BUSES: Thousands call for Sheffield bus cut U-turn in online petition

Bus timetable and route changes cause chaos for travellers in Sheffield'Picture Dean Atkins
Bus timetable and route changes cause chaos for travellers in Sheffield'Picture Dean Atkins
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Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for Sheffield’s controversial bus cuts to be reversed.

Sweeping changes to the city’s buses came into force on November 1, and have sparked a wave of complaints about cramped buses, long waits, missed services and confusion over timetables.

Greenhill mum Joanne Lumley set up the petition - to be submitted to Sheffield Council - five days ago online, and it already has more than 3,500 signatures as well as thousands of comments from disgruntled passengers.

If it hits the 5,000 mark then a public debate in Sheffield Town Hall will be triggered.

Joanne, aged 35, said: “This is only people who are digitally savvy - what is the level of dissatisfaction among people who don’t use the internet?”

Teacher Joanne set up the petition after ‘horrendous’ experiences of trying to get to work and back after changes to the 87 and 76 services.

She added: “On more than one occasion last week I had five buses go past me because they were completely full.

“The buses don’t turn up, there are no updates on the real time information system only the timetable and in town all the buses used to go from one stop but now they go from three different ones.

“If you walk to another stop you could miss a bus at the first stop.

“You don’t know whether you are going to get home.

“I’m missing picking up my children from after school clubs and nursery so I’m having to call and say I will be late which is an extra charge.”

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive said complaints had risen after the changes and encouraged passengers to give feedback.

SIGN THE PETITION HERE