Good news for Derby as a prelude for less enjoyable experiences further north?
Needless to say, there were no visible developments for the Buses for Sheffield "non-event" apart from a few sticky labels. We must all remain expectantly agog for branding "at all bus stops" ...
Printed information was, as usual, sparse in the extreme - but there were copies of the northern network map available.
One of the advertised replacements for printed timetables are the green information terminals scattered about the PTEs empire. There are two at Sheffield Interchange ...
And what of the green monster info-system in Rotherham Interchange? It had a working screen showing a map but would not display a keyboard and, like its bothers in Sheffield, was utterly useless.
So much for technology as an alternative to printed leaflets.
A Non-Stunning Bus Route
The gruesome twosome decided to take and X1 "Steellink" to Rotherham ...
Sadly, what was pre-announced as something of high quality, new and special for the City's public transport is nothing more than a very ordinary urban bus route with slightly posher buses.
Consequently the X78 has been reduced in frequency.
No Better in Rotherham?
This would also be a chance for fbb to enjoy (?) the delights of Rotherham bus station before it closed for "refurbishment" at the end of the month.
Construction work is scheduled to start on Monday 30 April for the £12 million upgrade and refurbishment of Rotherham Interchange. The works will see improved lighting, glazing, seating and Passenger Information Displays (PIDs), plus new floors and a CCTV system for the interchange.
Bus services are set to do their last journeys to and from Rotherham Interchange on Saturday 28 April, being transferred to Rotherham Forge Island bus station on Sunday 29 April.
A temporary facility is currently being built at Forge Island, around 300 metres away from the interchange itself, to accommodate the bus services whilst the works are being carried out, minimising customer disruption. Additional temporary stops will be placed on Corporation Street.
While the works take place, the interchange and car park will be closed, but the café, shops in the mall and customer toilets will remain open.
The timetables and route revisions for the closure from 29th April are appearing on the Travel South Yorkshire web site. New stops will be located on Corporations Street ...
fbb could find no on-line map showing the revised bus stops and/or a plan of the temporary bus station. Let's hope something printed will appear in due course. Until then, you need to look at (and possibly download) each individual timetable to discover where you will find the stops after 29th April.
Same old, same old! There were so many opportunities to do things really well in Sheffield (and Rotherham) but, time and time again, good ideas and positive developments seem to fizzle into poor quality delivery and atrocious publicity.
Or are all bus operations like this?
Nottingham and Birmingham visits are still to come as part of fbb's Grand Tour. But first ...