First York have brought in changes to some local bus services from Sunday 22nd November, including the number 4.
The changes are being made in response to problems that arose after changes were made to bus services during the summer. There will now be a shorter route for the number 4, which will loop back after Clifford Street in town heading back to Acomb round Skeldergate – see new route below.
There has been a slight change to the number 1 service (not to the route) but the timetable (Monday to Friday) has been altered to help buses keep to the advertised times. More details are available via the First Group website at http://www.firstgroup.com/york/news-and-service-updates/planned-changes/service-changes-around-york
Many residents reported that number 4 buses were frequently bunching into groups of three with long gaps in between. After the new service has been running for a short while we would be grateful if residents could let us know how the changes are working out.
Service 4 Acomb – Foxwood – City Centre
The route will be revised, with buses running between Acomb and the City Centre only, to improve reliability.
Buses will drop off on Rougier Street, then continuing to Clifford Street. Buses towards Acomb will start from Clifford Street, stop TB.
Buses will no longer pick up in Rougier Street, stopping instead on Station Road at stop CE.
A new timetable will apply, but no changes will be made to the frequency. Buses will run:
- Up to every 10 mins, Mondays to Fridays
- Every 10 mins, Saturdays
- Every 20 mins, Sundays
- Every 30 mins, each evening
|Location:||Bus 4 St Helen’s Road|
|Dates:||20 Nov 2015|
St. Helen’s Road Closure Friday 20th November closed 0900-1600
during CYC highways works on the above date.
Service 4 will divert via Chaloner’s Rd, Moor Lane, and Tadcaster Road in both directions.
Stops not served;
all stops on Eason view, St Helens Road
Additional stops served;
all stops on diversion route.
Number 4 to loop through Skeldergate – direct link between Acomb and York University broken
First buses have responded to complaints about unreliability and lack of capacity on some bus services.
A major change to the number 4 – the best used bus service in the City – means that it will no longer travel to the University. Instead it will loop through Skeldergate and over Skeldergate Bridge to reach its new terminus on Clifford Street. There are frequent buses from there to the University.
The last change to the route of the number 4 -which took the service on a meandering journey through Tang Hall before reaching Heslington – was heavily criticised by passengers. On occasions 3 or 4 buses would arrive in Acomb in convoy. We hope that the new service – which retains a 10 minute frequency during the day – will prove to more reliable when it is introduced on 22nd November. The Sunday frequency will be 20 minutes while buses will continue to run every 30 minutes in the evening.
An additional morning service will be provided between Dunnington and York College on Tadcaster Road
Other changes affect service 6 (which gets a direct link to York University) and service 10 which will run via Battlefields Way with an early morning service between Bishopthorpe and the railway station also being introduced.
Some minor timetable changes are promised on the number 1 service which links Chapelfields to Wigginton. A twelve minute frequency is promised at peak times between Monday and Friday.
The ‘bus surgery’ event will give residents a chance to speak with representatives from York’s bus providers including First York, Arriva and Transdev. The event will be held on a bus provided by First York giving people who don’t normally use busses a chance to look at one.
Significant changes to many of York’s bus services come into force on Sunday
|Change Date||Service No.||Operator||Brief summary of changes|
|01/08/15||44||Transdev (Unibus)||Revised route: University (Hes. East Interchange) – York Station – Hamilton Drive – Acomb|
|02/08/15||1||First||Minor timetable changes.|
|02/08/15||4||First||Revised route: Acomb – Foxwood – City Centre – Tang Hall – Osbaldwick – University (Heslington East)|
|First||Revised route: Strensall – York – Poppleton Road – Beckfield Lane – Acomb|
|02/08/15||6||First||Revised route: Clifton Moor – City Centre (Station Rd).|
|02/08/15||10||First||Revised route: Poppleton – Leeman Rd – City Centre – Stamford Bridge|
|02/08/15||10||Transdev||Revised route: Poppleton – Leeman Rd – City Centre – Stamford Bridge|
|First||Minor timetable changes.|
|02/08/15||13||ConnexionsBuses||Copmanthorpe to Haxby (West Nooks) via City Centre.|
|02/08/15||66||First||New route: York Station – York Sport Village via University (Heslington Hall).|
|02/08/15||HB1||First||University of York – York Hospital.|
|30/08/15||944||Coastliner||New route: Crossgates – Tadcaster – York College|
|21/09/15||56||First||New route: University of York – City Centre circular.|
|28/09/15||UB1||First||University of York campus shuttle service|
First York say that they are helping to raise awareness of the benefits of taking the bus in York, encouraging people who don’t normally take the bus to give it a try.
“We all know that York suffers from unique traffic issues, but with an excellent Park & Ride service and buses at least every 10 minutes for much of the day, why not forget frustrations of sitting in traffic, jump on a bus and let us get you to the city centre?
For this year’s Catch the Bus Week, which runs from Monday 29 June to Sunday 5 July, we’re offering discounted travel on all our Park & Ride services.
Simply produce a York Car Park ticket or receipt from the previous seven days to the Park & Ride site supervisor and get a day return ticket for just £2, saving 80p. (Maximum of 2 discounted bus tickets per car park ticket/receipt.)
The special £2 fare applies for journeys from Park & Ride sites to York City Centre only, and will be available at any time of day. Normal fares will apply from all other stops.
Finding your nearest Park & Ride site is easy – all the info you’ll need can be found at www.yorkparkandride.co.uk.
It’s so easy on York Park & Ride!
- Six Park & Ride sites
- Open 7 days a week
- Over 5000 spaces
- Frequent buses
- Park, Ride and Surf with our free Wi-Fi
The Catch the Bus Week offer is brought to you by First working in partnership with City of York Council.
For more information about Catch the Bus Week visit www.catchthebusweek.co.uk
As we said yesterday, it would be prudent to suspend the use of electric buses in York until the cause of yesterdays vehicle fire had been established.
It seems that, after some dithering, First intend to do just that.
UPDATE: First say that the vehicle manufacturers are undertaking precautionary checks on the fleet. Park and Ride services are unaffected
Safety must come first and we were concerned that comments from the York Council (which lets the contract for the Park and Ride services on which the buses are used) and local bus managers implied yesterday that the buses would continue in use.
In petrol powered engines, fires were not uncommon. Fires are comparatively rare in newer vehicles and, those that do occur, can usually be traced to faulty electrical components.
New technology – like that deployed in the battery powered bus fleet – is another matter. The technology is in its infancy and , although inherently safer than the internal combustion alternative, deployment needs to be cautious.
A quick investigation should reveal the cause of the fire.
If, for example, it turns out that a spanner was left by maintenance staff in the engine compartment, and this led to the short circuit which caused the fire, then that would be one thing. A relatively easy fix (count the spanners!) and get the buses back on the road!
If a component has been incorrectly fitted then again the remedy is obvious.
Only if faulty components or – heaven forbid – a design flaw is revealed would an extensive and debilitating delay become inevitable.
We are after all just going through the first sustained period of warm weather since the large scale introduction of the buses in the City and who knows whether that might be factor?
So full marks to First for adopting a cautious approach, albeit a little late in the day.
They, and the Council, now face the headache of back-filling the gaps in the Park and Ride fleet.
Hopefully the York Council will now be open and transparent about the incident and the action that is being taken.