LibertyBus have announced changes to some of their services for the Spring/Summer 2019 timetable which starts on 01 April.
The changes come following a successful public consultation held in January where members of the public were invited to provide comments and feedback for the summer service.
Amongst the changes are an additional Route 22 evening service on a Friday and Saturday providing later access to St. Ouen’s Bay.
Kevin Hart, Director of LibertyBus explains how customer feedback had highlighted a demand for this later service.
“During the public consultation we received a lot of feedback from residents and businesses in St. Ouen’s Bay that a later service on the Route 22 was required. We have been able to adjust our timetable this summer to schedule a 20:20 service leaving Liberation Station and returning from L’Etacq at 21:18.”
“Like any new service, we will be monitoring demand but we hope that it will be widely used by residents and visitors enjoying the bay in the summer evenings.”
Evening services have also been extended elsewhere with the 21:10 Route 2 service continuing from Gorey Pier to St Catherine and the Friday and Saturday 22:30 Route 9 service extending to Millais, Grosnez and Vinchelez.
Improvements have been made to the Route 13 with three additional services and re-routing via Princes Tower Road (outbound only) to make up for the discontinued Route 20 service. The times of the Route 3 and Route 23 have also been adjusted through the Five Oaks area to even out the headway.
In summary, the following changes will made for the Spring/Summer 2019 timetable:
- Route 2 – The evening 21:10 service will be extended from Gorey Pier to St Catherine.
- Route 4 – Will stop serving Jersey Zoo due to increased frequency of the Route 3 and to reduce the length of the Route 4 to make it more attractive.
- Route 4a – The Sunday service that was introduced in Winter 2018 will continue through Spring/Summer 2019.
- Route 6 – This new service to Jersey Hospice that was introduced in Winter 2018 will continue through Spring/Summer 2019.
- Route 7 – The inbound service is being re-routed via Rue du Cerf, Rue d’Olive and La Grande Rue including three additional stops. The 07:30 inbound commuter service that was introduced in Winter 2018 will continue through Spring/Summer 2019.
- Route 9 – The Friday and Saturday 22:30 service will be extended to serve Millais, Grosnez and Vinchelez.
- Route 12a – Last summer’s 08:40 inbound service from St Brelade’s Bay will now start at Corbiere at 08:30 extending the morning commuter service in this area.
- Route 13 – Three additional services have been added and the route has been re-routed via Princes Tower Road on the outbound journey.
- Route 19 – The Sunday service introduced in Winter 2018 will continue through Spring/Summer 2019.
- Route 20 – This route will be discontinued but partially replaced with the re-routed Route 13.
- Route 21 – This service will no longer go in to Maufant Village at resident’s requests and has been re-routed to Princes Tower Road on the inbound journey.
- Route 22 – An additional evening service during Summer on Fridays and Saturdays leaving Liberation Station at 20:20.
- Route X22 – The additional morning commuter service introduced in Winter 2018 will continue through Spring/Summer 2019.
- Route 27 – This route will be discontinued due to lack of use but partially replaced with the re-routed Route 7.
- Five Oaks headway – Routes 3 and 23 departure times have been adjusted to even out the headway of services through Five Oaks.
From 01 April some fares will also be changing, increasing marginally in line with inflation.
- The adult cash fare will increase from £2.20 to £2.30 but there will be a price freeze on contactless at £2.
- The AvanchiPAYG adult fare will increase from £1.60 to £1.65 and the child fare from 80p to 85p
- The AvanchiStudent fare will increase from 80p to 85p whilst the cash fare for children and students is frozen at £1.10 and the contactless fare at £1.
- For regular travellers, there will be a price freeze on the annual unlimited card at £495 and the monthly unlimited at £50 in the station or £46 for an online top up. The weekly unlimited card will remain frozen at £21 in the station but the online top up will increase from £18 to £20.
- For visitors the Discover Jersey passes will also be frozen at their 2018 prices.
Commenting on the fare changes, Kevin Hart said:
“In order to keep the bus service sustainable, the cash fare will increase from £2.20 to £2.30 which is in line with RPI. The AvanchiPAYG fare will rise from £1.60 to £1.65 which is below current RPI. Recognising the growth in the amount of people switching to contactless over the last 9 months we have decided to freeze the contactless prices this year at £2 per journey for adults.”
“For regular travellers we have again frozen the price of our monthly tickets which are still £6 cheaper than the monthly passes were in 2012 (if topped up on-line) where the previous operator sold them at £52 per month.”
“These fare changes overall are well below inflation and continue to offer excellent value for money with an ever expanding bus network across Jersey”
The new timetable will be available from Liberation Station or on the LibertyBus website from Wednesday 27 March 2019.
If you would like more information on the timetable please call Customer Services on +44 (0)1534 828555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org