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'Town loop' bus trial set for summer

'Town loop' bus trial set for summer

Saturday 16 January 2021

'Town loop' bus trial set for summer


Trials for a bus service looping around town and St. Helier’s residential areas is to be trialled in the summer.

The Government has said that the service will link destinations including Liberation Station, the Hospital, Town Hall, Town Market and the northern residential areas.

They also suggested it will provide a foundation for future transport links, such as when the new site at Overdale is built.

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Pictured: The loop will begin at Liberation Station and take travellers to main spots around town.

Chief Minister Senator John Le Fondré, said: “Our aim is to work towards creating a more sustainable and vibrant economy, which means improving our transport and infrastructure links especially as we look to making St Helier a more desirable place to live, work, do business and visit.

“By connecting to the main bus transport network, the trial service will make it easier for Town residents to get to other parts of the Island, and for bus users living outside St Helier to get to their end destination such as for instance the hospital and markets, rather than having to walk from Liberation Station.

“This project meets the objectives set out in the Government’s Common Strategic Policies of meeting Islanders’ environmental and social needs, and I hope that the trial will prove such a success that it becomes a permanent part of our infrastructure.”

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Pictured: It's hoped the trial will lead the way for future sustainable transport to the new hospital at Overdale.

Infrastructure Minister Deputy Kevin Lewis commented: “Last April, LibertyBus introduced transfer tickets, which are the same price as a current single ticket, these reduced the cost of travel for anyone needing to take two buses to get to their destination.  

“This service will fit well with that offer, and will be considered within the objectives of the Sustainable Transport Policy. 

“Officers are working with LibertyBus to determine the scheme’s details, including the route and fare structure. I look forward to assessing the impact of the trial.”

St. Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft added: “I am pleased a town bus service of this nature has been proposed, it is a welcome step towards more connectivity and mobility for town residents and for those who enjoy St Helier and all of the facilities.  

“This proposed trial is also positive step towards delivering the Sustainable Transport Policy.”

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Posted by Private Individual on
This has been done countless times with it failing consistently.

Covid is here to stay, the last thing you should be encouraging is people to be crowded onto buses, increasing the risk of infection. Using your car gives you protection against Covid by staying in your own personal space without someone coughing or sneezing on you or you touching surfaces contaminated with Covid.

People are being told to stay at home to work so as not to keep spreading the virus, the government is then saying everyone to get on a bus to travel around town!

Disconnected incompetence madness.
Posted by Guy de Faye on
I have written to States Members on a number of occasions to point out the problems of running a Town "Hoppa" service or any variant. The proposed route looks like an East based version of the No. 19 service and - if it is to take in the Central Market - its "run time" will be around 40 minutes. If a Town resident misses the bus, are they prepared to wait up to 35 minutes for the next one, or will they walk into their Town destination?

If we were to have a more frequent service, say a bus every 10 minutes, the Loop would need 4 vehicles and 4 drivers.

How will that cost balance against ticket revenue?? Outside morning peak time, just how many riders will the Loop service be carrying? The finances are certainly not "sustainable" and - if I may put some misguided thinking straight - the Loop project directly mitigates AGAINST existing policy to encourage cycling and walking. It is merely a "fig leaf" to disguise the foolishness of putting Accident and Emergency, plus Hospital Outpatient services at the top of a very steep hill - as part of the New Overdale Hospital. 

May I also correct the misinformation from Minister Lewis. I proposed the transfer ticket idea to the Liberty Bus manager at least a couple of years ago on a BBC Radio Jersey Friday "Phone In". Nothing happened until Deputy Tadier lodged a proposition for "a single fare for a single journey". Hoping to head this off, Liberty Bus introduced a transfer offer, which was basically a discounted double fare - NOT equivalent to a single fare price for going from A to B. The double trip is only currently priced as a single because Deputy Tadier's proposition was approved. Neither Liberty Bus or the Minister can claim any credit, in fact they both want to reverse that outcome.
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