Angry residents in a South Yorkshire village are calling for the reinstatement of a vital bus service.
People living in Todwick are unhappy that they now have to catch two buses, and have seen their journey time triple, when travelling to Dinnington - just three miles away.
They claim pensioners and disabled people are being penalised because they have concessionary passes and are seen as ‘non profitable’ by bus companies, and children are now charged double as they are pay per journey.
The direct service was removed in May as part of the new Rotherham Bus Partnership.
Alan Turner, group spokesman, said villagers were left ‘stranded’ when the original changes came into force.
He added: “After some thought SYPTE changed their minds and we now have one bus from Rotherham and one from Sheffield. Both pass through the village, but do not go to Dinnington, where most villagers shop or visit for the doctor, hairdresser, and general shopping.
“Since the changes, villagers have to catch the 74 from Todwick, get off after three stops, and then catch the X5 to Dinnington.
“We asked the bus people to divert one X5 an hour through the village - it would be the cheapest option and good for the village.”
David Young, SYPTE deputy interim director general, said the changes were made following consultation.
He admitted the changes will ‘inconvenience some customers’ but stressed data collected showed the bus link was used around 137 journeys each week, the equivalent to just 1.3 passengers per journey.
Mr Young said: “The bus services team at SYPTE negotiated a number of changes to the proposed consultation network with operators, which addressed close to 90 per cent of the concerns raised. But there has to be a degree of compromise in order to retain the links from south Rotherham communities to Rotherham Hospital and Sheffield, while still maintaining the financial viability of the network for the operators and, in the longer term, reduce the level of subsidy from the public purse following reduction in government expenditure.”