Sheffield passengers’ frustration at more bus cuts

Controversial changes to bus service is under the spotlight once again
Controversial changes to bus service is under the spotlight once again
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Bus passengers voiced their frustrations at the first consultation on new cuts - as concessionary fares are threatened.

An event at Sheffield’s bus interchange on Tuesday was part of the new consultation being run by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.

An eight part survey online and in paper forms asks people to rank the importance of concessionary fares for children, seniors and disabled passengers.

Sharron Milsom, aged 54, of Beighton said: “We’re asking people to choose their own cutsagain.

“There’s nothing that says ‘I don’t want any of this’. “Where does it end?”

The new consultation began just days after cuts to services across Sheffield were agreed and runs until October 4.

It will assess public opinion as transport chiefs brace for more Government cuts next year.

The survey suggests that child fares may increase from 70p to 80p.

Changes in the budget may also see elderly passengers paying more on trams and trains.

They currently enjoy free travel on buses and trams and half price fares on trains.

Free access to public transportation for the disabled may also be limited to bus services.

Susan Baker, 66, was concerned disabled people would have to shoulder the financial burden if the free carer pass, available for those who are unable to travel alone, was cut.

The mum of a disabled daughter was disappointed by the consultation, which she claimed were scheduled at inconvenient times and poorly publicised.

Martin Hughes, 23, of Killamarsh was also critical of the transport executive.

He said: ‘They’re notlistening. Who’s going to sit there and read all these surveys anyway? They’ll start ripping them up after a while.”

Richard Crawley, a concessions and ticketing manager at the event, insisted the consultation was genuine.

David Young, interim director general of the executive, said: “The current financial climate means that SYPTE needs to look carefully at ways of making savings should this be needed. Gaining the public’s feedback will help us plan how we can do this and continue to deliver efficient services centred around customer needs.”

The executive’s budget has been reduced by 35 per cent in five years.

Visit www.sypte.co.uk/haveyoursay/ or pick up a paper form at interchanges.