Plans for extra buses opposed

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DOZENS of residents have signed a petition objecting to plans for extra buses in a Sheffield suburb - as people in other areas continue to fight plans to axe routes.

People living along Brooklands Avenue and Moorcroft Road, Fulwood, are to receive a new service every 20 minutes under the revamped network proposed by the Sheffield Bus Partnership, which is set to be implemented in October.

But 40 residents, backed by Fulwood Lib Dem councillors Andrew Sangar and Sue Alston, both of whom live on Brooklands Avenue, have launched a petition calling on South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and the bus companies to reconsider.

Coun Sangar said: “Local people are overwhelming opposed to this proposal. We’re disappointed that the new bus partnership has chosen to ignore their views.”

But South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive said more people will gain from the extra service than the number who are unhappy about their street becoming a bus route.

The proposed service is the new 83a, which will also serve Nether Green - where services currently run only once an hour.

Former Fulwood Conservative council candidate Vonny Watts said: “In order to preserve the peace and quiet of their own road, Ms Alston and Mr Sangar are willing to sacrifice the lifeline service of the residents of Nether Green.”

Couns Sangar and Alston did not respond to Mrs Watts’ comments.

Meanwhile, Shirecliffe residents are putting together a petition to save the 72 service, which is set to be axed, and will present it at a full meeting on Sheffield Council on Wednesday.

A final decision on the new Sheffield Bus Partnership and route changes will be made by Sheffield Council’s cabinet on Wednesday, August 22.

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