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  1. Bang on. Quality response and what many are thinking. This is the reason why many now don't find travelling into town appealing.
  2. Pretty much. Says a lot when even Meadowhall is better connected and catered by public transport than the city centre. SCC seem hell bent on turning all roads into cycle ways... How long before the Parkway has 1 lane removed for a cycle super highway?
  3. BUMP. Don't forget to have your say before the consultation closes.
  4. Sheffield... the new Rotherham town centre! Such a shame.
  5. You'd have thought with this costing the tax payer even more money, they would've rounded it up to £1 for all under 21s single fare.
  6. Powells have won the tender for the tram replacement service over the Easter Weekend. Full details I'm sure will be published shortly - Supertram and SYPTE certainly like keeping the public on their toes!
  7. Sheffield City Council are now consulting on the latest phase of the Transforming Cities Funding, which now includes Attercliffe and Darnall. Major improvements are planned along the A6178 and other local roads around the area. The main points are: - Removal of the through traffic lane at Furnival Road onto Effingham Road and Derek Dooley Way (from Attercliffe). This will be replaced with a cycle lane only. - 20MPH speed limit along the busy A6178 through Attercliffe centre, between Stevenson Road and Newhall Road - New bus lanes along Attercliffe Common between Coleridge Road and Arena Square in both directions (close to Ice Sheffield) - Segregated cycle lanes along the A6178 through Attercliffe centre - Segregated cycle lanes along Effingham Road You can have your say/leave feedback and view the proposals online at: https://connectingsheffield.commonplace.is/proposals/darnall-attercliffe-city-centre
  8. For anyone who visits or works in the Parkgate area of Rotherham and travels there either by bus/tram or road, RMBC, SYPTE and SCR are now carrying out a consultation exercise and seeking peoples views on a number of transport improvements: A new link road, footway and cycleway from Aldwarke Lane into Parkgate Shopping (Stadium Way); Highway improvements at Taylors Lane roundabout; A new 300-space Park & Ride facility for the Parkgate Tram Train terminus. Proposals and to respond to the consultation, can be accessed on this link - http://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/parkgate
  9. Keep an eye out on Twitter and the relevant websites over the course of this week. Once the tenders have been received and details on what will be happening are confirmed they will be posted out on tram stops and online. There was originally to be no replacement buses operating, however SYPTE have stepped in once again as in summer to provide a bus replacement service on most routes. The Delta Junction on Park Square Roundabout is where the remedial works are taking place, including the removal of rotten wooden sleepers. As this is where all 4 lines converge there is no alternative but to suspend services during this period.
  10. Anywhere east of the A61 is often not the best. It all depends what you're after, some council estates are lovely and have very down to earth, friendly people but this may not suit everyone. Do some research and go through the postcodes and see what works best for you. Some may like Darnall for example, me you'd have to pay me a good £500k to want a house there! But that's my personal choice based on my knowledge of the area and living close by for years. Everyone's opinions are different. Have a good research into postcodes, make a list of areas you like and go drive through them during the day and at night, see what the local shops are like etc.
  11. Anywhere west of the A61 is essentially desirable if you have the cash. Usually the better areas, better schools etc, although accessibility and transport is often lacking. There are certain exceptions to this rule such as Low Edges, Sharrow, Broomhall, Upperthorpe, Stannington (around Roscoe Bank) and Fox Hill. The further east you go towards Rotherham or north towards Barnsley, the cheaper you tend to find properties and get more house for your money.
  12. Stagecoach run the commercial bus replacement services with their own funds. This is why they were directing passengers towards existing Stagecoach bus services and First services (who Supertram pay to accept their travel passes). It would now appear SYPTE have put out to tender a rail replacement network - so depending on the cheapest bid and if they go ahead with the tender, there will be rail replacement services after all.
  13. 29 First and 29A TM Travel run from Rotherham through to Wales Bar. Details on: TM Travel - Timetables https://www.firstbus.co.uk/south-yorkshire/plan-journey/timetables/
  14. The journey planner usually takes into account the fastest journey time, although the de-tour through Rotherham would be longer than the direct bus. The good news is the X5 runs direct from Sheffield to Dinnington and passes through Wales Bar. If you’re talking about the BP Petrol station on Mansfield Road, the X5 stops just around the corner on School Road.
  15. No tram service on any route from 8pm Saturday 3 April until 5am Tuesday 6 April. No replacement buses either, although tickets will be accepted on First and Stagecoach buses in the areas covered. The works are taking place on Park Square roundabout.
  16. Sheffield City Council have now launched their latest consultation, on proposals for a Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme for Neepsend and Kelham Island. This generally focusses on walking and cycling, with buses getting a quick after thought. What ever your views, make sure to have your say. Consultation will end on 3rd March 2021. Full details, including local maps available at: https://connectingsheffield.commonplace.is/proposals/neepsend-kelham-city-centre
  17. That's it sorted then, let's push for 80mph. Less time in the local area, means less pollution doesn't it
  18. Do recall seeing something mentioned about a number of councils taking TfL and Khan to court over the introduction of some of these new schemes. Remember Croydon mentioned?
  19. Rotherham Council have launched a section on their website, outlining the plans and time frames for the works. These will start in February and take approx 18 months to complete. Full details at: https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/parkway-upgrade
  20. As far as I'm aware trams are not covered by the traffic commissioner so therefore run to their own rules. I also imagine it's pretty difficult if running ahead of schedule to wait time at most stops, as they will call for signals, block the carriageway etc. Much easier on to do on a bus with bus stop laybys etc. Sorry but that's a little contradictory. The reason Stagecoach buses are so reliable and remain to be, is because they give their drivers enough time on the route. This is why when they reach a timing point (stops listed on the main timetables) the drivers have to wait until the departure time window to then leave to the next stop. The traffic commissioner states this is a window between 59 seconds early or 5 minutes late to be classed as on time. As you will appreciate traffic congestion can vary in normal times, so it's a fine balancing act to please everyone. I'm sure the drivers would much rather be sat at the terminus for longer on their own, rather than with customers onboard mid-route waiting to catch up on time as much as you and the rest of the passengers onboard.
  21. Remember to have your say on the website above. Closing date is Thursday, 7 January 2021. Also of interest, some of the works that form part of the Transforming Cities fund that are being undertaken in Rotherham will include: - Parkgate Three schemes: a new access into the Parkgate Shopping Centre from Aldwarke Lane (£5.13m); widening the southern entry and exit to the five arm Taylors Lane roundabout to improve capacity (£3.0925m); A 300 space Park and Ride facility for the Tram Train stop at Parkgate (£3.33m) £11.55m - Magna Tram Train Stop A new stop on the Tram-Train line at Magna with associated [150 space] park and ride facility £5.4m - Waverley / Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) to the town centre A fully segregated cycle route along the A631 Bawtry Road between Brinsworth and Tinsley / Meadowhall (includes Wood Lane) £1.5m - Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District to Sheffield Three schemes: Development of core active travel route connecting city centre to AMP corridor, including spur to Olympic Legacy Park (£10.25m); Development of core active travel route linking Meadowhall with Rotherham Council's proposals on Sheffield Road (£2.8m); Bus priority measures through Attercliffe, Darnall and around Meadowhall (£3.7m) £16.75m - A6178 Sheffield Road On-road, fully segregated cycle lane; around 2.2km as segregated from Blackburn Meadows Way to Ickles then around 1km segregated from Ickles to the Rotherham town centre £5.57m - A631 Rotherham to Maltby Bus Corridor Around 1.2km bus lane along A631 Rotherham Road, Maltby towards M18 J1 with bus priority pre-signals £2.25m - Manvers Way Provision of safe, direct attractive walking and cycling route, including crossings between Manvers Way and Wath town centre £0.4m - Doncaster Road, Dalton Extending the two traffic lanes exiting the roundabout on the A630 Doncaster Road towards Dalton by around 250m £1.2m - Rotherham town centre Two projects: Contribution to the replacement of the existing footbridge between the Forge Island development and Corporation Street (£1m); Cycle infrastructure improvements along Fredrick Street to provide a bi-directional cross town-centre link (£0.4m) £1.4m Probably the biggest news is the fact how Tram Train looks to become permanent, running between Parkgate and Cathedral. It will have 2 new stops, a new terminus with a Park & Ride site close to the A6123 Aldwarke Lane with either a 250 or 300 space Park & Ride, and a new stop located to the western end of Magna, which will also have a 150 space Park & Ride site.
  22. It's a big puddle if that. Doesn't even stop the trams running through.
  23. What is lacking at Sheffield Interchange is footfall, as it's too inaccessible to the main shops and since the majority of the shops have moved from Castlgate to The Moor, this is even further away for bus users. If more accessible and safer walking routes were provided, this might encourage customers to use the main interchange. This should be much better served and catered for, but if there's no passengers wanting to go there, the bus operators wont want to serve it, especially when they have to pay 50p per departure, where as Arundel Gate etc. is free. The changes and opening up of Esperanto Place and further development near the old post office on Flat Street could help regenerate the area and make it more accessible, in turn bringing more people to the area. It would be a real shame to sell of the site for some more "student" developments, especially when it has so much potential...
  24. The roundabout isn't a problem, neither are the lanes. It's the drivers that switch/cut lanes and don't know how to drive properly that is. The roundabout is far better than it previously was.
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