All aboard for Doncaster market

Doncaster Market Traders' Federation official Nigel Berry at the planned new markets bus stop
Doncaster Market Traders' Federation official Nigel Berry at the planned new markets bus stop
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Buses to Doncaster Market look set to start next month, and are expected to stop next to the markets car park, we can reveal.

Market traders have been told the plan is to bring in the service for October 28, with details still to be finalised.

It follows a campaign to bring services to the site where shoppers and traders felt they were being missed out by the existing routes.

A bus stop has already been painted onto the road on the service near the Premier Inn on Church Way, which traders believe is likely to be the location of the new stop.

But work still needs to be done on the site with no sign or shelter put in place at this stage.

A spokesman for the bus company First confirmed there was a plan to introduce a stop at the end of October, but said this was not yet finalised.

Doncaster Council confirmed the markings near High Fishergate on Church Way, were where the stop was planned.

Doncaster Market Traders Federation chairman Mick Maye confirmed he had been told October 28 was the proposed date.

He said: “There is now a bus stop painted on at the slip road to the car park, near the Premier Inn.

“This is hopefully the start of something. We have not had any direct bus route to the market for 20 years.

“This is about taking the people where they want to go rather than taking where the transport companies want them to go.

“I think it is just a case of sorting out legal aspects.

“Buses stopping there will be great. We would like to have more though in the long run. Anything that brings people into the market and makes their transport easier is welcomed by us.”

Markets Federation committee member Nigel Berry said people would be able to get off the buses next the the car park and would not have to walk all the way from the Frenchgate to get to the market.

He said: “It’s a lot better to have buses nearer to the market.

“Anything that helps you bring customers nearer to the market has got to be better, because at the moment we are starved of buses.”

Traders have been told the buses to the market would be running from the north of Doncaster, coming into Doncaster from one of the bridges over the River Don.

The planned routes come as the market has been used for the first time since the start of a major revamp.

Part of the work is complete, with the newly created open space in front of the Corn Exchange used for the first time for Doncaster Live at the weekend, and today being used for a continental market. Traders were also using the new stalls in the man open market yesterday.

We launched its Buses to the Market campaign in February calling on the bus companies, the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, and Doncaster Council to work to bring in services stopping at Market Road or as near as possible to the market.

Traders were concerned that none of the services currently went past the market - and said many customers were having to walk in from the Frenchgate Centre and Duke Street.

We also reported shoppers’ concerns over the distance they had to walk to get to the market from their bus stops, and obtained the backing of elected mayor Ros Jones for the campaign.