It’s all change on Monday as lockdown ends and a new bus timetable begins.
New timetables are now available to view on www.bus.im with printed booklets available from the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal, Ramsey Bus Station, Port Erin Bus Station, Ronaldsway, or by calling 662525.
As with every bus timetable, the DoI has said it is designed to meet the needs of the island’s community, but Bus Vannin has been unable to push ahead with the rollout of more on demand services for the island’s more rural areas.
Claire Christian MHK, Member with responsibility for Transport Services, said: ‘It is important that our bus timetable adapts to customer demand to provide a service that is inclusive. A great deal of work has gone into the latest update and a number of important changes have been made. The most significant of these changes are around Pulrose, ensuring a continued service to and from the area during highway works. The bus service for this route will be diverted via the Quarterbridge and an additional service, the 21P, is also being added.
‘Due to increased demand, the frequency of buses will be increased on summer Sunday services between Ramsey, Laxey and Douglas, and Monday to Saturday services between Douglas and Peel.’
When the hospitality industry reopens the 12.15am services will resume on Friday and Saturday evenings and continue to operate all year.
The additional 1.15am services will operate from July 23 until September 4, including Sunday August 29. They will operate again from 3 December to 18 December and New Year’s Eve. This includes a provision of services between Peel and Ramsey during periods that the 1.15am services operate.
Services 1, 2, 11 & 12 – South Road
- During the Pulrose Bridge closure the service will be diverted via the Quarterbridge and some minor intermediate time changes will take place. Most off-peak journeys will be operated by the 2a, serving Royal Avenue rather than Summerhill. Summerhill will be operated by the 13 service.
- When the hospitality industry reopens and the 12.15am Night Owl service resumes; two additional late evening round trips will be introduced on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Service 3 – Douglas, Laxey & Ramsey
- Increased frequency of buses to every 30 minutes on summer Sundays between 10am and 5pm during the summer.
Service 4 – Douglas, Foxdale, Peel & Niarbyl and Service 14 – Douglas, Foxdale, Ballamodha & Castletown
- Service 4 will continue to operate every two hours between Douglas, Foxdale and St Johns. It will then operate via Patrick Road to Patrick and north to Peel terminating at the swimming pool. The central stop in Peel opposite the town hall will continue to be served.
- The service between Niarbyl and Peel will continue to operate in the peak hours with a limited number of off peak services making connections at Patrick to Douglas.
- Service 14 will only operate at the peak hours as a through service and between Castletown and Higher Foxdale at other times, making connections with the 4 service.
- The application to the Road Transport Licensing Committee (RTLC) to provide on demand services has not yet been approved and therefore will not commence at this time in the Ballamodha, Glen Maye or Niarbyl areas.
Services 5 & 6 – Douglas, Peel & Ramsey
- Increased frequency of buses to every 20 minutes between Douglas and Peel, Monday to Saturday,during the day to meet increasing passenger demand and to ensure service reliability whilst Pulrose Bridge is closed.
- When the hospitality industry reopens and the Night Owl service resumes, an additional round trip will be introduced on Friday and Saturday nights, departing Douglas at 10.40pm and returning from Peel at 11.10pm.
Services 8 between Douglas, Foxdale, Niarbyl, Castletown and Port Erin, and 28 between Port Erin and the Sound
- Extended service to include Saturdays and Sundays between May 29 and September 5.
Service 13 – Douglas, Onchan, Howstrake, Groudle & Old Laxey
- Extended route from Douglas to the Business Park via Ballaughton Manor Hill and returning via Cooil Road every two hours, giving an hourly service between Douglas and the Business Park with the 4 service.
- A circular service will operate in Onchan from the village centre via Ballachrink, Windermere Drive, Groudle Old Road, King Edward Road and Royal Avenue. This service will serve Summerhill, Blackberry Lane and Victoria Road instead of the Promenades. The section between Groudle and Old Laxey will be withdrawn.
Service 16 to 20 and Connect Villages – North
- The last flexible journey from Jurby to Ramsey at 7.05pm will now require pre booking.
- The applications to the RTLC to provide an extension of Demand Responsive Rural Transport to include Sundays and the proposed evening experimental service on Friday and Saturday evenings as the Northern Owl have not yet been approved and therefore will not commence operation at this time.
Service 21 – Douglas, Pulrose, Springvalley, Anagh Coar, Farmhill and Business Park. Out of hours to the hospital
- With the closure of Pulrose Bridge an additional service will be added, the 21P, operating via the Quarterbridge, doubling back on itself to serve Spring Valley and terminating at Pulrose, between 8am and 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. The remaining 21B & 21H services will operate via Quarterbridge and Castletown New Road directly to Stephenson Way.
- On Sundays and on weekday evenings the 9pm will be rerouted via the Quarterbridge and will provide the full service. The 21B & 21H will also service Anagh Coar and the Business Park.
Service 22 and 25
- The circular route serving Victoria Road, Onchan and Willaston hourly in each direction is unchanged. Between Douglas and Noble’s Hospital there are timing changes reflecting the updates to service 5. This results in one journey an hour extending from Douglas to the hospital and one journey connecting in Douglas. This retains the 20 minute service between Douglas and the hospital.
Service 29 – Douglas to Port Soderick
- The Tuesday and Friday off peak journeys will remain suspended.
Mrs Christian added: ‘‘Those who use the bus service should familiarise themselves with the new timetable as there are a number of extensions to routes and timings will change. With our range of ticketing options, our modern comfortable fleet of buses and improvements to our timetable, we are making the Island’s bus service an easier option for travelling around our island.’