Early Monday morning, I arose from my bed; tired but excited. I had already packed the car so I was off in good time. It took me only three hours to get to Sheffield, and it was the first time I'd ever driven in a major city that I'd never been to before; so I was so busy trying to figure out what the speed limit was I missed the park & ride turn off! Fortunately, Sheffield had planned for such an eventuality and had conveniently placed a roundabout with a seperate lane for those who missed the turn off. The sign looked different though and it took me a couple of seconds to work out that the park & ride was operated by Stagecoach's 'Supertram'. I had never been on a tram before and wasn't sure how it worked but it turns out it isn't hard. I alighted about ten minutes later and started walking around trying to find a bus station. About half an hour later, I was still walking around trying to find a bus station. After an hour, I gave up, had a steak pie and stood on the busiest bus related road I could find.
|FirstSheffield 37524 YN58ETR is a B9TL Gemini, a heritage South Yorkshire Transport livery.|
The main operator in the city is FirstSouth Yorkshire, operating under the name of FirstSheffield. From what I saw, their fleet consists mainly of Geminis, and Renowns, with a good handful of Enviro400s and Wright StreetLite MAXs dotted about too. Most of the buses wear the new livery, including the older members of the fleet, but there were still a significant amount in the old barbie.
|60688 T870ODT is a Volvo B10BLE Wright Renown.|
Stagecoach Yorkshire also operated a handful of routes into Sheffield, using a small variety of vehicles. The Enviro300 was the most common bus I saw from their fleet, and double decker wise I only spotted two Scania N94UD East Lancs OmniDekkas.
|15414 YN54VKD heading towards the city centre.|
Other operators noted were TM Travel, Hulleys of Baslow and Sheffield Community Transport. Many more photos are in the process of being uploaded and will be put together in a group called Sheffield which can be viewed here.