Tenders for a new real time bus information system are currently being evaluated. A new contract, which replaces one last let in 2002, is being managed through the “West Yorkshire Combined Authority”.
Tenders were invited last year and evaluation is currently underway.
The contract provides real time information at bus stops. It is linked to (most) buses which operate in York. The information also feeds into (generally good) mobile phone apps
The 2002 contract was worth around £400,000. When it expired in 2012, the York Council decided to pay £60,000 a year to continue to maintain the old system.
Although systems like these are also capable of providing weekly or monthly reliability statistics, the old Labour run authority refused to publicise this data.
The only guide to reliability in the City comes from an annual single day sample published by the Department of Transport. The last reported figure suggested that 80% of buses were running “on time”
The new Council has yet to announce its policy on the provision of public transport reliability and quality information.
The media is reporting that First buses do not intend to reduce fares to reflect the 20% reduction seen in diesel costs.
Pump prices have fallen from a high of 150 pence per litre to just 112 ppl in York this week. The downward trend in diesel prices has been significant and sustained since First last increased their prices.
In some cases such as season tickets prices will actually increase.
The decision mirrors that of the taxi trade which declined to pass on the benefits of lower fuel prices to customers earlier in the year.
Yesterday the government announced that regulated rail fares would increase by 1% in January. A study has suggested that regulated fare prices jumped 25% between 2010 and 2015, while average pay rose 9% over the same period.
Unfortunately there is currently no independent organisation in York lobbying on behalf of public transport users. The Council’s scrutiny committee pointedly ignores the subject of public transport costs and punctuality.
There are calls for electric buses to be removed from York roads until the cause of today’s fire in one of the vehicles has been traced.
The affected vehicles only joined Firsts fleet a short time ago but any incident like this is likely to dent passengers confidence.
The fire occurred in the Hungate area. At one point there was a small explosion. Firefighters were initially hindered by high electric currents in the vehicle
The bus driver has been praised for promptly ensuring that his passengers evacuated the vehicle. There were no reported injuries.
Now First start consultation on “low usage” bus services
Just a few weeks after the York Council withdrew its threat to withdraw subsidies from bus services like the number 12, it seems that First themselves are now planning cuts.
Their web site says
“We’re undertaking some face-to-face consultation events and running an online survey to seek your views on services operating in the South West of York covering Acomb to Copmanthorpe as well as Haxby in the North.
Some services operating in these areas are experiencing low levels of usage which we’d like to address, to ensure that our buses go to the right places and that the levels of service meets the demand.
Our survey asks for feedback on your travel choices made within your area as well as ways to improve or amend our existing services.
It’s hoped that this feedback will assist in the development of the network to improve usage and long term viability of these services.
Come and meet us face-to-face at these events:
- Thursday 12 February 1000-1300 Explore Acomb Library Learning Centre
- Thursday 12 February1400-1600 Copmanthorpe Youth Club, School Lane
- Friday 13 February 1430-1730 Snow Room G035, City of York Council Offices
- Tuesday 24 February 1230-1530 Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church Hall
If you’re not able to see us at one of these events, we still want your views – please let us know what you think by completing our online survey which is open until Saturday 28 February”.
The main concerns relate to possible reductions in the frequency of the number 1 service which serves Chapelfields and the number 12 service which provides a link for Foxwood and Woodthorpe. The future of the popular number 4 service is also understood to be under review.
We hope that First will provide quickly much more detail on what they regard as “low usage” services, and also state precisely what changes they are thinking of making!
Labour Councillors have tonight pulled back from slashing bus services in York.
We pointed out 2 weeks ago that the planned cuts were ill-judged and showed a poor sense of priorities.
Bus operator First and City of York Council have today officially launched a free WI-FI service for tens of thousands of bus users thanks to York’s share of £50 million from the government’s Super-Connected Cities programme fund.
Clarence Street proposals – click to access
Following consultation with residents and businesses a new scheme to improve one of York’s key city centre bus routes is set to go to a Cabinet Member meeting for final approval.
The proposals include introducing a longer lane for vehicles turning left into Lord Mayor’s Walk from Clarence Street, so that straight-through/ right-turning traffic is not held up by queuing vehicles.
Traffic signals will be changed so that the left turn from Clarence Street into Lord Mayor’s Walk gets additional ‘green time’.
The scheme is supported through part of the £3.5 million Better Bus Area Fund (BBAF) awarded to the council from the Government’s Department for Transport in 2012.
The five-week consultation took place in September and October and asked for views on the proposed measures on Clarence Street to help improve the reliability of bus services on the approach to York city centre.
The findings of the consultation will now go before the Cabinet Member for Transport’s public Decision Session on Friday 21 November for final approval.
The improvements will help three of York’s five most frequent bus services, specifically routes 1, 5 and 6 which can experience some delays on Clarence Street, Gillygate and St Leonards Place.