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Bus Ålesunds area: new line numbers and efficiency measures from 22nd August

From 22nd of August 2022 22. august there will a major change in the bus line number structure in the Ålesund area. The buses will mainly drive the same routes as before – with some adjustments, but the three-digit line numbers will be replaced. There will be four main lines with numbers 1 to 4 and local lines with two-digit numbers

You can see the line map for buses in Ålesund from 22nd August 2022 here.

The background for the changes is a wish to simplify the line structure, make the bus service as predictable as possible and to reduce travel time where possible.

In 2018 FRAM introduced different line numbers for each direction of a bus line. This resulted in a a very complex system with many line numbers. With this renumbering we will have four main lines for the biggest routes, making it easier for the public to find their way in the system.

This transition is part of the work connected to Bypakke Ålesund and the plan for the development of Ålesund central area towards 2030, which is a cooperation between Møre og Romsdal Fylkeskommune (Møre and Romsdal county authority), Ålesund kommune (the municipality of Ålesund) and Statens vegvesen (The Norwegian Public Roads Administration).

These are the new bus line numbers

New line number Old line number Distance
1 601/602 Hessa-sentrum-Moa-Myrland
2 631/632 Sentrum-Moa-Magerholm
3 671/672 Ålesund-Valderøya-Vigra
4 440 Langevåg-Fiskarstrand-Sunde-Ålesund
10 641 Fjelltun
11 642 Larsgården
12 633/634/644 Ålsund-Lerstadbakken-Moa-Fremmerholen
13 627/648 Olsvik-Furmyr
14 647 Humla
15 645 Brusdal
16 645 Glomset
17 646 Utvik-Skodje
18 643 Serviceruta
21 601/602 natt Nattbuss Ålesund-Hessa (Hessa-sentrum-Myrland-Magerholm)
31 673/674 Ellingsøya
32 675/676 Giske-Godøya
41 443 Sulesund

 

The following lines will be discontinued in their current form

621   

EKSPRESS Ålesund-Furmyr-Magerholm

This distance will primarily be serviced by the new main line 2.

622   

EKSPRESS Magerholm-Furmyr-Ålesund

This distance will primarily be serviced by the new main line 2.

626   

Moa-Furmyr-Ålesund

An alternative service will be established.

649   

Bestillingsruta (the on-demand line)

With the new structure, the service in Lerstadvegen will be improved, providing a better regular bus service for most of the inhabitants in the area that is now being serviced byt “bestillingsruta”. There will be departures to Fjelltun with line 10 both Saturday evening and Sunday.

 

Important changes

  • New main line 1 Hessa-sentrum-Moa-Myrland (current lines 601/602):
    • The bus to and from Slinningsodden will be changed from a ring route to a pendulum style route. There will be a new turning point at Slinningsodden, and the bus will drive the same route back and forth, on the south side of Hessa. Most of the people living along the current route on the north side have a short walking distance to an alternative bus stop on the south side.
    • Changing to a pendulum style route means that the travel time between Hessa and Ålesund town centre will be reduced with a minimum of 5 minutes and as much as 10 minutes on certain departures. 
    • With the new driving route, passengers avoid having to take a “round trip”. Also, the bus will no longer be stopping at Skarbøvik ungdomsskole to adjust to the scheduled time. All regulation will now take place at the end stops.
    • Departures that serve as school transport to/from Hessa school will use the same driving route as previously, on the north side at Slinningen (one departure in the morning, two in the afternoon).
    • The bus will still alternate from Sævollen and Slinningsodden.
    • Line 1 will go to Myrland during day time, as today, but only to Moa in the evenings and weekends. This means that this line will no longer go all the way to Magerholm evenings and weekends. The distance Moa-Magerholm will be serviced by the new line 2. This will give a reduced service offering evenings and weekends to/from Myrland.
  • The new main line 2 Sentrum-Moa-Magerholm (current lines 631/632) will go evenings and weekends in addition to the current day time schedule. This is very positive for the inhabitants of the Flisnes-Emblem area, who will get shorter travel time in the evenings and weekends, as they will not have to travel via Myrland.
  • New local line 12 Ålesund-Lerstadbakken-Moa-Fremmerholen (current lines 633/634) will include current line 644 Fremmerholen. The bus stop Atlanterhavsparken will no longer be serviced due to high variations in passenger numbers. The nearest stop to Atlanterhavsparken aquarium will be Tuenesvegen (approx. 1 km from the Atlanterhavsparken aquarium).
  • Line 649 Bestillingsbussen (on-demand line) will be discontinued. With the new structure, the service in Lerstadvegen will be improved, providing a better regular bus service for most of the inhabitants in the area that is now being serviced byt “bestillingsruta”. There will be departures to Fjelltun with line 10 both Saturday evening and Sunday.
  • The night bus will drive the same route and have the same departures as before, but will have a separate line number.
  • For several lines there will be adjustments to remove minor differences in departure times between summer and winter, allowing for one schedule for the whole year.

Mesures at bus stops

Together with the line restructuring, FRAM will implement measures to improve the information setup at bus stops. Some of these measures will be implemented at the same time as the line number changes, whereas other measures will be implemented at a later stage.

  • The bus stops along the main lines will have signage indicating which lines that service the stop. The largest stops (the stops with the most passengers) will be prioritized and the other bus stops will follow.
  • On the largest bus stops where there is a bus shelter and electricity available, electronic signs that indicate the next departures will be installed. This will not be in place for the 22nd August, but will be implemented as soon as possible.
  • FRAM will establish a standard for other types of information that should be available at bus stops and implement the standard as soon as possible.

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