Sheffield bus cut chaos update due today after meeting

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Transport chiefs are today expected to issue an update on whether action will be taken over Sheffield’s bus cut chaos.

Bosses at Sheffield Bus Partnership – which includes Sheffield Council officials, bus operators and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive – met last night to look at ‘passenger feedback’ and ‘performance data’ in order to agree possible improvements to the new network.

It comes as an online petition calling for the controversial cuts to be reversed nears the 10,000 signature mark.

The motion started by resident Joanne Lumley has already triggered a debate by a Sheffield Council full meeting and yesterday had more than 8,786 supporters, including drivers as well as passengers.

Major changes to the city’s buses came into force on November 1 and have sparked a wave of complaints about cramped buses, long waits, missed services and confusion over timetables.

While passengers and campaigners would welcome a full U-turn of the cuts, it is not clear whether that would be possible or could go ahead.

Coun Terry Fox, speaking before the meeting was held at Sheffield Town Hall, said he wanted to see that the bus partnership was monitoring comments and responding.

He said: “While teething problems and an increased number of comments are expected when changes of this scale are made, I have called this meeting to ensure the partnership is doing all it can to improve journeys for passengers, by reviewing the feedback we have received and putting improvements in place where possible, as soon as practical.”

The bus partnership had claimed before cuts came into force that the changes, as well as discounted tickets, would make it easier and cheaper for passengers to get around the city.