JOINT running of bus routes by firms First and Stagecoach is being extended to a second Sheffield service from the end of the month.
The Optio Red scheme is being set up on the 52 route, between Crookes and Woodhouse. An Optio Orange scheme already runs on 120 buses between Halfway and Fulwood.
Buses on the 52 line will run up to every four minutes and passengers will be able to board First or Stagecoach buses using a range of tickets on both. New late night services are also being set up at weekends.
In a joint statement, the companies said: “Service 52 will be jointly operated by Stagecoach and First with tickets available that can be bought and used on any bus.
“There will be a minor change for Stagecoach journeys, with buses running from Hillsborough to Crookes via Heavygate Avenue instead of Heavygate Road. There is no change towards Hillsborough.
“There are significant timetable improvements in order to provide a combined four-minute Monday to Friday daytime frequency between Hillsborough, city centre and Handsworth.
“An eight-minute frequency will be provided by each operator along the current routes beyond Handsworth to Woodhouse, with Stagecoach continuing to serve Woodhouse village. Frequency at other times is five minutes on Saturday daytime, 10 minutes on Sunday daytime and 15 minutes in the evenings.”
The changes, to be introduced on October 30, will also see an N52 night bus on Fridays and Saturdays, operated by Stagecoach every 30 minutes from midnight to 4am.
On service 30, between Dore and Crystal Peaks, changes are planned to improve timekeeping, and there will be a new service 72 to replace 73 between the city centre, Shirecliffe and Parson Cross, serving Asda.