Rural Sheffield residents left ‘isolated’ after bus service cut one year on

Rivelin Valley Road resident Kathleen Leeming and Christine Sanderson at the old bus stop near their home which is no longer in use
Rivelin Valley Road resident Kathleen Leeming and Christine Sanderson at the old bus stop near their home which is no longer in use
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A pensioner aged 69 has been left to struggle a mile and half to her nearest bus stop after the service to her community was axed.

Residents in the rural Sheffield community have said they are becoming ‘increasing isolated’ after their bus route was cut nearly one year ago.

Rivelin Valley Road resident, Kathleen Leeming, and Christine Sanderson, have said that the cut to the number 64 service has left the community isolated. They have to walk nearly 1.5 miles to Stannington to catch a bus. They are pictured with the old bus stop near their home which is no longer in use.

Rivelin Valley Road resident, Kathleen Leeming, and Christine Sanderson, have said that the cut to the number 64 service has left the community isolated. They have to walk nearly 1.5 miles to Stannington to catch a bus. They are pictured with the old bus stop near their home which is no longer in use.

Kathleen Leeming, aged 69, of Rivelin Valley Road, said herself and other residents have been ‘cut off’ after their number 64 service was axed in February last year.

To get anywhere without a lift, Kathleen has to walk nearly one and a half miles along the country road to Stannington to catch a bus.

But after Sheffield-wide cuts to services caused commuter chaos in November last year, Rivelin Valley Road residents are experiences further delays when they reach Stannington after a challenging walk.

Now, nearly 12 months on after the 64 Tates Travel service was axed, Kathleen has decided to speak out.

Rivelin Valley Road resident Kathleen Leeming and Christine Sanderson  have to walk nearly 1.5 miles to Stannington to catch a bus

Rivelin Valley Road resident Kathleen Leeming and Christine Sanderson have to walk nearly 1.5 miles to Stannington to catch a bus

But a spokesman from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive said the service was not value for money and there were no plans to reinstate the bus.

Kathleen said: “The bus being cut has left us totally stranded, it’s like we’ve been cut off. You can’t go anywhere without somebody taking you in a car.

“The 64 only used to run four times a day but at least you could get out and about to do some shopping and meet up with people.

“I’ve given up dancing in the day-time. I used the bus to go dancing in Sheffield. I used to meet up with friends for coffee and a spot of lunch without any hassle. They have to come pick me up now.

Rivelin Valley Road resident, Kathleen Leeming, and Christine Sanderson, have said that the cut to the number 64 service has left the community isolated. They have to walk nearly 1.5 miles to Stannington to catch a bus.

Rivelin Valley Road resident, Kathleen Leeming, and Christine Sanderson, have said that the cut to the number 64 service has left the community isolated. They have to walk nearly 1.5 miles to Stannington to catch a bus.

“It’s stopped me having a life. A lot has been said about older folk getting out and keeping busy and this doesn’t help.”

Kathleen said that the Door2Door Shopperbuses are provided from Sheffield Community Transport to Morrisons supermarket at Hillsborough, although people have to pay to use the service and book in advance.

“From Hillsborough interchange it costs me £8 one way. It’s expensive when I have to do my shopping.

“Myself and others feel increasing isolated, you can’t go anywhere without having to rely on other people,” Kathleen added.

“My husband drives, so I’m luckier than most. But if he’s at work then I’m stuck in the house unless I walk about one and half miles to Stannington.

“But since November, my neighbour Christine and others have got to Stannington after a 20 minute walk and sometimes wait over an hour for a bus due to the changes.

“It’s not ideal, the walk especially in winter is not nice. You can’t carry a load of shopping with you.”

A SYPTE spokesperson, said: “Service 64 was withdrawn in February 2015 due to its extremely low patronage that could not justify public funding for a conventional bus service.

“The service was previously subsidised by SYPTE and failed to meet the bus subsidy criteria which helps to maintain value for money and ensure the efficient use of the local bus service budget.

“There are currently no plans to reinstate this service, however Sheffield Community Transport run Door2Door services in the area with funding from SYPTE, for residents that aren’t able to access their local bus stop or use mainstream public transport. Fully-accessible Door2Door Shopperbuses run to Hillsborough and Morrisons every Monday and Sheffield City Centre every Friday.

“Anyone wanting more information, or to register to use these services, can phone Sheffield Community Transport on 0114 285 9906.”