Poor demand sees Sheffield night bus routes axed

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WEEKEND night bus routes in Sheffield are to be axed later this month, with operator Stagecoach blaming low demand.

The company plans to axe services N25, which runs from Sheffield city centre to Lowedges, the N52, which runs from Hillsborough to Sheffield city centre and through to Woodhouse, and the N88, from Ecclesfield to Sheffield city centre and through to Bents Green.

The N52 journey at 11.52pm from Hillsborough to Woodhouse will continue but operate as a number 52 and run Mondays to Saturdays.

The affected services run on Friday and Saturday nights and they are being axed as part of changes being made by Stagecoach from April 27.

Paul Lynch, managing director Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We recognise the withdrawal of our night bus services may have an impact on a small number of passengers. However, we are unable to continue operating routes with such low demand.”

But journey times are set to be improved for bus passengers travelling between Barnsley and Penistone.

Stagecoach is introducing service 20, which will operate every hour during the daytime, Mondays to Saturdays.

From Barnsley Interchange, it will serve Dodworth Road, Dodworth, Silkstone and then travel to Penistone using the A628.

Journey times for passengers travelling between Barnsley and Penistone will be reduced from 40 to 30 minutes.

From Penistone, the bus will return to Barnsley via the new 21 route allowing through journeys between Barnsley and Cubley.

Service 21 will operate every hour during the daytime on Mondays to Saturdays.

From Barnsley Interchange, it will serve Dodworth Road, Dodworth, Silkstone, Silkstone Common, Oxspring, Cubley and Penistone.

Services 20 and 21 will be coordinated to provide a 30 minute frequency between Barnsley, Silkstone and Penistone.

Paul Lynch, managing director Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “Services between Penistone and Barnsley remain popular and well used so we are delighted to introduce the new service 20.”