Mourners joy as changes mean bus will now stop at a Sheffield crematorium

Councillors and campaigners celebrate the bus service which will now take in the crematorium at Grenoside.  PHOTO: Glenn Ashley
Councillors and campaigners celebrate the bus service which will now take in the crematorium at Grenoside. PHOTO: Glenn Ashley
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Campaigners have won their battle to have a bus service extended so mourners can visit their loved ones at Sheffield crematorium.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has agreed to alter part of the M92 service so it stops at Grenoside Crematorium.

The change follows a petition organised by elderly crematorium visitors and supported by Coun Pauline Andrews, Sheffield Council member for East Ecclesfield.

Coun Andrews had also put forward a motion about the petition to a meeting of the full council in September last year. A copy of the motion was also sent to SYPTE.

She said relatives currently have to rely on lifts from relatives, taxis or walk the long distance from both Halifax Road and Skew Hill Lane.

The petition attracted 618 signatures, many from crematorium visitors.

Coun Andrews said: “I am really chuffed. We’ve been fighting for this for a good few months. I am over the moon and so are the petitioners.”

She added the road is steep and dangerous and after the Cow and Calf pub there are no footpaths on either side of the roadway and no street lighting.

“People were dicing with death. The traffic comes up there so fast and there is no pavements,” she said.

“After the road it’s a complete slope into the fields. It’s especially dangerous when it’s dark because there are no street lights.”

SYPTE deputy interim director general David Young said: “We are committed to listening to our customers and, where possible, responding to their needs.

“Local community feedback told us how much these changes would help, and we are happy to be able to support the M92 service’s new route to Grenoside Crematorium.”

The M92, Harley to Fox Hill service, will be rerouted from Monday, January 26.