Timetables for cut bus services go out online

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New timetables for Sheffield buses affected by major cuts are becoming available a month before changes are implemented.

Earlier this month transport chiefs agreed sweeping changes to the city’s bus network, described as the ‘biggest ever cut in a single day’.

Buses across Sheffield were reduced in frequency, replaced, removed and in other cases renumbered despite widespread protests.

Plans were revised after thousands of people took part in consultation, with nine separate petitions against the changes submitted.

The Sheffield Bus Partnership changes are due to come into force from November 1 but new timetables for the affected services have already been released online.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive chiefs say that full service change information will be widely publicised online, at bus stops, in interchanges and on-board buses from mid-October.

As part of the changes discounted tickets will also be available for passengers to use across services run by different operators, with prices frozen until April 2017.

These will include a CityBus day ticket for £4, which is an 11 per cent saving on current prices, and a monthly ticket at £49, which is a 23 per cent saving.

An eight part survey online and in paper forms asks people to rank the importance of concessionary fares for children, seniors and disabled passengers.

Meanwhile, a new consultation is currently taking place ahead of another round of budget cuts next year and runs until October 4.

n Details of the changes are at www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/futurechanges.

n To take part visit www.sypte.co.uk/haveyoursay/ or pick up forms at interchanges.