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‘Bring back our bus’ plea

Bus stop on Greenhill Avenue which is now redundant following changes to the bus routes

Bus stop on Greenhill Avenue which is now redundant following changes to the bus routes

Changes to bus services in Sheffield have isolated a community of elderly people, according to campaigners.

Resident say alterations to routes in the Chancet Wood area mean many older residents face a long walk to access public transport.

The number 17 previously stopped outside Graves Trust Houses, Greenhill Avenue – social housing for over-60s.

But the new 19 service, brought in to replace it, drops off at the bottom of a 500 m hill.

Arthur Robinson, aged 91, and wife Joyce, 85, have been forced to use taxis to take shopping home since the loss of the number 17.

Jayne Walker, their daughter, said: “That service was a lifeline to them.

“They’d get out go into Woodseats and do their shopping and see a bit of life.

“Now they’re having to get taxis to hospital appointments or up the hill because they can’t manage from the bus stop.

“I take them wherever I can, but this is about their independence. There are lots of others left isolated.”

Jayne, 56, of Beauchief, has written to Meg Munn, Sheffield Heeley MP.

Coun Simon Clement-Jones, Sheffield Council member for Beauchief and Greenhill, said: “This service is vital to elderly residents.

“It’s a shame we’re talking about service reductions again, instead of improvements, and we have been forced to complain about the lack of consultation.”

A spokesman for bus operator First said: “We have carried out a large amount of research and public consultation into service 17.

“Unfortunately, the number of people using the service on this section of the route over a long period of time has been extremely low.

“The 17 was a poor-performing service, both operationally and financially.

“In order to benefit the majority of customers, we had to revise services accordingly.”

 

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