Funding agreed to save threatened buses from axe

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Public funding has been approved to keep buses running on a service into Sheffield which had been threatened with the axe.

Operator TM Travel had proposed axing the 252 route between Sheffield, Gleadless, Ridgeway, Marsh Lane, Eckington and Crystal Peaks, because it was no longer commercially viable.

But Derbyshire Council and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive have stepped in to ensure buses continue, after complaints from people living along the route.

One of the passengers affected, Joyce Millington, a para-legal worker in Sheffield city centre, said: “It’s great news for everyone who needs this service.

“I just hope we don’t have to go through all this again next year.”

A spokesman for TM Travel said: “The 252 route will continue at the current times beyond Sunday, September 1, supported by Derbyshire Council and SYPTE until at least October 2014.

“TM Travel would like to thank all passengers for their support and hope their continued support will help sustain the route in the longer term.”

David Young, SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, said: “We are very pleased that SYPTE, together with our partners at Derbyshire County Council, have been able to come up with a funding solution which sees this service retained until at least October 2014. There will be no change to the timetable and so customers won’t have to make any change to their travel patterns.”