Up to 20 jobs at risk as First South Yorkshire reveals plans to close Rotherham base

First South Yorkshire.

A South Yorkshire bus firm is to close its Rotherham depot.

First South Yorkshire has revealed plans to move its Midland Road operation in Rotherham to Sheffield and Doncaster.

The firm says the move will protect jobs in the long term, and it will continue to operate as normal in Rotherham. It says the Midland Road building is 'increasingly uneconomical'. But up to 20 jobs are at risk.

Managing director Kevin Belfield said: “Our decision to relocate will not impact on our customers – they should continue to expect high quality and reliable bus services.

"We will continue to support our drivers to make bus travel more attractive and grow passenger numbers, while also helping safeguard jobs in the long term.

“Our Rotherham colleagues will relocate primarily to Sheffield depot. They have done a terrific job operating from Rotherham, and we will ensure that they are fully supported as they relocate.

“We have begun consulting with our employees and trade unions to ensure their views are considered as part of this process. Less than 20 positions are ‘at risk’ of redundancy. However, we will do everything we can to assist those affected, including supporting anyone who would wish to transfer to other First Bus operations where opportunities exist.”

If the proposal is approved, Rotherham staff will move to Sheffield and Doncaster by February.

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