BUSES: Protestors spell out how Sheffield bus cuts have hit their daily lives

Ellen Beardmore
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Fed-up passengers spelled out the massive impact that bus cuts have made to their lives with a display of people power.

There were crowds of people protesting outside Sheffield Council’s full meeting today and six petitions in total handed in inside - representing 14,400 people between them.

All involved wanted to highlight their call for sweeping bus cuts - which have caused chaos, delays and confusion since they were brought in on November 1 - to be reversed.

“If you are 70 you cant stand around for 40 minutes waiting for a bus”, said Diana Stimely, a former councillor who asked a public question.

“It is physically impossible.”

Another elderly woman said changes to services 10 and 10A meant people were struggling to use new stops.

She added: “You as a council want people to use the market at the bottom of The Moor.

“Now the bus companies are expecting people to use the market and then walk all the way to Furnival Gate with heavy shopping bags when these are mainly elderly and people with disabilities.

“I would like common sense to prevail.”

Sharon Milsom, who presented another petition, said people could no longer get a bus to where they needed to.

“It’s good for the bus companies”, she said.

“Fewer buses and fewer bus drivers mean their costs are less and their profits are more.”

Greenhill mum Joanne Lumley - who was praised by councillors for setting up a petition which reached a mammoth 12,384 signatures by yesterday - spoke of how she would not take her children on peak hour buses over safety concerns and ever-growing queues at bus stops.

Cheaper fares were not a solution because people now needed to get three buses, rather than one.

She added: “People are getting the car to work because they cannot rely on public transport.”