Not enough buses for the morning rush-hour

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I am concerned about the morning rush-hour 51 bus service, although I am sure my comments could apply to many bus services in Sheffield.

Between the hours of about 7.45 and 8.30 on weekdays, this service appears to be overcrowded,

the vast majority of the passengers being schoolchildren.

This means many passengers had to stand, although I do not blame the driver, who was doing what any decent human being would - getting the children to school on time.

But it begs the question as to whether there are a sufficient number of services at this time?

And would it not be better to provide a dedicated school bus service on this route to alleviate the pressure on the system?

The source of the problem is not the actions of the drivers, who are simply trying to make the best of a bad job, but they are being put in an untenable position by the fact that there is inadequate capacity at busy times.

Recently, South Yorkshire Police have taken to boarding (and often considerably delaying) buses in order to check tickets.

This is apparently due to a concern over forged tickets which may have been found in circulation in Sheffield.

While it is touching to see such concern, might I suggest that all parties with an interest in transport should get together and and tackle the problem of not enough buses at busy times.

Chris Dunlop

Heeley