The revised timetable for the winter bus service will come into operation on Sunday 3 October. It includes extra Sunday services and extra departure times on certain routes, in particular a new earlier departure of the bus to the airport arriving in time to catch the earliest flights.
A new Monday to Saturday timetable for the airport bus, service 15, provides additional journeys and a more regular pattern of departures and includes a new early bus that arrives at the airport at 6.00am.
The former services 5 and 7 will be linked to create circular routes numbered 25 and 27 and will result in double the number of buses that passengers in St Mary and St John can choose from and creates new journey opportunities. There is also an increased frequency of buses to Portelet on service 12.
The revised schedules commence on Sunday 3 October and run until May 2011, feature some improvements not seen in previous winter timetables. This year, bus services will operate on Sundays to:
- St Lawrence, St Mary and St John
- Hougue Bie, St Saviour’s Hospital and Faldouet
Changes to service 15 introduce a simpler timetable with a number of passenger benefits:
- New early morning service to the Airport starting at 0535
- Regular departures on a 20 minute frequency or better between 0605 and 0825, and from 1445 to 1905
- Additional evening journeys at half-hourly or hourly intervals
- Extra ‘express’ departures operating non-stop via Victoria Avenue
Other areas of the Island will also see alterations. Service 12, which calls at Portelet during the summer, will continue to do so after 3 October, providing more journeys compared to the previous winter service on the 12A route. The revised route in Trinity introduced for service 4 in May 2010 is being retained, with two journeys a day extending to Bouley Bay as an experiment to gauge demand for buses there during the winter.
There is also a small change to the route of service 18. Due to forthcoming redevelopment in the Le Squez area, School Road is due to be closed to through traffic. Therefore, buses travelling towards St Helier will instead turn left after Le Marais and travel to Greve d’Azette using Rue de Maupertuis.
Sunday services to Five Oaks, Maufant and Durrell are being revised, with service 3 journeys being replaced by 3A. This change brings the provision of bus services to Route de la Hougue Bie and Grande Route de Faldouet, which previously had no Sunday service. Bus passengers can now travel to popular destinations such as Ransoms Garden Centre and Queen’s Valley Reservoir.
Connétable Mike Jackson, the Minister for Transport and Technical Services, said “I had some very positive feedback from the public, when proposals for the winter timetable went out to consultation. All the proposals have been accepted and incorporated in the new timetable.”
After a successful trial this summer, the revised route after 4pm for buses arriving from the west of the Island will be continued. In a bid to reduce congestion and improve the reliability of buses, Broad Street will be served by only the 19 and 25 services after this time, with all others operating directly to and from Liberation Station.
Full timetable information can be found on www.mybus.je/timetables.