Since (almost) the beginning of time, Sheffield trams ran from Malin Bridge and Middlewood in the north of the city, joining up at Hillsborough Corner.
With the demise of the trams in the late 50s the replacement bus services followed a similar pattern. Despite numerous changes over the years, it is only relatively recently that the Hillsborough, City, Ecclesall routeing has been broken. It is worth recording, however, that this traditional link applied only to First Bus services. Stagecoach routes 83 and 88, introduced competitively and now enshrined in the "Partnership", never did comply with the age-old pattern.
But it all changes from the end of the month; at which point we join the (reconvened!) committee minutes. A reminder that those present are; Director General, First Bus, StageCoach, the IT department and I M Keen, management trainee and observer.
2. Review of major changes for January.
DG : These are mainly yours, FB. Can you adumbrate?
SC : Only in the privacy of his own room! (laughter)
FB : The 11 from Stannington and the 12 from Hall Park Head ...
... will run through to Ecclesall. The 13 from High Green ...
... will run through to Millhouses via Ecclesall. And the 14 from Loxley ...
... will run to Bents Green. Now Mr Keen is right; we did split some of these routes a year or so ago. So to help the passengers, we will be going back to the traditional cross-city route numbers: 81, 82, 84, and 85.
IT : I am confused. (laughter) I thought Stagecoach 83 ran to Millhouses via Ecclesall and Stagecoach 88 ran to Bents Green.
DG : Impressive knowledge for an IT man! (laughter)
SC : Yes, that's right. What's going on? Is the Partnership breaking up? We'll need to do something about that if FB are competing with our routes!
81 via Greystones to Bents Green, First
82 direct to the Ecclesall Knowle Lane terminus, First
83 direct to Ecclesall terminus then to Millhouses, Stagecoach
85 via Carterknowle Road to Tesco, First
88 to the Bents Green loop, Stagecoach
The 83 and 88 do not change; so we just have to think about the 81, 82 and 85.
Changes from the end of January
The 81 (via Greystones) becomes 84 (via Greystones) and runs cross-city to Loxley (previously 14)
The 82 (Ecclesall) runs cross-city to Hall Park Head (previously 12) but half of the former 82 journeys run to Stannington (previously 11) and are numbered 81 (which used to run via Greystones, but now won't).
The 85 (Tesco) runs cross-city to High Green (previously 13).
So passengers for Greystones, Ecclesall, Loxley, Stannington, Hall Park Head and High Green all have changes of route number!
It's all very simple!
Back to the committee minutes.