Battle to save 66 bus taken to town hall

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BUS campaigners took their fight to save a ‘vital’ bus service to Sheffield Town Hall.

A petition of 1,154 signatures calling on the 66 bus service to High Green to be restored was presented to the city council’s cabinet.

The bus previously ran from High Green to Sheffield city centre and Rotherham.

But under new proposals the bus will run only from Rotherham to Chapeltown, leaving people in High Green stranded.

The council’s cabinet is set to agree the plan on August 22 as part of Sheffield’s proposed new voluntary bus partnership.

Jane-Marie Bellamy, of High Green Action Team, presented the petition.

She said: “The 66 provides a vital service to local people in High Green, particularly the elderly and students.

“If this service were to be cancelled we would have no direct route to Rotherham, where many people work and study.

“I hope the council listens to the overwhelmingly public support to save our service,” she said.

West Ecclesfield councillor Trevor Bagshaw said: “The 66 bus is a lifeline for people in High Green, which has been made clear by the number of people who have come forward to support this.”