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Not so great for Shoppers.
Member Name: daseaford
Date: 29/01/01, updated on 29/01/01 (189 review reads)
Advantages: Good for residents.
Disadvantages: Park and Ride expensive.
In 1994 a new method of transport was opened in Sheffield. This was the Supertram system. Costing over £200 million of government money this system was to revolutionise the public transport system in Sheffield. For the people of Sheffield I am sure the system has provided a fast and reliable service in and out of the City centre.
On our many visits to Sheffield we have always been dismayed at the expensive cost of the car parks in the City so on our latest visit we decided to use the Park and Ride system using the trams. After leaving the M1 motorway we followed the signs for the Park and Ride site and were surprised to be within sight of the City centre before following the signs back away from the City to the car park.
As we entered the car park we saw that the cost of the Park and Ride was £3. However, when we went to pay we found that this only meant tram travel for the car driver and the other members of the family would have to pay the tram fare, or we could buy a family ticket (which included the car park fee) for £4. The only other Park and Ride we have used is the system in Nottingham (which we use regularly) where parking and travel for ALL the car’s occupants is £1.50 in total. We were beginning to understand why the car park was nearly empty.
After waiting over ten minutes at a freezing tram stop, we boarded a tram for the short journey of four stops to the City shops. The conductor on the tram checked our ticket and asked, in a very loud voice “What ticket is this, I have never seen one like this before?” I explained that this was the first time we had ever used the trams and this was the ticket we had been sold. After a lot of muttering and making us feel very guilty, he eventually gave us the ticket back.
We had assumed that the tram network would cover different parts of the City centre, but after shopping for a few hours and a long way from where we got off the tram we enquired where was the near
est tram stop. It was then that we found out that the trams are only at one end of the City centre and we had a 30 minute walk back to the tram stop carrying all our shopping.
There are three different tram routes in the City and we found it very difficult to understand which trams were going where, but eventually, after another freezing wait, about 15 minutes this time, we boarded the right tram back to the car park.
I know that this will be the last time we use this Park and Ride service. The £4 will be much better spent on a City Centre car park, where at least we have the choice to take shopping back to the car if we want to.
I am sure the Supertram system is a wonderful service for the people of Sheffield, but for shoppers visiting this town, this is not a service I would recommend at all.