A Sheffield businessman has backed plans to cut bus frequency on several major routes – if First Bus can promise reliability.
A consultation on planned changes to services running from Meadowhall to Parson Cross, Hillsborough, Shirecliffe and Jordanthorpe is currently open online.
The changes would mean the service frequency drops for all the new routes, except the Number 38 from Meadowhall to Jordanthorpe.
Under the plans, services 35 and 36 from the city centre to Hillsborough would be replaced by services 37 and 17.
A revised 37 service would operate from the city to Hillsborough along the current 37 route then continuing after Grimesthorpe on the current 38 route, with buses once an hour.
An hourly Number 17 service would be reinstated from Meadowhall to Hillsborough.
Speaking at an event about the changes in Firth Park, John Watkins, Hillsborough Exchange shopping centre manager, said: “About 95 per cent of our customers come to us via public transport.
“Services to Hillsborough have already been changed once, so it is important they are not downgraded and people still have access to public transport which is a quality service.
“What they are proposing seems logical, because the services currently in operation aren’t regular and they don’t run to time.
“However, if they change it, it has got to be right. It’s important people know what time their bus is.”
n To take part in the consultation, visit www.firstgroup.com/southyorkshire