Sheffield residents call for U-turn over buses

Shirecliffe Bus Protest . Councillors  Ibrar Hussain and Talib Hussain received a petition from Shirecliffe residents Maurenn Wright,Paul Howard, Keith Donston,Vince Conroy and Mick Smith  against the withdrawl of  the 72 Bus.
Shirecliffe Bus Protest . Councillors Ibrar Hussain and Talib Hussain received a petition from Shirecliffe residents Maurenn Wright,Paul Howard, Keith Donston,Vince Conroy and Mick Smith against the withdrawl of the 72 Bus.
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HUNDREDS of residents from Sheffield’s Shirecliffe estate are calling on transport bosses to reverse plans to axe their bus service.

Under the proposed Sheffield Bus Partnership, set to be given final approval at a meeting of Sheffield Council’s cabinet on August 22, the number 72 bus will cease to run.

The route currently operates several once an hour between the city and Shirecliffe via Cookswood Road and past Parkwood Academy school.

But under the new arrangements, due to be launched in October, the only high frequency service to the area will be the 83 and 83a, which will not run along Cookswood Road or near Parkwood.

Burngreave Labour councillor Ibrar Hussain, supported by fellow ward councillor Talib Hussain, said: “We have had 391 people sign the petition calling for the number 72 to be reinstated. There are many residents supporting the campaign and also Paul Howard, Community Liaison Manager at Parkwood Academy.

“The 72 is the only frequent bus running by the Academy, so its loss would cause a lot of problems for young people wanting to travel to school independently.”

Under the Sheffield Bus Partnership plans, Parkwood Academy would be served only half-hourly by the 35 and 36 buses.

Coun Hussain said: “The consultation period may have officially ended but many users did not know it was taking place.

“Nobody from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive came to Shirecliffe to find out the passengers’ views and a lot of people did not know this change was being proposed.

“We would urge them to reconsider these plans which will cause a lot of problems for people on the estate who depend on public transport to get around.”

Coun Hussain has handed the petition to the office of Coun Leigh Bramall, the cabinet member whose role includes public transport. Coun Bramall is also vice chairman of the authority overseeing SYPTE.