Following a big consultation of members and passengers, The Big Lemon has unveiled a new timetable for the Autumn 2011. The timetable represents a combination of peak time improvements and prudent matching of supply and demand during the rest of the day. During the morning rush, there will be buses every 15 minutes on the 42 with extra buses on standby to deal with heavy capacity, and after 10am the buses will run every 30 minutes, with a spare bus on standby to guarantee reliability and increase capacity in the afternoon rush. There will be an hourly service at weekends and on Bank Holidays, but no service during the university holidays. These changes have been designed to guarantee a reliable and sustainable service in a highly competitive market.
Fares have been altered slightly too: a Two Stop Hop is now a Three Stop Hop, still for £1, and a full Adult Single is now £1.80. An All Day ticket is unchanged at £2.50, and a Week ticket unchanged at £8. We have introduced a new Group Return ticket for groups of five people travelling together, at £10. The members voted in Spring 2011 for a keener focus on reliability with less emphasis on frequency, and voted for Membership fees to be set at £230 in order to guarantee a reliable and sustainable service. This year there is also a three month membership option, at £90.