Call for more time on bus plan consultation

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EXTRA time is needed for consultation into changes to Sheffield’s bus network, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has urged.

The process is due to close tomorrow but Sheffield Hallam MP Mr Clegg said many residents have complained to his office that they are unaware of the proposed changes.

Not all buses have carried information and posters have not been put up at bus stops.

The shake-up involves operators working together to provide shared tickets and making agreed changes to the network - but nine current services are being withdrawn.

Mr Clegg said: “Many residents simply didn’t know about these proposals, or they required extra information before they could contribute.

“It is clear a four week period over the summer is insufficient time for a well-informed debate.

“I have written to the authorities to ask for an extension alongside extra efforts to inform residents exactly how these proposals could affect them.”

Coun Roger Davison, Lib Dem councillor for Ecclesall, who has been campaigning against the withdrawal of the 84 service to Ringinglow, added: “Most people don’t know the service is under threat.”

Bus passengers on the 35/36 route in Wincobank also say more time is needed for consultation because not many people in the area know about the changes.

People have also asked the PTE for assurances about how long the cheaper fares, such as a £4.30 day ticket, will be valid for.

David Young, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive director of customer experience, said: “The consultation is due to end to allow us time to examine replies and to consider our response. We will be responding in due course.”