Our campaign to bring buses to Doncaster Market has received a major boost - with talks held to look at what can be done.
Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones has backed the campaign, and officials from the borough’s biggest bus company have met with traders and council officials for discussions. Market traders believe they have made more progress towards bringing services to their doorsteps in the weeks since we launched our campaign than at any time in the last 20 years.
Officers from the Doncaster Market Traders Federation said they met with First last week. Federation chairman Mick Maye said: “The bus company mentioned several suggestions, including taking buses coming off the North Bridge round to Market Road.
“He came round and had a look around, and had a look where the bus stops were. We are feeling very positive about it.”
Federation secretary Andrew Pidd added: “First seemed very positive and seemed to want to bring buses back. I think The Star’s campaign has helped us massively.”
Mr Maye said suggestions had included buses on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, which are among the busiest market days, as a starting point.
Mayor Ros Jones said she was backing our campaign, and said one of her cabinet members had also now spoken to the bus companies on the issue.
She said: “I am a big supporter of Doncaster’s award winning markets and am fully behind this campaign by The Star. The council is continuing to invest in and improve the markets to maintain its position as one of the country’s finest.
“Some bus services do already stop near to the markets but anything that can be done to improve access for shoppers would be most welcome. In fact, my cabinet member has already held a meeting with representatives from a local bus company and the Market Traders Federation to discuss how this could be achieved.”
We launched our campaign because of concerns that few buses were taking passengers close to the market. Market traders had been unhappy with the situation since a circular bus which once served the area was removed.
Shoppers told us they were unhappy at having to haul heavy bags between the transport interchange near the Frenchgate Centre and the market. The concerns over services were also being taken up by John Hoare, the chairman of the South Yorkshire Transport Users Association after we raised the issue with him. Traders want buses to stop on Market Road, and believe that the market is one of the busiest parts and Doncaster and should be served better by the public transport system.