First pledges to change 'unreliable' bus services

CHANGES have been promised to Sheffield bus services which passengers have complained are unreliable.

Bus company First has pledged route and timetable changes to rectify the problem after residents handed in a second petition to Sheffield Council about services 45 and 46, which run from the city centre to Brightside, Meadowhall, and Wincobank.

The 46 continues to Firth Park and the Northern General Hospital, while the 45 goes to Hillsborough.

John Sheldon, of Sandstone Community Forum, collected 273 signatures on the petition.

He told councillors: "The service often does not run to its normal frequency and because the 45 no longer runs into Firth Park fewer people from Wincobank go down there to do their shopping because there are fewer buses. Some traders believe they have lost 400 to 500 a week."

A previous petition from Wincobank residents was handed to the council in November.

Coun Ian Auckland, Sheffield Council cabinet member for transport, said improvements were due to be made to the timetable for the 45 and 46, which each run half-hourly, giving a service every 15 minutes on most of the route.

Brandon Jones, First South Yorkshire's deputy managing director, said: "There will be changes to boost punctuality and extend the services. Details will be revealed in the next few weeks."

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