PROPOSED SHEFFIELD BUS CHANGES SPARK ANGER FROM PASSENGERS
Anger at Sheffield bus changes as 800 take part in consultation
Anger is mounting at major
changes planned for dozens of bus services across Sheffield - with
hundreds of people also taking part in consultation in just two weeks.
Many passengers have concerns about the proposals, set to impose revised or new routes, withdraw or replace several services.
In Norton Lees, the number 19 and 20 bus services are to be reduced
from every half hour to every hour because ‘current patronage levels do
not justify’ the current levels.
Retired teacher Elizabeth Grant, of Hollythorpe Rise, said: “There will also be no services after 7pm and nothing on Sundays.
feel because it’s not a council estate and there isn’t a hospital they
will argue it is not profitable enough but for us it is the only bus we
can get - having one every hour just isn’t on.
“Quite a number of elderly people rely on buses.”
Froggatt, of Wisewood, said withdrawing the 84 from Wisewood and Loxley
due to insufficient patronage was ‘nothing but scandalous and very
She added: “What about the disabled, people with mobility
problems, ageing pensioners and mums with babies in prams, let alone
poor workers who have jobs to get to for a certain time?”
partnership says services 31/31a and 61/62 will still serve Loxley and
new service 53 will provide a more frequent service for Wisewood where
there is ‘higher demand.’
Residents are also affected by the re-routing of the number 70
service from Dore away from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital while in
Stannington the SL2 link bus which connects the village with the Malin
Bridge tram stop is to be axed.
The revised 81 extended service
from Dore provides an ‘improved 20 minute service’ via Ecclesall Road
and 70 per cent of service 70 passengers are catered for on it, says the
Some peak time journeys will be provided to the university.
Stannington the service 81 will travel from the village to the city
centre every 20 minutes, and to Hillsborough every ten minutes.
Opposition councillors say they have been flooded with complaints about the changes and there has been too little publicity.
One complainant had travelled on six buses but could not find a
leaflet and when he visited an interchange was told he could only have
one rather than taking more home for elderly neighbours.
Park Coun Ian Auckland said yesterday that the consultation should have
been 60 days long, rather than 25, given its significance at a meeting
of the Sheffield City Region combined authority transport committee.
said afterwards: “Thousands of people rely on bus services to get
around, so I’m very concerned the public is being kept in the dark due
to the lack of publicity about the proposed changes.”
partnership - made up of operators, Sheffield Council, Sheffield
Community Transport and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport
Executive - says plans will ‘improve’ the city’s bus network by
optimising routes into the city centre, employment and training sites.
spokesman said a review of the network looked ‘very carefully’ at
demand for bus services, aimed to cut congestion by removing duplicated
services or those which are not well used and views would be considered
Yesterday David Young, interim director general,
told the committee 800 people had taken part in the consultation so far
and lack of funding meant that buying adverts on the side of buses would
mean ‘cutting bus services.’
In total 10,000 leaflets had been
printed and were at interchanges, plus on ‘all’ Stagecoach buses but
only 60 per cent of First buses which staff were trying to address.
said he believed the consultation was ‘robust’, adding; “For a network
change like this I believe the consultation period has been more than
adequate and I would argue that can be seen by the number of responses
we have already had.”
Mr Young encouraged more people to have their say to make the exercise more effective.
is a consultation, not a final network”, he added. “There is room to
manoeuvre and, if it comes to that, to go back to the drawing board if
it is fundamentally wrong.”
The consultation runs until July 31 at
www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/sbp, with paper forms at Sheffield and