City bus service ‘third worst’ new study now says

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RESEARCHERS who claimed Sheffield had the worst bus service in the UK - despite taking their data when the city was hosting the Olympic Torch relay - have admitted they got it wrong.

Software developers behind the UK Bus Checker programme last week said 57 per cent of buses in the city were late, the worst in the country.

After The Star pointed out their survey had been conducted when the Olympic Torch was passing through the city, the researchers resampled their data.

Yesterday morning they found 46 per cent of buses were more than 30 seconds late, making Sheffield the third-worst city behind Norwich and Middlesborough.

The worst-delayed bus was the number 53 to Mansfield, running nearly half an hour behind schedule.

But David Young, SYPTE director of customer experience, said 90 per cent of buses in Sheffield arrive within five minutes of schedule - the Department of Transport definition of an ‘on-time’ bus.