by Jeff Hathaway
The re-introduction of the No.15 express commuter bus in late spring is proving very popular according the parishioners who use the service.
Previously Connex were criticised for the 15 route, which serves both the airport and provides the primary service from Les Quennevais and Red Houses to St. Helier, as ‘not fit for purpose’.
The new express service is currently confined to just the one bus at 8.10am but does not pick up airport passengers first. It also travels along The Avenue rather than the Inner Road which gives a useful saving on journey time and no tripping over bags and suitcases either!
Connex Duty Inspector Paul Woodley told La Baguette: “The express service is under continuous review. Subject to demand, additional express commuter bus services may be introduced. It is however a matter for TTS and our marketing management to make that decision. It is clear however, that from the comments we have received the service is proving popular” He added: “Currently all other services, which operate every 20 minutes, take the usual route and additional buses are being put on at peak times”.
Connex also confirmed that it had added 3 brand new purpose built buses providing more luggage space to its fleet specifically to serve on the 15 route. Although this reduces overall seating capacity, the changes appear to suit everyone.
Minister for Transport & Technical Services and St. Brelade Connétable Mike Jackson said: “ I have been aware for some time that the No.15 service required some revision to address issues that were affecting both airport passengers and daily commuters using the route. I am very pleased to say that Connex were extremely helpful in assisting TTS to find a practical and economic solution, which seems to have got thumbs up all round”