28 February 2012
The Minister for Transport and Technical Services is putting forward revised routes and timetables in his proposals for the 2012 Island Explorer bus network. 3 routes will operate commencing Saturday 7 April, with a fourth joining them on 27 May. They will run daily until Saturday 29 September, but some journeys on one route will continue on weekends until Sunday 4 November, and during the autumn half-term holiday.
The routes starting in April are similar to those operated in 2011, with the following differences:
- blue route is unchanged, save for some minor timetable adjustments to improve punctuality
- red route is unchanged, but departure times have been revised, and additional journeys between St Helier and the Living Legend will operate from May to September. Red route will also operate on non-schooldays between 30 September and 4 November
- green route now operates from St Helier to Gorey Pier, Hougue Bie and Durrell, with revisions to departure times
Additionally a new service will be launched in late May, to coincide with the start of the summer timetable. The yellow route provides a new link between Durrell and Jersey Pearl in St Ouen’s Bay. 4 journeys per day will operate in each direction, allowing passengers to cross the Island with only one change of bus, while avoiding the need to travel via St Helier.
The proposed changes would all be managed within Connex’s current contract and do not require additional funding.
Deputy Kevin Lewis, the Minister for Transport and Technical Services, said “I am pleased to announce these changes to the Island Explorer network this year. I believe the revised timetables are easier to understand and reflect the demand patterns that the bus network experiences during the peak tourist season. However, I would like to hear from members of the public about their views on these proposals.”
Have your say on the proposals
Anyone who wishes to comment on the proposals should write to the TTS Minister at the Transport and Technical Services Department or send him an email by Friday 2 March. Further details about the proposals can be found in the travel and transport section of the website or collected from TTS reception at South Hill.
Email your comments to the Minister
More bus shelters
The Minister has also welcomed the recent provision of additional waiting shelters at several key bus stops. Following the installation of 9 shelters in 2011 and 5 in 2010, TTS has arranged for new shelters to be constructed at Bagatelle Road on route 3/3A, Portelet Inn on route 12/12A, Oak Tree Gardens on route 4, and a replacement for an existing shelter at St Andrew’s Park. The Minister said “I am committed to enhancing the public transport experience for both residents and visitors, and forming part of this process is the delivery of more bus shelters at locations where their installation is feasible and when funding becomes available.”