Shalesmoor and Hillsborough. Buses will replace trams on the Yellow Route between Fitzalan Square and Middlewood and on the Blue Route between Shalesmoor and Malin Bridge. Purple Route trams will operate Herdings Park - Sheffield Station. Alternative Buses from Hillsborough into City along the Infirmary Road: - 35 Meadowhall to City via Hillsborough - 57 Stocksbridge to City via Hillsborough - 135/135A Rotherham to City via Hillsborough - 81/82 Stannington to Dore/Millhouses via City Alternative Buses from Hillsborough into City passing Leppings Lane/Hillsborough Park: - 35 Meadowhall to City via Hillsborough - 97/98 Hillsborough to Totley/Totley Brook via City - 135/135A Rotherham to City via Hillsborough Alternative Buses from Malin Bridge into City via Hillsborough: - 81/82 Stannington to Dore/Millhouses via City Area 3 Shalesmoor Planned 22 July- 25 July 2019 Blue Route - Halfway to Cathedral Purple Route - Herdings Park to Sheffield Station (connect to Blue Route for travel into city or walk through Sheffield Railway Station). Yellow Route - Meadowhall to Cathedral TramTrain - Parkgate to Cathedral Work will take place around Shalesmoor. Buses will replace trams on the Yellow Route between Fitzalan Square and Middlewood and on the Blue Route between Fitzalan Square and Malin Bridge. Purple Route trams will operate Herdings Park - Sheffield Station. Alternative Buses from Hillsborough into City along the Infirmary Road: - 35 Meadowhall to City via Hillsborough - 57 Stocksbridge to City via Hillsborough - 135/135A Rotherham to City via Hillsborough - 81/82 Stannington to Dore/Millhouses via City Alternative Buses from Hillsborough into City passing Leppings Lane/Hillsborough Park: - 35 Meadowhall to City via Hillsborough - 97/98 Hillsborough to Totley/Totley Brook via City - 135/135A Rotherham to City via Hillsborough Alternative Buses from Malin Bridge into City via Hillsborough: - 81/82 Stannington to Dore/Millhouses via City Alternative Buses from University into City along West Street: - 6 Millhouses to Darnall via City - 51 Lodge Moor to Charnock via City - 52/52A Wisewood/Hillsborough to Woodhouse via City - 95 Walkley to City via Commonside - 120 Fulwood/Ranmoor to Crystal Peaks/Halfway via City Area 4 Hillsborough towards Holme Lane Planned 26 July - 9 August 2019 Blue Route - Halfway to Hillsborough Purple Route - Herdings Park to Cathedral Yellow Route - Meadowhall to Hillsborough TramTrain - Parkgate to Cathedral Work will take place at Hillsborough on Holme Lane. Buses will replace trams on the Yellow Route between Hillsborough and Middlewood and on the Blue Route between Hillsborough and Malin Bridge. Alternative Buses from Hillsborough into City along the Infirmary Road: - 35 Meadowhall to City via Hillsborough - 57 Stocksbridge to City via Hillsborough - 135/135A Rotherham to City via Hillsborough - 81/82 Stannington to Dore/Millhouses via City Alternative Buses from Hillsborough into City passing Leppings Lane/Hillsborough Park: - 35 Meadowhall to City via Hillsborough - 97/98 Hillsborough to Totley/Totley Brook via City - 135/135A Rotherham to City via Hillsborough Alternative Buses from Malin Bridge into City via Hillsborough: - 81/82 Stannington to Dore/Millhouses via City Area 5 Glossop Road (University of Sheffield Curve) Planned 25 August - 30 August 2019 Blue Route - Halfway to Cathedral Purple Route - Herdings Park to Sheffield Station (connect to Blue Route for travel into city or walk through Sheffield Railway Station). Yellow Route - Meadowhall to Cathedral TramTrain - Parkgate to Cathedral Work will take place at The University of Sheffield tram stop curve on Glossop Road. Buses will replace trams on the Yellow Route between Fitzalan Square and Middlewood and on the Blue Route between Fitzalan Square and Malin Bridge. Alternative Buses from Hillsborough into City along the Infirmary Road: - 35 Meadowhall to City via Hillsborough - 57 Stocksbridge to City via Hillsborough - 135/135A Rotherham to City via Hillsborough - 81/82 Stannington to Dore/Millhouses via City Alternative Buses from Hillsborough into City passing Leppings Lane/Hillsborough Park: - 35 Meadowhall to City via Hillsborough - 97/98 Hillsborough to Totley/Totley Brook via City - 135/135A Rotherham to City via Hillsborough Alternative Buses from Malin Bridge into City via Hillsborough: - 81/82 Stannington to Dore/Millhouses via City Alternative Buses from University into City along West Street: - 6 Millhouses to Darnall via City - 51 Lodge Moor to Charnock via City - 52/52A Wisewood/Hillsborough to Woodhouse via City - 95 Walkley to City via Commonside - 120 Fulwood/Ranmoor to Crystal Peaks/Halfway via City Full details: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/media-library/files/supertram/2019 rail replacement/supertram rrp overview leaflet 2019.pdf?la=en
  14. Probably because there is very little offer in Sheffield city centre, compared to the likes of Manchester or Leeds. Says a lot when even Doncaster has a much better offering and a shopping centre right in the middle of the town centre...
  15. Michael_N

    Bus protest

    Sounds like a complete pleb to be honest.
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