Hundreds of people in Sheffield village unite against bus cut

Keith Shaw hands in a petition against bus cuts and changes to South Yorkshire Passenger Transport
Keith Shaw hands in a petition against bus cuts and changes to South Yorkshire Passenger Transport
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Hundreds of people in a Sheffield village have objected to plans to change their bus service in a city-wide review.

Time is running out to comment on the controversial proposals from Sheffield Bus Partnership, with consultation ending this Friday.

Dozens of services are set to be affected, including the number 70 from Dore which is to be re-routed away from hospitals, schools and Sheffield University in Broomhill.

A petition with 908 signatures was yesterday handed in to South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and hundreds more people have objected by letter or online.

Keith Shaw, chairman of Dore Village Society, said: “We think 1,200 people have objected out of the adult village population of around 5,000 – around 25 per cent.”

Sheffield Bus Partnership says passengers would be able to get the 81 extension to the city centre, which will cater for 70 per cent of customers.

But Mr Shaw, who handed in a letter suggesting alternatives, said people who worked at the university or hospitals – and patients – would suffer.

He added: “People will have to change buses at Hunters Bar. There will be old, disabled and ill people standing in the wet, rain and cold.”

Dore Councillor Colin Ross said he had been ‘inundated’ with complaints and there was ‘universal condemnation’ of the plan. He wrote to the partnership: “Many university and hospital staff have deliberately chosen to locate on the 70 bus route so they can commute to work.”

Petitions have been launched across the city and a protest by South Yorkshire Freedom Riders is planned this Thursday.

n To take part in consultation visit www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/sbp.