Bus partnership plan scrutiny

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Liberal Democrats on Sheffield Council have forced councilllors to rethink plans for the proposed Sheffield Bus Partnership.

The partnership, which is a voluntary agreement between the council and local bus companies, was agreed by the council’s cabinet on Wednesday.

But the Lib Dems have ‘called-in’ the decision for further scrutiny, giving opposition councillors an opportunity to debate the proposals.

They say the partnership has caused ‘considerable controversy’ with local residents, who were outraged about proposed route changes and although some concessions have been granted, other campaigners have been ignored.

Coun Ian Auckland, Sheffield Lib Dem spokesperson for Transport, said: “All the routes need to be properly investigated before an agreement is signed – it’s only fair locals should get their say.”