Safety concerns help change Sheffield bus route plan

Cllr Diana Stimely, Cllr Penny Baker, petition organiser Barrie Jervis, and local residents on Button Hill, celebrating victory:
Cllr Diana Stimely, Cllr Penny Baker, petition organiser Barrie Jervis, and local residents on Button Hill, celebrating victory:
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BUS campaigners say the ‘right decision’ has been made after their fight against plans to change a route were successful.

The 83 bus service from Ecclesfield to Millhouses would have turned from Millhouses Lane on to Button Hill under proposals made as part of the new Sheffield Bus Partnership.

But Millhouses residents raised concerns about the tight left turn, saying it would have caused numerous safety problems, particularly for children travelling to Dobcroft Infant School.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has now recommended the route runs through Millhouses in an anti-clockwise direction and via Button Hill on to Carterknowle Road.

The change allows a traffic light controlled exit on to Ecclesall Road and for buses to run along Silverdale Road rather than Dobcroft Road.

The proposal is part of a raft to be considered, with the partnership, by the South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority tomorrow.

Barrie Jervis, who led the campaign and collected a 63-signature petition, said: “I’m delighted the partnership have bowed to local pressure and agreed to reverse this proposal.

“Had the route gone ahead, many local residents would have put at a serious safety risk – not to mention those travelling to the local school.”

Ecclesall Coun Diana Stimely, who backed the campaign, added: “I’m really proud of local residents – this has been a great victory for people power.

“I’m glad that, as local councillors, we were able to support the campaign.

“The right decision has been made.”