First Bus has announced further changes to timetables to come into effect from Sunday 29 March.
The number 12 service will operate a special timetable with buses every 60 minutes and early journeys on weekdays. Journeys after 7pm will continue to operate, subject to a usage review.
The number 4 service will operate a revised timetable operating every 30 minutes during the daytime with early journeys operating Monday to Friday. Services will operate at hourly intervals during the evening, with a reduction to hourly intervals earlier on a Saturday and Sunday evening than at present.
The Askham Bar Park & Ride service will be closed.
The subsidy for the section of the number 12 bus route which serves Alness Drive, Acomb Wood Drive and Bellhouse Way is to be extended until April 2020. But beyond then, a subsidy of £65,000 per year is being sought in order to retain that section of the route.
An Officer Decision published by City of York Council (available HERE) states that a report will be prepared for the council’s Executive to consider the long-term funding given the annual cost is greater than the budget available.
Some key headlines from the published Decision are set out below:
First York planned to cancel service 3A, and the section of service 12 which connects Bellhouse Way, Acomb Wood Drive and Alness Drive with the city centre and Monks Cross, with effect from 29th September 2019. City of York Council agreed temporary funding for both services until 1st February 2020
A fully compliant tender process has been carried out and the winning bidder is prepared to provide an equivalent service to the existing route 12 (with vehicles meeting the Clean Air Zone emissions requirement) for approx. £65k per annum
The cost of operating both services from 2nd February until 31st March would be £14,800 (£4k for service 3A and £10.8k for service 12), which is within budget for the 2019/20 financial year
The cost of operating both services throughout 2020/21 and subsequent financial years would be £88,700 per annum (£24k for service 3A and £64.7k for service 12), which exceeds the anticipated subsidised bus budget for 2020/21 by around £26k. It is therefore not possible to fund both services beyond 4th April 2020 from within the budget.
Local Lib Dem councillors will continue to work with council officers and bus operators to maintain and improve bus services which provide a lifeline for many residents.
City of York Council will be carrying out carriageway maintenance works at St Helens Road starting on 10 February 2020 for a period of 2 days (weather permitting). The works will be carried out between 9.15am and 4.30pm.
The works will consist of resurfacing the road and the reinstatement of all road markings. The speed humps will be put back at a later date which will not require a road closure.
In order to carry out these works safely the use of a temporary road closure from the junction at Tadcaster Road up to, but not including, the junction of Eason View will be necessary whilst works are taking place. A clearly signed diversion route will be set out for through traffic.
All on street parking will be suspended at these times but any specific access requirements maybe arranged by speaking to the Site Traffic Management Operatives who will co-ordinate with residents and business requirements around ongoing construction operations. Any vehicle remaining on the street during the suspension time may be liable to a parking fine and removal costs.
Household waste and recycling collections will take place as normal. Buses will be diverted during working hours.
The diversions for bus services are as follows: Towards Acomb: Tadcaster Road, Moor Lane, Chaloners Road, Eason View, Turnmire Roadd, Thanet Rd, Eason View, Chaloner’s Road. Towards York: Chaloners Road, Eason View, Turnmire Rd, Thanet Rd, Eason View, Chaloners Rd, Moor Lane, Tadcaster Rd.
In addition to the above, the council will be carrying out kerbing and drainage works on 3rd and 4th February working 9.30m – 4.00pm. These works will be carried out under local traffic management and the road will be open as normal. Parking will be suspended during this time also.
Emergency services will be permitted through the works in any situation. Cyclists will have to dismount and use the footways.
A new timetable for the number 12 bus service will come into effect on Monday 2 December.
The timetable is available online on the First website HERE
The changes are designed to improve punctuality, with four buses on the route rather than three. The daytime frequency also increases slightly to every 35 minutes.
A large number of residents have raised concerns with local councillors about the reliability of the service over recent months. The end of major road works on The Mount and Coppergate should help to improve matters.
timetable posters will be updated later this week.
Local Lib Dem councillors have delivered a leaflet across Woodthorpe, Acomb Park and Foxwood asking residents for feedback on the number 12 bus service.
We have received a large number of e-mails and phone calls from residents who are exasperated by the increasing unreliability of the service. Many have noted that more people would be inclined to use the service if they could rely on it.
We are compiling all of the responses received and will be discussing with First and Transport officers at the council what can be done to improve the situation.
Representatives from First Bus and the council’s iTravel team attended the joint Dringhouses & Woodthorpe and Westfield Ward Committee meeting on 3rd October at the York Indoor Bowls Club.
Local councillors and residents had a look around one of the newer and more environmentally-friendly ‘Euro 5’ buses being rolled out on the route and were able to raise questions and concerns about timetables and reliability.
There has been some confusion around recent timetable changes which will hopefully be resolved soon.
Under normal circumstances, bus services are required to be registered at a minimum of 6 weeks’ notice. Part of the reason for this is to allow local authorities sufficient time to input timetable data into the national Traveline system and use the data to produce stop-specific bus stop posters – a process which involves a number of external agencies and usually takes around 3 weeks in total.
As the council decision to provide financial support to retain the Woodthorpe-Foxwood section of the route was only formally signed off last week, First and council officers had a very short time to register the service and produce timetables. The service 12 timetables currently up at stops are therefore short-term temporary posters which will be replaced with full-size composite displays as soon as possible.
The number 12 bus timetable can be accessed on the First York website HERE
At the beginning of September some changes were made to the number 12 bus service which meant that from early evening it no longer served Alness Drive / Acomb Wood Drive / Bellhouse Way, but instead turned around in the layby on Moor Lane.
A further revised timetable was published recently which was due to come into effect from 29 September. This would have seen the Alness Drive / Acomb Wood Drive / Bellhouse Way section of the route removed altogether. It would also have seen some Monday to Friday peak time journeys operate as the service 12A, with these journeys not serving Askham Bar Tesco.
These route changes will not now go ahead, following discussions between First, local councillors and council officers and as a result of additional funding being made available via an Officer Decision.
In addition, the evening number 12 service for Alness Drive / Acomb Wood Drive / Bellhouse Way has been restored.
The economic viability of the Alness Drive / Acomb Wood Drive / Bellhouse Way part of the route will be kept under review, and local efforts will be made to encourage more residents to use the service.
A new timetable for the number 12 service will come into effect from 29 September, and it is available HERE
The number 12 service will continue to go around the ‘Woodthorpe loop’ (Moorcroft Road / Acorn Way / Ryecroft Avenue / Grassholme) on both the outward and return journeys.
Another change coming into effect is that the 500 Sunday service between Woodthorpe and the city centre via Bishopthorpe is being re-named the 11s.
First have announced the diversion route for the number 4 bus from Monday 9th to Sunday 20th September, when St Helens Road will be closed due to work being done by Northern Powergrid.
Heading towards the city centre, the number 4 will miss out Eason View, Thanet Road and St Helens Road. It will instead carry on along Chaloners Road before turning left onto Moor Lane and then left at the Askham Bar roundabout onto Tadcaster Road.
Notices and signs have gone up on St Helens Road announcing the closure of the road for 11 days from Monday 9 September.
A diversion route is referred to, but no more detailed information has been provided.
Local councillors received an e-mail from Northern Powergrid on 19 August which stated:
“We are investing £80,000 to reinforce our network along part of Tadcaster Road, St Helen’s Road and Eason View. As is generally the case with works of this nature, there will be a degree of disruption, but we are working closely with the Highways department at City of York Council to minimise the impact of our work as much as we are able.
We will be activating a thorough programme of communications to keep our local stakeholders and the local community informed of what we are doing and why. As well as sharing information with MP Rachael Maskell and yourselves, we are also issuing information leaflets/customer letters and running a PR and social media campaign so that everyone is aware of exactly what we are doing, why we are doing it and how they it may impact them.”
Local councillors have heard nothing from Northern Powergrid since 19 August, and so we have asked them to provide more information that can be shared with residents and on social media.