... and another ...
... and another!
First says the changes to its multi-journey fares in the city could save regular passengers more than £250 over the course of a year. The firm, Leeds’ biggest bus operator, will introduce the revised fares on Sunday, January 5.
Key elements of the price plan include:
Extending the hours of the city’s existing £3.90 off-peak day ticket so it can also be used at peak times.
Introducing a new Leeds-wide weekly ticket priced £14; at present passengers wanting seven days’ travel throughout the city have to buy a West Yorkshire-wide pass for £19.50.
Bringing in a new Leeds-wide monthly ticket for £52, a saving of £13 on the West Yorkshire-wide pass.
These changes represent a good deal for Leeds residents and have obviously grabbed the attention of the usually anti-bus local press. It is not clear whether the "West Yorkshire-wide" tickets will still be available. If not, passengers at the boundary will be disadvantaged and stung for a lot more. The full details of the January offers need to be checked. But, at first sight, another positive move by First.
A report for the PTE (Passenger Transport Executive) celebrating the 1st Birthday of the Sheffield Bus Partneship.
• Overall number of passengers up 1.1% in first year
• Reversal of decline in bus users since de-regulation
• Punctuality and reliability significantly improved
• Customer complaints have fallen sharply
• Fare-paying passengers up 8.9% in first year
• 2.75 million more passengers
• 60% of adults paying cheaper fares
• 19 new Stagecoach hybrid buses in operation
• 8 Stagecoach Euro V buses introduced
• 37 First Euro V single deck buses introduced
• The Sheffield Bus partnership has won two national awards
The overall increase in passengers looks small at 1%, but is it the first increase for an eternity and after a particularly hard winter as well.
Not so good here. Some extracts from community magazine suggest that the boys from First have a bit more to do.
"Have you ever wondered the reason why the bus fares are getting higher but the quality of service and buses aren't getting any better? I think it's fair to say, the vast majority might not mind the fares, if we had the modern buses that are reliable and show the destination clearly high up on the front top plate, and not a piece of paper stuck to the windscreen! I've been to a couple of cities across the UK and I realized that we are getting a bum deal to be honest. For example, I was in Derby and expecting to pay £3 or £4 to get to the town which was the same distance from Stiby Road to Yeovil Town Borough and it cost £1. I couldn't believe it. New bus as well!"
Perhaps the writer should move to Sheffield? Or maybe things will get better in Yeovil.
And, talking of "better" ...
News released yesterday, and on the appropriate web site, is that First Bristol will be running a significant Boxing Day network for the first time in many years. (How many?)
Just down the road from unhappy Yeovil, in the seaside town of Weymouth, First will be launching some new buses on Tuesday next, 10th December. New buses? In Weymouth?
Friday 6th December
You've probably heard of the Tower of Babel,
Which early folk built 'cos they were able;
But underlying, a motive ulterior,
"We want to show that we are superior"
"A misuse of freewill," responded The Boss,
"Arrogance foremost means a big loss
Of love and compassion, so now you will suffer.
I'll mix you all up and make life much tougher!"