LibertyBus and the Minister for Transport and Technical Services are putting forward alterations to bus timetables from 30 September 2013, representing a further stage in a series of proposed changes towards a vision of a better bus service that meets the needs of Jersey.
As in previous years, a number of summer season bus services will finish on this date. However, for autumn and winter 2013, it is proposed that a Sunday service on several routes will be maintained, rather than ceasing as historically was the case:
• Service 1A – St Helier to Gorey Pier via the St Clement Inner Road
• Service 2 – St Helier to Gorey Pier via Longueville and Grouville
• Service 4 – St Helier to Trinity, Bouley Bay and Durrell (numbered service 4A)
• Service 12A – St Helier to Portelet, St Brelades Bay, Corbiere and L’Etacq
Sunday bus services on other routes such as services 1, 3, 25 and 27 are also proposed to operate at a higher frequency than in autumn 2012, while LibertyLink service 28 will continue daily until 3 November with five round trips per day, including on Sundays.
Other changes proposed include:
• Alterations to routes serving Rozel
o Service 3 to operate anticlockwise from St Martin’s Church to Rozel, Durrell and St Martin’s Public Hall then towards St Helier
o Service 13 to operate in the reverse direction
• Service 13 to operate along St Saviour’s Road instead of Mont Millais and Bagatelle Road
• Journeys on services 25 and 27 that currently call at Les Fontaines will revert to the St John’s Church terminus
• Extra Monday-Saturday buses on service 12, increasing the frequency to Portelet Bay and allowing buses operating on service 12A (except Sundays) to operate a more direct route
• A faster morning peak bus from L’Etacq to St Helier via the route of service 9 instead of service 12A
• Extra Monday-Saturday buses on services 1, 1A and 2, with most journeys on service 1A extending from Grouville Station to Gorey Pier
• A more direct route for buses returning from the east and north-east between 16.00 and 18.00 on weekdays, with buses using the Fort Regent Tunnel to bypass the congested Snow Hill area so that they can depart swiftly from the bus station.
Additionally, the 15 minute daytime summer frequency on service 15 between St Helier and Jersey Airport is proposed to continue throughout the winter season, representing a doubling of service levels compared to the winter 2012 timetable.
This timetable is expected to apply until Easter 2014. Kevin Hart, General Manager at LibertyBus, said: “Public feedback on the summer 2013 timetable has been extremely positive and our enhanced services have proved highly popular with passengers. Revenue figures show bus ridership is at an all time high. LibertyBus is delighted to announce that bus services on the 1 and 15 routes will operate at their best ever winter frequencies from this September, and that the majority of places served by the weekday route network will now benefit from Sunday services too.“
Deputy Kevin Lewis, the Minister for Transport and Technical Services, said: “I am really pleased to see the introduction of yet more Sunday bus services to parts of Jersey that were previously cut off from the public transport network during the winter months. I am sure that these proposals will be well received in many communities across the island and that the new services will be well used.” He continued, “It is important that bus services evolve to meet the needs of current and future passengers, so I want to encourage members of the public to contact LibertyBus over the next two weeks with their views on these proposals.”
LibertyBus are also planning to arrange public meetings where members of the public will have the opportunity to discuss these proposals with representatives of the bus operator. An announcement on dates and locations is expected shortly.
A public notice summarising the proposed changes to bus services will be published in the Jersey Gazette section of the JEP on Friday 16 August. A detailed timetable will be available for download from the LibertyBus website at www.libertybus.je on the same day, along with a copy of the Gazette public notice and maps outlining key proposed changes. Comments are requested before Friday 30 August.