Sheffield bus routes face axe in shake-up

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Numerous Sheffield bus services are facing the axe and other changes are planned as part of major network changes.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and operators First and Stagecoach are proposing the shake-up partly due to low passenger numbers on some routes.

But transport chiefs said that, overall, passenger numbers have increased. Services to be axed include evening and Sunday journeys.

Proposed service changes are expected to be implemented from October 27.

David Young, SYPTE interim deputy director general, said: “Customer satisfaction and punctuality of the services on the city’s bus network have significantly improved and there are 5.8 per cent more adult fare paying passengers travelling than this time last year.”

Passengers are urged to comment on the changes:

■ 11/12 (City – Stannington/Hall Park Head): To be linked with 81 (City – Bents Green) and 85 (City – Millhouses) to introduce new cross city services, 80 (Stannington –Millhouses) and 81 (Hall Park Head – Bents Green).

■ 13/13a (City – High Green): Replaced by restored 66/66A linking Sheffield Interchange with Fox Hill, High Green, Chapeltown and Rotherham. City to Hillsborough and Fox Hill section covered by 37/38.

■ 17/17a (City – Chancet Wood – Jordanthorpe – Meadowhall – Hillsborough): Will operate Jordanthorpe – Meadowhall only, with the City – Chancet Wood section covered by new route 19 and Millhouses to Hillsborough section covered by the revised 36/37 and new service 38.

■ 20/20a (Hillsborough – City – Hemsworth): Route revised in south of city. 20 to operate via Valley Road and Upper Albert Road at Meersbrook. 20a to run via Derbyshire Lane and Norton Lees Road not Scarsdale Road.

■ 25 (Bradway – City – Woodhouse): Evening service between City and Woodhouse withdrawn.

■ 35 – 37 (City – Meadowhall – Hillsborough): Substantially replaced by revised services 36 – 38 covering similar catchment areas but services 37 and 38 also serve Fox Hill.

■ 57 (City – Stocksbridge): Evening and Sunday service City to Oughtibridge only, with Supertram link

service SL1 revised in Stocksbridge to serve Unsliven Bridge at these times instead.

■ 82 (City – Ecclesall Road): Merged with service 95 (City – Walkley).

■ M92 (Fox Hill – Harley): Withdrawn.

■ 123 (Endcliffe Vale – City – Crystal Peaks): To operate City – Crystal Peaks.

Passengers can mMeet officials to discuss the changes at a number of events.

They are being held at Hillsborough Interchange 3.30pm to 5.30pm on Tuesday, August 6, Arundel Gate Interchange on Thursday, August 8, 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Meadowhall Interchange on Wednesday, August 14, 7.30am to 9am, Sheffield Interchange on Monday, August 19, 7.30am to 9am and 4pm to 5.30pm, and on Wednesday, August 21, 4pm to 5.30pm - or comment online at www.sheffieldbuspartnership.co.uk.

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